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Musgraves, Rucker, The Civil Wars take Grammys

Sunday, January 26, 2014 – Darius Rucker, The Civil Wars and Kacey Musgraves were among the artists winning Grammys on Sunday.

Rucker took the Grammy on Sunday for Best Country solo performance for "Wagon Wheel." Rucker won the honor over Lee Brice for "I Drive Your Truck," Hunter Hayes for "I Want Crazy," Miranda Lambert for "Mama's Broken Heart" and Blake Shelton for "Mine Would Be You."

The Civil Wars took Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "From This Valley." The duo, who are estranged, won over "Don't Rush" by Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill; "Your Side of the Bed" by Little Big Town, "Highway Don't Care" by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban and "You Can't Make Old Friends" by Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton.

Musgraves took the Best Country Song Grammy for "Merry Go 'Round" along with fellow songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Other songs nominated were "Begin Again" by Taylor Swift, "I Drive Your Truck" by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary; "Mama's Broken Heart' by Brandy Clark, McAnally and Musgraves; "Mine Would Be You" by Alexander, Harrington and Deric Ruttan.

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin won the Best American Roots Song Grammy for "Love Has Come For You," the title track of their disc. They won over "Build Me Up From Bones" by Sarah Jarosz; Invisible" by Steve Earle; "Keep Your Dirty Lights On" by Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott; and "Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed" by Allen Toussaint.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell scored a Grammy for Best Americana Album. The duo won over Martin & Brickell's "Love Has Come for You," Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale' "Buddy and Jim"; Mavis Staple's "One True Vine and Toussaint's "Songbook."

Best Bluegrass Album went to Del McCoury Band for "The Streets of Baltimore." Other nominees were The Boxcars for "It's Just a Road," Dailey & Vincent for "Brothers of the Highway," Della Mae for "This World Oft Can Be" and James King for "Three Chords and the Truth."

Guy Clark won Best Folk Album for "My Favorite Picture of You." Other nominees were The Greencards for "Sweetheart of the Sun," Jarosz for "Build Me Up From Bones," The Milk Carton Kids for "The Ash & Clay" and "They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration."

Reckless Kelly's "Long Night Moon" took Best Recording Package with Sarah and Shauna Dodds the art directors.

Musgraves was nominated for Best New Artist, but lost out to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Pistol Annies' "Annie Up" and indie artist Andrew Duhon were nominated for Best Engineered Album - Non-classical, but lost to "Random Access Memories," the Daft Punk disc.

Performers included Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes.

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