Watch: Eric Church Performs “Give Me Back My Hometown” at the 2015 Grammys

 

There were a total of three country performances at the 57th Grammy Awards, half of the amount of the previous year. Eric Church, who was nominated for multiple Grammys, was one of the performers. He performed the hit single from his album The Outsiders, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” This is one of the weaker songs off the album, but it was performed since it was Grammy-nominated. It didn’t help that it was also one of his weaker live performances. Still it was a big moment for Church and his fans to be performing on the Grammys.

What do you think of the performance?

Watch: Brandy Clark & Dwight Yoakam Perform “Hold My Hand” at the 2015 Grammys

 

In one of the best performances of the night at the 57th Grammy Awards, Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam sang “Hold My Hand.” It’s an emotional song about love from Clark’s critically acclaimed 12 Stories album. The duo received a standing ovation from the crowd, which was well-deserved. While Clark didn’t win any of the Grammys she was nominated for, I think this performance will win her a lot of new fans. And maybe Dwight will pick up a few too. The touring mates certainly stood out on a star-studded night.

Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ Wins 2015 Grammy for Best Country Album

As many pundits and fans expected, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum album wins the 2015 Grammy for Best Country Album. This is Lambert’s second ever Grammy and her first in this category, after losing two previous times. Her first Grammy win was the 2011 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “The House That Built Me.” Platinum beat out Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories, Dierks Bentley’s Riser, Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’.

I was disappointed Womack didn’t win, as I felt her album was one of the most important country albums of 2014. It was not only a great comeback, but a shining example of what kind of album all female country artists should strive to make. Nevertheless, I’m glad Miranda won and not some bro country hack. None of these nominations were bad, however Trigger at Saving Country Music made the best comment about these nominations:

Just a fact to keep in mind. Maybe next year Sturgill will get nominated in the right category.

What do you think of Lambert winning? Do you agree or disagree? Who would you have picked to win?

WATCH: Miranda Lambert Performs “Little Red Wagon” at 2015 Grammys

One of the few country performers for the 2015 Grammys was Miranda Lambert. She was introduced by fellow country artist Dierks Bentley before taking the stage and performing “Little Red Wagon,” her latest single. It’s definitely one of her weaker singles and this performance did nothing to convince me otherwise. It was more of a rock performance than country performance, from the stage setup to the song itself. Watch it for yourself and weigh-in below on what you think of it.

To see the performance, click here.

Photo Courtesy Miranda Lambert’s Facebook page

Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry & Glen Campbell Among 2015 Country Grammy Winners

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The 57th annual Grammy Awards hasn’t even begun its televised portion yet, but most of the Grammy awards have already been given out. The Grammys really started at 4 pm ET online. You probably didn’t realize it. No sweat, we’ve got you covered country music fans! Several country and American roots awards have already been announced and here are all of the pre-telecast awards that have already been announced.

Carrie Underwood won the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. She beat out Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban. Carrie was pretty excited about it and took to Twitter to express her thoughts:

The Band Perry won the Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. It was a minor upset, going against some of the bigger names in country music.

Glen Campbell won the Grammy for Best Country Song. Again another one people didn’t expect, but I kind of expected it. Part of it is sympathy vote, but this song is pretty good and I don’t see how anyone can say it wasn’t deserving.

Rosanne Cash swept the Americana categories at the Grammys, winning Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Album. Her only previous Grammy win came in 1985. This brings her total up to four. It’s certainly well-deserved, as her 2014 album The River & The Thread received lots of praise from critics and fans.

Unfortunately this also means Sturgill Simpson is not a Grammy winner. You really can’t complain though. He didn’t even belong in the Americana category, he belonged in the Best Country Album category. Cash’s album was Americana and Sturgill’s was not. If you should be angry about anything with Sturgill it’s that he was put in the wrong category. I wouldn’t get too upset though. This is likely the first of many Grammy nominations if Sturgill continues to make great music.

Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs won the Grammy for Best Historical Album. I completely forgot it was nominated, but I’m glad to see it recognized. One of the greatest country icons is still winning years after his death. Long live Hank!

And last, but certainly not least Old Crow Medicine Show’s Remedy won the Grammy for Best Folk Album. Not a big surprise, as Old Crow Medicine Show is the most well-known folk band in the country. I certainly don’t object either, as Remedy was a finalist for Country Perspective’s 2014 Album of the Year. It’s a great album I recommend checking out if you haven’t heard it yet.

The Grammy for Best Country Album will be announced during the televised portion of the show. We’ll be sure to have a post on that. In the meantime, what did you think of these winners? Did the Grammys get it right?