Grammy Nominations Announced; New Videos from Don Williams, Hunter Hayes; Chelle Rose, The Mavericks Added to SXSW Roster

Juli Thanki | December 6th, 2012

  • The Grammy nominees were announced last night. Taylor Swift and Mumford and Sons were nominated for Record of the Year and Album of the Year, respectively. You can read the entire list  of nominations here.

Best Country Solo Performance

Dierks Bentley, “Home”

Eric Church, “Springsteen”

Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin’”

Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”

Blake Shelton, “Over”

Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”

Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars, “Safe and Sound”

Time Jumpers, “On the Outskirts of Town”

Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss, “I Just Come Here for the Music”

Best Country Song

“Blown Away,” Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

“Cost of Livin’,” Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)

“So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)

“Springsteen,” Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)

Best Country Album

Zac Brown Band, Uncaged

Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes

Jamey Johnson, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran

Miranda Lambert, Four the Record

The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

Best Americana Album

Avett Brothers, The Carpenter

John Fullbright, From the Ground Up

The Lumineers, The Lumineers

Mumford & Sons, Babel

Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Best Bluegrass Album

Dailey & Vincent, The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent

The Grascals, Life Finds a Way

Noam Pikelny, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail

Special Consensus, Scratch Gravel Road

Steep Canyon Rangers, Nobody Knows You

Best Blues Album

Shemekia Copeland, 33 1/3

Dr. John, Locked Down

Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn

Heritage Blues Orchestra, And Still I Rise

Joan Osborne, Bring It on Home

Best Folk Album

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden

Ry Cooder, Election Special

Luther Dickinson, Hambone’s Meditations

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Various Artists, This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark

  • Dave Brubeck passed away yesterday, a day before his 92nd birthday.
  • Loretta Lynn was on Nightline yesterday. Watch here.
  • Blake Shelton is the Artist of the Month at My Kind of Country. Jonathan Pappalardo takes a look back at his self-titled debut.
  • David W. Johnson’s book Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers looks like it’ll be an entertaining read.
  • SXSW announced additions to their already extensive list of acts performing at next year’s festival, including The Mavericks, Scott H. Biram, Laura Cantrell, Chelle Rose, and Richard Thompson.
  • On Monday, Taylor Swift received the Ripple of Hope Award from the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.
  • Edd Hurt wrote a feature on Wanda Jackson for the Nashville Scene.


  1. Arlene
    December 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Wow. Surprised and pleased to see John Fullbright get a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album.

  2. Barry Mazor
    December 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    IMHO they’ve done pretty well with the country song choices, though I would have had the Don Williams-Alison Krauss cut song, “I Just Come Here for the Music,” (Ramey-Taylor-Gill) on that list too.

  3. Rick
    December 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Barry, you were right about what HoneyHoney has been up to lately! Suzanne Santo was even more captivating than usual last night on Music City Roots and their style has evolved in all the right directions. Moving to Nashville was definitely the right thing for those two to do. I’d love to see them in an episode of ABC’s “Nashville” on stage at the “5 Spot”. Now, if they could just tap into the fan base of the defunct Civil Wars…

    I’s time for Rick’s Politically Correct Predictions for the Grammy Awards! Here we go:

    Best Country Solo Performance: Blake Shelton “Over” – Reason: Blake is the hottest pop culture icon among the nominees at the moment due to “The Voice” and that works at the Grammys for goodness sakes!

    Best Country Group Performance: Alison Krauss and Don Williams “I Just Came Here For the Music” – Reason: It’s Alison Krauss for goodness sakes!

    Best Country Song: “Springsteen” by Eric Church – Reason: It name checks The Boss for goodness sakes!

    Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert “Four The Record” – Reason: She’s Blake Shelton’s wife for goodness sakes!

    Best Americana Album: Mumford and Sons “Babel” – Reason: Mumford and Sons are “the” music fashion statement of the moment and selling big numbers for goodness sakes.

    Best Bluegrass Album: Steep Canyon Rangers “Nobody Knows You” – Reason: Their association with Grammy favorite Steve Martin for goodness sakes!

    Best Blues Album: Ruthie Foster “Let It Burn” – Ruthie is the embodiment of present day political correctness which gives her a big leg up for goodness sakes!

    Best Folk Album: Carolina Chocolate Drops “Leaving Eden” – Reason: They are African-American and they actually deserve to win for goodness sakes!

    I can’t wait to see how my predictions pan out! (lol)

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