Wilson, Lynn Are Top Country Nominees at Grammys

McGraw, Twain, Nelson, Gill, Krauss and Cash Receive Multiple Nominations

In her first year as an artist, Gretchen Wilson has picked up four Grammy nominations, including a nod in the all-genre best new artist category.

Loretta Lynn received five nominations to lead the country field, although multiple nominations went to Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Vince Gill and others when the list for the 47th annual Grammy Awards was announced Tuesday (Dec. 7) in Hollywood. With 10 nominations, rapper Kanye West is the top nominee. However, the late Ray Charles received seven nominations resulting from his final album, Genius Loves Company.

Wilson and Los Lonely Boys are both in the best new artist list that includes Maroon 5, Joss Stone and West. Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” which she co-wrote with John Rich of Big & Rich, is nominated for best female country vocal performance and best country song. Her debut album, Here for the Party, is also nominated for country album of the year.

Other country album nominations include Lynn’s Van Lear Rose, McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying, Tift Merritt’s Tambourine and Keith Urban’s Be Here.

In addition to “Redneck Woman,” the other country song nominees are Rodney Crowell and Gill’s “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long” (a track from their band’s album, The Notorious Cherry Bombs) and Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Lynn scored two songwriting nominations stemming from her Van Lear Rose album — “Miss Being Mrs.” and “Portland Oregon,” the latter co-written with producer Jack White of the White Stripes. “Live Like You Were Dying” is the only country song in the overall best song category.

Along with Wilson, the female country vocal performance field includes Alison Krauss’ “You Will Be My Ain True Love,” Lynn’s “Miss Being Mrs.,” Martina McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes” and Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face.”

Willie Nelson and the late Johnny Cash each received male country vocal nominations for their contributions to the tribute album, The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of Carter Family. Cash is nominated for his performance of “Engine One-Forty-Three” and Nelson for “You Are My Flower.” Also nominated are Lyle Lovett’s “In My Own Mind,” McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” and Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me.” Cash and the late Joe Strummer are nominated for best pop collaboration for “Redemption Song,” a track from Cash’s Unearthed album.

While the Dixie Chicks have been shut out of country music awards shows for the past year or so, their live recording of “Top of the World” netted a nomination for best country performance by a duo or group. They share the category with Asleep at the Wheel’s “New San Antonio Rose,” Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” Brooks & Dunn’s “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” and the Notorious Cherry Bomb’s aforementioned track.

Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney got their only Grammy nominations for side projects with other artists. In the category of country collaboration with vocals, they’re both nominated for their work on Jimmy Buffett’s remake of Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin’,” a track that also features Clint Black, Alan Jackson and George Strait. Keith is also nominated for his work with Nelson and Merle Haggard on an updated version of “Pancho & Lefty.” Other country vocal collaboration nominees include “Creepin’ In” by Norah Jones and Dolly Parton, “Portland Oregon” by Lynn and White and “Coat of Many Colors,” Twain’s track with Alison Krauss & Union Station on the tribute CD, Just Because I’m a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton.

Nominated for best country instrumental performance: “Billy in the Low Ground,” Asleep at the Wheel; “Puppies ‘N Knapsacks,” Sam Bush; “Luxury Liner,” Albert Lee, Gill and Brad Paisley; “Earl’s Breakdown,” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Vassar Clements and Jerry Douglas; and “Bowtie,” Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton and Byron House.

Best bluegrass album nominations went to Lynn Anderson’s The Bluegrass Sessions, the Nashville Bluegrass Band’s Twenty Year Blues, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder’s Brand New Strings, Ralph Stanley II’s Carrying On and the multi-artist A Tribute to Jimmy Martin, “The King of Bluegrass.”

In the best traditional folk album category, the nominees are BeauSoleil’s Gitane Cajun, Norman and Nancy Blake’s The Morning Glory Ramblers, Rosalie Sorrels & Friends’ My Last Go Round, Dave Van Ronk’s … And the Tin Pan Bended, and the Story Ended … and the all-star Nashville project, Beautiful Dreamer — The Songs of Stephen Foster.

Best contemporary folk album nominations went to Ani DiFranco’s Educated Guess, Steve Earle’s The Revolution Starts … Now, Eliza Gilkyson’s Land of Milk and Honey, Patty Griffin’s Impossible Dream and The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family, the latter produced by John Carter Cash.

And although it’s not a country album, per se, the companion CD to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s current exhibit on Nashville’s R&B heritage is nominated for best historical album. Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 netted nominations for compilation producers Daniel Cooper and Michael Gray and mastering engineers Joseph M. Palmaccio and Alan Stoker.

Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now” and Ryan Adams’ “Wonderwall” were included in the best solo rock vocal category. Ronnie Milsap earned a nomination in the best traditional pop vocal album for Just for a Thrill, competing against Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart, Barbara Cook and Monica Mancini.

