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Lady Antebellum Gets Grammy Glory
Posted By Tom Roland On December 2, 2010 @ 12:20 AM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled
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.
Among the other names in the country categories were Keith Urban , Chris Young , Gretchen Wilson , Alan Jackson , LeAnn Rimes , Little Big Town , Carrie Underwood , Jewel  and Toby Keith .
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.
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 Lady Antebellum: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_lady_antebellum
 Miranda Lambert: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_miranda_lambert
 Zac Brown Band: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_zac_brown_band
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 Chris Young: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_chris_young
 Gretchen Wilson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_gretchen_wilson
 Alan Jackson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_alan_jackson
 LeAnn Rimes: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_leann_rimes
 Little Big Town: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_little_big_town
 Carrie Underwood: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_carrie_underwood
 Jewel: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_jewel
 Toby Keith: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_toby_keith
 Ricky Skaggs: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_ricky_skaggs
 Diamond Rio: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_diamond_rio
 Ty Herndon: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_4751639,00.html
 Rosanne Cash: http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5942150,00.html
 Patty Loveless: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_patty_loveless
 Willie Nelson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_willie_nelson
 Mary Chapin Carpenter: http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2010/07/06/mary-chapin-carpenter-revels-in-miracles/
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