Country Favorites Among Grammy Nominees

grammy 2014Grammy nominations were announced in four categories Friday morning (Dec. 5) on CBS This Morning, and several Nashville artists were among the early nominees. Additional nominations have been announced throughout the day via the Recording Academy’s social media outlets.

In the Best Country Album category are Brandy Clark‘s 12 Stories, Dierks Bentley‘s Riser, Eric Church‘s The Outsiders, Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum, and Lee Ann Womack‘s The Way I’m Livin‘.

Brandy Clark scored a second Grammy nomination in the all-genre Best New Artist category, alongside Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, and HAIM.

Producer Jay Joyce (Little Big Town, Eric Church, Cage The Elephant) earned a Producer of the Year Grammy nomination, alongside Max Martin, Paul Epworth, John Hill, and Greg Kurstin.

Kenny Chesney‘s “American Kids,” Lambert’s “Automatic,” Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown,” Glen Campbell‘s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” and Tim McGraw (ft. Faith Hill)’s “Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s” earned nods for Best Country Song. The award goes to the songwriters of each composition.

Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Church, Lambert, and Carrie Underwood all earned Best Country Solo Performance nominations.

In the Americana realm, the Best Americana Album nominees included Rosanne Cash (The River & The Thread), John Hiatt (Terms of My Surrender), Keb’ Mo’ (Bluesamericana), Nickel Creek (A Dotted Line), and Sturgill Simpson (Metamodern Sounds in Country Music).

The Best Country Group/Duo Performance includes nominations for Little Big Town (“Day Drinking”), Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood (“Somethin’ Bad”), Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill (“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s”), Keith Urban featuring Eric Church (“Raise ‘Em Up”), and The Band Perry (“Gentle On My Mind”).

Other artists with Nashville ties scoring early morning Grammy nominations are Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor. Both artists are nominated for Record of the Year. Swift is nominated for her first pop radio single, “Shake It Off,” while the seemingly endless popularity of Trainor’s infectious “All About That Bass” earned a nod in the same category. They are competing against Sia‘s “Chandelier,” Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy,” and Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” (Darkchild version). Both Swift and Trainor are also up for Song of the Year, for the same compositions.

Jack White, Paramore, The Black Keys–all artists with strong Nashville ties–were among the nominees in the rock categories.

The Album Of The Year nominees will be announced on A Very Grammy Christmas (Friday, Dec. 5, 9/8c, CBS).

The 57th annual Grammy awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 8, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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57th Annual Grammy Nominations (Selected Categories)

Producer of the Year
Jay Joyce
Max Martin
Paul Epworth
John Hill
Greg Kurstin

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Gentle On My Mind,” The Band Perry
“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood

Best Country Solo Performance
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread
John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender
Keb’ Mo’, Bluesamericana
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Best Traditional Pop Album
Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Night Songs, Barry Manilow
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Sending You A Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Partners, Barbra Streisand with Various Artists

Song of the Year
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor (Songwriters: Meghan Trainor, Kevin Kadish)
“Chandelier,” Sia (Songwriters: Sia Furler, Jesse Shatkin)
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift (Songwriters: Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift)
“Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith (Songwriters: Sam Smith, William Phillips, James Napier)
“Take Me To Church,” Hozier (Songwriter: Andrew Hozier-Byrne)

Best Country Song
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert (Songwriters: Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, and Natalie Hemby)
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church (Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Laird)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell (Songwriters: Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond)
“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill (Songwriters: Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele)

Best New Artist
Brandy Clark
HAIM
Sam Smith
Iggy Azalea
Bastille

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee “Scratch” Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid The Noise and the Haste

Best Rock Song
“Lazaretto” (Jack White)/Jack White II (songwriter)
“Gimme Something Good” (Ryan Adams)/Ryan Adams (songwriter)
“Fever” (The Black Keys)/Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton, and Patrick Carney
“Blue Moon” (Beck)/Beck Hansen (songwriter)
“Ain’t It Fun” (Paramore)/Hayley Williams & Taylor York (songwriters)

Best Country Album
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
X, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is …, Mali Music
Girl, Pharrell Williams

Record of the Year
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance
“All of Me,” John Legend
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake it Off,” Taylor Swift
“Happy,” Pharrell

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Faze, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song
“Write Your Story,” Francesca Battistelli (Songwriters: Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia & Ben Glover)
“Come As You Are,” Crowder
“Messengers,” LeCrae ft. For King and Country (Songwriters: Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone)
“Shake,” MercyMe (Songwriters: Nathan Cochran, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Soli Olds, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer)
“Multiplied,” NeedtoBreathe (Songwriters: Bear Rinehart & Bo Rinehart)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
If We’re Honest, Francesca Battistelli
Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong, For King and Country
Hurricane, Natalie Grant
Welcome To The New, MercyMe
Royal Tailor, Royal Tailor

Best Gospel Performance/Song
“Help,” Erica Campbell Ft. LeCrae (Songwriters: Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, Hasben Jones, Harold Lilly, Lecrae Moore & Aaron Sledge)
“Sunday A.M. (Live),” Karen Clark Sheard (Songwriters: Rudy Currence & Donald Lawrence)
“I Believe,” Mali Music (Songwriter: Kortney J. Pollard)
“No Greater Love,” Smokey Norful (Songwriters: Aaron W. Lindsey & Smokie Norful)
“Love On The Radio,” The Walls Group (Songwriter: Kirk Franklin)

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