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Poll – Grammy For Best Country Song

grammy1 First, if you haven’t yet voted for Best Country Collaboration or Best Duo/Group Performance, click the respective links to do so!

Here we are, my last poll on the Grammys! This is for a biggie: for Best Country Song Of The Year! Past winners include “Where’ve You Been” (Kathy Mattea), “Love Can Build A Bridge” (The Judds) and last year, “Before He Cheats” (Carrie Underwood).

This Grammy is mainly for the songwriters, but for simplicity, I just included the artist in the poll. Since it’s given to the writers, I would say that writing is probably the major criteria to look at for these songs, not the performance or sound- but I would take into account the overall effect of the song, if that makes sense.

Make sure to post why you picked your choice!



I feel like the Strait and Atkins songs are not unique enough, leaving 3 stellar nominees. They just don’t hit me, and I honestly feel like the writing isn’t that spectacular for the two.

I haven’t been able to find a complete version of “Dig Two Graves”, but I feel like it’s just a little too mawkish for my tastes, but still a great song, just not quite Grammy-worthy.

That leaves the last two. Hmm… Two of my favorites, both with commercial success and stellar performances… but I have to go with “Stay”.

Why? Because it makes me feel more. The lyrics of “Stay” completely reveal the mindset of the protagonist. It shows that defining moment when she realizes “Why am I letting myself be used like this? I don’t need him.” So she tells him not to come back. She goes from a dependent mess when he’s about to leave, similar to Bella in the Twilight book series, to independent and free, all in the course of about 5 minutes. There isn’t an unused word in the song, it all conveys the message, and that is what good writing is all about. I love when the bridge when she says:

“I can’t take it any longer,
But my will is getting stronger
And I think I know just what I have to do.
I can’t waste another minute,
After all that I’ve put in it,
I’ve given you my best,
Why does she get the best of you?
So next time you find you wanna leave her bed for mine,
Why don’t you stay.”

That moment makes the song worth it, and wholeheartedly deserving of the Grammy. As much as I love “In Color”, it has no moment like that. “Stay” does, and Jennifer deserves as much recognition as possible for capturing it.

“Dig Two Graves” was written by Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan.
“I Saw God Today” was written by Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby.
“In Color” was written by Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto.
“Stay” was written by Jennifer Nettles.
“You’re Gonna Miss This” was written by Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller.

8 responses to “Poll – Grammy For Best Country Song

  1. J.R. Journey February 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I chose ‘Stay’.

  2. Razor X February 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I like all of these songs. I can’t remember the last time I liked all the nominees in a particular awards category. The Grammy choices have been so much better than the CMA and ACM choices. In the end, I have to go with “Dig Two Graves”, though I think that “Stay” will win.

  3. Razor X February 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    How interesting that Ashley Gorey is competing against himself (herself?) in this category.

  4. Chris February 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I noticed that too. I wonder if that happens very often. I bet (s)he’s really happy though!

  5. Razor X February 5, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    The only similar circumstance I can think of is when Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes competed against each other with their respective versions of “How Do I Live”, which Trisha won. But that wasn’t a songwriter’s award. The truth is, I don’t follow the Grammys all that closely so I’m not too well versed in Grammy trivia.

  6. Blake Boldt February 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Kris Kristofferson wrote three of the nominated songs in the Best Country Song category of 1971 (“For the Good Times,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”

    Jamie O’ Neal competed against herself in the same category (2001, “When I Think About Angels” and “There Is No Arizona”).

    I’m sure Vince Gill and Alison Krauss have had multiple entries in the same category.

  7. Leeann Ward February 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    “Dig Two Graves” for me.

  8. Meg February 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    This is a tough category! I’d hate to be the judge of this one! I have a feeling Stay will win, but I really like “In Color” and “I Saw God Today”. Hmmm, my vote goes for “I Saw God Today” because of its simplicity, the suspense of why the person is hospitalized, the every-day opportunity of it, etc.

    Ah heck — they’re all good!

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