Keith Urban 'Cop Car' 'stolen from me,' claims co-writer Sam Hunt
Stephen L. Betts
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In most cases, getting the chance to hear a song you had a hand in writing featured on the Grammy Awards telecast would be cause for celebration. But for Sam Hunt, one of the writers of Keith Urban's new single, "Cop Car," which the country superstar performed on the live show with Gary Clark Jr., the occasion was obviously not as happy as one would expect. On Monday, Hunt tweeted that everything he had poured into the song was "stolen from me."
I worked hard on "Cop Car." Everything I poured into that song was stolen from me. I unfortunately can't celebrate it being on the Grammys— Sam Hunt (@SamHuntMusic) January 27, 2014
Hunt did receive a songwriting credit for the tune, along with co-authors Zach Crowell and Matt Jenkins, and has thus far offered no further explanation as to why he's had such a negative reaction. He acknowledges that the song was inspired by events from his own life in Alabama, saying, "I sort of tweaked a few parts but the basis is the same."
Hun played quarterback for the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to Nashville. He's also a co-writer of Kenny Chesney's "Come Over" and "We Are Tonight," a hit for Billy Currington.
The YouTube clip above features audio of Hunt's version of "Cop Car."