Country Stars Score Huge ‘Grammy’ Nods – How Did Your Favorite Artists Fare?

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The Grammys Do Country Stars Right This Time

Last year, the Grammys came under fire for shutting country artists and their work out of the four major categories at its 2018 ceremony.

Not a single country singer, song, or album was nominated for the year’s biggest awards: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, or Best New Artist.

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So when the nominees for the 2019 Grammys were revealed on Friday morning (December 7), country fans waited with bated breath to see if their favorite artists would be shut out of the top categories yet again.

Well you can breathe a sigh of relief, because country and Americana music earned some strong representation in those categories this year!

The Big Category Nominees Are…

In the Record of the Year category, Brandi Carlile is up for her single “The Joke.” If she wins, the trophy will also be awarded to the song’s producers, Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings.

Maren Morris also earned a nod in the Record of the Year category for her hit pop collaboration with Zedd and Grey, “The Middle.” “The Joke” and “The Middle” scored additional nominations in the Song of the Year category.

Two country/Americana stars walked away with Album of the Year nods: Carlile for By the Way, I Forgive You, and Kacey Musgraves for Golden Hour, which was already awarded the CMA Award for Album of the Year in November.

Another two country stars are up for New Artist of the Year: Margo Price and the CMA’s reigning New Artist of the Year, Luke Combs.

As For The Country Categories…

If you think all of that is exciting, hold on to your seats, because those were just the general categories!

There are also four country-specific categories, and there are some surprise nominations to be found in that batch. For example, country music legend Loretta Lynn earned a nod for Best Country Solo Performance for “Wouldn’t It Be Great?”

The song is a meaningful one to Lynn, since she sang it to her husband shortly before he passed away.

Another pleasant surprise is to see Blake Shelton get a little love for his hit single “I Lived It,” which is nominated for Best Country Song. The award is issued to songwriters, so if “I Lived It” wins, the trophy will be given to its writers Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Ben Hayslip.

Other artists scored big in the American Roots Music categories, particularly Carlile and Lee Ann Womack.

In Womack’s case, she’s up for two awards: Best American Roots Song for “All The Trouble” and Best Americana Album for The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone.

It’s humbling waking up hearing that you’ve been nominated for two #Grammys,” Womack wrote on Instagram. “It’s one of those things that just never gets old…

We bet a lot of artists are feeling the same way as they learn the news of their nominations!

Want to see how your favorite country artists fared when it came to Grammy nods this year? Check out all of the nominees in the country-specific categories below. If you’d like to see the full list of nominees, look here.

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT?”
    Loretta Lynn
  • “MONA LISAS AND MAD HATTERS”
    Maren Morris
  • “BUTTERFLIES”
    Kacey Musgraves
  • “MILLIONAIRE”
    Chris Stapleton
  • “PARALLEL LINE”
    Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “SHOOT ME STRAIGHT”
    Brothers Osborne
  • “TEQUILA”
    Dan + Shay
  • “WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU”
    Little Big Town
  • “DEAR HATE”
    Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
  • “MEANT TO BE”
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song

  • “BREAK UP IN THE END”
    Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
  • “DEAR HATE”
    Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
  • “I LIVED IT”
    Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
  • SPACE COWBOY
    Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
  • “TEQUILA”
    Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
  • “WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU”
    Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album

  • UNAPOLOGETICALLY
    Kelsea Ballerini
  • PORT SAINT JOE
    Brothers Osborne
  • GIRL GOING NOWHERE
    Ashley McBryde
  • GOLDEN HOUR
    Kacey Musgraves
  • FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2
    Chris Stapleton

A huge congratulations to everyone who was nominated! 

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