Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi attended his first Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday after he was nominated in the Song of the Year category for his breakthrough hit Someone You Loved. But, it appears at least one person in the audience didn’t realize he was a nominee.
Capaldi took to Twitter during the ceremony to reveal that someone thought he was a seat filler instead of a nominee in one of the Grammy’s top categories.
A lady at the grammys has just come up and offered to take my seat because she thought I was one of the people who sits in the chairs to fill them when someone gets up to use the bathroom 😂😂😂😂😂😂 #GRAMMYs
— Lewis Capaldi (@LewisCapaldi) January 27, 2020
“A lady at the Grammys has just come up and offered to take my seat because she thought I was one of the people who sits in the chairs to fill them when someone gets up to use the bathroom,” tweeted Capaldi, adding a string of laughing emojis.
Seat fillers are volunteers who attend major live televised events. And, their job is to fill out the crowd in front of the cameras so there are no empty seats during the broadcast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, different websites work with the producers of awards shows like the Grammys, Oscars, and Emmys to help them find volunteers.
Capaldi was in an extremely competitive category, as he was up against Lady Gaga for Always Remember Us This Way, Tanya Tucker for Bring My Flowers Now, H.E.R. for Hard Place, Taylor Swift for Lover, Lizzo for Truth Hurts, Lana Del Rey for Norman F— Rockwell, and Billie Eilish for Bad Guy.
Eilish ended up taking home the award for Song of the Year, and she also swept the other major categories: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year. She also won for Best Pop Solo Performance.
— Alina 🌹 (@DaydreamerAlina) January 26, 2020
Capaldi told People magazine before the awards ceremony that he wasn’t going to win the Grammy, but “it’s cool.” He added that it’s not the end of the world and he was completely ok with it.
Capaldi said that when he found out about his nomination, he thought “that’s amazing” because he would get to see Billie Eilish. But, there was no need to write a speech because of who he was going up against in the category.
“Whoever wins – whether it’s Billie or Lizzo or Lady Gaga or whoever – I’ll be cheering them on,” said the singer.
Lewis Capaldi said that he was enjoying himself by eating a lot of food and drinking a lot of alcohol, and he might as well have as much fun as possible because he’ll probably never get another Grammy nomination.