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"I had met him a few years back and got to do show with him," Jason tells The Boot. "He's my mom's favorite singer of all time. That was before we name-checked him in 'Dirt Road Anthem' So this time I was curious to know what he thought about the song."
Obviously, George must have enjoyed it since Jason was able to get him to do a few dance steps with him down the Grammy party red carpet.
"My original plan was to have him in the video for 'Dirt Road Anthem,' says Jason. "But I think he was sick or something when we were filming the video and couldn't do it."
Jason notes that he's long been a huge fan of the 80-year-old singer. "He's one of the legends. Any time you get a chance to hang out with one of those guys, even if it's just for a few minutes, that's a pretty cool deal in my book. It was good to see him again and it looked like he was feeling good. I got to say hello to his wife, Nancy, too. I think she's pretty amazing."
Jason and George just might run into each other again this weekend at the Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles. Jason is nominated for three awards and is also performing his duet with Kelly Clarkson, 'Don't You Wanna Stay,' on the telecast.
"For an artist, anybody in the music business, I don't know that it gets any bigger than that for us, to be nominated for a Grammy" says the singer. "I think every artist wants to have that 'Grammy award winner' tag in front of their name."
George Jones and Glen Campbell will receive Grammy Lifetime Honors on February 11, prior to the Grammy Awards. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS Sunday (Feb. 12) beginning at 8:00 PM ET.