Oklahoma musicians well-represented in Grammy nominations
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Friday, December 07, 2012
12/07/12 at 4:25 AM
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Close to a dozen Oklahoma musicians made the list of nominees for Grammy awards - including veterans Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill and newbies John Fullbright and St. Vincent, among others - announced Wednesday night in Nashville.
Who wasn't nominated for a Grammy might be the best question to ask.
Underwood will be up for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for her tune "Blown Away."
The 29-year-old Checotah native and "American Idol" winner has already walked away with five awards since her 2005 album debut, "Some Hearts."
She'll compete against Ada-born "The Voice" star Blake Shelton for Best Country Solo Performance for his tune "Over," among others.
Country musician Ronnie Dunn, who got his career start in Tulsa, also earned two nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy awards. Formerly half of hitmaker Brooks & Dunn, he's up for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for his tune "Cost of Livin'."
Dunn posted to his official Facebook page: "Wrote songs all day. Just got home and my phone lights up a few minutes ago. TWO Grammy nominations for COST OF LIVIN'!!!! I'm speechless..."
Dunn helped his band Brooks & Dunn sell more than 30 million albums and win more than 80 major industry awards before he went solo last year.
Another country icon, Oklahoma native Gill, was nominated for a Grammy for his work in the band The Time Jumpers. The group was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "On The Outskirts Of Town" and Best Country Album for its self-titled 2012 release. Gill's already won a whopping 20 Grammys in his long career.
Gill, Dunn and Tulsa Sound icon Leon Russell also performed on Jamey Johnson's album "Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran," nominated for Best Country Album.
Gill was part of another collaboration, this time Best Folk Album nominee "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark," that also featured Oklahoma-tied Kevin Welch and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Songbird Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record" earned her a nomination for Best Country Album.
During the centennial of Okemah native Woody Guthrie's birth, "Little Seed: Songs For Children By Woody Guthrie" was nominated for Best Children's Album. "Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection" was nominated for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.
Singer-songwriter John Fullbright, also raised in the Okemah area, was nominated for Best Americana Album with "From the Ground Up," the first Grammy nomination for the 24-year-old musician.
Organizers of the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival in Okemah posted congratulations to the festival's official Facebook page: "Woody Fest is so pleased to know that John Fullbright's 'From the Ground Up' was nominated yesterday for a Grammy Award in the category Best Americana Album. Good Luck, John!"
Tulsa-raised guitarist and singer Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, earned a Best Recording Package nomination with the iconic David Byrne for their work on the album "Love This Giant."
Deer Creek High School graduate and Broadway star Kelli O'Hara earned a Best Musical Theater Album nomination for her work as principal soloist on "Nice Work If You Can Get It."
Original Print Headline: State names fill Grammy list
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Among the artists with Oklahoma ties whose work received a Grammy nomination were: (clockwise from top left) Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Ronnie Dunn, Leon Russell, St. Vincent, John Fullbright, Woody Guthrie, Miranda Lambert and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Tulsa World and AP file