My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Our Grammy predictions in review

Early last week we shared our predictions for Sunday’s Grammy ceremony. J.R. Journey was the most accurate in his selections, correctly identifying six of the winners. Razor X and I got three right each.

I predicted that Lady Antebellum’s bland but commercially successful Need You Now would beat out superior rivals to win Country Album of the Year, despite it being the weakest in the category – but that it would fail to take home the cross-genre prize. As it turned out, though, the latter was the only award for which they were nominated that the pop-country trio failed to take home. J.R. noted that their star status would help them to win Duo/Group Vocal Performance for ‘Need You Now’, and so it proved. Although it wasn’t my personal choice, this is Lady A’s finest record and is more worthy of a Grammy than their album of the same name. However, none of us expected the song to beat out Miranda Lambert’s hit ‘The House That Built Me’ for Country Song, and we didn’t even consider that it might be named the all-genre Song or Record of the Year.

There were only two serious contenders for Female Country Vocal Performance, and we all correctly identified Miranda Lambert’s ‘The House That Built Me’ as the overwhelming favorite to win, following her triumphs at the CMAs. This was the most deserving winner of the night in the straight country categories. J.R. and I pegged Grammy favorite Keith Urban to win his fourth Grammy in the Male Country Vocal Performance category, this time for his big hit ‘Til Summer Comes Around’.

J.R. and Razor X predicted that the Zac Brown Band’s charming duet with Alan Jackson would walk away with Country Collaboration with Vocals. They also got it right with Marty Stuart’s win for Country Instrumental Performance.

Bluegrass artists made quite a showing in the country nominations this year, but all were disappointed. It seems oddly fitting that a country artist’s foray into bluegrass won the Grammy for Bluegrass Album. Patty Loveless’s Mountain Soul II was, in fact, my personal favorite nominee, but only J.R. actually predicted the win.

Among the awards we didn’t look at, Crazy Heart won for Compilation Soundtrack and ‘The Weary Kind’ won for song from a film or TV. Diamond Rio managed to snag Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel album for what sounded to me more like a Contemporary Christian record, The Reason. It would, incidentally, be nice to see them back in country music again with their trademark harmonies.

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