Grammy Breakdown: Everything Country


Chris Stapleton is the country frontrunner for Monday’s Grammy Awards with four nods. He grabbed nominations in the prestigious all-genre Album of the Year for TravellerBest Country Album for Traveller, and Best Solo Country Performance and the Song of the Year songwriters’ award for “Traveller.”

Sam Hunt has two nominations — he’s a contender for the all-genre Best New Artist and has a chance to take home Country Album of the Year for Montevallo.

Little Big Town also has two nominations. They’re up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Girl Crush” and Country Album of the Year for Pain Killer. The writers of “Girl Crush” are also up for Song of the Year.

Ashley Monroe also has a chance to take home two Grammys. She has a nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for “Lonely Tonight,” her duet with Blake Shelton, and Country Album of the Year for The Blade.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards air Monday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Here’s a complete list of the nominees in the country categories:

Best Solo Country Performance

  • Cam– “Burning House”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  • Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
  • Lee Ann Womack – “Chances Are”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay a Little Longer”
  • Joey and Rory – “If I Needed You”
  • Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay – “The Driver”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”

Best Country Song

[The award goes to the songwriter(s); artist in parentheses.]

  • “Chances Are” – Hayes Carll, songwriter (Lee Ann Womack)
  • “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” – Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Jonathan Singleton, songwriters (Tim McGraw)
  • “Girl Crush” – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
  • “Hold My Hand” – Brandy Clark and Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters (Brandy Clark)
  • “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album

  • Sam HuntMontevallo
  • Little Big TownPain Killer
  • Ashley MonroeThe Blade
  • Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  • Chris StapletonTraveller
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