Maren Morris Leads Country Grammy
Nominees With Four Nods
(6 Dec 2016)
The nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced with last year's Best New Artist winner Meghan Trainor unveiling the contestants for the marquee categories live on CBS. The field is led by Beyoncé with 9 nominations, followed by similarly huge stars Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West (8 each).
But of course, with 84 categories in all, the Grammys are always about far more than just the biggest names.
Maren Morris led all Country artists with four GRAMMY nominations on Tuesday morning Dec 6, 2016, including Country Album (“HERO”), Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song (“My Church”).
Morris and Kelsea Ballerini are included in the overall Best New Artist category, competing with The Chainsmokers, Chance The Rapper, and Anderson .Paak.
Keith Urban earned three nods: Country Album (“RIPCORD”), Country Song and Solo Performance (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”).
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 GRAMMY nominations this year: Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance (“Vice”).
A pair of Country legends also bagged GRAMMY nods: Loretta Lynn with Country Album of the Year for her FULL CIRCLE collection, and Dolly Parton, featured with Pentatonix on her classic, “Jolene.”
Not in the Country category, but still worth noting: 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." McKenna also scored an American Roots nod for her song, "Wreck You," making her a multiple GRAMMY nominee.
Vince Gill also scooped up 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 is also nominated in that category for "The Cedar Creek Sessions."
Sturgill Simpson also earns 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 grabbed 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" earned a nomination for Best Music Film.
59th Grammy Awards Nominations
Country music & Americana interest and one's we like shown in BLUE
Album Of The Year (Category 2):
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Best New Artist (Category 4):
Chance The Rapper
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Category 7):
Cinema - Andrea Bocelli Label: Verve
Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan Label: Columbia Records
Stages Live - Josh Groban Label: Reprise
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin - Willie Nelson Label: Legacy Recordings
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway - Barbra Streisand Label: Columbia Records
Best Country Solo Performance (Category 26):
"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 (Category 27):
"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 (Category 28):
"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 (Category 29):
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
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Category 39):
Poets & Saints - All Sons & Daughters Label: Integrity Music
American Prodigal - Crowder Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records
Be One - Natalie Grant Label: Curb Records
Youth Revival [Live] - Hillsong Young & Free Label: Hillsong Music Australia
Love Remains - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Label: EMI Records Nashville
Best Roots Gospel Album (Category 40):
Better Together — Gaither Vocal Band
Nature's Symphony In 432 — The Isaacs
Hymns — Joey+Rory
Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration — Gordon Mote
God Don't Ever Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson — (Various Artists)
Best American Roots Performance (Category 45)
Ain't No Man - The Avett Brothers Track from: True Sadness Label: American Recordings/Republic Records
Mother's Children Have A Hard Time - Blind Boys Of Alabama Track from: God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson Label: Alligator Records
Factory Girl - Rhiannon Giddens Track from: Factory Girl Label: Nonesuch Records Inc.
House Of Mercy - Sarah Jarosz Track from: Undercurrent Label: Sugar Hill Records
Best American Roots Song (Category 46):
Alabama At Night - Robbie Fulks, songwriter (Robbie Fulks) Track from: Upland Stories Label: Bloodshot Records; Publisher(s): Lorne Rall Music
City Lights - Jack White, songwriter (Jack White) Track from: Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998 - 2016 Label: Columbia/Third Man Records; Publisher(s): Peppermint Stripe Music
Gulfstream - Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars) Track from: Gulfstream Label: Octavia Records; Publisher(s): Grand Bayou Music/Roddie Romero Music
Kid Sister - Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers) Track from: Kid Sister Label: Rounder Records; Publisher(s): Vinny Mae Music admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing
Wreck You - Lori McKenna & Felix McTeigue, songwriters (Lori McKenna) Label: CN Records; Publisher(s): Melanie Howard Music, Inc./Rusty Muffler Songs admin. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Best Americana Album (Category 47):
True Sadness — The Avett Brothers
This Is Where I Live — William Bell
The Cedar Creek Sessions — Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & The Rifle — Lori McKenna
Kid Sister — The Time Jumpers
Best Bluegrass Album (Category 48):
Original Traditional — Blue Highway
Burden Bearer — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Hazel Sessions — Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
North And South — Claire Lynch
Coming Home — O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor
Best Folk Album (Category 51):
Silver Skies Blue — Judy Collins & Ari Hest
Upland Stories — Robbie Fulks
Factory Girl — Rhiannon Giddens
Weighted Mind — Sierra Hull
Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz
Best Album Notes (Category 67)::
The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection — Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer (Kris Kristofferson)
The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp — Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
Ork Records: New York, New York — Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along — Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)
Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890-1990 — Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)
The drama surrounding Beyonce‘s song “Daddy Lessons” off her critically-acclaimed album LEMONADE continues.
Rolling Stone Country reported that the song was allegedly given a no-go from the Recording Academy when seeking consideration in the Grammy Awards’ country categories. The pop superstar joined forces with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 CMA Awards to perform a stellar rendition of “Daddy Lessons,” releasing a special version of the song after night’s spectacle. The performance was followed by a swarm of controversy when the CMA was accused of deleting social media posts surrounding Beyonce’s appearance at the show, which the country music organization denied doing.
2017’s Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday (Dec. 6), with Beyonce leading the nominees for a total of nine nods across a variety of categories, including Album of the Year for Lemonade, Best Music Video, Best Urban Contemporary Album and even Best Rock Performance for her collaboration with Jack White on “Don’t Hurt Yourself.”