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Swift, The CIvil Wars, Church, Hayes grab Grammy nominations

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – Grammy nominations were announced tonight, some during a concert from Nashville with the rest being posted online with Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, The Time Jumpers, Blown Away and "The Ghost Rodeo Sessions" among acts or CDs that received several nominations.

British folky/rootsy band Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach - nominated with the Black Keys and solo in the Producer of the Year category - had six nominations each. Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean also earned six nominations

Country, bluegrass and Americana nominations were:

Best Country Album
"Uncaged" by Zac Brown Band; "Hunter Hayes" by Hunter Hayes; "Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran" by Jamey Johnson; "Four The Record" by Miranda Lambert; and "The Time Jumpers" by the Time Jumpers.

Best Americana Album
"The Carpenter" by the Avett Brothers; "From The Ground Up" by John Fullbright; "The Lumineers" by the Lumineers; "Babel" by Mumford & Sons; and "Slipstream" by Bonnie Raitt.

Best Country Solo Performance:
Home - Dierks Bentley; Springsteen, - Eric Church; Cost of Livin' - Ronnie Dunn; Wanted - Hunter Hayes; Over - Blake Shelton and Blown Away - Carrie Underwood.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band; Pontoon - Little Big Town; Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars; On the Outskirts of Town - The Time Jumpers; I Just Come Here for the Music - Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss.

Best Country Song
Blown Away - Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Underwood); Cost Of Livin' - Phillip Coleman and Dunn, songwriters (Dunn); Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Will Hoge and Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band); So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore - Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson); and Springsteen - Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Church).

Best Bluegrass Album
"The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent" - Dailey & Vincent; "Life Finds A Way" - The Grascals; "Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail" - Noam Pikelny; "Scratch Gravel Road" - Special Consensus; and "Nobody Knows You" - Steep Canyon Rangers

Best Folk Album
"Leaving Eden" - Carolina Chocolate Drops; "Election Special" - Ry Cooder; "Hambone's Meditations" - Luther Dickinson; "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" - Yo Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile; "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark" - Various Artists (Shawn Camp and Tamara Saviano, producers)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Nominees include Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars. The song was from "The Hunger Games."

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Nominees include: "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" - Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile).

Best Long Form Music Video
Nominees include "Big Easy Express" - Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show; Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers.

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