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GRAMMY® Cuts 4 Country Award Categories

Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with the award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for 'The House That Built Me' at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center, February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup)

Last February’s GRAMMY® Awards honored Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban with Best Female & Male Country Vocal Performance trophies, respectively. Next year, the two superstars could be competing against each other.

The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com) announced yesterday that it has restructured the GRAMMY® categories across all genres and fields, bringing the total number of categories to be recognized at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012, to 78 (from 109). All fields remain the same.

What does this mean for country music? Here is the revamped country category list: Best Country Solo Performance; Best Country Duo/Group Performance; Best Country Song; and Best Country Album.

Missing for next year and onward are the following categories: Best Country Instrumental Performance; Best Country Collaboration with Vocal; Best Male Country Vocal Performance; and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Check out the 2011 winners of these soon-to-be-missing categories HERE, and also see them on the 2011 GRAMMY® Awards red carpet HERE.

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