2013 Grammy Nominations Announced in Nashville!

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From the very first performance of The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, held Wednesday (Dec. 5) in Nashville, it was clear that it was going to be an eventful evening for country music. The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley teamed up to open the show with a spirited performance of "Jackson," a nod to Johnny Cash's timeless duet with wife June. 

"I’m so excited the nominations show was in Nashville. We got to do the show last year in L.A., which was a great experience, but tonight there was a whole other energy about the show," Kimberly Perry said afterward. "I thought it was so appropriate that the Grammys would acknowledge [Johnny Cash] first thing in the show tonight."

Added Reid Perry, "And having standing-room down front with true music fans there really helped get the show started on the right foot."

And from there the show, telecast on CBS and co-hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J, was off and running. Hunter Hayes sang the nominees for Best Pop Vocal Album, and then found his own name included in the all-genre category of Best New Artist. In other all-genre fields, Taylor scored a nomination for Record of the Year for her Red single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," while occasional country artist Kelly Clarkson received a nod in the Record of the Year category for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," along with three other nominations.

In the country categories, Ronnie Dunn notched a pair of nominations for his song "Cost of Livin'," while swing group The Time Jumpers—which boasts Vince Gill as a member—also received two, for Best Country Album and Best Country/Duo Group Performance. The Time Jumpers will compete against, among others, Little Big Town in the latter category, who received Grammy recognition for their unsinkable hit "Pontoon."

Along with The Band Perry and Dierks, Luke Bryan also performed, belting out "I Don't Want This Night to End" amid a shower of confetti.

A complete list of the country categories is below. The 55th Grammy Awards air Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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 & 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” (Carrie Underwood)
  • “Cost of Livin’” (Ronnie Dunn)
  • “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band)
  • “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” (Alan Jackson)
  • “Springsteen” (Eric Church)

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

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