Grammy Nominations: Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen and More

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Nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards were revealed on Tuesday and Jimmie Allen, Chris Stapleton and Mickey Guyton are among country music’s top nominees. Allen, who is up for Best New Artist, is country music’s lone all-genre nominee.

Guyton picked up three nominations – including her history-making Best Country Album nod. Guyton is the first Black artist included in the category since its inception. Stapleton mimicked Guyton’s nominations, also winning recognition in Best Country Album, Song and Solo Performance categories.

“I was reminded recently of the C. S. Lewis quote, ‘the longest way round is the shortest way home’ and I am home now,” Guyton said in a statement. “I am a living breathing witness that you should never ever give up on yourself. No matter what anyone says, know your worth and trust your gut no matter how many times anyone tries to push you down. I am so incredibly grateful. This is for Breonna. This is for Grayson. This is for my family. This is for women in country music. This is for people of color in country music. We are here. Our stories matter. Our voices matter.”

Kacey Musgraves made headlines recently when members of the Recording Academy banned her 2021 album “Star-Crossed” from the Best Country Album category because members determined the album wasn’t country enough. Musgraves had a star-making moment at the Grammy Awards in 2019 when her “Golden Hour” was named Album of the Year. Her “Star-Crossed” didn’t rise to the same all-genre inclusion, but the project’s “Camera Roll” received recognition in Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

Similarly, Brandi Carlile’s “Right on Time,” a No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Americana/Folk chart, was prohibited from the American roots song and American roots performance categories and placed in pop. However, her music was celebrated in the reassigned group. Carlile is Seattle-based but records in Nashville and is embraced as part of the community. Carlile was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance for her song “Right On Time” and Song of the Year for her collaboration with Alicia Keys on “A Beautiful Noise.”

The shuffling comes as the Recording Academy abolished nomination revue committees for the first time in 30 years. More than 21,000 voters weighed in on the nods for the 64th Grammy Awards, which will air 8–11:30 p.m. ET Jan. 31 on CBS.

Country music’s other multiple nominees include Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood, who is up for Best Country Duo/Group with Jason Aldean for their “If I Didn’t Love You” and Best Roots Gospel Album for her “My Savior.”

Two of country music’s marquee names – Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson – hopped out of country music and into traditional pop where Nelson’s “That’s Life” and Parton’s “A Holly Dolly Christmas” are both up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Here are the nominations of interest to country music/Nashville.

Best New Artist
Arooj Aftab
Jimmie Allen
Baby Keem
FINNEAS
Glass Animals
Japanese Breakfast
The Kid Laroi
Arlo Parks
Olivia Rodrigo
Saweetie

Record Of The Year
“I Still Have Faith In You” — ABBA
“Freedom” — Jon Batiste
“I Get A Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
“Peaches” — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
“Right On Time” — Brandi Carlile
“Kiss Me More” — Doja Cat Featuring SZA
“Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish
“Montero” (Call Me By Your Name) — Lil Nas X
“drivers license” — Olivia Rodrigo
“Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic

Album Of The Year
We Are — Jon Batiste
Love For Sale — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
Back Of My Mind — H.E.R.
Montero — Lil Nas X
Sour — Olivia Rodrigo
Evermore — Taylor Swift
Donda — Kanye West

Song Of The Year
“Bad Habits” — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
“A Beautiful Noise” — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys Featuring Brandi Carlile)
“drivers license” — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
“Fight For You” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“Kiss Me More” — Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA)
“Leave The Door Open” — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
“Peaches” — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
“Right On Time” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best Country Song
“Better Than We Found It” — Maren Morris
“camera roll” — Kacey Musgraves
“Cold” — Chris Stapleton
“Country Again” — Thomas Rhett
“Fancy Like” — Walker Hayes
“Remember Her Name” — Mickey Guyton

Best Country Solo Performance
“Forever After All,” Luke Combs
“Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton
“All I Do Is Drive,” Jason Isbell
“Camera Roll,” Kacey Musgraves
“You Should Probably Leave,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“If I Didn’t Love You,” Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
“Younger Me,” Brothers Osborne
“Glad You Exist,” Dan + Shay
“Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris
“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King and Miranda Lambert

Best Country Album
“Skeletons,” Brothers Osborne
“Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton
“The Marfa Tapes,” Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram
“The Ballad of Dood & Juanita,” Sturgill Simpson
“Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton

Best Roots Gospel Album
“Alone With My Faith,” Harry Connick, Jr.
“That’s Gospel, Brother,” Gaither Vocal Band
“Keeping On,” Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
“Songs For the Times,” The Isaacs
“My Savior,” Carrie Underwood

Best American Roots Performance
“Cry,” Jon Batiste
“Love and Regret,” Billy Strings
“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” The Blind Boys of Alabama and Béla Fleck
“Same Devil,” Brandy Clark featuring Brandi Carlile
“Nightflyer,” Allison Russell

Best American Roots Song
“Avalon,” Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson and Francesco Turrisi, songwriters (Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi)
“Call Me a Fool,” Valerie June, songwriter (Valerie June featuring Carla Thomas)
“Cry,” Jon Batiste and Steve McEwan, songwriters (Jon Batiste)
“Diamond Studded Shoes,” Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Yola, songwriters (Yola)
“Nightflyer,” Jeremy Lindsay and Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)

Best Americana Album
“Downhill From Everywhere,” Jackson Browne
“Leftover Feelings,” John Hiatt with the Jerry Douglas Band
“Native Sons,” Los Lobos
“Outside Child,” Allison Russell
“Stand For Myself,” Yola

Best Bluegrass Album
“Renewal,” Billy Strings
“My Bluegrass Heart,” Béla Fleck
“A Tribute To Bill Monroe,” The Infamous Stringdusters
“Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions),” Sturgill Simpson
“Music Is What I See,” Rhonda Vincent

Best Folk Album
“One Night Lonely [Live],” Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Long Violent History,” Tyler Childers
“Wednesday (Extended Edition),” Madison Cunningham
“They’re Calling Me Home,” Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
“Blue Heron Suite,” Sarah Jarosz

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Anyone,” Justin Bieber
“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile
“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish
“Positions,” Ariana Grande
“Drivers License,” Olivia Rodrigo

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Love for Sale,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
“’Til We Meet Again (Live),” Norah Jones
“A Tori Kelly Christmas,” Tori Kelly
“Ledisi Sings Nina,” Ledisi
“That’s Life,” Willie Nelson
“A Holly Dolly Christmas,” Dolly Parton

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