Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, and Maren Morris are the leading country nominees for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. All three artists received nods for Best Country Song and Best Country Album. Both Miranda and Maren found themselves in the Best Country Solo Performance category. And, for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Miranda and Luke earned recognition for “Outrunnin’ Your Memory,” a song round on Luke’s Grammy-nominated album Growin’ Up.
Of note, Lady A’s Hillary Scott received a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song due to her collaboration with For KING & COUNTRY. Bill Anderson and Dolly Parton are two names found in the Best American Roots Performance category for “Someday It’ll All Make Sense (Bluegrass Version).” And, for the first time this year, the Recording Academy is awarding a Grammy for Songwriter of the Year. Nashville hit songwriter Laura Veltz earned a nod in that inaugural category.
During the livestream of the nominations announcement, Dan + Shay performed their multi-week number one hit “Tequila.” The song awarded the duo the first of three consecutive Grammys in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category (2019 – “Tequila,” 2020 – “Speechless,” and 2021 – “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber). Jimmie Allen, a nominee in last year’s Best New Artist category, was on hand to present nominations, as well.
The 65th Annual Grammy Awards will air LIVE for Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5th, at 8/7c on CBS. For a complete list of nominations in all categories, visit Grammy.com.
Country Nominations for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards:
Best Country Solo Performance
“Heartfirst” – Kelsea Ballerini
“Something In The Orange” – Zach Bryan
“In His Arms” – Miranda Lambert
“Circles Around This Town” – Maren Morris
“Live Forever” – Willie Nelson
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Wishful Drinking” – Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt
“Midnight Rider’s Prayer” – Brothers Obsorne
“Outrunning Your Memory” – Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert
“Does He Love You” (Revisited) – Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce Ashley McBryde
“Going Where The Lonely Go” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Country Song
“Circles Around This Town” (Maren Morris) – Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Maren Morris, and Jimmy Robbins
“Doin’ This” (Luke Combs) – Luke Combs, Drew Parker, and Robert Williford
“I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” (Taylor Swift) – Lori McKenna and Taylor Swift
“If I Was A Cowboy” (Miranda Lambert) – Jesse Frasure and Miranda Lambert
“I’ll Love You ‘Til The Day I Die” (Willie Nelson) – Rodney Crowell and Chris Stapleton
“’Til You Can’t” (Cody Johnson) – Matt Rogers and Ben Stennis
Best Country Album
Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
Palomino – Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde
Humble Quest – Maren Morris
A Beautiful Time – Willie Nelson
Image: Robert Ascroft/Sony Music Nashville (Miranda Lambert) | Jeremy Cowart/Sony Music Nashville (Luke Combs) | Harper Smith/Sony Music Nashville (Maren Morris)