Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves Lead Grammy Country Categories

The 2019 Grammy nominations were announced this morning. Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves topped this year’s country Grammy categories, with three nominations each.

Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour earned an all-genre nod for Album of the Year, as well as for Best Country Album, while Musgraves also earned a Best Country Solo Performance nomination for “Butterflies.” Her “Space Cowboy,” which Musgraves penned with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, also earned a Best Country Song nomination. Musgraves won Best Country Album in 2014 for her Same Trailer, Different Park album, and was nominated in the category in 2016 for Pageant Material. She also earned a Grammy in 2014 in the Best Country Song category for “Merry Go Round.”

In addition to earning all-genre nods for her work with Zedd and Grey on “The Middle,” Morris earned a nod in the Best Country Solo Performance category with “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” as well as Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Dear Hate” with Vince Gill. “Dear Hate,” which Morris co-wrote with Tom Douglas and David Hodges, also earned a nod for Best Country Song. Morris previously earned a Grammy for “My Church” for Best Country Solo Performance in 2017.

Brothers Osborne picked up two nominations, including Best Country Album (Port Saint Joe) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Shoot Me Straight”).

Chris Stapleton earned two country category nods, including Best Country Solo Performance (“Millionaire”) and Best Country Album (From A Room: Vol. 2).  His collaboration on “Say Something” with Justin Timberlake was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. To date, Stapleton has earned five Grammys, including two Best Country Album nods (Traveller, From A Room: Vol. 1), two Best Country Solo Performance honors (“Traveller,” “Either Way”) and Best Country Song (“Broken Halos”).

Little Big Town also earned a nod in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “When Somebody Stops Loving You,” while the song’s writers (Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill and Lori McKenna) earned a nod for Best Country Song for penning the track.

Lori McKenna previously earned the Best Country Song honor for the past two years, for “Humble and Kind” (2017), and in 2016 alongside Hillary Lindsey in 2016 for another LBT cut, “Girl Crush.”

Ashley McBryde earned her first nomination, in the Best Country Album category for Girl Goin’ Nowhere. Luke Combs earned his first nod in the overall Best New Artist category.

Dan+Shay‘s first nomination came in the Country Duo/Group Performance category, for “Tequila,” while Dan Smyers picked up an additional nod, alongside Jordan Reynolds and Nicolle Galyon, as a writer on “Tequila” in the Best Country Song category.

Florida Georgia Line also earned their first Grammy nomination, in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category, for their Bebe Rexha smash collaboration “Meant To Be.”

Loretta Lynn picked up nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for “Wouldn’t It Be Great?”.

 

Best Country Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.

WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT?
Loretta Lynn

MONA LISAS AND MAD HATTERS
Maren Morris

BUTTERFLIES
Kacey Musgraves

MILLIONAIRE
Chris Stapleton

PARALLEL LINE
Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.

SHOOT ME STRAIGHT
Brothers Osborne

TEQUILA
Dan + Shay

WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
Little Big Town

DEAR HATE
Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill

MEANT TO BE
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

BREAK UP IN THE END
Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)

DEAR HATE
Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)

I LIVED IT
Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

SPACE COWBOY
Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

TEQUILA
Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.

UNAPOLOGETICALLY
Kelsea Ballerini

PORT SAINT JOE
Brothers Osborne

GIRL GOING NOWHERE
Ashley McBryde

GOLDEN HOUR
Kacey Musgraves

FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2
Chris Stapleton

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