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Krauss, Plant top Grammy country nominations

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 – Alison Krauss and Robert Plant received five Grammy nominations Wednesday, including for album of the year for "Raising Sand."

Krauss and Plant also were nominated for best pop collaboration with vocals for Rich Woman. The duo's Please Read the Letter was nominated for record of the year.

Lady Antebellum was nominated in the best new artist category along with Adele, Duffy, The Jonas Brothers and Jazmine Sullivan.

Nominations for best country performance by a duo or group with vocals were Brooks & Dunn, God Must Be Busy; Lady Antebellum, Love Don't Live Here; Rascal Flatts, Every Day; The Steeldrivers, Blue Side of the Mountain; Sugarland, Stay.

Nominated for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals go to: Shiftwork - Kenny Chesney & George Strait Killing The Blues - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss House Of Cash - George Strait & Patty Loveless Life In A Northern Town - Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town Let The Wind Chase You - Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

Best Country Song nominees are: Dig Two Graves - Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis) I Saw God Today - Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait) In Color - Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson) Stay - Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland) You're Gonna Miss This - Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)

Nominations for Best Country Album were: "That Lonesome Song" - Jamey Johnson; "Sleepless Nights" - Patty Loveless; "Troubadour" - George Strait Around The Bend - Randy Travis "Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love" - Trisha Yearwood

Beset female country vocal performance nominees were: Martina McBride for For These Times, LeAnn Rimes for What I Cannot Change, Carrie Underwood for Last Name, Lee Ann Womack for Last Call, and Trisha Yearwood for This is Me You're Talking To.

Best male country vocal performance nominees were: Trace Adkins - You're Gonna Miss This, Jamey Johnson - In Color, James Otto - Just Got Started Lovin' You, Brad Paisley - Letter to Me and George Strait - Troubadour.

Best country instrumental performance nominees were Cherryholmes - Sumatra, Jerry Douglas and Lloyd Green - Two Small Cars in Rome, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Sleigh Ride, Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny Jerry Douglas and Bruce Hornsby - Is This America? (Katrina 2005) and Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner - Cluster Pluck.

Best bluegrass album nominees were: "Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe" by Cherryholmes; "Del McCoury Band - Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" by Del McCoury Band; "The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman" by Earl Scruggs With Family & Friends; "Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947" by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and "Wheels" by Dan Tyminski.

Charlie Louvin was nominated for best southern, country or bluegrass gospel album for "Steps to Heaven."

Kathy Mattea's "Coal" was nominated for best traditional folk album.

Best contemporary folk/Americana album nominees were: "Day After Tomorrow" by Joan Baez; "I, Flathead" by Ry Cooder; "Sex & Gasoline" by Rodney Crowell; "All I Intended to Be" by Emmylou Harris and "Raising Sand" by Plant and Krauss.

Nominated for best album notes was "The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934" with Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, album notes writer (Ernest V. Stoneman)

Taylor Swift, who was one of the hosts of the concert event, received no nominations. Her disc, "Fearless," was released too late to be eligible.

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