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. The nod is for their performance of late Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s "And Then I Knew ’Twas Wind,” from their album "Air.” Tom Paxton, a Bristow High School and University of Oklahoma graduate, has his rendition of "I Remember Loving You” featured on the compilation "Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips,” which is nominated for best traditional folk album. Tulsa-born actress Alfre Woodard is nominated for co-producing "Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktale,” a nominee for best spoken word album for children. Mason Williams, who grew up in Oklahoma City, is nominated for best historical album for "Woodstock — 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm.” "My Dusty Road,” a box set chronicling the career of Okemah-born songwriting icon the late Woody Guthrie, is nominated in the best historical album and best album notes categories. Among the performers, Tulsa Sound legend Leon Russell is planning to take the Grammys stage Sunday night, about after two weeks after undergoing surgery for a brain-fluid leak. The Lawton-born singer/musician is set to perform with country group Zac Brown Band, which is nominated for best new artist, best country album and best country performance by a duo or group with vocals. Going into Sunday’s show, pop diva Beyonce carries a leading 10 nominations, among them, album of the year for her double CD, "I Am … Sasha Fierce,” song of the year for her hit anthem "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and record of the year for "Halo.” Contemporary country star Taylor Swift has eight nominations, including nods for album of the year for her sophomore CD "Fearless” and record and song of the year for "You Belong With Me.” To see the nominees in all 109 Grammy categories, go online to www.grammy.com. Contributing: The Associated Press
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