Country Music to Take Center Stage at The GRAMMYs Tonight

Written by SLN Staff Writer
Country Music to Take Center Stage at The GRAMMYs Tonight

(Carrie Underwood arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards)

Country music will take center stage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards tonight. In addition to some of Nashville’s finest being nominated, many will take the stage for performances during “Music’s Biggest Night.”

Taylor Swift will open the show for the first time in her career. According to reports, the superstar will sing the Record of the Year nominated “We Are Never Ever Getting Together.”

Zac Brown will perform a tribute to the late Levon Helm alongside Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Mumford & Sons, Elton John and Mavis Staples.

‘Locked and Reloaded’ tour mates Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will take the stage together for a special duet. The superstars will perform a medley of their hits “Over You” and “Home.”

Nominees Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are also slated to perform.

In addition, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Keith Urban will present awards during the telecast.

Country stars are included in the following GRAMMY categories. Who do you think will take home GRAMMY Awards tonight?

Best Country Album:
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes
Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson
Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Home” – Dierks Bentley
“Springsteen” – Eric Church
“Cost of Livin’” – Ronnie Dunn
“Wanted” – Hunter Hayes
“Over” – Blake Shelton
“Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band
“Pontoon” – Little Big Town
“Safe & Sound” – Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars
“On The Outskirts Of Town” – The Time Jumpers
“I Just Come Here For The Music” – Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss

Best Country Song:
“Blown Away” – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
“Cost Of Livin’” – Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)
“So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” – Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)
“Springsteen”- Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)

Record Of The Year:
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” — Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye featuring Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Song Of The Year:
“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best New Artist:
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) tonight.