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Aldean, Swift top country Grammy nominatons

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean led the country contingent with three Grammy nominations on Wednesday, including Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album.

The Band Perry will compete for Best New Artist. The trio will go up against Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skillrex.

Other nominations were:

Best Country Solo Performance, the nominees are "Dirt Road Anthem" by Jason Aldean; "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" by Martina McBride; "Honey Bee" by Blake Shelton; "Mean" by Taylor Swift; and "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Don't You Wanna Stay, by Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson; You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter; Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars; and Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by Thompson Square.

Best Country Song: Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by Jim Collins and Dave Lee Murphy; God Gave Me You by Dave Barnes; Just Fishin' by Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill; Mean by Taylor Swift; Threaten Me With Heaven by Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O'Brian; and You and Tequila By Matraca Berg and Deana Carter.

Best Country Album: "My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean; "Chief: by Eric Church; "Own the Night" by Lady Antebellum; "Red River Blue" by Blake Shelton, "Here for a Good Time" by George Strait; and "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift.

Best Americana Album are "Emotional Jukebox" by Linda Chorney; "Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down" by Ry Cooder; "Hard Bargain" by Emmylou Harris; "Ramble At The Ryman" by Levon Helm; and "Blessed" by Lucinda Williams.

Best Folk Album are Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars; I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive by Steve Earle; Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes; Ukulele Songs by Eddie Vedder; and The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch.

Best Bluegrass Album: "Paper Airplane" by Alison Krauss & Union Station; "Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale," by Jim Lauderdale; "Rare Bird Alert" by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangeres; "Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe" by the Del McCoury Band' and "Sleep With One Eye Open" by Chris Thile and Michael Daves.

Where the River Goes from "Footloose" was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrett Drew Pearson and Anne Preven penned the song.

Eric Brace and Peter Cooper were nominated for Best Children's Album for "I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow."

"Good Luck & True Love" from Reckless Kelly was nominated for Best Recording Package. Shauna Dodds were the arts directors.

"The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music" was nominated for Best Album Notes. Ted Olson and Tony Russell wrote the notes. The disc also was nominated for Best Historical Album. Also nominated was "Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters with Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical nominees included: "Follow Me Down" Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Sangwook "Sunny" Nam & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Sarah Jarosz); "The Harrow & The Harvest" Matt Andrews, engineer; Stephen Marcussen, mastering engineer (Gillian Welch); "Paper Airplane" Mike Shipley, engineer; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station).

The nominations, announced Wednesday, came during a live Grammys concert, which closed with Sugarland and Lady Gaga singing You & I.

The awards will be handed out Feb. 12.

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