Carrie Underwood and Woody Guthrie help others win early Grammy Awards
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are airing from 7 to 10:30 tonight on CBS, and I will be live blogging the be show right here on BAM’s Blog.
The Pre-Telecast Ceremony just closed out, and while no Oklahomans were early Grammy winners, a couple helped others win golden gramophones.
Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins earned the Best Country Song Grammy for penning Checotah native Carrie Underwood’s chart-topping story song “Blown Away.”
Art director Fritz Klaetke won Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for “Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection.” Klaetke thanked the late, great Okemah native for his songwriting, noting his lyrics are even more powerful than they were when he wrote them.
Here is a list of the Oklahomans who had the honor of being nominated but were denied early Grammy wins:
- Former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn and Phillip Coleman got a nod for Best Country Song for penning “Cost of Livin’,”but the award went to Kear and Tompkins for “Blown Away.” Dunn also is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for his timely anthem “Cost of Livin’.”
- 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, were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “On The Outskirts Of Town,” but the prize went to Little Big Town’s “Pontoon.”
- Bearden singer-songwriter John Fullbright, who rocked the Grammy’s Pre-Telecast Ceremony, was nominated for Best Americana Album for “From the Ground Up,” but the award went to Bonnie Raitt for “Slipstream.”
- 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 award went to “Once: A New Musical.”
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