Carrie Underwood only has two Grammy nominations this year – Best Country Solo Performance (“Something in the Water“) and Best Country Duo/Group (“Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert) – but that doesn’t necessarily make her an underdog. She’s a powerhouse in performance categories.
This year marks Underwood’s third nomination in this category, which was created in 2011, merging the separate awards for male and female vocalists. She lost that first race to Taylor Swift (“Mean“), but she won in 2012 for “Blown Away.”
Before the categories merged, Underwood was dominant, claiming Female Country Performance three years in a row, for “Jesus Take the Wheel” (2006), “Before He Cheats” (2007), and “Last Name” (2008). She also won Best Country Collaboration in 2009 with Randy Travis for “I Told You So.” That’s five performance victories to date for the “American Idol” alum.
Meanwhile, Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” collaborator Lambert only has one Grammy win to her name: Female Country Performance for “The House That Built Me” (2010), her only win out of four nominations in that category. She also earned a bid last year for Country Solo Performance (“Mama’s Broken Heart“), but the Grammys have yet to fully embrace her.
This year, Lambert is nominated for “Automatic,” which won Single of the Year at last fall’s CMA Awards. She’s nominated in all four country categories this year, including Best Country Album for “Platinum.”
Also nominated for all four country Grammys is Eric Church, who competes in this race with “Give Me Back My Hometown.” This is his second Country Solo nomination, but he has yet to win in any category. Could this year be his breakthrough?
Church is also nominated for Country Duo/Group for “Raise ‘Em Up,” his collaboration with Keith Urban, but he and Urban are rivals for this award. Urban contends here for “Cop Car,” and like Underwood, he has an impressive track record in performance categories. This is his first bid in the combined race, but he won four times out of six nominations for Male Country Performance.
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