News and Musings 12/9/08

Congratulations to John Rich and his new bride, former model and owner of First Class Models Joan Bush, who tied the knot in Nashville on December 6th after a 5-year courtship.

After Trace Adkins’ earned runner-up status on “Celebrity Apprentice”, Clint Black has decided to join the cast for the next season which begins March 1.

Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines is being sued for defamation by the father of a young child who was murdered in 1993.  Apparently Maines wrote extensively about the ongoing evidence in the case, focusing upon a Terry Hobbs, the plaintiff in the case.  Three others were arrested and convicted; however, the DA is citing the same evidence upon which Maines focused to get his clients’ convictions overturned.

Various CMT contributors have compiled their lists of the top ten albums of 2008.  Check out the picks here.

Taylor Swift (whose name is everywhere lately) has been added to Dick Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show.  Kellie Pickler will be in Times Square with live reports as well.

Toby Keith donated $500,000 to the Oklahoma University’s Children’s Hospital to update an oncology department.  The funds were part of proceeds raised by Ally’s House, a nonprofit organization he founded in memory of a friend’s daughter who lost her battle with kidney cancer. 

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The Grammy nominations are in:

Lady Antebellum was nominated in the Best New Artist category.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • For These Times
    Martina McBride
    Track from: Waking Up Laughing
    [RCA Nashville]
  • What I Cannot Change
    LeAnn Rimes
    Track from: Family
    [Curb Records]
  • Last Name
    Carrie Underwood
    Track from: Carnival Ride
    [19/Arista/Arista Nashville]
  • Last Call
    Lee Ann Womack
    [MCA Nashville]
  • This Is Me You’re Talking To
    Trisha Yearwood
    Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
    [Big Machine] 

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • You’re Gonna Miss This
    Trace Adkins
    Track from: American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II
    [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • In Color
    Jamey Johnson
    [MCA Nashville]
  • Just Got Started Lovin’ You
    James Otto
    Track from: Sunset Man
  • Letter To Me
    Brad Paisley
    Track from: 5th Gear
    [Arista Nashville]
  • Troubadour
    George Strait
    Track from: Troubadour
    [MCA Nashville]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • God Must Be Busy
    Brooks & Dunn
    Track from: Cowboy Town
    [Arista Nashville] 
  • Love Don’t Live Here
    Lady Antebellum
    Track from: Lady Antebellum
    [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • Every Day
    Rascal Flatts
    Track from: Still Feels Good
    [Lyric Street Records]
  • Blue Side Of The Mountain
    The SteelDrivers
    Track from: The SteelDrivers
  • Stay
    Track from: Enjoy The Ride
    [Mercury Records]

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Shiftwork
    Kenny Chesney & George Strait
    Track from: Just Who I Am: Poets And Pirates
    [BNA Records]
  • Killing The Blues
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    Track from: Raising Sand
  • House Of Cash
    George Strait & Patty Loveless
    Track from: Troubadour
    [MCA Nashville]
  • Life In A Northern Town
    Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
    Track from: Love On The Inside [Deluxe Fan Edition]
    [Mercury Records]
  • Let The Wind Chase You
    Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban
    Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
    [Big Machine] 

Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Sumatra
    Track from: Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe
    [Skaggs Family Records]
  • Two Small Cars In Rome
    Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
    Track from: Glide
  • Sleigh Ride
    Bla Fleck & The Flecktones
    Track from: Jingle All The Way
  • Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
    Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
    Track from: Family & Friends — Rambling Boy
    [Decca Records]
  • Cluster Pluck
    Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner
    [Arista Nashville] 

Best Country Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Dig Two Graves
    Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
    Track from: Around The Bend
    [Warner Bros.; Publishers: Songs of Combustion Music, Music of Windswept/Famous Music, Mt. Tallac Music] 
  • I Saw God Today
    Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
    Track from: Troubadour
    [MCA Nashville; Publishers: Big Red Toe/Extremely Loud Music, Steel Wheels Music, Steel Wheels Music/Blind Mule Music]
  • In Color
    Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
    Track from: That Lonesome Song
    [Mercury Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music/Big Gassed Hitties, EMI Blackwood Music/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah’s Little Boat Music, Eldorotto Music Publishing/Lucky Thumb Music]
  • Stay
    Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
    Track from: Enjoy The Ride
    [Mercury Records; Publisher: Jennifer Nettles Publishing]
  • You’re Gonna Miss This
    Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
    Track from: American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II
    [Capitol Records Nashville; Publishers: EMI Blackwood/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah’s Little Boat Music/Songs of Combustion Music] 

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • That Lonesome Song
    Jamey Johnson
    [Mercury Records]
  • Sleepless Nights
    Patty Loveless
    [Saguaro Road]
  • Troubadour
    George Strait
    [MCA Nashville]
  • Around The Bend
    Randy Travis
    [Warner Bros.]
  • Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
    Trisha Yearwood
    [Big Machine] 

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe
    [Skaggs Family Records]
  • Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
    Del McCoury Band
  • The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman
    Earl Scruggs With Family & Friends
    [Rounder Records]
  • Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947
    Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
    [Skaggs Family Records]
  • Wheels
    Dan Tyminski

Good luck to all the nominees!