Tuesday, December 6, 2016
– Lori McKenna and Maren Morris were the most nominated country artist for a Grammy with the nominations announced today. Both received four nominations with McKenna receiving some as a songwriter and some for her own recordings.
"I've grown up watching the Grammys, and they are such a pinnacle for an artist," Morris said. "I'm so honored to be nominated by my peers who I am so inspired by every day."
Morris will go up against Kelsea Ballerini for Best New Artist along with The Chainsmokers, Chancef the Rapper and Anderson.Paak.
Sturgill System was nominated for Album of the Year with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." He is up against Adele for "25," Beyonce for "Lemonade," Justin Bieber for "Purpose" and Drake for "Views."
Country nominations were:
Best Country Solo Performance:
"Love Can Go To Hell" - Brandy Clark
"Vice" - Miranda Lambert
"My Church" - Maren Morris
"Church Bells" - Carrie Underwood
"Blue Ain't Your Color" - Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
"Different for Girls" - Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
"21 Summer" - Brothers Osborne
"Setting The World On Fire" - Kenny Chesney & P!nk
"Jolene" - Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
"Think Of You" - Chris Young With Cassadee Pope
Best Country Song:
"Blue Ain't Your Color" - Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
"Die A Happy Man" - Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
"Humble and Kind" - Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
"My Church" - busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
"Vice" - Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album:
Big Day In A Small Town - Brandy Clark
Full Circle - Loretta Lynn
Hero - Maren Morris
A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord - Keith Urban
In the Americana Roots Music Field, nominees were:
Best American Roots Performance:
"Ain't No Man" - The Avett Brothers
"Mother's Children Have A Hard Time" - Blind Boys Of Alabama
"Factory Girl" - Rhiannon Giddens
"House Of Mercy" - Sarah Jarosz
"Wreck You" - Lori McKenna
Best American Roots Song:
"Alabama At Night" - Robbie Fulks, songwriter (Robbie Fulks)
"City Lights" - Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)
"Gulfstream" - Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars)
"Kid Sister" - Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)
"Wreck You" - Lori McKenna & Felix McTeigue, songwriters (Lori McKenna)
Best Americana Album:
True Sadness - The Avett Brothers
This Is Where I Live - William Bell
The Cedar Creek Sessions - Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & The Rifle - Lori McKenna
Kid Sister - The Time Jumpers
Best Bluegrass Album:
Original Traditional - Blue Highway
Burden Bearer - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Hazel Sessions - Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
North And South - Claire Lynch
Coming Home - O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor
Best Folk Album
Silver Skies Blue - Judy Collins & Ari Hest
Upland Stories - Robbie Fulks
Factory Girl - Rhiannon Giddens
Weighted Mind - Sierra Hull
Undercurrent - Sarah Jarosz
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family were nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for "Love Remains." Scott is one-third of Lady Antebellum.
Joey + Rory were nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album for "Hymns," which was released within days of her death from cancer last year.
Willie Nelson was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin." He goes up against Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.
The Okee Dokee Brothers' "Saddle Up" was nominated for Best Children's Album.
"Bright Star," with music from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell was nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.
In the Best Recording Package category, Reckless Kelly was nominated for "Sunset Motel" with Sara and Shauna Dodds as art directors.
Nominated for Best Album Notes was "The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection" - Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer for Kris Kristofferson.
Sarah Jarosz's "Undercurrent " was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non Classical with Shani Gandhi and Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer nominated.
The Grand Ole Opry received a nomination for "American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry" for Best Music Film.
Clark said of her nominations, "I put my whole heart into 'Big Day in a Small Town,' as did all of the co-writers, musicians, and producer Jay Joyce. So, for it to be so well-received not only by the fans and press, but now also by the Grammys is a really sweet reward."