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Last year, Loretta Lynn released her comeback album Van Lear Rose to widespread acclaim, thrilling longtime fans and making new ones - who watched helplessly as she received not one nomination for a 2004 CMA award, and practically no attention at all from country radio.
The 47th annual Grammy Awards are looking a little different.
Loretta leads the list of nominees in the country categories with five nominations. "I was shocked and excited when I heard about the nominations," says the living legend, " 'cause I hadn't got this many before in the same year." Loretta won her only Grammy in 1971, sharing Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with duet partner Conway Twitty.
Newcomer Gretchen Wilson is nipping at Loretta's heels with four nominations - including the all-genre Best New Artist. "It's really nice to know that people are enjoying the music," she says. "I feel very accepted right now."
Tim McGraw is up for two Grammys and his song "Live Like You Were Dying" is nominated for two more - including the overall Song of the Year. "What a great way to complete this amazing year," he says.
Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Keith Urban is up for two awards. "I am truly humbled by all that I have experienced this year," he says, "and for these Grammy nominations."
The Vince Gill-Rodney Crowell super-group The Notorious Cherry Bombs is also in the running for two trophies.
Watch the Grammy Awards: 8 p.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 13, on CBS-TV from Los Angeles
COUNTRY GRAMMY NOMINEES
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL
BEST COUNTRY SONG
BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS