Following a big year, Thomas Rhett reflects on the important role his father played in his life

Thomas Rhett performs during LakeShake at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

Following his steamy New Year’s Eve kiss in Times Square with his gorgeous wife, Lauren, Thomas Rhett is taking a moment to reflect on a whirlwind 2016.

And, it’s safe to say that he is so humbled.

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On Jan. 15, the country crooner, who received his first-ever nomination for Best Country Song at the upcoming 2017 Grammy Awards for his No. 1 smash “Die a Happy Man,” appeared on NBC’s “Sunday TODAY.” While speaking to host Willie Geist, he shared his appreciation for the nod.

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He said, “As a kid I dreamed of being nominated for a Grammy. I’m so pumped to be there and be part of that environment.”

And, you could say that Thomas’ love of music came by way of his famous father, Rhett Akins. Thomas recalled how he used to tag along on his daddy’s tours saying, “Anytime he was going on the road I was looking for any excuse to fake a cough or a fever or something just so that I could get out of school on Friday and hop on the bus with my dad on a Thursday.”

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Despite being raised by country music royalty, Thomas made it clear that he wanted to step out of his pop’s shadow and have a career based on his own talent. He even formed a band in his teenage years called the High Heeled Flip Flops.

“I didn’t want people to think that I rode coattails, because my dad did a very good job of letting me make my own mistakes,” said Thomas.

And, it’s no doubt that Thomas’ hard work has paid off! In fact, he is getting ready to embark on his first-ever headlining trek dubbed as the 2017 Home Team Tour. Thomas will bring fellow country singers Kelsea Ballerini, Russel Dickerson and Ryan Hurd along on the trek, which begins on Feb. 23 in Michigan.

“I think one of my New Year’s resolutions is definitely trying to just stop and live in the moment… and cherish it,” said Thomas. “You just have to live today.”

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