GRAMMYS: HERE IS WHAT COUNTRY FANS SHOULD BE WATCHING FOR ON SUNDAY NIGHT

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Maren Morris is the country front runner with four nods. She grabbed nominations in the prestigious all-genre Best New Artist category, Best Country Album for Hero and Best Solo Country Performance and Best Country Song for "My Church." 

Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Brandy Clark and Sturgill Simpson are each nominated for two awards apiece.

Several country stars scored performance slots. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will sing their new single, "The Fighter." Maren Morris is set to take the stage with Alicia Keys, and Kelsea Ballerini will team up with Lukas Graham. Little Big Town and Sturgill Simpson are also on the bill.

The 59th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Non-televised winners can be seen during the pre-telecast, which will stream live on Grammy.com, starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

 

Here's a complete list of the nominees in the country categories:

Best Solo Country Performance

  • Brandy Clark - "Love Can Go to Hell"
  • Miranda Lambert - "Vice"
  • Maren Morris - "My Church"
  • Carrie Underwood - "Church Bells"
  • Keith Urban - "Blue Ain't Your Color"   

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King - "Different for Girls"
  • Brothers Osborne - "21 Summer"
  • Kenny Chesney and Pink - "Setting the World on Fire"
  • Pentatonix feat. Dolly Parton - "Jolene"
  • Chris Young and Cassadee Pope - "Think of You"   

Best Country Song

[The award goes to the songwriter(s); artist in parentheses.]

  • “Blue Ain't Your Color” - Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey and Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
  • “Die a Happy Man” - Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
  • “Humble and Kind” - Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
  • “My Church” - Busbee and Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
  • “Vice” - Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)   

Best Country Album

  • Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town 
  • Maren Morris - Hero 
  • Loretta Lynn - Full Circle 
  • Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth 
  • Keith Urban - Ripcord

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