LOS ANGELES -- Faith Hill earned her
first-ever Grammy awards today during a
pre-telecast ceremony but was not
hand to pick them up because she is
scheduled to perform on tonight's
David Foster and Latin
artist Olga Tanon
handed out many country-related
Grammy awards today at the Staples
Center here prior to tonight's
telecast of the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at 8 p.m. ET.
Hill's early victories came for Best Female Country
Vocal Performance for
"Breathe" and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Let's Make Love," her
duet with husband
Her album, Breathe, is a contender for Best Country Album, which will be handed
out during the
Lee Ann Womack's hit, "I Hope You Dance," was named Best Country Song.
The award went to songwriters Mark
D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, who were on
hand to accept their trophies. Along with "Breathe," the tune also is up for Song
the Year, which will be awarded during the televised festivities.
Johnny Cash took honors for Best Male Country Vocal
Performance for his cover
of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man."
Cash was edged out in the Best Contempory Folk Album
category by Emmylou
Harris, who won for Red Dirt Girl. Dave Alvin, formerly of the Blasters, picked up
Folk Album for Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land.
Asleep at the Wheel's "Cherokee Maiden," written by
Country Music Hall of
Fame member Cindy Walker, won for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with
aces Alison Brown and Bela Fleck were awarded Best Country
Instrumental Performance for their collaboration on "Leaving
Dolly Parton's The Grass Is Blue was named Best Bluegrass Album. Ricky
Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
picked up Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass
Gospel Album for Soldier of the Cross.
also scored victories in other award categories. Woody's
Roundup Featuring Riders in the Sky picked up Best Musical
Album for Children.
Ex-New Grass Revival member Fleck and his group, The Flecktones, captured
Best Contemporary Jazz
Album for Outbound.
Appalachian Journey, featuring country-related musicians Alison Krauss, Edgar
and Mark O'Connor, won Best Classical Crossover Album.
Hill will sing "Breathe" during the three-hour television show.
Dolly Parton and
Best New Artist nominee Brad Paisley will appear together. Parton will perform
Paisley will do "We Danced" before the duo pairs up to hand
out the Best Country Album honor. Womack and Vince Gill also
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