A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman. To read my feature on Patti Page’s posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, click here.
Oklahoma to be well represented at Sunday’s Grammy Awards
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Ronnie Dunn, The Time Jumpers, John Fullbright and Kelli O’Hara are among the nominees with Sooner State ties.
Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson, The Black Keys, FUN., the Lumineers, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift and Jack White are set to perform during the music industry’s premier event, airing live from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Grammys without special star-studded musical mash-ups: Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert will perform with tourmate Dierks Bentley; Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting will join forces onstage; Elton John and Ed Sheeran will do a duet; and Alicia Keys will team up with Maroon 5.
Also, Bearden singer-songwriter John Fullbright, a first-time nominee, will be among the performers during the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will stream live from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Grammy.com/live and CBS.com.
Not surprisingly, several Oklahomans earned Grammy nominations, particularly in the country music categories. Three artists with Sooner State ties are nominated in the Best Country Solo Performance alone: Underwood for her chart-topping story-song “Blown Away,” Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton for his hit power ballad “Over” and former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn for his timely anthem “Cost of Livin’.”
Dunn and Phillip Coleman also got a nod for Best Country Song for penning “Cost of Livin’,” while Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins are nominated in the category for writing Underwood’s “Blown Away.”
Lambert earned a Best Country Album nomination for her fourth effort, “Four the Record.”
The 11-piece Western swing band The Time Jumpers, which features Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred singer/songwriter/musician Vince Gill as well as Texas-born and Liberty-bred fiddler/singer Kenny Sears, also got a Best Country Album nod for its self-titled studio debut.
Gill co-wrote and provides the lead vocals on “On The Outskirts Of Town,” which garnered The Time Jumpers a nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Gill’s propensity for musical collaborations is apparent among the nominations: He, Dunn and Lawton-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell are among the guest stars on Jamey Johnson’s “Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran,” another of the Best Country Album nominees. Also, Gill, Midwest City High School graduate Kevin Welch and Soper native Ray Wylie Hubbard are featured on “This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark,” which is nominated for Best Folk Album.
Fullbright earned his first Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album with his debut studio effort, “From the Ground Up,” which he recorded at 115 Studios in Norman and released on his own Blue Dirt Records label.
Four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara, who was born in Elk City and raised in Edmond, shares principal soloist duties with Matthew Broderick on the Broadway cast recording of “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.
The lasting legacy of Okemah native Woody Guthrie is represented among the nominations. Elizabeth Mitchell’s “Little Seed: Songs For Children By Woody Guthrie” is nominated for Best Childen’s Album. Art director Fritz Klaetke is competing for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for “Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection.” In addition, Jeff Place and Robert Santelli, compilation producers, and Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer, are nominated for Best Historical Album for “Woody At 100.”
Art director Noah Wall is nominated for Best Recording Package for “Love This Giant,” the collaborative album for Tulsa-born singer/songwriter/musician St. Vincent and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne.
As part of the Grammy Week festivities, Claremore native Patti Page, who died Jan. 1 at the age of 85, will posthumously receive The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award at an invitation-only ceremony Saturday. Page and fellow Lifetime Achievement recipients Carole King, Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Ravi Shankar and the Temptations will be acknowledged during Sunday’s Grammys telecast.
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