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Taylor Swift's Red Earns Grammy Nods
She Performs From Australia on CBS Special
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift grabbed Grammy nominations in the album of the year and best country album categories on Friday night (Dec. 6), marking the latest recognitions for her multi-platinum Red.

Swift's "Begin Again" is also up for best country song and she is nominated for best country duo/group performance category, thanks to "Highway Don't Care" recorded with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

Swift's theatrical performance of "I Knew You Were Trouble" from the Australian leg of her Red tour was spliced into an early segment of The Grammy Nominations Concert Live, a television special which aired live from Los Angeles on CBS. Swift prerecorded her segment at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Urban was on hand at the Staples Center with Latin star Miguel for a compelling duet of "Ain't No Sunshine," a Grammy-winning R&B classic by Bill Withers.

Country music also captured the spotlight when the nominations in the best country album category were revealed. Those contenders are Jason Aldean's Night Train, McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom, Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park, Blake Shelton's Based on a True Story and Swift's Red.

Near the end of the show, Musgraves' name was called again as a nominee for best new artist. As a songwriter, she also secured double nominations in the best country song category for "Mama's Broken Heart" (recorded by Miranda Lambert) and "Merry Go Round."

Country-related nominations also went to Lambert, Lee Brice, The Civil Wars, Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton and Darius Rucker. Ron White secured a nomination for his comedy album, A Little Unprofessional.

Nominees in the Americana, folk and roots categories include Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, The Greencards, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Sarah Jarosz, the Milk Carton Kids, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint, as well as a 50th anniversary compilation album honoring roots label Arhoolie Records.

Bluegrass nominees are the Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, Della Mae, James King and the Del McCoury Band.

LL Cool J served as the nomination concert's host, while Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Katy Perry energized the hour-long special. To close the night, T.I. and members of Earth, Wind & Fire joined Robin Thicke on stage for "Blurred Lines." The night's presenters included Melissa Etheridge, Arsenio Hall, Enrique Iglesias, actress Pauley Perrette, Kelly Rowland and Ed Sheeran.

The Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Jan. 26 on CBS.

Here's a list of the nominees in the country-related categories:

Best Country Album
Night Train, Jason Aldean

Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw

Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves

Based on a True Story, Blake Shelton

Red, Taylor Swift

Best Country Solo Performance

"I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice

"I Want Crazy," Hunter Hayes

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert

"Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker

"Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"From This Valley," the Civil Wars

"Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill

"Your Side of the Bed," Little Big Town

"Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

"You Can't Make Old Friends," Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

Best Country Song
"Begin Again," Taylor Swift
Songwriter: Taylor Swift

"I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves

"Merry Go Round," Kacey Musgraves
Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne

"Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Deric Ruttan

Best American Roots Song
"Build Me Up From Bones," Sarah Jarosz
Songwriter: Sarah Jarosz

"Invisible," Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
Songwriter: Steve Earle

"Keep Your Dirty Lights On," Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott
Songwriters: Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

"Love Has Come for You," Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Songwriters: Edie Brickell and Steve Martin

"Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed, Allen Toussaint
Songwriter: Allen Toussaint

Best Americana Album
Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Love Has Come for You, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Buddy and Jim, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

One True Vine, Mavis Staples

Songbook, Allen Toussaint

Best Bluegrass Album
It's Just a Road, the Boxcars

Brothers of the Highway, Dailey & Vincent

This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae

Three Chords and the Truth, James King

The Streets of Baltimore, Del McCoury Band

Best Folk Album
My Favorite Picture of You, Guy Clark

Sweetheart of the Sun, the Greencards

Build Me Up From Bones, Sarah Jarosz

The Ash & Clay, the Milk Carton Kids

They All Played for Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration, Various Artists

See an expanded list of Grammy nominees in other categories.
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