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Swift grabs 8 Grammy nominations, second to Beyonce

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 – Taylor Swift scored 8 Grammy nominations Wednesday night, second only to the 10 Beyonce grabbed. Both received nominations for album, record and song of the year.

Swift was nominated for album of the year for "Fearless." She will be up against "I Am...Sasha Fierce" from Beyonce, "The E.N.D." from Black Eyed Peas, "The Fame" from Lady Gaga and "Big Whiskey And the Groogrux King" from Dave Matthews Band.

Record of the Year nominations went to Swift for You Belong to Me, Beyonce for Halo, I Gotta Feeling from the Peas, Use Somebody from Kings of Leon and Poker Face from Lady Gaga.

Song of the Year nominations were Poker Face by Gaga, Pretty Wings by Maxwell, Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) by Beyonce, Use Somebody from Kings of Leon and You Belong To Me by songwriters Swift and Liz Rose and sung by Swift.

Zac Brown Band was nominated for Best New Artist along with Keri Hilson, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and The Ting Tings.

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals included Breathe by Swift and Colbie Caillat, Sea of Heartbreak by Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen and Baby, It's Cold Outside by Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals nominations were:
Cowgirls Don't Cry, Brooks & Dunn
Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band
I Run To You, Lady Antebellum
Here Comes Goodbye, Rascal Flatts
It Happens, Sugarland

Best Country Song nominations were:
All I Ask For Anymore, Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
High Cost Of Living, Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
I Run To You, Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
People Are Crazy, Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters (Billy Currington)
White Horse, Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best Country Album nominations were:
"The Foundation," Zac Brown Band
"Twang," George Strait
"Fearless," Taylor Swift
"Defying Gravity" Keith Urban
"Call Me Crazy," Lee Ann Womack

Best Americana Album nominations were:
"Together Through Life," Bob Dylan
"Electric Dirt," Levon Helm
"Willie And The Wheel," Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel
"Wilco (The Album)," Wilco
"Little Honey," Lucinda Williams

Best Contemporary Folk Album nominations were:
"Middle Cyclone," Neko Case
"Our Bright Future," Tracy Chapman
"Live, "Shawn Colvin
"Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," Elvis Costello
"Townes," Steve Earle

Best Female Country Vocal Performance (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Dead Flowers - Miranda Lambert
I Just Call You Mine - Martina McBride
White Horse - Taylor Swift
Just A Dream - Carrie Underwood
Solitary Thinkin' - Lee Ann Womack

Best Male Country Vocal Performance (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
All I Ask For Anymore - Trace Adkins
People Are Crazy - Billy Currington
High Cost Of Living - Jamey Johnson
Living For The Night - George Strait
Sweet Thing - Keith Urban

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals (For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.) nominees were:
Beautiful World - Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin
Down The Road - Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally
Start A Band - Brad Paisley & Keith Urban
I Told You So - Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis
Everything But Quits - Lee Ann Womack & George Strait

Best Country Instrumental Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.) nominees were:
Under The (Five) Wire - Alison Brown
The Crystal Merchant - The Greencards
Mansinneedof - Sarah Jarosz
Producer's Medley - Steve Wariner

Best Bluegrass Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) nominees were:
Could We Get Any Closer? - Jim Lauderdale
The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo - Steve Martin
Buckaroo Blue Grass - Michael Martin Murphey
Almost Live - Bryan Sutton And Friends
Destination Life - Rhonda Vincent

Best Traditional Blues Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) nominees included "A Stranger Here" by Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Best Traditional Folk Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) nominees included:
"Cutting Loose" - David Holt And Josh Goforth
"High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project" - Loudon Wainwright III

Best Contemporary Folk Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) nominees included "Middle Cyclone" by Neko Case and "Townes" by Steve Earle.

Best Musical Show Album nominees included "9 To 5 The Musical"- Frank Filipetti, producer; Dolly Parton, composer; Dolly Parton, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty & Others)

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media nominees included: The Climb (From Hannah Montana: The Movie) Jessi Alexander & Jon Mabe, songwriters (Miley Cyrus)

Best Recording Package nominees included: "Middle Cyclone" by Neko Case and Judge, art directors for the album by Case.

Best Long Form Music Video nominees included (For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.
Johnny Cash's America - (Johnny Cash), Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video producers
Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour Live - Keith Urban; Chris Hicky, video director; Blake Morrison, video producer

Swift also was nominated for Best Female Pop Performance for You Belong to Me.

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Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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