Thursday, December 6, 2012

Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood Lead Grammy Award Nominees

Taylor Swift, who received three nominations, led the way for country acts when Grammy Award nominations were announced yesterday. Not only did she host the Grammy Nominations Concert with LL Cool J, the 22-year-old singer found out she is up for Record of the Year for her hit song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Safe & Sound."

The 55th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Here are country and Americana award nominations below:

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

■“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band [Republic Nashville]
■“Pontoon” – Little Big Town [Capitol Records Nashville]
■“Safe & Sound” – Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars [Big Machine Records/Universal Republic]
■“On The Outskirts Of Town” – The Time Jumpers [Rounder]
■“I Just Come Here For The Music” – Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss [Sugar Hill Records]

Best Country Song

■“Blown Away” – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
[19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Global Dog Music/Lunalight Music, Big Loud Songs/Angel River Songs]
■“Cost Of Livin’” – Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)
[Arista Nashville; Publishers: Tractor Radio Songs, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Showbilly Music]
■“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)
[Republic Nashville]
■“So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” – Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)
[EMI Records Nashville/ACR Records; Publishers: Alrighty Den Music, Dean-Parnell Music, Acme Nashville]
■“Springsteen” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)
[EMI Records Nashville; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Sinnerlina Music/Purple Cape Music, Bug Music/Mamma's Cornbread Music]

Best Country Album

■Uncaged – Zac Brown Band [Southern Ground/Atlantic]
■Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes [Atlantic]
■Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson [Mercury Records]
■Four The Record – Miranda Lambert [The RCA Records Label Nashville]
■The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers [Rounder]

Best Americana Album

■The Carpenter – The Avett Brothers [Universal Republic]
■From The Ground Up – John Fullbright [Blue Dirt Records]
■The Lumineers – The Lumineers [Dualtone Music Group]
■Babel – Mumford & Sons [Glassnote]
■Slipstream – Bonnie Raitt [Redwing Records]

Best Bluegrass Album

■The Gospel Side Of – Dailey & Vincent [Rounder]
■Life Finds A Way – The Grascals [Mountain Home Music Company]
■Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail – Noam Pikelny [Compass Records]
■Scratch Gravel Road – Special Consensus [Compass Records]
■Nobody Knows You – Steep Canyon Rangers [Rounder]

Best Folk Album

■Leaving Eden – Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch]
■Election Special – Ry Cooder [Perro Verde/Nonesuch]
■Hambone’s Meditations – Luther Dickinson [Songs Of The South]
■The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile [Sony Classical]
■This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark – Various Artists, produced by Shawn Camp & Tamara Saviano [Icehouse Music]

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