Saturday, 18 February 2017

59th Grammy Awards 2017

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Country, Americana, Gospel winners listed.
Show Report, Award Performances & Red Carpet Fashion

In Brief:
GRAMMY WINNERS (Country Interest)

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Category 7): Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin - Willie Nelson Label: Legacy Recordings

Best Country Solo Performance (Category 26): "My Church" — Maren Morris
Best Country Duo/Group Performance (Category 27): "Jolene" — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton
Best Country Song (Category 28): "Humble and Kind" — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Best Country Album (Category 29): A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (Category 37)
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian
rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.
THY WILL - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters/ Track from: Love Remains

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Category 39): Love Remains - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Label: EMI Records Nashville

Best Roots Gospel Album (Category 40): Hymns — Joey+Rory
Best American Roots Performance (Category 45): House Of Mercy - Sarah Jarosz Track from: Undercurrent Label: Sugar Hill Records * WINNER *
Best American Roots Song (Category 46): 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 

Best Americana Album (Category 47): This Is Where I Live — William Bell
Best Bluegrass Album (Category 48):  Coming Home — O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor
Best Folk Album (Category 51): Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017)
A diverse all-star lineup of GRAMMY® Award nominees, GRAMMY winners, entertainers, and film and TV stars will took the stage as presenters for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast.
It took place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and was hosted by award-winning television personality and performer James Corden, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

This year's presenters included:
Singer/ songwriter Camila Cabello; current GRAMMY nominees The Chainsmokers; three-time GRAMMY winner and current GRAMMY nominee Kelly Clarkson; actress Laverne Cox; singer/songwriter Jason Derulo; five-time GRAMMY winner Celine Dion; pop/funk band DNCE; current GRAMMY nominee Halsey; actress Taraji P. Henson; actress/model Paris Jackson; previous GRAMMY nominee Nick Jonas; previous GRAMMY nominee Jennifer Lopez; three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw and five-time GRAMMY winner Faith Hill; singer/songwriter Katharine McPhee; two-time GRAMMY winners and current GRAMMY nominees Pentatonix; current GRAMMY nominee Thomas Rhett; actress Gina Rodriguez; TV/radio host and producer Ryan Seacrest; current Grammy nominee Solange; and previous GRAMMY nominee and actor John Travolta. 

Performers included Adele, Kelsea Ballerini, William Bell, Chance The Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Daft Punk, Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Tori Kelly, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Lukas Graham, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, Katy Perry, Sturgill Simpson, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and The Weeknd.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards field was led by Beyoncé with 9 nominations, followed by similarly huge stars Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West (8 each). There were 84 categories in all.

Maren Morris Led Country Grammy nominations with four nods
Going into the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Maren Morris led all Country artists with four GRAMMY nominations (previously announced on the morning of Dec 6, 2016), including Country Album (HERO), Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song (“My Church”).
Maren and Kelsea Ballerini were 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 earned 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 noteworthy: Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott was 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, snagged a Country Song of the Year nominee with "Humble And Kind," and additionally was nominated in the Americana Album of the Year category for her LP, THE BIRD AND THE RIFLE, which contained 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 which also earned a Best Americana Album nod.
Country legend Kris Kristofferson was also nominated in that category for "The Cedar Creek Sessions." 
Sturgill Simpson also earned nods in the Best Country Album and overall Album Of The Year categories for his A SAILOR'S GUIDE TO EARTH
Country icon Willie Nelson gained 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 in 2016.
Additionally, "American Saturday Night: Live From The GRAND OLE OPRY" earns a nomination for Best Music Film.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Get Underway (Country Winners)

Several Country artists were already named winners when The Recording Academy held its pre-telecast awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon (Feb 12) handing out 70 trophies prior to the prime-time telecast on CBS.
During the ceremony, Hillary Scott and her family were awarded the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for their collaborative album, LOVE REMAINS. Hillary Scott also took home the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for her song “Thy Will,” co-written with Bernie Herms and Emily Weisband.
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family-59th Grammy Awards 2017
Credit: Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)

Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs was elated following two GRAMMY® Award wins by Hillary Scott and The Scott Family -
"I'm so happy for Hillary Scott and The Scott Family," says Skaggs.  "Everyone gave their whole heart to this project. As we were working on this record we started to realize that this record was working on us. The songs were so powerful. Lots of tears, lots of prayers, and lots of joy. What a great family, what a great record, and what an awesome God we serve!" (Via Press Release)

Sturgill Simpson was one of the biggest shock surprises when he beat out Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Loretta Lynn and Brandy Clark in the Best Country Album category for his self-produced release, A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH (Atlantic Records; 15 April 2016;  Amazon UK - UK iTunes - )
He has not had a great deal of country single success but his album released in April and sold 52,464 copies to debut at #3 on the Billboard 200 and land a #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums (chart dated May 7, 2016) .
Sturgill has been compared to Waylon Jennings and the Outlaw Country genre of country music. Simpson himself counts Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Keith Whitley, and Marty Robbins as much bigger influences on his sound than Waylon Jennings. Country Music Television noted that Simpson had "a voice that recalls Merle Haggard [and] guitar licks that bring Buck Owens to mind."  

