GRAMMY AWARDS: The Country Side of Things
Sunday is Music’s Biggest Night — the Grammys air live on CBS.
Maren Morris is the country frontrunner with four nods. She grabbed nominations in the prestigious all-genre Best New Artist category, Best Country Album for Hero and Best Solo Country Performance and Best Country Song for “My Church.”
Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Brandy Clark and Sturgill Simpson are each nominated for two awards apiece.
Several country stars scored performance slots. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will sing their new single, “The Fighter.” Maren Morris is set to take the stage with Alicia Keys, and Kelsea Ballerini will team up with Lukas Graham. Little Big Town and Sturgill Simpson are also on the bill.
The 59th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Non-televised winners can be seen during the pre-telecast, which will stream live on Grammy.com, starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Here’s a complete list of the nominees in the country categories:
Best Solo Country Performance
- Brandy Clark – “Love Can Go to Hell”
- Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
- Maren Morris – “My Church”
- Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
- Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King – “Different for Girls”
- Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”
- Kenny Chesney and Pink – “Setting the World on Fire”
- Pentatonix feat. Dolly Parton – “Jolene”
- Chris Young and Cassadee Pope – “Think of You”
Best Country Song
[The award goes to the songwriter(s); artist in parentheses.]
- “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey and 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 and Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
- “Vice” – Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album
- Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town
- Maren Morris – Hero
- Loretta Lynn – Full Circle
- Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
- Keith Urban – Ripcord
MIRANDA LAMBERT: Fans Support Local Animal Shelters at Shows
Miranda Lambert‘s fans are filling up a wagon with dog food and supplies at her Highway Vagabond tour stops to support local animal shelters.
The Fill the Little Red Wagon campaign is an initiative of her MuttNation Foundation. ‘Ran says, “The Little Red Wagon was overflowing and then some. I want to thank my fans, the volunteers, the communities, the shelters, Petmate, Live Nation and country radio for their tireless efforts and for how much they care about what I love, which is the mutts.”
One lucky fan who donates to the campaign will get a chance to meet Miranda before the show.
TOBY KEITH: Too Political to Perform?
A number of citizens in Naperville, Illinois are not happy that Toby Keith will be performing at their annual Ribfest this summer.
Some have complained via social media that he’s too political and polarizing since he performed at the Inauguration concert last month.
The Exchange Club of Naperville, which hosts the event, insists it doesn’t book artists based on political beliefs. Toby will remain the headliner for the June 30th show.
TYLER FARR: MAKES SPECIAL MOMENT FOR FAN
Country stars are known for taking good care of their fans, and Tyler Farr is no exception. During a recent show, he made one awesome fan’s night by bringing the guy on stage to sing along with his hit “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.” Check out the moment BY CLICKING HERE