September 30, 2008
Today is the final day of eligibility for the Grammy awards. Albums and singles must have been released between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 to be considered. Also, tracks from Vince Gill’s These Days are ineligible because he won the genre Album award last year.
With this year’s particularly underwhelming batch of CMA nominees, perhaps we can send NARAS voters our wish list. Maybe they’ll do a better job. Actually, they almost certainly will.
Here are a few nominations I’d like to see:
Best Traditional Folk Album: Kathy Mattea, Coal
I don’t know if this is the race they’ll submit the album in, but it’s a perfect fit. This is just the type of album that Grammy voters pick up on. I hope she gets the nod for a very worthy project.
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: George Strait, “I Saw God Today”
I’d like to see the guy win a Grammy, and with Vince not in the running, this year’s as good as any.
Best Country Album: Trisha Yearwood, Heaven, Heartache & the Power of Love
Since they reintroduced this category, every Trisha Yearwood studio album has received a nomination. The title cut earned a nod last year. I’d like to see “This Is Me You’re Talking To” in the Best Country Vocal Performance, Female race as well.
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: LeAnn Rimes, “What I Cannot Change”
Radio seems to have rejected this masterful performance, which is a shame. Grammy voters rediscovered Rimes two years ago. I hope they’ll keep her in mind again this year (and that her handlers have the good sense to submit this, and not “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine.”)
Record & Song of the Year: Sugarland, “Stay”
That’s right. Put it in the General categories this year. They usually include a country song in one of the two categories, if not both. This should be the one that makes the cut this year.
Album of the Year: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
I’m pretty sure this one’s a given, but I’m including it anyway. That way I can say I got something off my list!
What are some Grammy nominations that you’d like to see this year?