His overall sound was described by Indiewire as "a mesmerizing and sometimes bewildering mix of traditional country sounds, contemporary philosophy, and psychedelic recording-studio wizardry."

(Picture) Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson accepts the award for Best Country Album onstage at the Premiere Ceremony during The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Feb 11, 2017 | Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America)

Nominated for 4 Grammys the 26-year old Arlington, TX native Maren Morris is a GRAMMY-winner!
The "80s Mercedes" singer/songwriter was awarded with a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance.  
The singer was clearly stunned when she heard her name read by Thomas Rhett and ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello (image).

Thank you to the Recording Academy. 11 years ago, I went to the first ever GRAMMY camp. It was the first time I ever flew on a plane by myself to LA and it’s crazy to be here a decade later,” said a visibly overwhelmed Morris. “Thank you guys so much, this is amazing, thank you for giving me the most amazing year of my life. Thank you.”
The first-time GRAMMY winner also thanked her label, management team and family for her incredible debut year.
Morris beat out fellow nominees Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Carrie Underwood with “Church Bells,” Miranda Lambert with “Vice,” and Brandy Clark with “Love Can Go To Hell” for the honor.
Maren Morris >> interviewed backstage at the 59th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Tim McGraw‘s “Humble and Kind” won for Best Country Song and songwriter Lori McKenna broke up at the podium in making her acceptance speech.
“Humble and Kind” beat out Keith Urban‘s “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Thomas Rhett‘s “Die a Happy Man,” Maren Morris, “My Church” and Miranda Lambert‘s “Vice” for the honour.
The award goes to songwriters, and McKenna seemed almost stunned to have won during the pre-telecast portion of the awards show. Dressed in a simple black dress, she tearfully thanked McGraw for “creating a moment” out of her song, which she wrote to express her hopes for her own five children.

World-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton continues racking up the honours!
In 2014, The Recording Academy inducted Parton's self-penned hit JOLENE into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Now, in 2017, that same song, released as a collaboration with Pentatonix, was awarded a Grammy in the Country Duo/Group Performance category. Watch the collaborative performance >> here.
"Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene," said Dolly Parton. "I am so happy and am so very proud of Pentatonix. The song is one of my favorites. Thanks to the Grammys, but most importantly thanks to all the fans. I love you all."
The award-winning collaboration between Pentatonix and Parton happened through a partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which has enjoyed success with both acts in the past with exclusive editions of albums from each. In Parton’s case, the partnership stretches back to her 2009 Backwoods Barbie Collector's Edition project, which was followed by the release of An Evening With…Dolly and became the first Gold album-ever certified by the RIAA for Cracker Barrel Music. That relationship has continued with her latest Dolly Records / RCA Records release Pure & Simple. Released in the summer of 2016, the album – which netted Dolly her first chart-topping album since 1991 – was released in a deluxe Cracker Barrel-exclusive edition that featured live performances of her classic hits “9 To 5” and “Jolene” from the Glastonbury Festival, along with a 48-page ZinePak magazine filled with photos and interviews highlighting memorable stories from Parton. The collaboration is not part of any of the packages, however, is available for digital download here:

“Cracker Barrel is thrilled to have brought these two extraordinary talents together, Dolly Parton and Pentatonix, as part of our Spotlight Music Program for the exclusive collaboration of “Jolene." We share in the celebration of their GRAMMY Award win as they are both a special part of the Cracker Barrel family,” said Don Hoffman, VP of Marketing at Cracker Barrel.
CTK Management CEO Danny Nozell said, "The collaborative video produced by Cracker Barrel between Pentatonix and Dolly has been viewed over 22 million times and has now won a Grammy. Dolly proves, once again, that she is making music that the fans will respond to."
Parton's 2016's Pure & Simple North American Tour was the highest grossing tour of her career, performing over 60 shows.

Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill won his 21st Grammy trophy —this one for Best American Roots Song. In so doing, he also reaped the first Grammy for The Time Jumpers, the band of superstar sidemen of which Gill is a member.
Vince Gill
Gill's winning song was “Kid Sister,” the title track for The Time Jumpers' latest Rounder Records album. He wrote it in honour of vocalist Dawn Sears, wife of TTJ fiddler Kenny Sears and a long-time member of the band who died of cancer in 2014.
I wish you all would have had the chance once in your life to hear the voice of the woman I wrote this song about,” said Gill to the Grammy audience in Los Angeles.  “Her name was Dawn Sears. And on behalf of myself and The Time Jumpers, we got to perform a song  that I wrote to honor her.  It was one of the greatest thrills in my life and one of the best voices you’ll ever hear in your life.  I encourage you to find her voice.” Apart from her work with The Time Jumpers, Sears toured as Gill’s backup vocalist for 22 years.

On February 10, The Time Jumpers' three fiddlers—Sears, Joe Spivey and Larry Franklin—were jointly inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame during the band's show at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fiddlers Randy Howard and Papa John Creach were inducted posthumously.
To date, The Time Jumpers have earned six Grammy nominations: two for their first album, Jumpin’ Time, two more in 2013 for their self-titled release on Rounder Records, and their fifth and sixth this year for Best Americana Album for Kid Sister and Best American Roots Song for the title track.
The Time Jumpers' 10 members are Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (vocals, fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (vocals, fiddle), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (vocals, drum). 

Willie Nelson, building on an affinity for standards he established with the 1978 release Stardust won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Category 7): Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy Recordings).
Release Date: 26 Feb 2016 11 Tracks/ Time: 36:15 (CMP Feb 2016; 3.1/2 Stars) Amazon UK - MP3 -

Willie Nelson decided to record it after the Library of Congress awarded him the prestigious Gershwin Prize in 2015. It was clearly a good call earning Nelson his eighth Grammy Award.
In addition to his eight career Grammys, Nelson also has received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Previous Grammy wins include two for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals "Lost Highway" (2007; with Ray Price; 50TH Annual Grammy Awards) for and "Mendocino County Line" (2002; 45TH Annual Grammy Awards).
Nelson wasn’t on hand to accept. He had cancelled several performances in the past week, including shows in Arizona and New Mexico on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11. At present, Nelson is still scheduled to perform on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the San Antonio Rodeo.
"To get a Gershwin award for anything is great but to get one for songwriting is especially great because Ira and George Gershwin were just fantastic writers,” the “Crazy” composer said last year. “They wrote some of the greatest songs ever. The Gershwin songs have been here for many many years. When I was just a small guy, I remember hearing all these great Gershwin songs and they'll be around forever because great music like that just does not go away." Willie welcomed a couple special guests on the 11-track collection. Sheryl Crow adds her vocals to “Embraceable You,” while Cyndi Lauper reprised the song she sang with the country icon at the tribute in the nation’s capital, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

Nelson’s win capped an eventful afternoon for Austin-associated acts. Wimberley-raised Sarah Jarosz won her first two Grammys, for Best Folk Album and Best Traditional Roots Performance, while also serving as a presenter at the daytime ceremony that preceded the televised evening awards.
Born in Austin and raised in Wimberley, 25-year-old Sarah Jarosz now lives in New York, but Central Texans shared in the joy when she won two Grammys on Sunday afternoon. “This is just such a thrill, a dream come true,” Jarosz said from the ceremony in Los Angeles as she accepted the award for best folk album for UNDERCURRENT (#117 peak Billboard 200; released June 16, 2016 Amazon UK), shortly after winning best American roots performance for “House of Mercy.”

The Americana Music Association℠ congratulated William Bell on his big GRAMMY® win Sunday night in the Best Americana Album category for THIS IS WHERE I LIVE. The Stax Records icon also delivered an electrifying rendition of his co-penned Albert King song "Born Under a Bad Sign" alongside Gary Clark Jr. on the GRAMMYs® main stage during the live broadcast, which can be viewed here:

We also wish to congratulate Sarah Jarosz, who took home multiple awards for Best Folk Album with Undercurrent as well for Best American Roots Performance with "House of Mercy."
Additional winners in the American Roots field included Bobby Rush (Porcupine Meat) for Best Traditional Blues Album, Fantastic Negrito (The Last Days of Oakland) for Best Contemporary Blues Album, O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor (Coming Home) for Best Bluegrass Album.