Randy Travis’ Worship & Faith and Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer made the cut in the best Southern gospel, country or bluegrass album category, along with the Crabb Family’s Driven and the multi-artist projects Amazing Grace 3: A Country Salute to Gospel and 20th Century Gospel: From Hymns to Blackwood Brothers Tribute to Christian Country.

Wilson was in Hollywood to help announce Tuesday’s nominations. The 47th annual awards show takes place Feb. 13 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS.

2005 Grammy Nominations

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance)

  • “You Will Be My Ain True Love”
    Alison Krauss
    Track from: Cold Mountain — Soundtrack (Various Artists)

  • “Miss Being Mrs.”
    Loretta Lynn
    Track from: Van Lear Rose

  • “In My Daughter’s Eyes”
    Martina McBride
    Track from: Martina

  • “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face”
    Shania Twain
    Track from: Up!

  • “Redneck Woman”
    Gretchen Wilson
    Track from: Here for the Party

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance)

  • “Engine One-Forty-Three”
    Johnny Cash
    Track from: The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family (Various Artists)

  • “In My Own Mind”
    Lyle Lovett
    Track from: My Baby Don’t Tolerate

  • “Live Like You Were Dying”
    Tim McGraw
    Track from: Live Like You Were Dying

  • “You Are My Flower”
    Willie Nelson
    Track from: The Unbroken Circle – The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family (Various Artists)

  • “You’ll Think of Me”
    Keith Urban
    Track from: Golden Road

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal
(For established duos or groups with vocals)

  • “New San Antonio Rose”
    Asleep at the Wheel
    Track from: Asleep at the Wheel Remembers the Alamo

  • “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”
    Big & Rich
    Track from: Horse of a Different Color

  • “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl”
    Brooks & Dunn
    Track from: Red Dirt Road

  • “Top of the World”
    Dixie Chicks
    Track from: Top of the World Tour – Live

  • “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long”
    Notorious Cherry Bombs
    Track from: The Notorious Cherry Bombs

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together)

  • “Hey Good Lookin’”
    Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait
    Track from: License to Chill

  • “Creepin’ In”
    Norah Jones and Dolly Parton
    Track from: Feels Like Home

  • “Portland Oregon”
    Loretta Lynn and Jack White
    Track from: Van Lear Rose

  • “Pancho & Lefty”
    Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Toby Keith
    Track from: Outlaws and Angels

  • “Coat of Many Colors”
    Shania Twain With Alison Krauss & Union Station
    Track from: Just Because I’m a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton

Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals)

  • “Billy in the Low Ground”
    Asleep at the Wheel
    Track from: Asleep at the Wheel Remembers the Alamo

  • “Puppies ‘N Knapsacks”
    Sam Bush
    Track from: King of My World

  • “Luxury Liner”
    Albert Lee, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley
    Track from: Heartbreak Hill

  • “Earl’s Breakdown”
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Vassar Clements and Jerry Douglas
    Track from: Will the Circle Be Unbroken “The Trilogy”

  • “Bowtie”
    Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton and Byron House

Best Country Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award)

  • “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long”
    Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill, songwriters
    The Notorious Cherry Bombs, artists
    Track from: The Notorious Cherry Bombs

  • “Live Like You Were Dying”
    Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, songwriters
    Tim McGraw, artist
    Track from: Live Like You Were Dying

  • “Miss Being Mrs.”
    Loretta Lynn, songwriter
    Loretta Lynn, artist
    Track from: Van Lear Rose

  • “Portland Oregon”
    Loretta Lynn, songwriter
    Loretta Lynn and Jack White, artists
    Track from: Van Lear Rose

  • “Redneck Woman”
    John Rich and Gretchen Wilson, songwriters
    Gretchen Wilson, artist
    Track from: Here for the Party

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental)

  • Van Lear Rose
    Loretta Lynn

  • Live Like You Were Dying
    Tim McGraw

  • Tambourine
    Tift Merritt

  • Be Here
    Keith Urban

  • Here for the Party
    Gretchen Wilson

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental)

  • The Bluegrass Sessions
    Lynn Anderson

  • Twenty Year Blues
    Nashville Bluegrass Band

  • Brand New Strings
    Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

  • Carrying On
    Ralph Stanley II

  • A Tribute to Jimmy Martin “The King of Bluegrass”
    Various Artists

Best Traditional Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental)

  • Gitane Cajun
    BeauSoleil

  • The Morning Glory Ramblers
    Norman and Nancy Blake

  • My Last Go Round
    Rosalie Sorrels and Friends

  • … And the Tin Pan Bended, and the Story Ended…
    Dave Van Ronk

  • Beautiful Dreamer — The Songs of Stephen Foster
    Various Artists

Best Contemporary Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental)

  • Educated Guess
    Ani DiFranco

  • The Revolution Starts … Now
    Steve Earle

  • Land of Milk and Honey
    Eliza Gilkyson

  • Impossible Dream
    Patty Griffin

  • The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family
    Various Artists
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