It's nice to see the Academy recognize Taylor Swift as a "POP" star--Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Good luck to her where she shines. Willie Nelson's American Classic in Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album? Brad Paisley in Best Rock Instrumental Performance? I don't know about that.
Nice to see George Strait with a nod for Twang. Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin for Beautiful World too. T. Bone Burnett get's a nomination for Production on Elvis Costello's Secret, Profane & Sugargane. And Neko Case has a bid for Best Recording Package--a good reason if you did the download thing to go find the real live CD. Look for more specifics below.
Some interesting Categories:
Category 40 - Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
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