Chicks, Jackson Get Four Grammy Nominations

The Dixie Chicks and Alan Jackson scored four nominations each to lead the field of country nominees at the 45th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were announced Tuesday (Jan. 7) at Madison Square Garden in New York City by a group of artists that included Kenny Chesney , Ashanti, Jimmy Jam, Cyndi Lauper, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Nelly.

The Chicks’ third major label album, Home, is nominated for overall album of the year in a category that includes Eminem’s The Eminem Show, Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, Nelly’s Nellyville and Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising. Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” received a nomination for overall song of the year in a category that includes hits recorded by Springsteen, Jones, Lavigne and Vanessa Carlton.

The Chicks’ Home and Jackson’s Drive share nominations as best country album. “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” earned Jackson nominations as best male country vocal performance and best country song. The Chicks’ “Long Time Gone” is nominated as best country performance by a duo or group with vocal. The Chicks picked up a best country instrumental performance nomination with “Lil’ Jack Slade,” a track from Home.

This year’s Grammy Awards presentation takes place Feb. 23 at Madison Square Garden. The show will be televised live on CBS.

Here’s a list of the latest Grammy nominations in the country, bluegrass and folk categories:

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
“Cry,” Faith Hill “Blessed,” Martina McBride
“Dagger Through the Heart,” Dolly Parton
“Lately,” Lucinda Williams
“Something Worth Leaving Behind,” Lee Ann Womack

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

“Give My Love to Rose,” Johnny Cash “Three Days,” Pat Green
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” Alan Jackson
“The Impossible,” Joe Nichols “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” Brad Paisley

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal
“Beautiful Mess,” Diamond Rio
“Long Time Gone,” Dixie Chicks
“Not a Day Goes By,” Lonestar “Roll the Stone Away,” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Just What I Do,” Trick Pony

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
“Squeeze Me” in Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

“Flesh and Blood,” Mary Chapin Carpenter , Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris

“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Johnny Cash and Fiona Apple

“Mendocino County Line,” Willie Nelson With Lee Ann Womack

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Glory, Glory),” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Taj Mahal, Alison Krauss and Doc Watson

Best Country Instrumental Performance

“Bearing Straight,” Bering Strait
“Sally Goodin,” The Chieftains and Earl Scruggs “Lil’ Jack Slade,” Dixie Chicks
“Bear Mountain Hop,” Béla Fleck
“Smoothie Song,” Nickel Creek

Best Country Song
“The Impossible,” Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Joe Nichols)

“Long Time Gone,” Darrell Scott, songwriter (Dixie Chicks)

“Mendocino County Line.” Matt Serletic and Bernie Taupin, songwriters (Willie Nelson With Lee Ann Womack)

“Three Days,” Radney Foster and Pat Green, songwriters (Pat Green)

“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” Alan Jackson, songwriter (Alan Jackson)

Best Country Album

Home, Dixie Chicks
Drive, Alan Jackson

The Great Divide, Willie Nelson

Man With a Memory, Joe Nichols

Halos & Horns, Dolly Parton

Best Bluegrass Album

Lost in the Lonesome Pines, Jim Lauderdale , Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
The Hard Game of Love, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Stanley Blues, Ralph Stanley II

Ralph Stanley, Ralph Stanley

Jelly on My Tofu, The Roland White Band

Best Traditional Folk Album

Fiddlers 4, Fiddlers 4 (Bruce Molsky, Michael Doucet, Darol Anger and Rushad Eggleston)

Postcards, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Blue Country Heart, Jorma Kaukonen

High Lonesome Cowboy, Peter Rowan and Don Edwards
Evangeline Made — A Tribute to Cajun Music, Various Artists

Legacy, Doc Watson and David Holt

Contemporary Folk Album (Vocal or Instrumental)
American IV — The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash

Down the Old Plank Road, The Chieftains
Jerusalem, Steve Earle
1000 Kisses, Patty Griffin

This Side, Nickel Creek

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Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.