It all starts with a song, and country music in particular has always been a genre guided by light of its brightest songwriters. Here are this year's GRAMMY nominees for Best Country Song, a songwriters' award presented to the storytellers and tunesmiths behind the year's most moving moments in country music.
"Bring My Flowers Now" (Performed by Tanya Tucker)
Last year's GRAMMY Awards were all but owned by singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, who was nominated in three of the four general field categories and took home three GRAMMYs including a songwriter award for Best American Roots Song along with her longtime collaborators Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth. This year, the songwriting trio teamed up with GRAMMY-nominated country legend Tanya Tucker to pen her hit single from her first new album in a decade, While I'm Livin'.
"Girl Goin' Nowhere" (Performed by Ashley McBryde)
Last year Ashley McBryde was a first-time GRAMMY nominee with a nod for Best Country Album. This year, the title track of her debut album, Girl Goin' Nowhere, receives a nomination for both McBryde and the song's co-writer Jeremy Bussey. As the song's key lyric puts it, "Not bad for a girl goin' nowhere," indeed!
"It All Comes Out In The Wash" (Performed by Miranda Lambert)
GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert, showed she's only getting started, dropping her seventh album, Wildcard, earlier this month to widespread praise from critics and fans alike. The album's single, co-written by Lambert and a trio of GRAMMY winner, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, receives a nod for its clever "spin" on dealing with the problems life presents.
"Some Of It" (Performed by Eric Church)
Modern country megastar Eric Church, is no stranger to GRAMMY nominations, with seven so far in his career. He shows up for the third time in the Best Country Song Category, showing his range on the deep and contemplative "Some Of It," co-written by Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson. Will Church's third time in the category be a charm?
"Speechless" (Performed by Dan + Shay)
Dan + Shay had a breakout year last year, their hit "Tequila," which earned a nomination for Best Country Song and the song earned the duo their first career GRAMMY win for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. This year, they receive a nomination for their wedding modern classic, "Speechless." Co-written by Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers and Laura Veltz. One can't help but wonder if a win in the category this time around would leave the writing team, well, speechless?