Rory Feek
Rory Feek left the audience welling up at the Grammys on Sunday night as he dedicated his award to his late wife and duet partner Joey (Sept 9, 1975 – March 4, 2016). Joey+Rory collected a heartbreaking victory with Hymns That Are Important to Us, a former No.1 and GOLD certified country album. Hymns, the #2 top-selling country album in 2016, was among the Top 10 on the Country Music sales chart for 20 weeks and was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 for six weeks.
Gospel singer, Rory, 51, became emotional as he picked up Best Roots Gospel Album for the last album the pair - who performed as Joey + Rory - had recorded together, HYMNS: That Are Important to Us.
Her father, Jack Martin, attended the pre-telecast with Rory.
During his acceptance speech, which came 11 months after Joey Feek passed away from cervical cancer, Rory explained: 'This is for my wife.' ..Read more
In a non-televised segment, the Washington Post reported Rory said: 'She sang her vocals in hotel rooms while she did chemo and radiation and it finally came out a year ago, almost exactly. 'And we sat together in the final days and watched this award ceremony last year — and she said, "If we get nominated, promise me you will come." And I said, "I will."
Rory added that Joey had beamed and said 'If we win, I’ll know before you will.' He added: 'This is to my wife. Thank you so much.
Last year at the 58th Grammy Awards they were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with "If I Needed You"  

59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards
Winners & Nominations List (Country Interest)

For recordings released during the Eligibility Year October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016
Note: More or less than 5 nominations in a category is the result of ties.
Album Of The Year (Category 2):
25 — Adele * WINNER *
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Best New Artist (Category 4):
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper * WINNER *
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

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 * WINNER *
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 * WINNER *
"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 * WINNER *
"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) * WINNER *
"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 * WINNER *
Ripcord — Keith Urban

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (Category 37)
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian
rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.

TRUST IN YOU - Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren & Paul Mabury, songwriters /Track from: How Can It Be
PRICELESS - For King & Country; Benjamin Backus, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters/ Track from: Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. [The
Anniversary Edition]
KING OF THE WORLD - Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant, Becca Mizell & Samuel Mizell, songwriters/ Track from: Be One
THY WILL - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters/ Track from: Love Remains * WINNER *
[EMI Records Nashville; Publisher(s): W.B.M. Music Corp./EKT Publishing, admin. by W.B.M. Music Corp./WB Music Corp./Thankful For This Music, admin. by WB Music Corp./Songs of Universal,
CHAIN BREAKER - Zach Williams; Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

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 * WINNER *

Best Roots Gospel Album (Category 40):
Better Together — Gaither Vocal Band
Nature's Symphony In 432 — The Isaacs
Hymns — Joey+Rory * WINNER *
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 * WINNER *

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 * WINNER *
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 * WINNER *
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 * WINNER *

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 * WINNER *

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) * WINNER *
Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890-1990 — Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Performances
Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood lit up the stage at 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards quite literally when their stage was set on fire performing their collaboration “The Fighter” (>> Video) for the first time ever on television.
The performance was introduced by actor John Travolta, who said the duo was the most dynamic pair since Danny and Sandy, a reference to his role in the iconic musical Grease. Urban opened the song solo with his guitar in front of a reflective backdrop, with the Oklahoma powerhouse vocalist joining from side stage, donning a form-fitting silver mini dress.
The song is the fifth single from Urban’s GRAMMY-nominated album RIPCORD. It’s now impacting at Country radio.

Maren Morris hit the stage fresh off her very first GRAMMY Awards win for one of the night’s most memorable performances. The first-time winner felt confident with GRAMMYs-veteran Alicia Keys by her side for a powerhouse performance of Morris’ song “Once.” (>> Video)
Prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the Texas native shared that the performance of the track marked the television debut of the song.
Morris strutted her stuff across the stage in a black caped-leotard, donned with purple, embellished flowers. The outfit was complete with glitter stockings and gold microphone. Keys collaborated her look as well, wearing a black and gold glitter jumpsuit.
“Once” is the album closer on Morris’ debut album HERO (2 June 2016; Amazon UK) and was co-written with busbee.
The GRAMMYs performance wasn’t the only time Morris and Keys have shared a stage together. The two bonded when they filmed an episode of CMT Crossroads, which aired late last year.

Kelsea Ballerini took flight during her first-ever performance on the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. While she not a winner during the ceremony, the budding superstar made sure everyone took notice of her endless talent when she combined forces with fellow nominee Lukas Graham for a collaboration of their songs “Peter Pan” and “7 Years” respectively. (>> Video)
Former American Idol host Ryan Seacrest introduced the performance of the stand-out acts. As cameras panned out, the two artists were found amidst the audience on a small, round stage. Graham and Ballerini spent the duration of their performance switching between their smash hits.
The Tennessee native was nominated for the all-genre award Best New Artist, alongside fellow country starlet Maren Morris.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Highlights
For a night that was billed as a coin flip between two superstars -- Beyoncé and Adele -- it was Adele who took home the top honours, winning Album of the Year for 25 and Song and Record of the Year for "Hello" at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
In total, the British singer won five Grammys on the night -- adding Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance -- as she repeated her feat from 2012, when 21 and its single "Rolling in the Deep" swept the top three honors as well.

