One day after completing their world tour, the Dixie Chicks secured five Grammy nominations on Wednesday morning (Dec. 6) in Los Angeles. Also making a strong showing, Carrie Underwood and “Jesus, Take the Wheel” brought in a cumulative four nominations.
Released in May, the Chicks’ Taking the Long Way is up for album of the year in all genres, as well as country album of the year. “Not Ready to Make Nice” is nominated for record of the year and song of the year in all genres, but was excluded from the country song category. However, the track is vying for best country vocal performance by a duo or group.
In the record of the year category, the Chicks are up against Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You,” James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On.” The band shares the all-genre album category with Gnarls Barkley, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Justin Timberlake.
Carrie Underwood earned a high-profile nomination for best new artist in all genres. She is competing against Chris Brown, Imogen Heap, Blunt and Rae. She is also nominated for best female country vocal performance for “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson are up for overall song of the year and country song of the year for composing the hit.
A critical success, Alan Jackson’s Like Red on a Rose gathered three nominations. The title track is up for best country song, and the full project is nominated for best country album and best non-classical production. The album’s engineers are Brandon Bell, Terry Christian and Gary Paczosa. Jackson’s album, Precious Memories, is also nominated for best Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album.
A perennial favorite, Dolly Parton pops up in two categories. “Tomorrow Is Forever,” a duet from Solomon Burke’s Nashville album, is nominated for best country collaboration with vocals. Also, “Travelin’ Thru” is competing for best song in the film category. It was featured in Transamerica and earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year. Other double nominees in country include Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Rhonda Vincent, Ron White and Gretchen Wilson.
Other country artists earning a nomination include Big & Rich, Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Larry the Cable Guy, Martina McBride, the Del McCoury Band, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait, Randy Travis, Keith Urban and the Wreckers.
In non-country categories, Johnny Cash’s Personal File is nominated for best recording package. The soundtrack to the film, Walk the Line, with singing by Joaquin Phoenix and other artists, also earned a nomination for best soundtrack. Cash’s producer Rick Rubin earned a nomination for producer of the year, non-classical; his recent credits include Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways and the Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way.
The Grammy awards will take place Feb. 11 in Los Angeles.