Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift face off again for Best Country Album two years after losing to Lady Antebellum‘s “Own the Night.” The other nominees this year are Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves.
Swift has three advantages in this race:
“Red” is also nominated for Album of the Year. In this category’s eighteen-year history, six of the seven contenders that had also been in the running for Album of the Year won here. The seventh was Shania Twain‘s “Come on Over” in 1998. While she lost here to the Dixie Chicks‘ “Wide Open Spaces in 1998, she got a pretty good consolation prize as her disc moved 20 million copies to become the best-selling album of the 1990s.
Swift is the only one of the nominees to have won this award already, prevailing in 2009 for “Fearless,” which was also named Album of the Year.
And “Red” is the biggest selling of the five nominees, having shifted more than 1.28 million copies in its first week alone.
Musgraves is Swift’s main rival for her critically acclaimed debut album “Same Trailer, Different Park.” She contends in four Grammy categories including for Best New Artist.
McGraw has won three Grammys to date. He reaped his fourth nomination for this award with “Two Lanes of Freedom.” He is also nominated this year alongside Swift and Keith Urban for Best Country Duo/Group for their performance of “Highway Don’t Care.” They are the frontrunners to win that race.
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