Grammy Album of the Year Nominees Revealed on “A Very Grammy Christmas” Special

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Five artists got a nice Christmas present Friday night at the end of the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas: a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

After rolling out 82 out of 83 categories in all on Friday, the nominees for the most prestigious category were unveiled at the end of the special, which featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.  Conveniently, those last two artists were nominated. 

The Album of the Year nominees are:

G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Morning Phase, Beck
X (Multiply), Ed Sheeran
Beyonce, Beyonce

“Oh my gosh, dream come true!” exclaimed Sam after host LL Cool J read the nominees.  Sam is now the first male artist in 34 years — and the first male U.K. artist ever — to be nominated in all of the “Big Four” Grammy categories: Record, Song, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Sam Smith and Beyonce extend their Grammy nominations lead: they now each have six Grammy nominations, and so does Pharrell.  Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White each have four nominations.

The special featured Christmas and Grammy reminiscences from Mary, Ariana, Tim, Pharrell and Adam Levine, who admitted that even though he’s Jewish, Christmas is a special time of the year for him, too.  Tim related the story of how, as a kid searching for Christmas presents one year, he found his birth certificate, which revealed that his real father was baseball legend Tug McGraw.

The artists performed the following numbers:

Maroon 5 — A cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and a medley of “This Love” and “Animals”
Ariana Grande — “Santa Tell Me” and “Best Mistake,” the latter of which she performed with her boyfriend, Big Sean
Mary J. Blige — Her cover of U2′s “One” and “When You’re Gone”
Tim McGraw — “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Overrated”
Pharrell Williams — “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Lost Queen”
Sam Smith — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”


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Fun Facts from Friday’s Grammy Awards Nominations

NARASHere are a few fun facts coming out of Friday’s Grammy Awards nominations:

Eric Church and Miranda Lambert earned nominations in all four country categories, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders and Platinum, respectively.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill earned their sixth nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” They’ve won that trophy twice.

Beyoncé picked up several Grammy nominations Friday. She surpassed Dolly Parton‘s record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history last year.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday, February 8, live on CBS.


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RaeLynn Tackling the National Anthem for Monday Night Football

Image Courtesy Valory/Susannah BarberRaeLynn is headed to Green Bay, WI to sing the national anthem for the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons. Her performance can be seen on the ESPN broadcast starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. RaeLynn is taking her family along for the gig.

RaeLynn is climbing the country chart with her debut single, “God Made Girls.” She’s in the studio now working on her first full-length album.


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Grammy Nominees for Best Country Duo or Group Performance

NARASHere are the Grammy nominees for Best Country Duo or 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 Drinkin’,” Little Big Town
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood



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Nominees for Best Country Solo Performance

NARASThe nominees for Best Country Solo Performance have been revealed:

“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban



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Grammy Nominees for Best Country Song

NARASThe Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today. Here are the nominees in the Best Country Song category:

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney, songwriters Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert, songwriters Miranda Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, 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 featuring Faith Hill, songwriters Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson, Jeffery Steele


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Country Stars React to Their Grammy Nominations

NARASHere’s an ongoing roundup of country stars’ reactions to their Grammy nods. The nominations are being announced all day on the Grammys’ Twitter account, @thegrammys:

Miranda Lambert on her Best Country Album nod — “Pretty awesome way to wake up! Congrats to all my friends! @leeannwomack @ericchurch @dierksbentley @thebrandyclark.”

Dierks Bentley on his Best Country Album nod — “RISER album is everything to me. thx to my fans, team, and label for supporting it all year. man what a ride! the @TheGRAMMYs nom is unreal!”



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Brett Eldredge Says It’s a Pleasure Doing Business with Tour Mates Little Big Town

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge is a huge fan of his tour mates Little Big Town‘s harmonies and dynamic live show, but he’s just as big a fan of the way they do business. In fact, LBT’s approach to touring reminds Brett of something he learned from his dad.

“I mean, they’re so nice to everybody,” Brett says of Little Big Town. “I think that’s the one thing I’ve learned from my dad. He was a business guy that would shake everybody’s hand and see everybody, because people remember that. I want to work with people that I love to work with just the same way.”

Brett appreciates the laid-back vibe Little Big Town creates backstage before and after the shows, too.

He says, “Everybody’s just there to have fun and play music. It’s like, ‘This is what it’s all about.’ I know that that’s what Little Big Town’s all about.”

Brett will be on the road with Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour through December 13.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkatockWho was Jason Aldean‘s duet partner on the hit single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” ANSWER: Kelly Clarkson.


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First Batch of Grammy Nominations Revealed

NARASThe Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today.  Here are the nominees in the categories that have been announced so far:

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

Best Pop Solo Performance
“All of Me (Live),” John Legend
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake it off,” Taylor Swift

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

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams


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