Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert looked glamorous on the red carpet and harmonized beautifully with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong during their tribute to Phil Everly; Lambert’s husband Blake Shelton looked thrilled to play with country legends Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson; and Tulsa native Charlie Wilson got a well-deserved round of applause before he and Kevin Hart presented the best rock album prize Sunday night at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Although Oklahomans were nominated for several Grammys and participated in other Grammy Week festivities – Lambert even got to sing at Friday’s MusiCares 2014 Person of the Year Tribute honoring Carole King – they didn’t get to carry home any golden gramophones.
Unfortunately, musicians with Sooner State ties were shut out during the Grammys:
- Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who live in Tishomingo, were competing against each other in the best country solo performance category. He was nominated for his chart-topping ballad “Mine Would Be You,” while she got the nod for her raucous hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” Darius Rucker won for “Wagon Wheel.”
In addition, the songwriters for both Lambert and Shelton’s 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” – were nominated for best country song. McAnally, Musgraves and Josh Osborne won for Musgraves’ hit “Merry Go ‘Round.”
- Shelton also was nominated for best country album for “Based on a True Story …,” another prize that went to Musgraves and her acclaimed debut “Same Trailer Different Park.”
- Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred superstar Vince Gill and Kelly Clarkson earned a nod for best country duo/group performance for their duet “Don’t Rush,” from her “Greatest Hits – Chapter One.” The Civil Wars won for “From This Valley”
- Tulsa native Charlie Wilson is still a Grammy bridesmaid, so to speak. He was nominated for best gospel song for “If I Believe” from his latest album, “Love, Charlie.” The former GAP Band frontman co-wrote the song with his wife, Mahin Wilson, Wirlie Morris and Michael Paran. It was his seventh Grammy nomination as a solo artist – plus he got one as part of the GAP Band – but the golden gramophone is one of the few awards he hasn’t won in the past couple years. Tye Tribbett won the category this year for “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live].”
- Kings of Leon, who have Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, are nominated for best rock album for “Mechanical Bull.” Led Zeppelin won for “Celebration Day.”
Oklahomans couldn’t even help others win Grammys in tonight’s early awards:
- Swedish DJ Alesso earned a nomination for best remixed recording, non-classical, for “If I Lose Myself (Alesso vs. OneRepublic),” his remix of the single co-written by Tulsa native and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder. Cedric Gervais won for his remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness.”
- “The Smith Tapes,” which features interviews with pioneering Oklahoma rockers Leon Russell, Tom Paxton and Carl Radle, garnered art director Masaki Koike a nod in the best boxed or special limited edition package. Simon Earith and James Musgrave, art directors, won for doing Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition).”
- “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. Also in the category, Paul Figueroa and Randy Staub, engineers, and Ted Jensen, mastering engineer are nominated for “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” by rock band Alice in Chains, which includes Atoka ranch owner Jerry Cantrell. Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers, and Antoine “Chab” Chabert and Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers, won for Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” which also was named album of the year.
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