Rollingstone: Grammys 2017: 5 Reasons Why Adele Won Album of the Year Instead of Beyonce: Controversial victory upholds longstanding Grammy traditions

Billboard: All the 2017 Grammys Performances Ranked Worst to Best

#18. Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood
They may not have been, as John Travolta promised in his intro, "The most dynamic duo since Sandy and Danny," but Keith and Carrie still did a fine job during the performance of their '80s synth-laden duet "The Fighter." But in a night full of absolute stunners, the performance of a song this lightweight just didn't make a lasting impact.

#17. Kelsea Ballerini & Lukas Graham
Our hats are off to whoever pulled off the difficult task of weaving Kelsea Ballerini's "Peter Pan" with Lukas Graham's "7 Years." While the arrangement was effective, the question remains: Did the world need this mashup just because they're both wistful songs about childhood slipping away as life inevitably marches on? Answer: Not really.

#16. Sturgill Simpson & Dap-Kings
Pairing soul-influenced country singer Sturgill Simpson with the late Sharon Jones' backing band the Dap-Kings was an elegant touch and nice tribute to Jones, and their performance of Simpson's "All Around You" was lovely. But again, in a night of truly standout live performances, this wholly competent collab falls toward the bottom half of our list.

#8. Bee Gees Tribute
What could have easily been a disaster (contemporary artists covering Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever material) was actually an unqualified success, with Demi Lovato demonstrating she's vocally one of the most versatile in the biz with a funky, superb run-through of "Stayin' Alive," Tori Kelly turning "Tragedy" into a victory, Andra Day owning the slinky sexiness of "Night Fever" and Little Big Town doing a lovely "How Deep Is Your Love." Who knew Bee Gees were just what 2017 needed?
The Bee Gees' sole surviving member Barry Gibb lead a standing ovation after the all-star tribute he received at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Andra Day, and Tori Kelly collaborated onstage LA's Staples Center for a groovy medley of the disco trio's seventies hits. Read more:
Four-part harmony: Little Big Town put a fun country spin on How Deep Is Your Love? that got both Rihanna and Carrie Underwood dancing in the audience…Read more: Daily Mail

#2. Maren Morris & Alicia Keys
The nicest surprise at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards was how remarkable country newcomer Maren Morris and Grammy fave Alicia Keys sounded together. On a stage set-up that looked ripped from The Beauty and the Beast, Keys -- decked out in a sick disco diva catsuit -- and Morris traded powerhouse vocals on a stunning duet version of Morris' Hero song "Once." Please, someone out there, make a studio version of this happen.

Billboard - 37 Things You Didn't See on TV at Grammys 2017
2:28 p.m.: Rory Feek takes the stage to accept best roots gospel album for Joey + Rory's Hymns. Before Joey died last year, she told her husband: "Remember: If we win, I'll know before you do."

2:33 p.m.: Sturgill Simpson begins his Grammy night on the right foot by winning best country album for A Sailor's Guide to Earth (which is nominated later in the evening for album of the year). "Like six years ago I was in Utah working on a railroad, and my wife made me quit that job to move to Nashville," he says onstage. "So thanks to her."
6:11 p.m.: When Maren Morris wins best country solo performance and shouts out her experience at Grammy Camp as a kid, the Recording Academy employees backstage all cheer.
6:46 p.m.: Morris gives a breakout performance of her song "Once," keeping up with Alicia Keys and at times even surpassing her duet partner. The crowd is hooting and clapping through the full performance.

Sunday Night’s (Feb 12) telecast of the "59th Annual Grammy Awards" on CBS-TV crushed all other shows according to ZAP2IT, garnering the biggest total audience for the GRAMMYs since 2014. The prime-time portion of the GRAMMYs earned a 7.8 rating/22 share among adults 18-49, while racking up more than 26 million total viewers
It didn’t just rack up impressive viewing numbers and social media activity, it led to a boost in SPOTIFY streams for a number of artists who performed on the show.
Sturgill Simpson, Best Country Album winner who performed "All Around You" on the telecast, was up 346%.
Maren Morris, a winner for Best Country Solo Performance, who performed "Once" with ALICIA KEYS, was up 2884%.

Keith Urban/ Carrie Underwood's "The Fighter," up 461%.

(27 Jan 2017) Various Artists - 2017 GRAMMY Nominees (Atlantic)
The Recording Academy, Atlantic Records revealed the '2017 Grammy Nominees' Album Track Listing For January 20th Release

The Recording Academy’s Grammy Recordings and Atlantic Records revealed the track listing for the "2017 GRAMMY Nominees" album, which released in America on January 20th in stores and via digital retailers. 

The latest instalment of the best-selling series -- now in its 23rd year -- features a collection of GRAMMY-nominated music for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. A portion of album proceeds benefit the Grammy Museum Foundation and Musicares Foundation.

