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Musgraves, Swift lead Grammy nominations

Monday, December 9, 2013 – Taylor Swift received a Grammy nomination for Album of the year on Friday for "Red." But Swift was tied by newcomer Kacey Musgraves in leading the country pack in nominations with four overall.

The two will vie against each other in the Best Country Song category.

Swift will go up against "The Blessed Unrest" by Sara Bareilles, "Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" by Kendrick Lamar and "The Heist" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Swift's "Red" also was nominated for Beset Country Album. Other nominees were "Night Train" by Jason Aldean, "Two Lanes of Freedom" by Tim McGraw, "Same Trailer Different Park" by Musgraves; "Based on a True Story" by Blake Shelton.

Other country categories were:

Best Country Solo Performance
I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
I Want Crazy - Hunter Hayes
Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
From This Valley - The Civil Wars
Don't Rush - Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill
Your Side Of The Bed - Little Big Town
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
You Can't Make Old Friends - Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton

Best Country Song
Begin Again - Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
I Drive Your Truck - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
Mama's Broken Heart - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Merry Go 'Round - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Mine Would Be You - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

Best American Roots Song

Build Me Up From Bones - Sarah Jarosz

Invisible - Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)

Keep Your Dirty Lights On - Tim O'Brien And Darrell Scott

Love Has Come For You - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed - Allen Toussaint

Best Americana Album

Old Yellow Moon - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Love Has Come For You - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Buddy And Jim - Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale

One True Vine - Mavis Staples

Songbook - Allen Toussaint

Best Bluegrass Album It's Just A Road - The Boxcars Brothers Of The Highway - Dailey & Vincent This World Oft Can Be - Della Mae Three Chords And The Truth - James King The Streets Of Baltimore - Del McCoury Band

Best Folk Album
My Favorite Picture Of You - Guy Clark

Sweetheart Of The Sun - The Greencards

Build Me Up From Bones - Sarah Jarosz

The Ash & Clay - The Milk Carton Kids

They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration - (Various Artists)

Best Recording Package nominees include "Long Night Moon - Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package include "The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)" - Stirling, art director (Mumford & Sons).

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical nominees include "Annie Up" - Chuck Ainlay, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Pistol Annies) and "The Moorings" - Trina Shoemaker, engineer; Eric Conn, mastering engineer (Andrew Duhon).

Best Music Film nominees include "The Road To Red Rocks" - Mumford & Sons, Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer

Kacey Musgraves vies for Beset New Artist with James Blake, Ed Sheeran, Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The Grammys will be held Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.

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