Grammy Nominations: Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton Score in Top Categories

"Girl Crush" Gets Song of the Year Nod in All-Genre Division

Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton are each nominated in top all-genre categories at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were revealed Monday morning (Dec. 7).

Hunt is the only country nominee for best new artist, a category featuring Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor.

Stapleton’s Traveller is up for album of the year in a category that also includes Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Taylor Swift’s 1989 and the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness.

Additionally, Little Big Town’s hit, “Girl Crush,” has netted a song of the year nomination for songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose. Taylor Swift also shares a song of the year nomination with co-writers Max Martin and Shellback for “Blank Space.”

Stapleton’s Traveller is also nominated for best country album, and the title track is up for best country song and best country solo performance.

Hunt is also likely doing a victory dance. In addition to his best new artist nomination, he’s up for best country album for his debut project, Montevallo.

“Girl Crush” also racked up nods for overall best country song, and Little Big Town claims nominations for best country duo/group performance and a best country album nomination for Pain Killer.

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, the documentary surrounding the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s battle with Alzheimer’s, received a nomination for best compilation soundtrack for visual media.

The Grammy Awards air live Feb. 15 on CBS.

Here’s a list of nominations in the country-related categories:

Best Country Album
Montevallo, Sam Hunt

Pain Killer, Little Big Town

The Blade, Ashley Monroe

Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves

Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Song
“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack
Songwriter: Hayes Carll

“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” Tim McGraw
Songwriters: Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Jonathan Singleton

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
Songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose

“Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark
Songwriters: Brandy Clark andMark Stephen Jones

“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton
Songwriter: Chris Stapleton

Best Country Solo Performance
“Burning House,” Cam

“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

“Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood

“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban

“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Stay a Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne

“If I Needed You,” Joey + Rory

“The Driver,” Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

Best Americana Album
The Firewatcher’s Daughter, Brandi Carlile

The Traveling Kind, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell

Mono, the Mavericks

The Phosphorescent Blues, Punch Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album
Pocket Full of Keys, Dale Ann Bradley

Before the Sun Goes Down, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

In Session, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Man of Constant Sorrow, Ralph Stanley and Friends

The Muscle Shoals Recordings, the SteelDrivers

Best American Roots Performance
“And Am I Born to Die,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

“Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy

“City of Our Lady,” the Milk Carton Kids

“Julep,” Punch Brothers

“See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Mavis Staples

Best American Roots Song
“All Night Long,” the Mavericks
Songwriter: Raul Malo

“The Cost of Living,” Don Henley and Merle Haggard
Songwriters: Don Henley and Stan Lynch

“Julep,” Punch Brothers
Songwriters: Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile and Gabe Witcher

“The Traveling Kind,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Songwriters: Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris

“24 Frames,” Jason Isbell
Songwriter: Jason Isbell

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.