Country Grammy Winners
Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Sugarland and the duo of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant were among the big winners in the Country categories at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, held Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
Carrie won the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance for "Last Name," while Brad won two awards, Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Letter to Me" and Country Instrumental Performance for "Cluster Pluck," which he shared with several other artists. Alison and Robert, the lead vocalist for Led Zeppelin, took home one of the night’s top honors, Record of the Year, for "Please Read the Letter" from their album Raising Sand, which was produced in Nashville. Sugarland won for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for "Stay." And in a popular victory, George Strait received his first-ever Grammy, winning Best Country Album for Troubadour.
The Grammy TV special was filled with performances from country artists, including Kenny Chesney, who sang an acoustic version of his No. 1 hit, "Better as a Memory," and Carrie Underwood, rocking the house on "Last Name." Keith Urban also participated in a tribute to the late R&B icon, Bo Diddley. Here is a list of the top winners in the Country categories:
- Best Country Album
- Troubadour George Strait
- Best Female Country Vocal Performance
- “Last Name” Carrie Underwood
- Best Male Country Vocal Performance
- “Letter to Me” Brad Paisley
- Best Country Song
- “Stay” Sugarland—Jennifer Nettles, songwriter
- Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
- “Killing the Blues” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
- Best Country Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo With Vocals
- “Stay” Sugarland
- Best Country Instrumental Performance
- “Cluster Pluck” Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgensen, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner
- Best Southern, Country, Bluegrass Gospel Album
- Lovin’ Life Gaither Vocal Band
- Best Bluegrass Album
- Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.