From nominations and notes to performers and presenters, here’s everything a country music fan needs to know about the 2018 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Little Big Town
Tony Bennett, Dave Chappelle, Kelly Clarkson, Victor Cruz, Eve, Jim Gaffigan, Katie Holmes, Nick Jonas, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Shemar Moore, Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman, Hailee Steinfeld and Donnie Wahlberg.
Best Country Solo Performance
- “Body Like A Back Road”—Sam Hunt
- “Losing You”—Alison Krauss
- “Tin Man”—Miranda Lambert
- “I Could Use A Love Song”—Maren Morris
- “Either Way”—Chris Stapleton
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- “It Ain’t My Fault”—Brothers Osborne
- “My Old Man”—Zac Brown Band
- “You Look Good”—Lady Antebellum
- “Better Man”—Little Big Town
- “Drinkin’ Problem”—Midland
Best Country Song (awarded to songwriters)
- “Better Man”—Taylor Swift (Little Big Town)
- “Body Like A Back Road”—Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt)
- “Broken Halos”—Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)
- “Drinkin’ Problem”—Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach (Midland)
- “Tin Man”—Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album
- Cosmic Hallelujah—Kenny Chesney
- Heart Break—Lady Antebellum
- The Breaker—Little Big Town
- Life Changes—Thomas Rhett
- From A Room: Volume 1—Chris Stapleton
Best Roots Gospel Album
- The Best Of The Collingsworth Family – Volume 1—The Collingsworth Family
- Give Me Jesus—Larry Cordle
- Resurrection—Joseph Habedank
- Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope—Reba McEntire
- Hope For All Nations—Karen Peck & New River
Best American Roots Performance
- “Killer Diller Blues”—Alabama Shakes
- “Let My Mother Live”—Blind Boys Of Alabama
- “Arkansas Farmboy”—Glen Campbell
- “Steer Your Way”—Leonard Cohen
- “I Never Cared For You”—Alison Krauss
Best American Roots Song (awarded to songwriters)
- “Cumberland Gap”—David Rawlings & Gillian Welch (David Rawlings)
- “I Wish You Well”—Raul Malo & Alan Miller (The Mavericks)
- “If We Were Vampires”—Jason Isbell (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)
- “It Ain’t Over Yet”—Rodney Crowell (Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)
- “My Only True Friend”—Gregg Allman & Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman)
Best Americana Album
- Southern Blood—Gregg Allman
- Shine On Rainy Day—Brent Cobb
- Beast Epic—Iron & Wine
- The Nashville Sound—Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
- Brand New Day—The Mavericks
Best Bluegrass Album
- Fiddler’s Dream—Michael Cleveland
- Laws Of Gravity—The Infamous Stringdusters
- Original—Bobby Osborne
- Universal Favorite—Noam Pikelny
- All The Rage: In Concert Volume One [Live]—Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
While country artists were absent in the four all-genre categories (Record, Album, Song and Best New Artist of the Year), a handful of country artists secured multiple nominations.
Chris Stapleton picked up three nominations for Best Country Solo Performance (“Either Way”), Best Country Song (“Broken Halos”) and Best Country Album (From A Room: Vol. 1).
Miranda Lambert earned two nods for Best Country Solo Performance (“Tin Man”) and Best Country Song (“Tin Man”), while Sam Hunt scored two nominations for Best Country Solo Performance (“Body Like A Back Road”) and Best Country Song (“Body Like A Back Road”).
Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” picked up two nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song. Little Big Town copped two nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Better Man”) and Best Country Album (The Breaker), while Lady Antebellum netted two nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“You Look Good”) and Best Country Album (Heart Break).
Reba McEntire’s Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope earned a nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. Glen Campbell’s “Arkansas Farmboy” was nominated for Best American Roots Performance.
Jason Isbell was nominated for Best American Roots Song (“If We Were Vampires”) and Best American Roots Album (The Nashville Sound), while Alison Krauss was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance (“Losing You”) and Best American Roots Performance (“I Never Cared For You”).
photos by Jason Simanek