Saturday, December 7, 2013

56th Annual Grammy Nominations Reveal Some New (and Old) Surprises

The nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday night in an hour-long CBS special hosted by LL Cool J. Gracing the Nokia Theater stage with live, interspersed performances between nomination announcements were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Miguel, among others.

Many of the usual country/roots suspects came away with nominations this year with Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton both earning multiple nominations. But there were some nice new surprises as well. Newcomer Kacey Musgraves scored multiple nominations including Best Overall New Artist, Best Country Song and two songwriting nominations. Even some country legends got into the act. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were both nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "You Can't Make Old Friends" and Guy Clark was nominated for Best Folk Album.

Just six categories were announced during the 60-minute concert/reveal, but the full list was disclosed shortly thereafter. The winners will be selected on January 26. Here are the nominees in the country/roots/folk/Americana categories:
Best Country Solo Performance

"I Drive Your Truck"
Lee Brice

"I Want Crazy"
Hunter Hayes

"Mama's Broken Heart"
Miranda Lambert

"Wagon Wheel"
Darius Rucker

"Mine Would Be You"
Blake Shelton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

"From This Valley"
The Civil Wars

"Don't Rush"
Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill

"Your Side Of The Bed"
Little Big Town

"Highway Don't Care"
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

"You Can't Make Old Friends"
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton

Best Country Song

"Begin Again"
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
Label: Big Machine Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Taylor Swift Music

"I Drive Your Truck"
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
Track from: Hard 2 Love
Label: Curb Records; Publishers: Vistaville Music/Happy Tears Music/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Watch This Girl Publishing/Great Day At This Music/Beattyville Music

"Mama's Broken Heart"
Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Label: RCA Records Label Nashville; Publishers: Tunes Of Bigger Picture/Vista Loma Music/Crazy Water Music/Little Blue Egg/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp/351 Music

"Merry Go 'Round"
Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Track from: Same Trailer Different Park
Label: Mercury Records

"Mine Would Be You"
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
Track from: Based On A True Story
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publishers: WB Music Corp/Doc And Maggie Music/Get A Load Of This Music/Vistaville Music/Happy Tears Music

Best Country Album

Night Train
Jason Aldean
Label: Broken Bow Records

Two Lanes Of Freedom
Tim McGraw
Label: Big Machine Records

Same Trailer Different Park
Kacey Musgraves
Label: Mercury Records

Based On A True Story
Blake Shelton
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Taylor Swift
Label: Big Machine Records

Best American Roots Song

"Build Me Up From Bones"
Sarah Jarosz, songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)

Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses))

"Keep Your Dirty Lights On"
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, songwriters (Tim O'Brien And Darrell Scott)

"Love Has Come For You"
Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)

"Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed"
Allen Toussaint, songwriter (Allen Toussaint)

Best Americana Album

Old Yellow Moon
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Love Has Come For You
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Buddy And Jim
Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale

One True Vine
Mavis Staples

Allen Toussaint

Best Bluegrass Album

It's Just A Road
The Boxcars
Label: Mountain Home Music Company

Brothers Of The Highway
Dailey & Vincent
Label: Rounder

This World Oft Can Be
Della Mae
Label: Rounder

Three Chords And The Truth
James King
Label: Rounder

The Streets Of Baltimore
Del McCoury Band
Label: McCoury Music

Best Folk Album

My Favorite Picture Of You
Guy Clark
Label: Dualtone

Sweetheart Of The Sun
The Greencards
Label: Darling Street Records

Build Me Up From Bones
Sarah Jarosz
Label: Sugar Hill Records

The Ash & Clay
The Milk Carton Kids
Label: Anti Records

They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration
(Various Artists)
Label: Arhoolie Records

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