Sunday, February 10, 2013
– Blown Away
took home two Grammys on Sunday: for Best Country Solo Performance by Carrie Underwood and Best Country Song for songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins.
"Wow," Underwood said. "Country music has always been so good to me, and I thank the Good Lord that I've been always part of such an amazing, talent family."
Underwood also had the chance to sing the song with different reflections going on her dress.
Zac Brown Band won the Country Album Grammy for "Uncaged." Brown gave thanks to various people associated with the group's career including "the fans."
Little Big Town won Best Country Duo/Group Performance for Pontoon at the Grammys awards.
LBT took the honor over Young Band's Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars for Safe & Sound, The Tim Jumpers for On the Outskirts of Town and Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss on I Just Come Here For the Music.
Blown Away took Best Country Song for writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins. Carrie Underwood, of course, sang it. Other nominees were Cost of Livin' by Phillip Coleman and Ronnie Dunn (Dunn sang it); Even If It Breaks Your Heart by Will Hoge and Eris Paslay (Elio Young Band); So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore, by Jay Knowles and Adam Wright (Alan Jackson) and Springsteen by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell (Church).
Bonnie Raitt took home Best Americana Album for "Slipstream." The vet took it over Mumford & Sons for "Babel," The Avett Brothers for "The Carpenter," virtual unknown John Fullbright for "From the Ground Up" and The Lumineers for their self-titled disc.
The Steep Canyon Rangers won Best Bluegrass Album for "Nobody Knows You." Dailey & Vincent were nominated as well for "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent," The Grascals for "Life Finds a Way," Noam Pikelny for "Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail" and Special Consensus for "Scratch Gravel Road."
Best Folk Album went to "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" for Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Carolina Chocolate Drops for "Leaving Eden," Ry Cooder for "Election Special," Luther Dickinson for "Hambone's Meditations" and Various Artists for "This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark" also were nominated.
The disc also took Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Richard King, engineer and Richard King, mastering engineer.
Mumford & Sons took Best Long Form Music Video for "Big Easy Express" with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
The show included a tribute to the late Levon Helm with a rendition of The Weight. The tribute included Mumford & Sons, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Elton John, Zac Brown and T Bone Burnett.
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