GRAMMY AWARDS PREVIEW
Shut out at the CMA Awards, the legendary Loretta Lynn finally gets her due.
See Grammy Nominations at bottom of story.
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
- Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose
- Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying
- Tift Merritt, Tambourine
- Keith Urban, Be Here
- Gretchen Wilson, Here for the Party
BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
- Alison Krauss, "You Will Be My Ain True Love"
- Loretta Lynn, "Miss Being Mrs."
- Martina McBride, "In My Daughter's Eyes"
- Shania Twain, "She's Not Just a Pretty Face"
- Gretchen Wilson, "Redneck Woman"
BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
- Johnny Cash, "Engine One-Forty-Three"
- Lyle Lovett, "In My Own Mind"
- Tim McGraw, "Live Like You Were Dying"
- Willie Nelson, "You Are My Flower"
- Keith Urban, "You'll Think of Me"
BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL
- Asleep at the Wheel, "New San Antonio Rose"
- Big & Rich, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
- Brooks & Dunn,"You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl"
- Dixie Chicks, "Top of the World (live)"
- The Notorious Cherry Bombs, "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long"
BEST COUNTRY SONG
- The Notorious Cherry Bombs, "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long" (Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill, songwriters)
- Tim McGraw, "Live Like You Were Dying" (Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, songwriters)
- Loretta Lynn, "Miss Being Mrs." (Loretta Lynn, songwriter)
- Loretta Lynn and Jack White, "Portland, Oregon" (Loretta Lynn, songwriter)
- Gretchen Wilson, "Redneck Woman" (John Rich and Gretchen Wilson, songwriters)
BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
- Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait, "Hey Good Lookin' "
- Norah Jones and Dolly Parton, "Creepin' In"
- Loretta Lynn and Jack White, "Portland, Oregon"
- Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Toby Keith, "Pancho and Lefty"
- Shania Twain with Alison Krauss & Union Station, "Coat of Many Colors"