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Musicians with Oklahoma ties vie for Grammys

BY BRANDY McDONNELL Modified: January 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm •  Published: January 29, 2010
With Kings of Leon, Carrie Underwood, Charlie Wilson and more among the nominees, Oklahoma will be represented in categories crossing several musical genres at Sunday night’s Grammy ceremonies.

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will air live from 7 to 10:30 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

Rockers Kings of Leon boast four Grammy nominations, including nods in the cross-genre record and song of the year categories for its hit "Use Somebody.” The band also is nominated for best rock song and best rock vocal performance with vocals for "Use Somebody.”

Kings of Leon includes three brothers —Caleb (vocals, guitar), Nathan (drums) and Jared (bass) Followill — and their first cousin Matthew Followill (lead guitar). Matthew and Nathan were born in Oklahoma City, and the Followills grew up traversing the Bible Belt between Memphis, Tenn., and Oklahoma City with the brothers’ Pentecostal preacher father.

Alice in Chains, which includes Jerry Cantrell, who has an Atoka ranch, is nominated for best hard rock performance for "Check My Brain,” from the band’s album "Black Gives Way to Blue.”

Several Oklahoma stars will vie for awards in the country music categories. Checotah native Carrie Underwood is nominated for best female country vocal performance for her chart-topper "Just a Dream.” She will compete in the best country collaboration with vocals category for her rendition of "I Told You So” with Randy Travis.

In addition, Underwood will join fellow previous Grammy winners Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Usher in a special 3-D tribute to the late Michael Jackson during the show.

Along with Underwood, Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert also is nominated for best female country vocal performance for her brokenhearted ballad "Dead Flowers.”

Duo Brooks & Dunn, which includes former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, is nominated for best country performance by a duo or group with vocals for the tearjerker "Cowgirls Don’t Cry.” It could be the last nomination for the duo, since Dunn and Kix Brooks plan to end their musical partnership this year.

Trio Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney, who grew up in Picher, also has a nomination for best country performance by a duo or group with vocals for the heartrending "Here Comes Goodbye.”

Tulsa native and GAP band founder Charlie Wilson boasts two nominations, for best R&B album for "Uncle Charlie” and best male R&B vocal performance for "There Goes My Baby.”

In the classical categories, Norman-born harpist Yolanda Kondonassis shares her first Grammy nomination with flutist Joshua Smith and violist Cynthia Phelps for best chamber music performance. BAM's Blog George Lang's blog

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Entertainment writers Brandy McDonnell and George Lang plan to blog along with the Grammys on Sunday night. Follow the live blogs at McDonnell’s BAM’s Blog at and Lang’s Staticblog at


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