Country Stars Garner Major Grammy Love

Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini and Sturgill Simpson (pictured) earn all-genre Grammy category nominations.

Today the list of Nominees for the Grammy Awards were released with us finding out that Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Lori McKenna, Keith Urban, Sturgill Simpson and Maren Morris were all multiple nominees.

For Best Country Solo Performance (a category which was merged from separate solo male and female categories), the ladies ruled the day taking 4 of the 5 spots. “Love Can Go To Hell” from Brandy Clark, “Vice” from Miranda Lambert, “My Church” from Maren Morris, “Church Bells” from Carrie Underwood” are the competition while Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” rounds out the nominee list.

In the Best Country Duo/Group Performance, there are five nominees and they include "Setting The World On Fire" by Kenny Chesney and Pink, “Different For Girls” from Dierks Bentley & Elle King, “21 Summer” from Brothers Osborne, “Jolene” from Pentatonix and Dolly Parton and “Think Of You” from Chris Young and Cassadee Pope.

Brandy Clark’s Big Day In A Small Town leads the Best Country Albums list while Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is also on this list and represents country as a whole with a major surprise nomination in the big daddy of categories: Country Album of the Year. Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle is perhaps the biggest surprise here while Maren Morris’ Hero is represented as is Keith Urban’s Ripcord.

Lori McKenna scored a handful of nominations in the American Roots/Americana categories (see below) while Willie Nelson’s “Sings Gershwin” album is in the Best Pop Vocal category while Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini scored Best New Artist nominations. In the Christian fields, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family scored two nominations, one for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance And Song while Joey+Rory have scored a Best Roots Gospel Album nomination for their nearly Gold Hymns project.

Best Country Song is a songwriter’s award and goes to the following nominees:
"Blue Ain't Your Color" – Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
"Die A Happy Man" – Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
"Humble And Kind" – Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
"My Church" – busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
"Vice" – Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Other Categories of Interest:

Best American Roots Performance: "Ain't No Man" — The Avett Brothers; 
"Mother's Children Have A Hard Time" — Blind Boys Of Alabama
; "Factory Girl" — Rhiannon Giddens; 
"House Of Mercy" — Sarah Jarosz; 
"Wreck You" — Lori McKenna

Best American Roots Song: "Alabama At Night" — Robbie Fulks, songwriter (Robbie Fulks)
"City Lights" — Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)
"Gulfstream" — Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars)
"Kid Sister" — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)
"Wreck You" — Lori McKenna & Felix McTeigue, songwriters (Lori McKenna)

Best Americana Album: True Sadness — The Avett Brothers; 
This Is Where I Live — William Bell; 
The Cedar Creek Sessions — Kris Kristofferson;
 The Bird & The Rifle — Lori McKenna;
 Kid Sister — The Time Jumpers

Best Bluegrass Album: Original Traditional — Blue Highway; Burden Bearer — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; 
The Hazel Sessions — Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
; North And South — Claire Lynch; 
Coming Home — O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor

Best Folk Album: Silver Skies Blue — Judy Collins & Ari Hest
; Upland Stories — Robbie Fulks ; Factory Girl — Rhiannon Giddens
; Weighted Mind — Sierra Hull; Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz