McGraw, Bentley, Gill, Emerson Drive excited about Grammy nominations
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McGraw, Bentley, Gill, Emerson Drive excited about Grammy nominations

Thursday, December 6, 2007 – If the announcement that Grammy nominees like Tim McGraw, Vince Gill and other were surprised Thursday, their responses.

"I'm overwhelmed," said McGraw who was reading at his daughter's school when he got the news. "The Grammys stand for credibility so to be recognized for your work by the members is the highest tribute. And to share a nomination with Faith only makes it that much better."

"The Recording Academy is one of music's most prestigious organizations and to have four Grammy nominations makes me feel proud and humbled at the same time," said Bentley, who is performing tonight in Lowell, Mass. "I live and love country music, and I am looking forward to a great night with my fellow nominees."

Gill, who was nominated for best album and country album for "These Days," said, "In reference to the album of the year nomination, I'm stunned. I've never been nominated in the Grammy's all encompassing categories. There's such a great variety of music in the album of the year category. It's a testimony to why the Grammys are so great. I'm honored."

"Wow, what a great way to wrap up 2007. We just found out about our nomination this morning while we were in the recording studio working on our new record. To be nominated in the same category with The Eagles, who are our heroes, as well as all of the other great artists in the category is a real honor for us. We are so grateful and now supercharged for the rest of the day," said Mates, the band's lead vocalist.


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