Urban, McGraw and Hill Among Early Grammy Winners

"Bless the Broken Road" Named Best Country Song

(Editor’s note: CMT.com editorial director Chet Flippo was backstage at Staples Center in Los Angeles to provide information on the winners at the 48th annual Grammy Awards.)

LOS ANGELES — Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, a duet by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and “Bless the Broken Road” were among the early winners at the 48th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Additionally, trophies went to Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Union Station, the Del McCoury Band, John Prine, Tim O’Brien, Delbert McClinton and Amy Grant during ceremonies prior to Wednesday night’s (Feb. 8) television broadcast on CBS.

Here’s a list of initial Grammy winners in the country-related categories:

Male Country Vocal Performance: “You’ll Think of Me,” Keith Urban

Female Country Vocal Performance: “The Connection,” Emmylou Harris

Country Collaboration With Vocals: “Like We Never Loved at All,” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (track from Hill’s Fireflies)

Country Song: “Bless the Broken Road,” Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna and Marcus Hummon, songwriters (track from Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today)

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: “Restless,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Country Instrumental Performance: “Unionhouse Branch,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Bluegrass Album: The Company We Keep, Del McCoury Band

Contemporary Blues Album: Cost of Living, Delbert McClinton

Contemporary Folk Album: Fair & Square, John Prine

Traditional Folk Album: Fiddler’s Green, Tim O’Brien

Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Rock of Ages … Hymns & Faith, Amy Grant

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: The Legend, Johnny Cash (Ian Cuttler, art director)

Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Ray, Craig Armstrong (composer)

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Ray, Ray Charles (James Austin, Stuart Benjamin and Taylor Hackford, producers)

Polka Album: Shake, Rattle and Polka, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra