Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tonight! Country/Americana/Folk and Bluegrass at the Grammys .... Who Do You Think Will Win?

Tonight's the biggest night in music and Country, Americana, Folk and Bluegrass have some great artists up for awards. Here are the nominees ... who are you rooting for? Our choices for winner have an asterisk* besides them.

Best New Artist
The Band Perry * (they're in an all genre category against pop, rock and other artists)

Best Country Solo Performance
"Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" - Martina McBride
"Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton *
"Mean" - Taylor Swift
"Mama's Song" - Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson * (And a kudo to songwriter, Andy Gibson!)
"You And Tequila" - Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
"Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Thompson Square

Best Country Song
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Thompson Square (Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters )
"God Gave Me You" - Blake Shelton (Dave Barnes, songwriter) *
"Mean" - Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, songwriter)
"Threaten Me With Heaven" - Vince Gill (Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian, songwriters)
"You and Tequila" - Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter (Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters)

Best Country Album
My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean
Chief - Eric Church *
Own the Night - Lady Antebellum
Red River Blue - Blake Shelton
Here for a Good Time - George Strait
Speak Now - Taylor Swift

Best Americana Album
Emotional Jukebox -Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down - Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain - Emmylou Harris
Ramble At The Ryman - Levon Helm
Blessed - Lucinda Williams *

Best Bluegrass Album
Paper Airplane - Alison Krauss & Union Station *
Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale - Jim Lauderdale
Rare Bird Alert - Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe - The Del McCoury Band
A Mother's Prayer - Ralph Stanley
Sleep With One Eye Open - Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Best Folk Album
Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars *
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive - Steve Earle
Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
Ukulele Songs - Eddie Vedder
The Harrow & The Harvest - Gillian Welch

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