Exploring The Country Winners

A closer look at the winners in the country categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White
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    Lady Antebellum
February 13, 2012 -- 3:56 pm PST

You've seen the list of winners, now take a closer look at the artists winning in the Country Field categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

It was a night for Nashville's female stars to shine. Taylor Swift added two more GRAMMYs to her already crowded mantle, and fellow winners Lady Antebellum and the Civil Wars are both distinguished by the powerful vocals of their female members.

Best Country Solo Performance
Taylor Swift, "Mean"

Swift's "Mean" has become a positive anthem for her music fans worldwide. The video for the song was created in conjunction with the "Free Falling To End Bullying" campaign in conjunction with the Anderson Center for Autism. "Honestly, this song [has] been so close to my heart, and it was a song that I wrote when I was really, really hurting and going through a lot," Swift said backstage at the GRAMMYs.  

Best Country Song
Taylor Swift, "Mean"

Swift wrote all of the songs on Speak Now, including "Mean." This was a first for the artist, and something of a rarity in country music. At 22, Swift now has six GRAMMY Awards to her name. She won for Best Country Song for "White Horse" in 2009.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow"

This is the Civil Wars' first taste of GRAMMY gold. Before teaming as a duo, John Paul White and Joy Williams each had solo careers. In accepting his award, White quipped that he'd "bet a man a bottle of whiskey that this would not happen, and he just called me out for it." The duo also picked up honors for Best Folk Album for Barton Hallow.

Best Country Album
Lady Antebellum, Own The Night

This is the second Best Country Album GRAMMY for Lady Antebellum, following Need You Now in 2010. Both albums peaked at the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200. Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hilary Scott now each have seven career GRAMMYs to their credit.

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