Alison Krauss, Robert Plant Score at Grammys


Alison Krauss & Robert Plant photo by Pamela Springsteen, courtesy of Rounder Records.

Dec. 4, 2008 — Taylor Swift hosted the first-ever Grammy nominations announcement special on Wednesday, with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss looming large on the ballot for the 51st annual ceremony.

The duo picked up five nods for its Raising Sand album with two of the nominations — Record of the Year, for "Please Read The Letter"; and Album of the Year — coming among the Recording Academy’s four prestigious all-genre categories.

Lady Antebellum, who nabbed two nominations overall, also placed among the big four categories, placing among the finalists for Best New Artist.

The Grammys are slated for Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

George Strait fared best among artists whose nominations resided entirely in country fields. Primarily riding his Troubadour project, which recently won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year honor, George secured four nominations, while his hit "I Saw God Today" earned additional recognition as songwriters Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby were tabbed for Best Country Song. George competes against himself for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, where the Kenny Chesney duet "Shiftwork" and the Patty Loveless duet "House Of Cash" both landed among the final five.

Following are the nominees in the country-related Grammy categories (A complete list covering all 110 trophies can be found at

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
• "For These Times," Martina McBride
• "What I Cannot Change," LeAnn Rimes
• "Last Name," Carrie Underwood
• "Last Call," Lee Ann Womack
• "This Is Me You're Talking To," Trisha Yearwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
• "You're Gonna Miss This," Trace Adkins
• "In Color," Jamey Johnson
• "Just Got Started Lovin' You," James Otto
• "Letter To Me," Brad Paisley
• "Troubadour," George Strait

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
• "God Must Be Busy," Brooks & Dunn
• "Love Don't Live Here," Lady Antebellum
• "Every Day," Rascal Flatts
• "Blue Side Of The Mountain," The SteelDrivers
• "Stay," Sugarland

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
• "Shiftwork," Kenny Chesney & George Strait
• "Killing The Blues," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
• "House Of Cash," George Strait & Patty Loveless
• "Life In A Northern Town," Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
• "Let The Wind Chase You," Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

Best Country Instrumental Performance
• "Sumatra," Cherryholmes
• "Two Small Cars In Rome," Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
• "Sleigh Ride," Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
• "Is This America? (Katrina 2005)," Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
• "Cluster Pluck," Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

Best Country Song (A Songwriters Award)
• "Dig Two Graves," Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis, artist)
• "I Saw God Today," Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
• "In Color," Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
• "Stay," Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
• "You're Gonna Miss This," Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)

Best Country Album
That Lonesome Song, Jamey Johnson
Sleepless Nights, Patty Loveless
Troubadour, George Strait
Around The Bend, Randy Travis
Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love, Trisha Yearwood

Best Bluegrass Album
Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe, Cherryholmes
Del McCoury Band: Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Del McCoury Band
The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman, Earl Scruggs With Family & Friends
Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Wheels, Dan Tyminski