Keith Urban, Clare Bowen, & The Grammys

Keith Urban Father Dies 

Keith Urban

Keith Urban’s father, Robert Urban died on Saturday, December 5 after a long battle with cancer.

We first learned of his father’s illness last week during his Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit preview with Urban.  He said that his father had entered hospice care. Urban told the Tennessean, “He’s probably only got a few weeks, if that,” Urban explained to media. “I’ve just been dealing with that the last couple of days. This has all come at a very strange time, where it’s typical of a career that has extreme highs and extreme lows, all often at the exact same time. So [the exhibit] is bittersweet a little bit because [my dad] is the catalyst for all of this. My dad is the catalyst for me living in America.”

Keith Urban released a statement regarding  the outpouring of support.

“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic and I, and our family, have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night. His long battle with Cancer is now over and he is finally at peace. My Dad’s love of Country music and America set me on my life’s journey, and shaped so much of who I am today. Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers. – Keith Urban”

Clare Bowen is Engaged

Clare Bowen

Clare Bowen from the hit show ‘Nashville’ got engaged!  It took place on Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman show,reported Sounds Like  Nashville.  Bowen is engaged to singer/songwriter Brandon Young who often performs with Bowen as well.

2016 Grammys Nominees 

It’s great living in Music City-there are lots of nominations for this years Grammys

Record of the Year 

Taylor Swift-“Blank Space”

Album of the Year

Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”

Song of the Year

Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best New Artist

Sam Hunt

Best Country Solo Performance

Cam – “Burning House”

Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”

Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”

Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”

Lee Ann Womack – “Chances Are”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”

Joey+Rory – “If I Needed You”

Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay – “The Driver”

Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Blake Shelton, Ft. Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”

Best Country Song

Lee Ann Womack – “Chances Are” (Hayes Carll, songwriter)

Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” (Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Jonathan Singleton, songwriters)

Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, songwriters)

Brandy Clark – “Hold My Hand” (Brandy Clark, Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters)

Chris Stapleton – “Traveller” (Chris Stapleton, songwriter)

Best Country Album

Sam Hunt – “Montevallo”

Little Big Town – “Pain Killer”

Ashley Monroe – “The Blade”

Kacey Musgraves – “Pageant Material”

Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”

Best Compliation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Various Artists – “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Best Recording Package

Asleep at the Wheel – “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys”

Best Album Notes

Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Portrait of An American Singer” (Ted Olson, album notes writer)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Dave Cobb (Producer: Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller,” A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke” and Jason Ibell’s “Something More Than Free”)

Best American Roots Song

The Mavericks – “All Night Long” (Raul Malo, songwriter)

Merle Haggard & Don Henley – “The Cost of Living” (Don Henley, Stan Lynch, songwriters)

Punch Brothers – “Julep” (Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher, songwriters)

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – “The Traveling Kind” (Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, songwriters)

Jason Isbell – “24 Frames” (Jason Isbell, songwriter)

Best Americana Album

Brandi Carlile – “The Firewatcher’s Daughter”

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – “The Traveling Kind”

Jason Isbell – “Something More Than Free”

The Mavericks – “Mono”

Punch Brothers – “The Phosphorescent Blues”

Best Bluegrass Album

The Steeldrivers – “The Muscle Shoals Recordings”

Ralph Stanley & Friends – “Man of Constant Sorrow”

Dale Ann Bradley – “Pocket Full of Keys”

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley – “Before the Sun Goes Down”

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – “In Session”

Best Alternative Music Album 

Alabama Shakes

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Francesca Battistelli-Holy Spirit

Crowder; Ed Cash, David Crowder & Seth Philpott, songwriters-Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)

Matt Maher-He Lives (Amen)

Tobymac Featuring Mr. Talkbox; Cary Barlowe, David Arthur Garcia & Toby McKeehan, songwriters-Feel It

Best Contemporary Christian Album 
Jason Crabb-“Whatever The Road”

Lauren Daigle-“How Can It Be”

Matt Maher-“Saints And Sinners”

Tobymac- “This Is Not a Test”

Chris Tomlin-“Love Ran Red” More Stories Here