Kenny, Trisha React to Grammys


Kenny Chesney and George Strait perform their duet, "Shiftwork," at the 43rd Annual ACM Awards, Sunday, May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. Photo courtesy of Getty Images and the Academy of Country Music. Superfan Bonus Code: Animal

Dec. 5, 2008 — The nominations for the 51st Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday, were well received in numerous Nashville corridors, not the least of which were the offices and hallways of the artists involved.

One of the most excited was Kenny Chesney, whose nod for Best Country Collaboration — recognizing his "Shiftwork" duet with George Strait — was surprisingly just the first Grammy nomination of his very successful career.

"I'm not gonna say that I gave up or didn't care about it," Kenny says. "This is an award given by your peers in all genres of music ... the people who make it. You get to a point where you realize you can't force it or get them to listen if they're not there, because that's not how this works, and you just have to accept that. But that said, I'm really honored to finally be nominated."

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss received five Grammy nominations in conjunction with their Raising Sand album, and Lady Antebellum snagged two, including Best New Artist. The honors will be handed out Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

Other comments on the nominations:
• Hillary Scott, of Lady A: "Oh my gosh! I might get to meet Beyonce. I am seriously in shock and can't even think right now. This is just beyond my wildest dreams!"

• Kenny Chesney: "I learned so much about songs and singing and just being private in the spotlight from George [Strait]. He defines, to me, what it means to be a modern country star: to keep a piece of your world for you, but to put your heart in the music. So being nominated for my first Grammy with him is pretty great."

• James Otto: "Who would have guessed that the boy who found his first guitar in a trash can would be nominated for two Grammy Awards? I didn’t even realize I was in the running, so I’m totally shocked, honored and humbled by the nominations."

• Trisha Yearwood: "When my producer, Garth Fundis, called me to tell me I had three Grammy nominations, I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ What a sweet surprise. I am always honored to be recognized by [the Recording Academy] and am proud and excited for everyone who has been involved with the Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love album."

• Randy Travis: "It has been almost 25 years since I released my first album, and this is the first time I have been nominated for Best Country Album. I spent years going through songs with my longtime producer Kyle Lehning for ["Around The Bend"], and my career has really come full circle with this release. To be able to go and record this album was amazing, and now to be nominated for it is more than I could ask for."

• Jake Owen: "I am truly blown away. ACM, CMA and Grammy nods in one year?that's nuts. Can you believe it? I honestly can't. I am honored by the nomination and proud to share it with Sugarland and Little Big Town."