The "2017 GRAMMY Nominees" album features 21 hits, including Album Of The Year nominees Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson and Best New Artist nominees Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Maren Morris, and Anderson .Paak, among others.

Music fans can log on to or to purchase the album.
It can also be found at Amazon UK | UK iTunes |
Country Tracks:
8. Kelsea Ballerini "Peter Pan" Best New Artist  
9. Maren Morris "My Church" Best New Artist Best Country Solo Performance Best Country Song  
10. Sturgill Simpson "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)" Album Of The Year
16. Carrie Underwood "Church Bells" Best Country Solo Performance
17. Keith Urban "Blue Ain’t Your Color" Best Country Solo Performance Best Country Song
18. Brandy Clark "Love Can Go To Hell" Best Country Solo Performance
19. Thomas Rhett "Die A Happy Man" Best Country Song
20. Miranda Lambert "Vice" Best Country Solo Performance Best Country Song
21. Tim McGraw "Humble And Kind" Best Country Song

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet

Brandy Clark - "Classic edgy": Nominated for Best Country Album category she wore a Style Mafia jacket paired with
flared Double Weave Flare Pants by Milly ($395; Product). She added Daya by Zendaya shoes, carried a Nicoli clutch
Ring (pinky) Everett NYC, Ring (ring finger) – Aldo (Image)

Carrie Underwood -  The Best Country Solo Performance nominee wore a dramatic, long-sleeved Elie Madi gown with gold hoop Nigaam earrings, EFFY jewels and Jimmy Choo ‘Max’ sandals. (Image)

She then sparkled in a silver mini dress during her performance of "The Fighter" with Keith Urban then a third look changing into a floaty black-and-white gown with a plunging neckline.

Cassadee Pope – After announcing her engagement on Fri (Feb 10) breaking Valentines hearts, the 27-year-old Best Country Duo/Group Performance nominee hit the red carpet in a glittering silver Julia Clancey crushed sequin halter gown & carried a small "Emanuelle" Kate Spade New York clutch, Stylist & Costume Design (Sophie Lopez) with her diamond band on her ring finger. (ImageImage)

Dierks Bentley -  There with his wife Cassidy she wore a dazzling black Steph Audino "Ciara" halter neck fitted fishtail gown. The detailed sequin fabric design comes with Bodysuit, 20cm Train , styled with SA Metal Belt ($790; Product Detail)
She added Stuart Weitzman shoes and Graziela Gems courtesy of Stylist (Krista Roser). The Best Country Duo performance nominee sported a Giorgio Armani midnight blue tuxedo.

Elle King – High Spring Goddess: She wore a flower-appliqued pink off-the-shoulder gown by Teuta Matoshi Duriqi and matching Lirika Matoshi flower headband. Elle was "accidentally high" on the Grammys red carpet when the Ex's and Oh's Americana star revealed she had eaten some marijuana muffins ahead of the Los Angeles ceremony and was feeling the effects during her red carpet interviews on Sunday.
Elle took to Instagram to share a series of shots from her televised interviews and besides one snap, in which she is gazing off into the distance while the person next to her is being interviewed, she wrote, "Note to self. Don't eat a bunch of pot muffins before the Grammys red carpet. (Image - Image)

TOP (L-R): Brandy Clark (Style Mafia), Carrie Underwood (Elie Madi), 
Cassadee Pope (Julia Clancey), Elle King (Teuta Matoshi Duriqi)
BOTTOM (L-R): Hillary Scott (Jenny Packham), Karen Fairchild, 
Kimberly Schlapman (Greta Constantine), Kelsea Ballerini (Ines Di Santo)  

Faith Hill – Hollywood Glam: The 49-year old "There You'll Be" star wore an elegant, long-sleeved red keyhole-cutout Zuhair Murad gown from the designer’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection. She added red ankle-tie sandals by Stella Luna and wore a bold red lippie (Image - Fashion Pic
Faith Hill, was joined by husband Tim McGraw, where the duo took the stage to present trophies (Album of the Year) during the ceremony. Her husband of over two decades and Best Country Song nominee wore a fitted black two-piece suit with a crispy white button-down shirt.

Hillary Scott - Lady A: She dazzled in a star-beaded column Jenny Packham dress. She added Stuart Weitzman shoes,
Kimberly McDonald jewelry and wore romantic, flowing waves. (Image - Fashion Pic

Kelsea Ballerini - Before taking the stage to perform the Best New Artist nominee walked the red carpet in an Ines Di Santo Fall/Winter 2017 Lisette corset gown. She accessorized with a Beth Miller Pavé Diamond Open Floral Ring ($2,695.00), Graziela Gems Lily Stud Earrings ($3,115.00) and Stuart Weitzman Bebare Platform Sandals ($244.99). (Image)

She changed into a colorful Nicolas Jebran pantsuit adding Beth Miller pave' diamond open floral ring in rose gold and polki diamond spike earrings set in oxidized sterling silver to perform alongside Lukas Graham.

