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Musgraves, Carlile score big at Grammy nominations

Friday, December 7, 2018 – Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile scored big at the Grammy nominations announced today. All received three nominations.

Musgraves will be up for Album of the Year when the Grammys are presented in February. Brandi Carlile received six nominations for "By the Way, I Forgive You."

Musgraves was nominated for "Golden Hour" and will face off against such heavies as

Other country nominees were:

Best Country Solo Performance
"Wouldn't It Be Great?" - Loretta Lynn
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" - Maren Morris
"Butterflies" - Kacey Musgraves
"Millionaire" - Chris Stapleton
"Parallel Line" - Keith Urban Best Country Album
"Unapologetically" - Kelsea Ballerini
"Port Saint Joe" - Brothers Osborne
"Girl Going Nowhere" - Ashley McBryde
"Golden Hour" - Kacey Musgraves
"From A Room: Volume 2" - Chris Stapleton

Best Americana Album
"By the Way, I Forgive You" - Brandi Carlile
"Things Have Changed" - Bettye LaVette
"The Tree of Forgiveness" - John Prine
"The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone" - Lee Ann Womack
"One Drop of Truth" - The Wood Brothers

Best Country Solo Performance (For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.)
Wouldn't It Be Great? - Loretta Lynn, track from: Wouldn't It Be Great
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters - Maren Morris, track from: Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin
Butterflies - Kacey Musgraves, track from: Golden Hour
Millionaire - Chris Stapleton, track from: From A Room: Volume 2
Parallel Line - Keith Urban, track from: Graffiti U

Best Country Duo/Group Performance (For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.)
Shoot Me Straight - Brothers Osborne, track from: Port Saint Joe
Tequila, Dan + Shay, track from "Dan + Shay"
When Someone Stops Loving You - Little Big Town, track from: The Breaker
Dear Hate - Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, track from: All Your Fault: Pt. 2

Best Country Song (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)
Break Up In The End - Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
Dear Hate - Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
I Lived It - Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
Space Cowboy - Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves), track from: Golden Hour
Tequila - Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
When Someone Stops Loving You - Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town), track from: The Breaker

Best American Roots Song (A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)
All The Trouble - Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack), track from: The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
Build A Bridge - Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)
The Joke - Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile), track from: By The Way, I Forgive You
Knockin' On Your Screen Door - Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine), track from: The Tree Of Forgiveness
Summer's End - Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine) Track from: The Tree Of Forgiveness

Best Americana Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.)
By The Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile
Things Have Changed - Bettye LaVette
The Tree Of Forgiveness - John Prine
The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone - Lee Ann Womack
One Drop Of Truth - The Wood Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.)
Portraits In Fiddles - Mike Barnett
Sister Sadie II - Sister Sadie
Rivers And Roads - Special Consensus
The Travelin' McCourys - The Travelin' McCourys
North Of Despair - Wood & Wire

Best Folk Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.)
Whistle Down The Wind - Joan Baez
Black Cowboys - Dom Flemons
Rifles & Rosary Beads - Mary Gauthier
Weed Garden - Iron & Wine
All Ashore - Punch Brothers

Carlile was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "The Joke." "The Middle" with Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey also was nominated in both categories. The latter also was nominated for Best Pop/Duo/Group performance.

Carlile also was nominated in the Best American Roots Performance for "The Joke" as was Willie Nelson for "Last Man Standing." Nelson also was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "My Way," his Frank Sinatra tribute.

Luke Combs and Margo Price received nominations for Best New Artist.

Best Historical Album nominees included "At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight...," Martin Hawkins, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical nominees included "All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do," Ryan Freeland & Kenneth Pattengale, engineers; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (The Milk Carton Kids)

Nominees fpr Best Music Film included "The King (Elvis Presley), Eugene Jarecki, video director; Christopher Frierson, Georgina Hill, David Kuhn & Christopher St. John, video producers

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals nominees included "It Was a Very Good Year" - Matt Rollings and Kristin Wilkson arrangers (Willie Nelson), track from My Way.

The Grammys will be handed out on Sunday, Feb. 10 from Los Angeles.

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