Stapleton, LBT grab four Grammy nominations
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Stapleton, LBT grab four Grammy nominations

Monday, December 7, 2015 – The surprise run of Chris Stapleton continues as his debut, "Traveller," was nominated for the Grammy for Album of the Year, one of four nominations for Stapleton. Little Big Town also received four nominations, including for Song of the Year for "Girl Crush."

Stapleton will face off against Alabama Shakes for "Sound and Color," Kendrick Lamar for "To Pimp a Butterfly," Taylor Swift for "1989" and The Weeknd for "Beauty Behind the Madness."

Sam Hunt earned a nomination for Best New Artist in a category also featuring Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor.

Best Country Album nominees:
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe, The Blade
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Americana Album
Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher's Daughter
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind
Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
The Mavericks, Mono
Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Brothers Osborne, "Stay a Little Longer"
Joey + Rory, "If I Needed You"
Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay, "The Driver"
Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe, "Lonely Tonight"

Best Country Song
Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"
Tim McGraw, "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools"
Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Brandy Clark, "Hold My Hand"
Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"

Best Country Solo Performance
Cam, "Burning House"
Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"
Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"
Keith Urban, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"

Best American Roots Performance
Bea Fleck & Abigail Washburn, "And Am I Born to Die"
Buddy Guy, "Born to Play Guitar"
The Milk Carton Kids, "City of Our Lady"
Punch Brothers, "Julep"
Mavis Staples, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"

Best American Roots Song
The Mavericks, "All Night Long"
Don Henley & Merle Haggard, "The Cost of Living"
Punch Brothers, "Julep"
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, "The Traveling Kind"
Jason Isbell, "24 Frames"

Best Bluegrass Album
Dale Ann Bradley, Pocket Full of Keys
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Before the Sun Goes Down
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, In Session
Ralph Stanley & Friends, Man of Constant Sorrow
The SteelDrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings

Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds and Dick Reeves were nominated for Best Recording Package for Asleep at the Wheel's "Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys."

Dave Cobb, who produced Sturgill Simpson, was nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 15 in Los Angeles.


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