And that's exactly what John did. He started work on Once Again more fulfilled and motivated than before. Even with all his high profile success, John says he didn't feel a lot of pressure to create "hits" for his new album.
"To me, it wasn't about hits, it was about making great songs. Every day I would go to the studio and my goal was: Let's try to make a great song and then record it the best way we can," John says. "And you make enough of those, you got a great album."
So how have the Grammys® changed John's life?
"In a lot of ways it hasn't changed. I'm still a musician. I still love to write music. I love to perform and that part of it is the same, except I get to do more now," John says. "I get to do it all the time. I get to do it in front of thousands of people cheering now instead of hundreds. I'm just happier, I think."