East Texans Nominated for Grammys


A few East Texans are once again nominated for the annual Grammy awards, which airs February 12. 

Miranda Lambert’s “Vice” is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. The song is co-written by Lambert, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The song is off her latest album, The Weight of These Wings.

“Thy Will,” by Hillary Scott and The Scott Family, is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. The Scott Family includes country music singer Linda Davis from Carthage. The group is also nominated for their album, Love Remains, for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Also nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album is Crowder from Texarkana for American Prodigal.

Although not nominated specifically, Terrell’s Jamie Fox is featured on Barbra Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. The album is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Fox and Streisand sing a duet of the classic, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” made famous in The Sound of Music.

The Grammys are no stranger to the region. Fifteen native East Texans have won a total of 27 Grammys since the award’s inception in 1958. Country music dominates the count with 11 wins. Other categories listing East Texans are classical, rock, and pop. The winners over the years so far are Van Cliburn (2), Jamie Foxx, Johnny Gimble (2), Johnny Horton, Miranda Lambert (2),  Kacey Musgraves (2), Al Perkins and the Hipower Band (3), Ray Price, Lee Ann Womack (2), Don Henley (3), Will Jennings (4), Johnny Mathis, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter,  Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker, and Chris Tomlin.

Active country recording artists Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves continue to make the region proud with their country hits and Chris Tomlin keeps putting out winning contemporary Christian songs. Last year’s Cass County by Don Henley was very well received.

Top prize winners overall include Will Jennings for earning two coveted Song of the Year awards,  1992’s “Tears in Heaven” performed by Eric Clapton, and 1998’s “My Heart Will Go On” recorded by Celine Dion.

Three other notable wins are Hall of Fame honors for Johnny Mathis and posthumously for Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s work in 1939 and Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker’s work in 1948.

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