You know you stan hard for Megan Thee Stallion when you’re rooting for her to beat you at the Grammys.
That’s how rising country star Ingrid Andress feels about her “Savage” competition for the prestigious Best New Artist award on Sunday night.
“I may or may not have voted for her,” Andress, 29, told The Post, with a laugh. “She’s just, like, undeniably herself, and I respect that a lot. She just does her thing and [doesn’t] care what anybody says. I’m like, ‘I’m with you, sister!’ ”
While Andress will also be fangirling about fellow Best New Artist nominees Doja Cat and indie singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, she’s up for two other Grammys: Best Country Album for “Lady Like,” her 2020 debut LP; and Best Country Song for her meet-the-family hit “More Hearts Than Mine.”
“I was not expecting anything, to be honest,” said the singer-pianist, who “was alone in my house with my plants” in Nashville, Tenn., when the nominations were announced in a livestream last November. “It was very mind-blowing to me.”
No doubt, she’ll have more mind-blowing moments when she attends her first Grammys this weekend. Although the awards won’t be the same this year because of COVID protocols — they’ve been moved from the Staples Center arena to the smaller Los Angeles Convention Center, and there won’t be any shoulder-rubbing happening with social distancing in place — Andress will be just happy to be there.
“Anything that’s gonna happen, I’m gonna think it’s like the best thing in the world to just be able to be in an area with other musicians celebrating each other,” she said. “However that looks, I’m down.”
Growing up in Denver, Andress discovered the “magic” of country music from mix CDs that her friends would give her.
“That was the first time that I heard the Chicks and Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley,” she said, “and I was just so fascinated with how the songs made me feel. I’m like, ‘I’ve never even had a boyfriend before, and this song makes me feel like my heart just got broken.’ Ever since then, I have been trying to figure out how that [connection] works and why. That’s how I got into songwriting.”
Andress ended up attending Berklee College of Music after she stumbled upon the school while on the way to a World Series game at Boston’s Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies, for whom her dad served as a strength and conditioning coach.
“I was just like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know there was such a thing as music colleges!’ ” she said. “And so I went in there, and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna go here!’ ”
After graduating, she moved to Nashville and began writing for artists such as Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha. Now, though, Andress is making noise for singing her own tunes.
“I always wanted to be an artist,” she said, “but I needed to … really learn and understand — especially as a female in the music industry — who I wanted to be and what I wanted to say.”