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Early Grammy winners: Oklahomans have to settle for honor of being nominated

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 13, 2011
Kings of Leon (Associated Press file photo)
Kings of Leon (Associated Press file photo)

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 7 tonight. But only about 10 golden gramophones actually will be given out in the performance-heavy 3 1/2-hour telecast.

The vast majority of the awards in the 109 Grammy categories were handed out at the pre-telecast ceremony. And most of the contenders with Oklahoma ties will have to settle for the honor of just being nominated for a Grammy:

- Best country collaboration with vocals: The Grammy went to the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson for “As She’s Walking Away.” Two stars with Oklahoma ties were nominated in this category: Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson for “Bad Angel” and Lambert’s fiance and fellow Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins for “Hillbilly Bone.” Shelton still will be a presenter on tonight’s Grammy telecast.

Lambert also is nominated for country album of the year for “Revolution” and best female country vocal performance for her chart-topping ballad “The House That Built Me.” Those Grammys are scheduled to be handed out during tonight’s telecast, and Lambert is set to perform “The House That Built Me” during the televised awards show.

Also, Checotah native Carrie Underwood is nominated in the female country vocal performance category for her spiritual anthem “Temporary Home.”

- Best country song: Lambert’s hit “The House That Built Me” earned songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin a best country song nomination, but the award went to Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott for the Lady Antebellum smash “Need You Now.”

Douglas and Shamblin also are nominated in the multi-genre song of the year category, which will be handed out during the telecast.

- Best pop collaboration with vocals: Lawton-born and Tulsa-bred music icon Leon Russell shared a nomination with British pop superstar Elton John for “If It Wasn’t for Bad,” the opening track from their duet album “The Union.” The Grammy went to Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare for “Imagine” from “The Imagine Project.”

- Best rock song: Kings of Leon, which includes Oklahoma City-born members Matthew and Nathan Followill, were nominated for best rock song for their pulsing single “Radioactive.” Neil Young won for “Angry World” from his album “Le Noise.”

- Best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals: Kings of Leon also was nominated in this category for “Radioactive.” The Grammy went to “Tighten Up” by the Black Keys.

- Best hard rock performance: Alice in Chains, which includes Jerry Cantrell, who has an Atoka ranch, is nominated for the band’s thunderous “A Looking in View.” But supergroup Them Crooked Vultures clinched the category with “New Fang.”

- Best rock or rap gospel album: Christian worship group Gungor, which is fronted by former Tulsan Michael Gungor, was nominated for best rock or rap gospel album for the album “Beautiful Things.” But the Grammy went to Switchfoot’s “Hello Hurricane.”

- Best gospel song: Gungor also was nominated in the best gospel song category for the title track to “Beautiful Things.” “It’s What I Do” by Jerry Peters and Kirk Whalum was the winning song.

- Best musical show album: Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth stars in the Broadway musical “Promises, Promises,” which was nominated for best musical show album. But the Grammy went to “American Idiot (Featuring Green Day).”

- Best compilation soundtrack album for movies, TV or other visual media: Chenoweth also is featured on “Glee: The Music, Volume 1.” But the Grammy went to the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film “Crazy Heart.”

- Best pop vocal album: Oklahoma City native Audra Mae co-wrote “Who I Was Born to Be,” the lone original song on Susan Boyle’s blockbuster “I Dreamed a Dream,” which is nominated for best pop vocal album, an award that will be handed out during the telecast.


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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