Maren Morris, an Arlington native and country music break-out star, has won her first Grammy Award.
Morris won best country solo performance with her song "My Church." This is the first time Morris has attended the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
A watch party for Morris was held at Atomic Subs & Wings in Arlington. The party erupted in applause when the win was announced.
Morris was also nominated for best new artist, best country album and best country song.
Morris got her first guitar at age 12 and began writing songs. On weekends, her dad would drive her across Texas to any venue that would let her perform. Some of her first gigs took place a few doors down from the salon at Grease Monkey. ( Mon Jul 18 15:21:27 PDT 2016 $__output ) Maren Morris on Journey from Arlington Girl to Country Star
She moved to Nashville where she wrote songs for artists like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. She then focused on her own music and signed with Columbia Nashville.
Morris also won the 2016 CMA Award for new Artist of the Year and performed as a music guest on "Saturday Night Live."