She wore a Thai Nguyen Atelier Spring 2017 blue asymmetric dress with an embellished side panel backstage at the 2017 Grammy Awards. (Fashion Pic)

Karen Fairchild - Tassel lampshade: Karla Welch styled The Little Big Town singer (Image) whilst her pal Kimberly Schlapman
wore a Greta Constantine Fall 2016 cutout plum gown Styling (Karla Welch)

Maren Morris - Elegance and Fun: The “80s Mercedes” singer-songwriter wore a purple lace Michael Costello "Fairlady" gown with a lace bodice and double slits from the designer’s Spring 2017 collection. (Image)
Maren performed with Alicia Keys wearing an embellished Michael Costello Spring 2017 floral cape bodysuit.
In the press room Maren wore an embellished Genny Fall 2016 cut-out dress as she posed with her Best Country Solo Performance award.

Sarah Jarosz – The two time Grammy winner wore a metallic Rachel Comey double-faced sequined dress and Coppa peep-toes heels. (Image)

Dwight Yoakham – There on presenter duties he spared NO EFFORT with the casual not well proportioned demin look pictured with Emily Joyce. (Image)

TOP (L-R): Maren Morris (Michael Costello) , Sarah Jarosz (Rachel Comey), 
Faith Hill (Zuhair Murad),
BOTTOM (L-R): Dierks Bentley & Cassidy (Steph Audino), 
Dwight Yoakham , Tim McGraw   

Adele:  Dramatic look: The 28-year old London singer wore a long-sleeved, embellished olive green Givenchy gown from the Fall 2016 Couture collection. Signature dramatic makeup and a softly upswept chignon completed her Grammy look | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017 (Image)

Beyonce – Golden Goddess: The most nominated woman in Grammys history, Queen Bey slayed with her custom Peter Dundas gown celebrating her pregnancy curves. The dress featured cold shoulder cut outs, bell sleeves and strategically placed embellishment on sheer nude fabric. (Image) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017
Following her performance look, Beyonce collected two Grammys and wore a Peter Dundas red sequin gown (Image

Celine Dion –The 48-year old "Think Twice" singer/ diva wore an emerald green Zuhair Murad gown from the Spring 2017 Couture collection with stunning jewels, including DVANI emerald with diamond earrings. Shoes (Gucci) Styling (Law Roach) |

Chrissy Teigen Provocative appeal: The 31-year old model sported one of the best dresses wearing a sheer black Roberto Cavalli Spring 2017 gown with strappy detailing and cut-out accents.  Styled by guru Jen Atkin. (Image) |

Demi Lovato – Smoldering Style: The 24-year old American singer/ actress wore a Julien Macdonald Spring 2017 gown with see-through and peek-a-boo, body-con features. Paired with an Edie Parker clutch and David Yurman jewels. Stylist (AVO Fashion) (Image

Erika Jayne - Putting on the Glitz: The 45-year old US singer & TV personality wore a Balmain dress bringing sequins to the party to create the signature geometric patterning. She added Christian Louboutin suede pumps and long wavy locks with the half topknot.(Image

TOP (L-R): Adele (Givenchy), Chrissy Teigen (Roberto Cavalli), 
Demi Lovato (Julien Macdonald), Erika Jayne (Balmain)
BOTTOM (L-R): Girl Crush (Armdour), Heidi Klum (Philipp Plein), 
Jennifer Lopez (Ralph & Russo), Katharine McPhee (Thai Nguyen Atelier) 

Girl Crush - Candy-esque: Wearing a Armdour design, Makeup (AMéL). Not to be confused with the Little Big Town song, this recording artists’ song "Pillz" went to No.1 on the global dubstep charts. She self-describes herself as "fun and fierce" Watch >> "Call Me Trouble" ft Lex Lu  (Image

Heidi Klum – Disco Ball: The 43-year old German-American model kept things simple and sexy, wearing a Philipp Plein chainmail mini dress styled with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a matching clutch. (Image)

Halsey - Electrifying, vibrant blue/ half-dressed: The 22-year old electropop artist wore a Christian Wijnants Spring 2017 ensemble. She accessorized with a Vita Fede body chain. (Image) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017

Jacqueline Van Bierk – CD Sparkle: The electro pop singer/ songwriter who an Andres Oriano dress, Make-up (Nichole Shawn Ray) (Image) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017

Jennifer Lopez - Perfection in Pink: She wore a Ralph & Russo Spring 2017 gown for a delicately feminine, softly chic moment.
Rings & bracelet (Butani) rings, Fashion Stylist (Rob Zangardi) (Image) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017

