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The 55th Annual Grammy’s took place on Sunday, February 10th and our favorite country artists were well-represented with performances and more. It was impossible to pick a favorite moment, so we picked a few of the best…
Taylor Swift Brings in the Clowns: We’ve never been asked to open the Grammys (or much more than our own mail), but we’d assume it’s a big responsibility that comes with a ton of pressure. With her genre-bending, Alice-in-Wonderland-themed opener, Taylor Swift set the tone for a night of unforgettable performances with her hit about never, ever, ever, EVER getting back together. Although she nabbed a Grammy in the pre-telecast for her collaboration with the Civil Wars, it was her performance that had everyone buzzing. Most notably, there was that moment when she pulled her best Madonna, suddenly acquiring a British accent. Although much has been made about what that meant, we here at Keepin’ It Country have decided it could’ve only been aimed in one direction…
When we caught wind of just how incredible Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 was, we were simply blown away. Not only were we amazed by the laundry list of successful moments Carrie experienced, but we were exhausted just thinking about everything Carrie accomplished in only 366 days (Leap Year, y’all … are we observant, or what?)! The following is what Carrie’s year consisted of:
Country superstar Grammy nominees Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift were chosen to appear on the 2013 Grammy Nominees Album. The album, which will be released on January 22 by Capitol Records and Grammy Recordings, will feature Hunter’s “Wanted” and Taylor’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Hunter is nominated for Best New Artist, while Taylor’s single is up for Record of the Year. Also featured on the album is country music’s stepchild, Kelly Clarkson, as well as Taylor’s current opening act, Ed Sheeran.
If you don’t know the name Will Hoge yet, it’s time for us to help change that. He’s been making music for well over a decade and has garnered an impressive fan base on the merits of his often-independent releases. He’s appeared on stage at the Grand Ole Opry alongside Vince Gill, performed on GAC’s flood relief program “Music City Keep On Playin,” and has opened for the likes of Needtobreathe, Sugarland, and the Civil Wars.
The Recording Academy announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame collection. While inductees range from rock to pop, to showtunes to comedy, there are, of course, a few representatives from country music making their way into the coveted Hall of Fame! Congratulations to the following country music inductees (though, they pre-date all of our existences in this world!):
(Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison)
(Traditional arr. Stepp)
Library of Congress (1937)
“FOGGY MOUNTAIN BANJO”
Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs And The
Foggy Mountain Boys
Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman
(Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman)
The musicians behind platinum-selling country music artist Eric Church are banding together to benefit Grammy’s MusiCares and asking for other members of the industry to do the same. On September 25, 2012, Eric Church’s band will host the inaugural “Put A Club In My Hand” charity golf tournament at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, Tennessee. A shotgun start will occur at 1:30 p.m. Professionals and musicians in the industry are invited to compete for the championship, and will also have access to complimentary food, prizes, contests and more.
Looks like Hollywood is turning a little country. On December 5th, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN will host the Grammy Nominations Concert LIVE! on CBS. It’s the first time in its five year existence that the special is being held outside Los Angeles, which is something that The Recording Academy’s President and CEO Neil Portnow is pretty excited about:
“We are excited for the opportunity to bring ‘The Grammy Nominations Concert LIVE!’ to Nashville this year as we recognize our nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy awards. Nashville’s rich musical and cultural history is so important and vital to our industry, and indeed to the world — a fact The Academy has recognized for decades by locating one of our most thriving and active Chapters there. We look forward to celebrating the year in music in such a passionate, vibrant and flourishing city.”
The special is a new way for the Recording Academy to announce the nominees for the prestigious award show. Formerly, the nominees were announced through press releases from inside a hotel ballroom. The Recording Academy started the nominations concert as a way to get fans excited for the nominations and to renew interest in their award show.
Who do you hope to see nominated this year? Do you think country music has a shot at taking the major category awards?
We were just sent the date for next year’s GRAMMY awards, which will be once again held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Get ready to set your DVRs for February 10th, 2013 for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS. The Grammy Nominations LIVE Concert will be held this year on December 5th, 2012 on CBS. The concert announces the nominees in the major categories with performances from some of the biggest names in music today.
The eligibility for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominations runs from October 1st, 2011 to September 30th, 2012. Who would you vote for if you had the power?
The Recording Academy released a statement tonight on the tragic passing of music industry icon Dick Clark. He passed away from a massive heart attack earlier this morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Dick was 82 years old.
“Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.”
Our thoughts are with Dick’s friends and family during this hard time.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – The GRAMMY’s are airing tonight! All but 8 of the GRAMMY categories are handed out during the pre-telecast, including the majority of the Country categories. Find out who the winners were below!
Best Country Solo Performance
Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
I’m Gonna Love You Through It – Martina McBride
Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
Mean – Taylor Swift – WINNER
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars – WINNER
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not – Thompson Square
Best Country Song
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not – Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy – songwriters (Thompson Square)
God Gave Me You – Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
Just Fishin’ – Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill – songwriter (Trace Adkins)
Mean – Taylor Swift – songwriter (Taylor Swift) – WINNER
Threaten Me With Heaven – Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian – songwriters (Vince Gill)
You And Tequila – Matraca Berg & Deana Carter – songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)
Best Country Album will be announced and awarded tonight on the televised awards.
You can catch the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards tonight on CBS at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Country artists set to perform tonight are Jason Aldean (with Kelly Clarkson), Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood (with Tony Bennett) and The Band Perry and Blake Shelton will join Glen Campbell and the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award winner for a very special performance. Be sure to tune in!