Grammy Pre-Show Winners

Country winners announced so far. Some surprises:

Best Country Female: Emmylou Harris, “The Connection”

Not crazy about the song, but c’mon, it’s Emmy. Her first win in this category since the 80’s.

Best Country Male: Keith Urban, “You’ll Think of Me”

Good call.

Best Country Duo/Group: Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Restless”

I love this song. Love the album, too. I would’ve voted for the Chicks, but nobody really heard that track. If my count is accurate, this is Krauss’ 18th Grammy.

Best Country Collaboration: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, “Like We Never Loved At All.”

Love this song, too. I was pulling for the majestic “Shelter From The Storm”, but Faith & Tim do sing the fire out of this.

Best Country Song: “Bless The Broken Road” Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon

I’m glad the songwriters won instead of Rascal Flatts. These are some of Nashville’s best writers; Flatts just stayed out of the way of a masterpiece.

Best Country Instrumental: Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Unionhouse Branch”

And that makes 19 for Krauss. If she wins album later tonight, she’ll have 20.

Best Bluegrass Performance: Del McCoury Band, “The Company We Keep”

Good for them. They always kick ass on the Opry.

Best Traditional Folk Album: Tim O’Brien, Fiddler’s Green

Anybody with the good taste to sing with Kathy Mattea is worthy of a Grammy.

Best Contemporary Folk Album: John Prine, Fair & Square

This category continues to surprise. Prine beat out Bruce Springsteen, Nickel Creek, Rodney Crowell (my pick) and Ry Cooder. I have no idea who the hell that last guy is, but he’s in great company. Keep an eye on Rosanne Cash’s new CD; it might take this one home next year.

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