Joy Villa - Trump Inspired: After wearing a MAGA 'Make America Great Again' fishtail dress the 25-year old singers album went from ranked 543,202 to #1. (Image)
Kat Graham – Oozed glam: The 27-year old actress/model/ singer/ dancer donned a sparkly tri-color Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2016 Haute Couture one-shoulder gown. She sported a sleek straight ombre hairstyle adding black satin platform sandals.
 (Image - Image - Video) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017

Katy Perry – The 32-year old "Roar" singer wore a Tom Ford Fall 2016 runway collection outfit. Jewels (Lorraine Schwartz), Rings (Nude Diamond), Styling (Amie Mizrahi) (Image) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017
She later wore a Zuhair Murad Fall 2016 black peplum jumpsuit with gold buttons and trouser front slits to the 2017 Universal Music Group Grammy After Party (Image)

Katharine McPhee -  The 32-year old actress/ singer-songwriter wore a Thai Nguyen Atelier Fall 2016 "Mia" gown adding Jewels (Sara Weinstock), Diamond earrings (EFFY), Hair (Chad Wood) (Image) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017

Kaya Jones - The Former Pussycat Dolls Canadian-American pop singer/ model and actress wore a form-fitting Mac Duggal dress. Shoes (De Blossom Collection), Nails (Sparkle Nail Bar), Styled (Gabriela de Cos) (Image) | The 59th GRAMMY Awards, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA  12 Feb 2017

Lady Gaga - Bewildering Best: Wore chain-accented hot pants and a cropped jacket by Alex Ulichny (Image)
Performance: Wearing her ‘I’m with the band’ t-shirt, she performed with Metallic wearing a customised vintage t-shirt with more chains, fishnets and safety pins to ensure this was certified rock chick look (Image).
After-Party: Black leather dress courtesy of Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2017 Couture collection with a lightning bolt Swarovski embellishment which saw her boogie the night away with the ultimate dance partner John Travolta (Image) at the Interscope Grammy After Party.

Laverne Cox - The ‘OITNB’ actress debuted a one-shoulder leather Bryan Hearn design with figure-framing cutouts. She complemented her LBD with black Stuart Weitzman Nudist strappy sandals. (Image

Lea Michele – Sheer Moments: The 30-year old American actress, singer donned a beautifully intricate halter top Roberto Cavalli two-piece gown. Jewels (Dana Rebecca Designs) , Style (Charlotte Olympia), Makeup (Mélanie Inglessis; soft mono chromatic pink ), Hair (hairbyjohnd; sleek and chic) (Image)

Paris Jackson - The 18-year-old (daughter of Thriller Legend Michael) wore a richly multi-hued Balmain Spring 2017 cut-out gown adding a bit of electric colour via a holographic Kotur clutch. Jewels (Kimberly McDonald), Hair (John D Forward Artists) Makeup (Jo Baker) (Image
Paris sported a second look whilst presenting changing into a custom Moschino tie dye maxi dress 

TOP (L-R): Katy Perry (Tom Ford),  Kaya Jones (Mac Duggal), 
Lea Michele (Roberto Cavalli),  Paris Jackson (Balmain)
BOTTOM (L-R): Paulina Rubio, Rihanna (Armani Privé), Tinashe (Alexander Wang),
 Tori Kelly (Badgley Mischka)

Paulina Rubio – The Mexican singer, actress, model and businesswoman rocked a sheer lace sequined dress. It featured a high neckline and side slits that allowed for a clear view of her leather studded booties. (Image

Rihanna – Head Turner: She wore a custom Armani Privé Spring 2017 Haute Couture crystal orange crop top with a full black skirt.  She carried a Roger Vivier "Night Box" clutch and wore Chopard jewelry. (Image

Solange Knowles – Precious metal: The 30-year old singer, songwriter, model and actress picked up her first Grammy award for her song “Cranes in the Sky” in the Best R&B Performance category. The singer wore one of the rare easy-to-wear pieces from Iris van Herpen’s Fall 2016 Couture collection. The look was styled with Stuart Weitzman ‘Alterego’ pumps and a pair of drop earrings. (Image

Tinashe - The ‘Joyride’ singer wore a black satin Alexander Wang gown from the Spring 2017 collection. The dress, with crossover straps showed off the singers perfectly toned physique. She added on-trend rosey-hued eyeshadow. (Image

Tori Kelly The 24-year old American singer, songwriter was there to perform a star-studded tribute to the BeeGees. She made a statement wearing a dark-green hued Badgley Mischka gown. Golden accessories including Neil Lane jewels and an Edie Parker clutch. (Image

Photo Credits: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images | Steve Granitz-WireImage

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