(l-r) Brothers Osborne, Alison Krauss, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton
2018 GRAMMYs: 7 Facts About The Country Field Nominees
At the 7th GRAMMY Awards, the Country Field expanded category into six categories, including Best Country Album and Best Country Song, which continue to this day, along with Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
With a history including GRAMMY winners such as Glen Campbell, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Naomi Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, K.T. Oslin, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Taylor Swift, and Shania Twain, among others, the Country Field has carried an esteemed legacy as long as the genre itself, which continues with the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
Learn more about this year's Country Field with seven interesting touchpoints about the nominees.
1. Chris Stapleton, Kenny Chesney Come Full Circle
The trajectory of this year's triple nominee Chris Stapleton proceeded from Kentucky coal roots to Nashville's Music Row where he shot a song up the charts in 2007 as a co-writer on Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More."
Flash forward 10 years, and the duo have each earned their own GRAMMY nomination in the same category. Both Stapleton and Chesney are up for Best Country Album — Stapleton for his From A Room: Volume 1 and Chesney for Cosmic Hallelujah.
2. Double Nominations For Songwriters Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Behind the scenes, "two" singer/songwriter masters of country are among the co-writers for each hit tune: Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, both with previous GRAMMY wins. As a result, they'll be competing head-to-head against themselves in the category.
3. Taylor Swift, Little Big Town And An Email
Little Big Town are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit "Better Man," and the album it sprang from, The Breaker, is up for Best Country Album. "Better Man" is in the running for Best Country Song as well, which notches a Country Field nomination for its songwriter, Taylor Swift.
The band told Billboard that as they were finishing their album in the studio, an email from Swift arrived with "Better Man" attached and the message: "I love this song. It means a lot to me. What do you think?" The rest is history.
4. How Kenny Chesney Inspired Miranda Lambert
"This song sort of wrote itself," Miranda Lambert told The Tennessean about her song "Tin Man." "I felt the same emotion I feel when I hear that song … and the other two co-writers were feeling it as well."
"That song" would be fellow Country Field nominee Kenny Chesney's "The Tin Man" from his 1994 album, In My Wildest Dreams, which Lambert said was her favorite of his many hits. Along with co-writers Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, Lambert put her own spin on her tune, which earned a nomination for Best Country Song for "Tin Man." Lambert is also nominated for "Tin Man" for Best Country Solo Performance.
5. Alison Krauss: Closer To GRAMMY History?
Listeners appreciate why recordings featuring Alison Krauss singing and playing violin have won 27 GRAMMY Awards.
Krauss' "Losing You" is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance this year, giving her a chance to move up the list of top GRAMMY winners. (She is also nominated for Best American Roots Performance.)
6. Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris Team For "Craving You"
Thomas Rhett's Life Changes is nominated for Best Country Album and features Maren Morris on its first track, "Craving You." The video is a vigilante featurette with the pair blasting and punching their way through what Rolling Stone thought was essentially a version of the game "Grand Theft Auto."
The GRAMMY Camp alumni Morris is also up for Best Country Solo Performance for "I Could Use A Love Song." A win would mark her second consecutive in the category.
7. Brothers Osborne's Third Pawn Shop Nomination
Brothers Osborne — T.J. and John Osborne — have been riding their gritty brand of country crossover into a trio of Best Country Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY nominations.
Brothers Osborne's first nomination was for "Stay A Little Longer," which preceded their 2016 album, Pawn Shop, as a single. The following year, at the 59th GRAMMY Awards, the single "21 Summer" was nominated.
This year, the last track on the album was released as a single and received a 60th GRAMMY nomination, marking their third in a row in the category.
The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28, 2018, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.
Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd Top 58th GRAMMY Nominations
The Recording Academy announced nominations today for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers as determined by The Academy's voting membership.
This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martin receives six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake, and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes each earn five nominations.
The eclectic nature of this year's nominations is exemplified in the Album Of The Year category, where nominees range from the alternative and soulful rock of Alabama Shakes and Lamar's thought-provoking jazz-infused rap to the classic country sounds of Chris Stapleton, the pop emergence of Swift, and the genre-bending R&B style of The Weeknd.
"The diversity in the creative community is what makes music a universal language, and it's gratifying to see the vibrancy of today's artistic landscape reflected in this year's nominations — a testament to The Academy's voting members," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music."
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
Record Of The Year
"Really Love" — D'Angelo And The Vanguard
"Uptown Funk" — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
"Thinking Out Loud" — Ed Sheeran
"Blank Space" — Taylor Swift
"Can't Feel My Face" — The Weeknd
Album Of The Year
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd
Song Of The Year
"Alright" — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
"Blank Space" — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
"Girl Crush" — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
"See You Again" — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
"Thinking Out Loud" — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
Best New Artist
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, the nominees are "Ship To Wreck" by Florence & The Machine; "Sugar" by Maroon 5; "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars; "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar; and "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth.
