2018 Country-ish Grammy Nominations

Here are the 2018 GRAMMY Awards Nominations in the Country (ish) Category, and I use -ish for a few reasons, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Backroad”, a decent pop song, is not really country, nor is “You Look Good,” albeit another great single, feels more R&B than Country but I guess since it’s sung by Lady Antebellum, its Country, right? The other reason is that I included Americana, Gospel, Roots, and Blue Grass.

In a nutshell, there were not any country nods in the all genre categories like ALBUM, RECORD, SONG, NEW ARTIST…could this be because we’re losing our identity? We’re starting to sound like mediocre pop music and competing with people who do pop better. Just my two pennies.

The GRAMMY Awards will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 28. The final round of Grammy voting runs from Dec. 7-21.

Get the full list here.

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

• Body Like A Back Road
Sam Hunt

• Losing You
Alison Krauss
Track from: Windy City

• Tin Man
Miranda Lambert
Track from: The Weight Of These Wings

• I Could Use A Love Song
Maren Morris
Track from: Hero

• Either Way
Chris Stapleton
Track from: From A Room: Volume 1

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

• It Ain’t My Fault
Brothers Osborne
Track from: Pawn Shop

• My Old Man
Zac Brown Band
Track from: Welcome Home

• You Look Good
Lady Antebellum
Track from: Heart Break

• Better Man
Little Big Town
Track from: The Breaker

• Drinkin’ Problem
Midland
Track from: On The Rocks

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.)

• Better Man
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
Track from: The Breaker

• Body Like A Back Road
Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)

• Broken Halos
Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
Track from: From A Room: Volume 1

• Drinkin’ Problem
Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)

• Tin Man
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Track from: The Weight Of These Wings

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

• Cosmic Hallelujah
Kenny Chesney

• Heart Break
Lady Antebellum

• The Breaker
Little Big Town

• Life Changes
Thomas Rhett

• From A Room: Volume 1
Chris Stapleton

Best Roots Gospel Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.)

• The Best Of The Collingsworth Family – Volume 1
The Collingsworth Family
The Collingsworth Family

• Give Me Jesus
Larry Cordle
Larry Cordle

• Resurrection
Joseph Habedank
Joseph Habedank

• Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope
Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire

• Hope For All Nations
Karen Peck & New River
Karen Peck & New River

Best American Roots Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings.  This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).)

• Killer Diller Blues
Alabama Shakes
Alabama Shakes
Track from: The American Epic Sessions (Deluxe)

• Let My Mother Live
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Track from: Almost Home

• Arkansas Farmboy
Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
Track from: Adiós

• Steer Your Way
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
Track from: You Want It Darker

• I Never Cared For You
Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
Track from: Windy City

Best American Roots Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. 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.)

• Cumberland Gap
David Rawlings
David Rawlings & Gillian Welch, songwriters (David Rawlings)
Track from: Poor David’s Almanack

• I Wish You Well
The Mavericks
Raul Malo & Alan Miller, songwriters (The Mavericks)
Track from: Brand New Day

• If We Were Vampires
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)
Track from: The Nashville Sound

• It Ain’t Over Yet
Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White
Rodney Crowell, songwriter (Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)
Track from: Close Ties

• My Only True Friend
Gregg Allman
Gregg Allman & Scott Sharrard, songwriters (Gregg Allman)
Track from: Southern Blood

Best Americana Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.)

• Southern Blood
Gregg Allman

• Shine On Rainy Day
Brent Cobb

• Beast Epic
Iron & Wine

• The Nashville Sound
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

• Brand New Day
The Mavericks

Best Bluegrass Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.)

• Fiddler’s Dream
Michael Cleveland

• Laws Of Gravity
The Infamous Stringdusters

• Original
Bobby Osborne

• Universal Favorite
Noam Pikelny

• All The Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live]
Rhonda Vincent And The Rage

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