Ada native Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story …” was nominated for best country album tonight during the “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night.”
After the contenders in the major categories were revealed in the live concert special, which aired on CBS, the nominees in all 82 categories were announced for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Several artists with Oklahoma ties are among the nominees:
Shelton and and wife Miranda Lambert, who live in Tishomingo, are competing against each other in the best country vocal performance category. He is nominated for his chart-topping ballad “Mine Would Be You,” while she got the nod for her raucous hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
In addition, the songwriters for both hits – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Deric Ruttan for “Mine Would Be You” and Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves for “Mama’s Broken Heart” – are nominated for best country song.
Also, “Annie Up,” the sophomore album from Lambert’s trio Pistol Annies, earned a best engineered album, non-classical, nomination for Chuck Ainlay, engineer, and Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer.
Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred superstar Vince Gill and Kelly Clarkson are nominated for best country duo/group performance for their duet “Don’t Rush,” from her “Greatest Hits – Chapter One.”
Kings of Leon, who have Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, are nominated for best rock album for “Mechanical Bull.”
Tulsa native Charlie Wilson is nominated for best gospel song for “If I Believe” from his latest album, “Love, Charlie.” He co-wrote the song with his wife, Mahin Wilson, Wirlie Morris and Michael Paran.
OneRepublic, Tulsa native Ryan Tedder’s pop-rock band, helped Swedish DJ Alesso earn a nomination for best remixed recording, non-classical, for “If I Lose Myself (Alesso Vs. OneRepublic).”
Rap mogul Jay-Z earned a leading nine Grammy nominations. Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis all received seven nods. New Zealand newcomer Lorde garnered four nominations, according to the official Grammy Twitter feed (@TheGRAMMYs).
To see the complete nominations list, go to Grammy.com.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 and broadcast on CBS.