‘Bad’ girls Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood team up for Country Duo/Group battle at Grammys

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are Grammy rivals for Best Country Solo Performance, but they’re allies in the Best Country Duo/Group contest, where they compete for their duet “Somethin’ Bad.” Will something good come out of it for them?

The Grammys have presented the Country Duo/Group award for decades, but in 2011 the award was merged with Best Country Collaboration, so now it pits artists like Underwood and Lambert against established groups like Little Big Town and the Band Perry. But in the three years since the merger, groups have always won: the Civil Wars in 2011 (“Barton Hollow“) and 2013 (“From This Valley“), and Little Big Town in-between in 2012 (“Pontoon“).

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That might be good news for Little Big Town this year; they’re nominated for “Day Drinking.” It’s their third consecutive nod and their fifth overall. They also contended once for Best Country Collaboration.

The Band Perry are nominated for the first time in this category for their cover of Glen Campbell‘s “Gentle on My Mind,” which is featured on the soundtrack of the documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” They have yet to win a Grammy in any category.

The remaining nominees are artist collaborations. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill contend for their duet “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” The married stars have proven to be a formidable pair at the Grammys: their duets earned five previous Country Collaboration nominations, including two wins.

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Keith Urban and Eric Church teamed up for “Raise ‘Em Up,” featured on Urban’s album “Fuse.” It’s Urban’s second straight nomination in this category and Church’s first, and though Urban has won four Grammys as a solo artist, neither he nor Church has won for a collaborative performance.

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