Miranda Lambert is getting a lot of love from the Grammys this year.
The nominees were announced today for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, and among the country categories, Miranda led the way with three nominations for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
Some of our other favorites also picked up some well-deserved nominations, including Eric Church’s “Stick That in Your Country Song” for Song of the Year, Brothers Osborne for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Ashley McBryde’s “Never Will” for Album of the Year.
Newcomer Ingrid Andress racked up three nominations, one for Song of the Year for “More Hearts Than Mine,” one for Best Country Album for Lady Like, and another in the all-genre Best New Artist category. Brandy Clark snagged two, Mickey Guyton one, and Sturgill Simpson also secured a nomination in the Rock Album category.
Maren Morris, who won two trophies at this year’s CMA Awards, was also nominated for Best Country Song for “The Bones” (which is really pushing the limits of what’s considered a “country song”).
So those are the highlights. Now for the lowlights.
First of all, there’s one big name who’s completely missing from the nominations this year. Hell, maybe even the BIGGEST name in country music right now: Luke Combs. Not a single nomination for the guy who’s had the biggest album in country music and three number one songs during this eligibility year (which runs from September 2019 to August 2020). To nominate Old Dominion’s “Some People Do” over “Does to Me” for Best Country Song…yeah, that’s a big ol’ swing and a miss.
And I know it’s beating a dead horse at this point but, “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber for Best Country Duo/Group Performance is just a slap in the face to groups like Midland, Maddie & Tae – hell, I would have even thrown the Hot Country Knights in there over “10,000 Hours.”
So there you have it. Some hits, some misses. Who should have been nominated and wasn’t? Who was nominated and shouldn’t have been? Let us hear it.
Best Country Solo Performance
“Stick That In Your Country Song” — Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was” — Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays” — Vince Gill
“Black Like Me” — Mickey Guyton
“Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“All Night” — Brothers Osborne
“10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
“Ocean” — Lady A
“Sugar Coat” — Little Big Town
“Some People Do” — Old Dominion
Best Country Song
“Bluebird” — Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, Songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“The Bones” — Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, Songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Crowded Table” — Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori Mckenna, Songwriters (The Highwomen)
“More Hearts Than Mine” — Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, Songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
“Some People Do” — Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)
Best Country Album
“Lady Like” — Ingrid Andress
“Your Life Is a Record” — Brandy Clark
“Wildcard” — Miranda Lambert
“Nightfall” — Little Big Town
“Never Will” — Ashley McBryde
Best Rock Album
“A Hero’s Death” — Fontaines D.C.
“Kiwanuka” — Michael Kiwanuka
“Daylight” — Grace Potter
“Sound & Fury” — Sturgill Simpson
“The New Abnormal” — The Strokes
Best Americana Album
“Old Flowers” — Courtney Marie Andrews
“Terms Of Surrender” — Hiss Golden Messenger
“World On The Ground” — Sarah Jarosz
“El Dorado” — Marcus King
“Good Souls Better Angels” — Lucinda Williams
Best Bluegrass Album
Man on Fire, Danny Barnes
To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 1, Thomm Jutz
North Carolina Songbook, Steep Canyon Rangers
Home, Billy Strings
The John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project, Vol. 1, Various Artists