The nominees for Best Dance Recording are "We're All We Need" by Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston; "Go" by the Chemical Brothers; "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar; "Runaway (U & I)" by Galantis; and "Where Are Ü Now" by Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber.
The Best Rock Performance nominees are "Don't Wanna Fight" by Alabama Shakes; "What Kind Of Man" by Florence & The Machine; "Something From Nothing" by Foo Fighters; "Ex's & Oh's" by Elle King; and "Moaning Lisa Smile" by Wolf Alice.
The nominees for Best Alternative Music Album are Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes; Vulnicura by Björk; The Waterfall by My Morning Jacket; Currents by Tame Impala; and Star Wars by Wilco.
For Best Rap Album, the nominees are 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole; Compton by Dr. Dre; If Youre Reading This Its Too Late by Drake; To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar; and The Pinkprint by Nicki Minaj.
The nominees for Best Urban Contemporary Album are Ego Death by the Internet; You Should Be Here by Kehlani; Blood by Lianne La Havas; Wildheart by Miguel; and Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weeknd.
The Best Country Album nominees are Montevallo by Sam Hunt; Pain Killer by Little Big Town; The Blade by Ashley Monroe; Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves; and Traveller by Chris Stapleton.
The nominees for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical are Jeff Bhasker, Dave Cobb, Diplo, Larry Klein, and Blake Mills.
For Best Music Video, the nominees are "LSD" by ASAP Rocky; "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" by the Dead Weather; "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar; "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar; and "Freedom" by Pharrell Williams.
This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 21,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 16 to The Recording Academy's voting members. Ballots are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Jan. 15, 2016, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 58th GRAMMY Awards telecast.
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Feb. 15, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
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Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran Lead Lineup For Pair Of Elton John Tribute Albums
With "Elton John: I'm Still Standing—A GRAMMY Salute" just a few weeks away, the Piano Man is getting a lot of love these days. Now, the track listings for two new albums of covers, Revamp and Restoration, reveal a stacked lineup of artists tackling the biggest hits penned by Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin.
Revamp offers a diverse roster of artists across various genres, from the likes of GRAMMY winners Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, P!nk, Alessia Cara and nominees like Queens Of The Stone Age, Florence + The Machine, and Demi Lovato, who collaborated with the great Q-Tip and on "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."
“On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them, and to my surprise, most of them said yes," John said in a statement. "And we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”
Restoration takes a more cross-generational, country flavored slant, with everyone from Willie Nelson to Kasey Musgraves, Dolly Parton to Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill to Dierks Bentley playing their favorite Elton tunes.
“Restoration was Bernie's project, and he’s a huge country fan,” John said, referring to his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. Together, the pair have displayed an impressive and varied artillery of influences in their music over the years.
"From day one we borrowed from everything that's good about American music – whether it's blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock – everything got thrown in the mix," Taupin said. "… It would be tiring if you just got stuck in one niche your entire career, especially when it's one as long as ours."
In all, the sprawling 26-song track list is a testament to the timeless catalog it celebrates. Take a look for yourself and mark your April calendars — Revamp and Restoration drop April 6 and "Elton John: I'm Still Standing—A GRAMMY Salute" airs April 10 at 7 p.m. PDT on CBS.
Revamp Track List
1. "Bennie and the Jets" - Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" - Coldplay
3. "I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues" - Alessia Cara
4. "Candle in the Wind" - Ed Sheeran
5. "Tiny Dancer "- Florence And The Machine
6. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" - Mumford and Sons
7. "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" - Mary J. Blige
8. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" - Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
9. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" - The Killers
10. "Daniel" - Sam Smith
11. "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me" - Miley Cyrus
12. "Your Song" - Lady Gaga
13. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Queens of the Stone Age
Restoration Track List
1. "Rocket Man" – Little Big Town
2. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" – Maren Morris
3. "Sacrifice" – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. "Take Me to the Pilot" – Brothers Osborne
5. "My Father's Gun" – Miranda Lambert
6. "I Want Love" – Chris Stapleton
7. "Honky Cat" – Lee Ann Womack
8. "Roy Rogers" – Kacey Musgraves
9. "Please" – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. "The Bitch Is Back" – Miley Cyrus
11. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – Dierks Bentley
12. "This Train Don't Stop" – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. "Border Song" – Willie Nelson
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Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt Join Hurricane Benefit Concert
Your favorite country artists have stepped up to the plate to form an all-star line-up to contribute to the hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other devastated areas.
Called Country Rising, the Nashville, Tenn., benefit show will include GRAMMY winners Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Dierks Bentley and GRAMMY nominees Sam Hunt and Martina McBride, among others.
Funds raised from the concert will go to the Country Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund was created to benefit victims from all the recent hurricanes and their affected areas, including Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.
The concert will be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 12. Tickets will go on sale starting Oct. 6.