Miranda Lambert leads the 2023 Grammy Award nominations, announced earlier Tuesday (November 15) as the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the four country categories – Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
His sweep takes his lifetime nomination count to 27. That’s quite an achievement, but he’s eclipsed by the legendary willie nelson, who received three nominations this year to add to his previous 53 nominations. Nelson’s nominations are all around the country this year, but befitting Nelson’s stature as an American icon, over the decades his nods have spanned a number of genres and categories, including best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Americana Album and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In a fun twist, though he didn’t get a nomination because it’s not the songwriter category, Nelson also had a role in “Midnight Rider’s Prayer,” which Osborne Brothers are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The song samples Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
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Maren Morris, who last won in 2017, for Best Country Solo Performance, also lands three nominations. The other two main nominees — Luc Combes with three and Ashley McBryde with two nods apiece — are chasing their first Grammy wins.
Grammy voters, unlike Country voters Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards, tend to be more willing to look outside the current radio charts for nominations – hence Nelson’s love – but this year is largely in line with the mainstream for Best Country Song, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album. However, Grammy voters continue to ignore Morgan Wallenthe biggest new artist to hit the format in the past five years, as Wallen received no nominations.
As usual, there was some fallout between like-minded musical categories. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, who received two nominations in the Americana categories, picked up a nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, while country titans Bill Anderson and Dolly Parton were nominated in Best American Roots Performance.
As country music continues to struggle to become more inclusive, no artists of color have received nominations in the country categories after Mickey Guyton received three nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards.
Traditional country artists were categorized into four general categories. While Recording Academy voters rarely include country artists in the albums, songs, records and best new artist categories, streaming and touring sensation Zach Bryan (who received a nod for best country solo performance) was widely expected to get a better new artist. , as is rising star Lainey Wilson.
For the past two years, voters had included a country name (Ingrid Andress for 2021 and Jimmie Allen for 2022) in the bottom 10 for Best New Artist, although a country artist hasn’t won the award since 2010. when Zac Brown Band took home the Golden Gramophone. The last time a country artist won Best Album, Kacey Musgraves took it for golden hour in 2019.
A number of artists neighboring the country fared better in all four general categories across all genres, including US act Brandi Carlile, who won album and record of the year among her seven nominations at the total and bluegrass sensation Molly Tuttle, who won Best New Artist. insert.
In Songwriter of the Year-Non-Classical, one of five new categories added this year, Laura Veltz, who wrote songs for Maren Morris and Andress, received a nomination, and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys was recognized in Producer of the Year-Non-Classical, for his work with, among others, Hank Williams Jr.