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Lots of local flavor in Grammy nominees

Photos courtesy of Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Shore Fire Media

The nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards are in!

Nashville’s superstar residents that have been nominated include Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Margo Price and Justin Timberlake. Even more impressive – many of the nominees are in all-genre categories, not strictly country.

Take Album of the Year, for instance, where Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” looms as the lone country entry, battling it out with R&B, rap and pop albums. For both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, Morris is up for her duet with multi-genre songwriter/producer Zedd, “The Middle.” Plus, longtime Music City resident and Americana favorite Price scored a Grammy nod in the all-genre Best New Artist category, as did country traditionalist Combs.

What’s notable about the nominees in the country category is the strong presence of female artists, in an era when women face enormous hurdles in garnering radio play. Three of the nominees for Best Country Album are females: Kelsea Ballerini for “Unapologetically,” Ashley McBryde for “Girl Going Nowhere” and Musgraves for “Golden Hour,” which has already taken home the CMA award for Album of the Year. The male nominees are Brothers Osborne for their acclaimed “Port Saint Joe” and Chris Stapleton for “From A Room: Vol. 2.”

Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” scored a nomination in the all-genre category Album of the Year. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville

Morris shows up in the Best Country Song category for her collaboration with Vince Gill, “Dear Hate,” while Musgraves competes in the same category with “Space Cowboy,” which cracked the nominee list despite minimal airplay. Morris and Gill are also competing for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Dear Hate,” going up against the record-setting duet by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be,” and others. Morris, Musgraves and Americana artist Brandi Carlile each scored three nominations in their specific genres.

Here are some of the top nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards. Winners will be announced at the annual Grammy Awards telecast, February 10th. Good luck to all the nominees!

Album of the Year

H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You.
Drake – Scorpion
Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Best Country Album

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Brothers Osborne – Port Saint Joe
Chris Stapleton- From A Room: Vol. 2
Kelsea Ballerini – Unapologetically
Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere

Record of the Year

Cardi B – I Like It
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Post Malone & 21 Savage – Rockstar
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

Ashley McBryde is nominated for Best Country Album with her debut, “Girl Going Nowhere.” Photo courtesy of Q Prime

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Drake – God’s Plan
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith


Best Pop Solo Performance

Beck – Colors
Camila Cabello – Havana (Live)
Ariana Grande – God Is a Woman
Lady Gaga – Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)
Post Malone – Better Now

Margo Price is nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Christina Aguilera ft. Demi Lovato – Fall In Line
Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – Girls Like You
Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – Say Something
Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – The Middle

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila Cabello – Camila
Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
Pink – Beautiful Trauma
Taylor Swift – Reputation

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – Love Is Here to Stay
Willie Nelson – My Way
Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me
Seal – Standards (Deluxe)
Barbra Streisand – The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!


Best Comedy Album
Patton Oswalt – Annihilation
Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & the Bird Revelation
Jim Gaffigan – Noble Ape
Fred Armisen – Standup for Drummers
Chris Rock – Tamborine

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