I can understand people feeling a sense of deja vu at the 2007 Grammy Awards, particularly country fans, as Vince Gill, Dixie Chicks, Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis won again in the categories they’ve dominated in recent years. But nobody repeated history quite like Carrie Underwood with her two wins that night. If you weren’t paying close attention, you might’ve thought it was 1997 all over again:
2007 Grammy Awards
Carrie Underwood wins Best New Artist and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female for “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” She is eligible for but shut out of the Best Country Album category. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” wins Best Country Song for its writers, Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson. They are also nominated in the general Song of the Year category but lose to “Not Ready to Make Nice.”
1997 Grammy Awards
LeAnn Rimes wins Best New Artist and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female for “Blue.” She is eligible for but shut out of the Best Country Album category. “Blue” wins Best Country Song for its writer, Bill Mack. He is also nominated in the general Song of the Year category but loses to “Change the World.”
If Carrie decides to release the same song as Trisha Yearwood to country radio later this year, then we’re officially in a time warp, people.
Regarding the Grammy Awards page, I’ll be updating the category histories with the 2007 winners and posting a historical list of the top country Grammy winners to make the page a more useful resource between award show seasons. Once that’s up – hopefully by the end of the weekend, but you know my history with arbitrary deadlines – that’ll be it for the Grammys until the next nominee announcement in December, and coverage will shift to…the ACM’s. That’s what happens when you cover the genre of music that gets this much primetime network award show exposure every year!