Country Artists Finally Announced As Grammy Performers

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The 61st Annual Grammy Awards is fast approaching and as it gets closer and closer, we are finding out more and more about what to expect during the February 10th show. Just this week, it was revealed that one of our favorite coaches from The Voice, Alicia Keys, will be hosting the event dubbed as Music’s Biggest Night.

On Thursday (Jan 16), the Recording Academy announced the first group of performers with two country acts making the cut – and we couldn’t be more excited!

Not only are award-winning duo Dan + Shay nominated for the very first time, they will also be gracing the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to perform.

Being nominated for two grammy awards is an incredible honor by itself,” the duo wrote on Twitter. “But also getting to perform on the show might be the ultimate highlight of our career.”

It makes total sense that the other country artist was chosen to perform, seeing as she has a high chance of taking home an award with four nominations, one in the all-genre Album of the Year category. That person is none other than Kacey Musgraves!

We will definitely tune in to watch Dan + Shay and Musgraves perform, but also to see who will win in the country categories! Check out the country nominees below.

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “Wouldn’t It Be Great?” – Loretta Lynn
  • “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
  • “Butterflies” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “Millionaire” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Parallel Line” – Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “Shoot Me Straight” – Brothers Osborne
  • “Tequila” – Dan + Shay
  • “When Someone Stops Loving You” – Little Big Town
  • “Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song (Award goes to songwriter)

  • “Break Up In The End” by Cole Swindell (Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite)
  • “Dear Hate” by Maren Morris and Vince Gill (Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris)
  •  “I Lived It” by Blake Shelton (Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip)
  • “Space Cowboy” by Kacey Musgraves (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves)
  • “Tequila” by Dan + Shay (Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers)
  • “When Someone Stops Loving You” by Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna)

Best Country Album

  • Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini
  • Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne
  • Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde
  • Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
  • From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton

Although she isn’t nominated in any of the country categories, country/folk singer Brandi Carlile is nominated in the all-genre Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories for her song “The Joke,” which was produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings.

Carlile joins Musgraves in the Album of the Year category for By The Way, I Forgive You, while newcomer Luke Combs is the lone country singer in the Best New Artist category.

To get you ready for the Grammy Awards, watch Musgraves perform one of her Grammy-nominated songs in the video below.

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