LOS ANGELES -- Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and the Eagles are among the early winners at the 50th annual Grammy Awards show taking place Sunday night (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles.
Underwood's "Before He Cheats" was named best female country vocal performance. "Before He Cheats," written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, was also named best country song.
Urban's recording of "Stupid Boy" was named best male country vocal performance, and Paisley's "Throttleneck" was voted best country instrumental performance. The Eagles won the award for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal for "How Long."
Only one country award -- best country album -- will be announced during the CBS telecast. However, several other were awards announced prior to the broadcast.
Among the other early winners:
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: "Lost Highway," Willie Nelson and Ray Price
Best Bluegrass Album: The Bluegrass Diaries, Jim Lauderale
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)," Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Best Short Form Music Video: "God's Gonna Cut You Down," Johnny Cash. Tony Kaye (video director) and Rachel Curl (video producer)
Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Salt of the Earth, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites
Best Traditional Folk Album: Dirt Farmer, Levon Helm
Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Washington Square Serenade, Steve Earle
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Live! Worldwide, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
Best Polka Album: Come Share the Wine, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
Best Historical Album: The Live Wire -- Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949, Woody Guthrie