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Alan Jackson, Eric Church & Dierks Bentley React to GRAMMY Nominations

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Alan Jackson photo courtesy of ACR/EMI Records Nashville.

GRAMMY nominations were announced last week and several country stars are reacting to the good news. Eric Church is up for two GRAMMY awards for his hit song “Springsteen,” including Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. He co-wrote the song with Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell.

“If you’re a musical artist, the GRAMMYs are pretty much the Holy Grail, because it’s all genres, it’s everybody, it’s peers,” he said of the nominations. “That’s why they are revered the way they are – you know, they’re the GRAMMYs.”

Dierks Bentley is also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for his song “Home.” “We’re all Americans,” he said of “Home.” “I think that’s the most important description of all of us and we wanted to write a song that really captured the spirit of this country – the good and the bad.”

Alan Jackson is celebrating a GRAMMY nomination even though he’s not the nominated artist. His song “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” co-written by his nephew Adam Wright, is up for Best Country Song which goes to the songwriter.

“The first time I heard that song, I knew it was a great song,” Alan said. “I called Adam and I said, ‘Man, this is a great song. You sure you want to let me have it? I mean, there’s a lot of people that can sing this thing out there.’ And he said no – if I wanted it, he wanted me to sing it. So I was proud to have it. Everybody that heard it, the first thing they’d say was ‘Man, that thing gave me goosebumps on my arms!’ It’s just a great song, a great melody. I’m a songwriter, and I appreciate songs…so I definitely appreciate this song.”

For a full list of country GRAMMY nominees, click HERE. The 55th Annual GRAMMYs will air Sunday, February 10 at 8p|7c on CBS.

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