Grammy Nominations Bring Out A Strong Country Music Presence

The anticipation for Grammy nominations has become a spectacular event. Well at least that is how I view it. With the list of Country nods today and a big presence of female artists it’s safe to say the genre IS recognized. Maren Morris led all Country artists with four Grammy nominations, including Country Album (“Hero”), Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song (“My Church”). Maren and Kelsea Ballerini are included in the overall Best New Artist category, competing with The Chainsmokers. Chance The Rapper and Anderson. Paak. (I am officially lost with those artists)

Keith Urban was recognized with three nods: Country Album (“Ripcord”), Country Song and Solo Performance (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”). Spectacular newcomer, Brandy Clark scored two nominations; Country Album of the Year (“Big Day In A Small Town”) and Country Solo Performance (“Love Can Go To Hell”). Two-time career Grammy winner Miranda Lambert has two more nominations this year: Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance (“Vice”).

Country legend Loretta Lynn earned a nod for Album of the Year for her “Full Circle” collection as well as another legend Dolly Parton featured with the group Pentatonix on her classic hit, “Jolene.” Not in the Country category, but still worth a mention: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is a double nominee in the Contemporary Christian category, along with her family, for their album “Love Remains,” and the song, “Thy Will.”

Additionally, Lori McKenna, a Country Song of the Year nominee with “Humble And Kind,” is nominated in the Americana Album of the Year category for her LP, “The Bird And The Rifle,” which contains her version of “Humble And Kind.” She also scored an American Roots nod for her song, “Wreck You,” making her a multiple Grammy nominee. Guitar slinger Vince Gill also garnered a nod in the Best American Roots Song category as the songwriter for his group, The Time Jumpers’ song, “Kid Sister,” which is the title track of the album also earning a Best Americana Album nod. Country legend Kris Kristofferson also nominated in that category for “The Cedar Creek Sessions.”

No surprise here and nice to see the recognition of Sturgill Simpson earning nods in the Best Country Album and overall Album Of The Year categories for his “A Sailor’s Guild To Earth” while Country icon Willie Nelson gains a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.” Country duo Joey+Rory earned a nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album for their “Hymns” collection, released shortly before Joey’s passing earlier this year. Additionally, “American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry” earns a nomination for Best Music Film.

The excitement and tears of joy were abound today all over social media for all the nominees. I noticed the great mix of nominations and the strong presence of good country music and the legends still being in the game. I have my wish list of winners but nope, will keep them to myself.  Congratulations to all the artists, well deserved.

Complete list of Country GRAMMY nominations here:

Best New Artist:

    KELSEA BALLERINI

    THE CHAINSMOKERS

    CHANCE THE RAPPER

    MAREN MORRIS

    ANDERSON .PAAK

Best Country Solo Performance:

    “Love Can Go to Hell” — BRANDY CLARK

    “Vice” — MIRANDA LAMBERT

    “My Church” — MAREN MORRIS

    “Church Bells” — CARRIE UNDERWOOD

    “Blue Ain’t Your Color” — KEITH URBAN

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

    “Different For Girls” — DIERKS BENTLEY featuring ELLE KING

    “21 Summer” — BROTHERS OSBORNE

    “Setting the World On Fire” — KENNY CHESNEY & P!NK

    “Jolene” — PENTATONIX featuring DOLLY PARTON

    “Think of You” — CHRIS YOUNG With CASSADEE POPE

Best Country Song:

    “Blue Ain’t Your Color” — CLINT LAGERBERG, HILLARY LINDSEY & STEVEN LEE OLSEN, songwriters (KEITH URBAN)

    “Die a Happy Man” — SEAN DOUGLAS, THOMAS RHETT & JOE SPARGUR, songwriters (THOMAS RHETT)

    “Humble and Kind” — LORI MCKENNA, songwriter (TIM MCGRAW)

    “My Church” — BUSBEE & MAREN MORRIS, songwriters (MAREN MORRIS)

    “Vice” — MIRANDA LAMBERT, SHANE MCANALLY & JOSH OSBORNE, songwriters (MIRANDA LAMBERT)

Best Country Album:

    “Big Day In a Small Town” — BRANDY CLARK

    “Full Circle” — LORETTA LYNN

    “Hero” — MAREN MORRIS

    “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — STURGILL SIMPSON

    “Ripcord” — KEITH URBAN

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