Ladies and Gentlemen, Your 2013 Country Grammy Nominees

Well, we have a pretty likable field of country-oriented Grammy nominees this time around.

In the album categories, I’m especially tickled by nominations for The Time Jumpers, Jamey Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, and the Guy Clark tribute This One’s for Him. The song categories are mostly solid, with nice nods for Ronnie Dunn’s “Cost of Livin'” and Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore.”

One major takeaway: Grammy voters are quite enamored of young Hunter Hayes. Besides the Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance nominations below, he also faces off against Alabama Shakes, Fun., The Lumineers, and Frank Ocean in the all-genre Best New Artist category. In fact, his three nominations tie him with Taylor Swift, whose two all-genre categories are Record of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Safe & Sound”). Looks like he’s onto something.

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “Home” – Dierks Bentley [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • “Springsteen” – Eric Church [EMI Records Nashville]
  • “Cost Of Livin'” – Ronnie Dunn [Arista Nashville]
  • “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes [Atlantic]
  • “Over” – Blake Shelton [Warner Bros. Records]
  • “Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood [19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville]

(Fun fact: Last time, this category included “Dirt Road Anthem,” “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” “Honey Bee,” “Mean,” and “Mama’s Song.” So we’re at least moving in the right direction.)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band [Republic Nashville]
  • “Pontoon” – Little Big Town [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • “Safe & Sound” – Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars [Big Machine Records/Universal Republic]
  • “On The Outskirts Of Town” – The Time Jumpers [Rounder]
  • “I Just Come Here For The Music” – Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss [Sugar Hill Records]

Best Country Song

  • “Blown Away” – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
    [19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Global Dog Music/Lunalight Music, Big Loud Songs/Angel River Songs]

  • “Cost Of Livin'” – Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)
    [Arista Nashville; Publishers: Tractor Radio Songs, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Showbilly Music]

  • “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)
    [Republic Nashville]

  • “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” – Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)
    [EMI Records Nashville/ACR Records; Publishers: Alrighty Den Music, Dean-Parnell Music, Acme Nashville]

  • “Springsteen” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)
    [EMI Records Nashville; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Sinnerlina Music/Purple Cape Music, Bug Music/Mamma’s Cornbread Music]

Best Country Album

  • Uncaged – Zac Brown Band [Southern Ground/Atlantic]
  • Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes [Atlantic]
  • Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson [Mercury Records]
  • Four The Record – Miranda Lambert [The RCA Records Label Nashville]
  • The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers [Rounder]

Best Americana Album

  • The Carpenter – The Avett Brothers [Universal Republic]
  • From The Ground Up – John Fullbright [Blue Dirt Records]
  • The Lumineers – The Lumineers [Dualtone Music Group]
  • Babel – Mumford & Sons [Glassnote]
  • Slipstream – Bonnie Raitt [Redwing Records]

Best Bluegrass Album

  • The Gospel Side Of – Dailey & Vincent [Rounder]
  • Life Finds A Way – The Grascals [Mountain Home Music Company]
  • Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail – Noam Pikelny [Compass Records]
  • Scratch Gravel Road – Special Consensus [Compass Records]
  • Nobody Knows You – Steep Canyon Rangers [Rounder]

Best Folk Album

  • Leaving Eden – Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch]
  • Election Special – Ry Cooder [Perro Verde/Nonesuch]
  • Hambone’s Meditations – Luther Dickinson [Songs Of The South]
  • The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile [Sony Classical]
  • This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark – Various Artists, produced by Shawn Camp & Tamara Saviano [Icehouse Music]

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on February 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.

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  1. Sarah says

    I saw Hunter Hayes sing and play the main stage at a folk festival when he was a ten-year-old, accordion-playing, prodigy of Cajun music. I was eleven at the time, and it was the first time I’d seen someone younger than me up on stage. Despite where he went with his career after that, I can’t quite bring myself to hate him, and feel almost proud when I think of that little kid and see him succeed now. I’ll never like his music, but I can’t blame him for going where the money is.

    I like the look of the Americana nominees, and I love seeing Don Williams and Alison Krauss nominated. It does seem to be going in a slightly better direction than last year, and there might even be more actual country at the Grammies than there was at the CMAs.

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