It’s no secret that HARDY has made one helluva name for himself over the past few years.
From becoming one of the top songwriters in Nashville, writing hits like “God’s Country” by Blake Shelton, and a number of Morgan Wallen’s songs like “More Than My Hometown,” and “Sand in My Boots.”
Not to mention, the guy is on a heater himself in his solo career, with his hits like “Give Heaven Some Hell,” “One Beer,” “Unapologetically Country As Hell,” and his latest country ballad with Lainey Wilson, “Wait in the Truck.”
Although it kinda feels like HARDY just came out of nowhere and became a hitmaking machine, the man has lived the Nashville scene for quite some time now, and had to cut his teeth to make it to where he’s at today.
And at last night’s (pre-recorded) ACM Honors ceremony, he made sure to send a message to one hater in particular during his 2022 ACM Songwriter of the Year award acceptance speech.
“In 2015, I was playing a songwriter round with a tip jar on the front of the stage. Nobody that played on that stage that night had a hit, we just played original songs and we might’ve made $10 in tips.
But one person wrote ‘quit’ on a napkin, and they put it in that tip jar.
And tonight, that ‘quit’ napkin will be sitting right beside this fucker.”