Hello, world: Just in case anyone was left on the planet that hadn’t figured out how significant Lady Antebellum was this year, the Recording Academy slipped the band into three of the big-four, multi-genre categories on the prestigious Grammy Awards ballot. Finalists in the general-interest categories were unveiled Wednesday during a one-hour nominations special on CBS.
“Need You Now” and the album of the same name were tabbed as finalists for Record, Song and Album of the Year, pitting Lady A against such pop, rock and rap acts as Eminem, Katy Perry and Arcade Fire.
Miranda Lambert sang her snarky “Only Prettier” on the special, which also saw “The House That Built Me” gain a Song of the Year nomination for composers Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. As a result, two country titles — “Need You Now” and “House” — are among the five Song of the Year finalists, something that’s only happened seven times in the Grammys’ previous 52 years.
“Country music right now, we have a great name for ourselves,” Miranda told the Associated Press prior to the announcement. “We’ve all worked real hard to get it out there and make it cool, and I think it’s working, so I’m glad to be part of it.”
Lady A and Lady Gaga were tied with six nominations, the same number as Jay-Z. The only acts to surpass them were Eminem, who amassed 10; and Bruno Mars, who picked up seven. Zac Brown Band racked up four, while Miranda, Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson nabbed three apiece.
Country acts also made their way into a number of non-country categories. Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio and Ty Herndon have gospel nominations. Rosanne Cash, Patty Loveless, Willie Nelson and Mary Chapin Carpenter are also up for a variety of folk and bluegrass awards.
Also worth a mention: Lady A’s “Need You Now” co-writer, Josh Kear, is up for Song of the Year for the second time in his career. He was also nominated for that trophy three years ago for co-authoring the Carrie Underwood hit “Before He Cheats.”
Go here for a complete list of nominees. The awards will be presented Feb. 13 from Los Angeles.