Keifer and Shawna Thompson just couldn't wrap their heads around the big news: The couple, who make country music under the moniker Thompson Square, had just become Grammy nominees.
“When we found that out, we just about lost our minds. That's the big enchilada there. It doesn't get any bigger than Grammys,” said Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson during a recent phone interview.
In a week, he and his wife will play an eagerly awaited hometown show at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami. Before they head back to Oklahoma, though, the couple will be part of “Music's Biggest Night”: the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, which will air live from Los Angeles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
Thompson Square received its first Grammy nod for best country duo/group performance for its breakthrough hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” which earned songwriters Jim Collins and David Lee Murphy a best country song nomination, too.
The couple is hardly the only nominee with Oklahoma ties.
Ada native Blake Shelton is nominated for best country album for “Red River Blue” and best country solo performance for the album's chart-topping first single “Honey Bee.” The Tishomingo resident's No. 1 hit “God Gave Me You,” written by contemporary Christian singer Dave Barnes, also earned a nod for best country song, an award presented to songwriters.
Shelton and The Band Perry will give a special performance with Glen Campbell during the show, and Shelton's wife and fellow country star Miranda Lambert will be a presenter, along with Chockie native Reba McEntire.
In the best country solo performance category, Shelton will compete against Checotah native Carrie Underwood, who is nominated for her emotional ballad “Mama's Song.”
Underwood also is featured on legendary crooner Tony Bennett's “Duets II,” nominated for best traditional pop vocal album. Underwood and Bennett are set to perform together on the awards show.
Vince Gill earned his 41st Grammy nomination in the best country song category with “Threaten Me with Heaven,” which the Norman-born, Oklahoma City-raised star penned with his wife Amy Grant, Dillon O'Brian and the late Will Owsley.
Four-time Grammy winners Kings of Leon, who have ties to Oklahoma City and Talihina, are nominated for best rock album for their fifth studio effort, “Come Around Sundown.” Plus, Stephen C. Mitchell's rock documentary “Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon,” which opened 2011's deadCenter Film Festival, will contend for best long-form music video.
Tulsa native Charlie Wilson, former frontman of the Gap Band, is nominated for best R&B performance for his hit “You Are,” from his 2010 solo album “Just Charlie.” In addition, Wilson, his wife Mahin Wilson and their fellow songwriters Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days Jr. and Wirlie Morris share a nomination for best R&B song for “You Are.”
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• When: 9 p.m. Feb. 17.
• Where: Buffalo Run Casino, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd., Miami, OK.
• Information: (918) 542-7140 or www.