Here’s the https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/2019-grammy-awards-complete-nominations-list
Congratulations to all nominees, and all of the unsung heroes who helped those nominees along the way – band members, songwriters, producers, engineers, label people, family, friends, teachers/mentors, fans, etc.
Obviously, Chris Stapleton is the one I pull for. I don’t care about most of the currently popular music, though I don’t necessarily dislike it. I’m not particularly urban or tied into what’s popular, so I just don’t fit in all that much with most of it.
Here is a song that wasn’t nominated that I like a lot : EmiSunshine’s 90 Miles. This song is about autism awareness. I’ve always been very socially awkward to the degree that, although I was never tested or diagnosed with any sort of autism or related conditions, I feel a certain degree of kinship to anyone dealing with those issues.
Margo Price and Luke Combs were 2 of the 8 all-genre “New Artist” nominees. I’ve seen both of these perform, though in Combs’ case, it was only very briefly at the little Radio Disney stage inside Fan Fair X at 2017 CMA Fest. It’s amazing how quickly his career has blown up since then. We watched the Americanafest show on CMT the other day, and Margo had one of the better performances.
For Country Solo Performance, it’s a great show of respect that Loretta Lynn is one of the five nominees. This is a song she recorded on previous albums, though, so I don’t think she has a chance of winning. I wouldn’t have thought the Maren Morris cover of an Elton John song would’ve been anywhere near any sort of nomination , and the Keith Urban song is not good. Chris & Kacey both have very solid songs. My early thought is that this is the one of Chris’ nominations that he has the best chance of winning.
For Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song, I have no idea how it’ll go.
For Best Country Album, I’ve seen all nominees in person, other than Kacey. All five have songs on my 2018 New Country Plus list. “Scarecrow in the Garden” on Chris Stapleton’s album is probably my favorite song on any of these albums. Both times I saw Ashley McBryde, she joked about one of her band members resembling Chris. Ashley and Bros O both spent years paying their dues, so it’s good to see them getting some attention. Kelsea is one of the very few women who has gotten any radio play in the last year. The groupthink/momentum heavily favors Kacey. To my ears, Chris made the best music, followed by Ashley.
The American Roots, Regional Roots, Americana, and Folk categories are confusing. Some of this stuff is obviously country. It looks like one of those strategic things where if you’re country, but don’t think you have the momentum to land a country nomination, you find which of these seemingly overlapping categories provides an easier path ? Anyway, it’s some recognition for such highly accomplished artists as Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Lee Ann Womack.
For Bluegrass album, this looks like a very solid lot. We listened to the Travelin’ McCourys album on our road trip this summer. Their version of Passenger’s “Let Her Go” is a particular standout. All of these are good.
One that wasn’t nominated that I have mentioned before is Rhonda Vincent’s “Live From the Ryman,” which included the old legends Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, and the Osborne Brothers. I honestly expected that album to be on the list. Brent Burke’s rendition of Oswald’s Dobro Chimes on that album is on my Interesting Instrumentals And Stuff list.
No matter who wins, or whom you choose to pull for or against, it’s always good to see many songwriters, musicians, and artists receive attention.
In unrelated news…
George Strait released a song, but it’s just for a tequila ad. I included it, anyway, since it’s the only thing he released this year: Codigo
Toby Keith joins my list with a new one, which I placed right next to a song by his daughter: Don’t Let The Old Man In