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Oklahoma to be well represented at Sunday's Grammy Awards
From established superstars to emerging up-and-comers, Oklahoma will be well represented Sunday night during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson, The Black Keys, fun., the Lumineers, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Jack White, Miguel and Wiz Khalifa are set to perform during the music industry's premier event.
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; Alicia Keys will team up with Maroon 5; and T Bone Burnett will serve as musical director for a special tribute to the late, great Levon Helm.
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.
Many 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 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, 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.