Swift, Strait, Urban, Zac Brown Band & Womack lead Country Grammy Nominations

The latest round of Grammy Award nominees are out and included on this year's country tally are three separate award nominations for Lee Ann Womack and George Strait. Keith Urban has four while Taylor Swift was 2nd to Beyonce's 10 nominations 8 of her own.

The latest round of Grammy Award nominees are out and included on this year's country tally are four nominations for Keith Urban, three separate award nominations for The Zac Brown Band, Lee Ann Womack and George Strait. Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and Jamey Johnson also lead the pack of other artists with a pair of nominations.  Taylor Swift scored a total of eight nominations incuding ones for three 'major categories.  Taylor Swift is up for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year while the Zac Brown Band is up for Best New Artist.  They represent the country music artists up for 'all-genre' award categories this year.

Keith urban had this to say about his four nominations: “I wrote and recorded Defying Gravity to touch upon the power of the human spirit. I had no idea that it would’ve connected in the way that it did.  We saw it night after night on the Escape Together Tour and to now end the year with these nominations is pure magic…”

"I knew there was something special about this song ["People Are Crazy"] the second I heard it," said Currington. "You know, it just had such a special feel and what a great story. I'm so glad that the Recording Academy heard what I did. This is such an honor to be nominated with two amazing songwriters like Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones."

Labelmate Johnson joked, "It's amazing to me that a song that didn't even hit the Top 20 is nominated for a Grammy. Maybe people really do appreciate music that is raw and real. 'High Cost of Living' is about as real as it gets."

"I'm so excited to have three Grammy nominations," said Strait. "My career has been full of surprises and here is another. What an honor! I'm in Vegas right now so there will be celebration."

A gracious Womack continued, "I'm very proud to work with Tony Brown, Chuck Ainlay, Waylon Payne and all the musicians that played on Call Me Crazy. I'm especially honored to have these nominations as they are voted on by peers and in a time where so much great music is being made. It's nice to know that what we're doing is relevant."

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

•Dead Flowers
Miranda Lambert (0 wins)

•I Just Call You Mine
Martina McBride (0 wins)

•White Horse
Taylor Swift (0 wins)

•Just A Dream
Carrie Underwood (4 wins)

•Solitary Thinkin'
Lee Ann Womack (1 win)

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

•All I Ask For Anymore
Trace Adkins (0 wins)

•People Are Crazy
Billy Currington (0 wins)

•High Cost Of Living
Jamey Johnson (0 wins)

•Living For The Night
George Strait (1 win)

•Sweet Thing
Keith Urban (2 wins)


Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

•Cowgirls Don't Cry
Brooks & Dunn (2 wins)

•Chicken Fried
Zac Brown Band (0 wins)

•I Run To You
Lady Antebellum (0 wins)

•Here Comes Goodbye
Rascal Flatts (0 wins)

•It Happens
Sugarland (1 win as a Duo, 2 additional for J. Nettles)

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

•Beautiful World
Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin (0 wins, 0 wins)

•Down The Road
Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally (0 wins, 0 wins)

•Start A Band
Brad Paisley & Keith Urban (3 wins, 2 wins)

•I Told You So
Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis (4 wins, 6 wins)

•Everything But Quits
Lee Ann Womack & George Strait (1 win, 1 win)

Best Country Song

•All I Ask For Anymore
Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters (0 wins, 0 wins)

•High Cost Of Living
Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters (0 wins, 0 wins)

•I Run To You
Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (0 wins, 0 wins, 0 wins, 0 wins)

•People Are Crazy
Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters (0 wins, 0 wins)

•White Horse
Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (0 wins)

Best Country Album

•The Foundation
Zac Brown Band (0 wins)

George Strait (1 win)

Taylor Swift (0 wins)

•Defying Gravity
Keith Urban (2 wins)

•Call Me Crazy
Lee Ann Womack (1 win)