South Carolina music star Darius Rucker won his first Grammy Award in 18 years, but the former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman was not on hand to pick up his trophy on stage Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Rucker was stuck in traffic and missed the pre-telecast when his award was presented, his publicist Ebie McFarland told The State.
The Charleston native also missed the red carpet and the beginning of the network telecast.
"We barely made it time for him to get to his seat,"' McFarland said. "He even had to stand in the hallway until the first commercial break before they would escort him to his seat because we were that late getting there."
In a video of the event's pre-telecast show at the Nokia Theatre, Grammy presenter Cyndi Lauper looked for Darius Rucker in the audience after announcing his name as the winner for Best Country Solo Performance for "Wagon Wheel."
She swiveled her head and stood next to the podium for 12 seconds before giving up. Other performers had not picked up their awards as the time for the telecast neared in the neighboring Staples Center.
"Apparently, they're ditching us to run next door," Lauper said. "I accept this for, um," then she looked at the envelope to check his name, "Darius. I'm sure he thanks the Academy, and all his friends and family and his mom."
Other performers not picking up their awards late into the three-hour pre-telecast show included Alicia Keys, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell Williams and the directors of the music video for Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie."
Rucker won two Grammys in 1996 as part of Hootie & the Blowfish, which was formed while the bandmates were students at the University of South Carolina. He has become a successful country act in recent years.
Rucker was traveling Monday and not available for comment, McFarland said.
He tweeted a picture of the Grammy envelope with his name listed as the winner: "Man, last night was amazing. Thanks to everyone who made #WagonWheel what it is today."
This link starts at Rucker's category in the pre-telecast.