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Once again, the talent coming out of the Upper East Side of Texas is recognized by the Recording Academy which is awarding Grammys on April 3 from Las Vegas on CBS television.

Nominations in the Country genre include Kacey Musgraves (“Camera Roll”) and Mickey Guyton (“Remember Her Name”) for Best Country Solo Performance; Maren Morris (“Chasing After You”) and Miranda Lambert (“Drunk And I Don’t Wanna Go Home”) along with their collaborators Ryan Hurd and Elle King for Best Country Duo Performance; Maren Morris (“Better Than We Found It”), Kacey Musgraves (“Camera Roll”), and Mickey Guyton (“Remember Her Name”) along with their co-writers for Best Country Song; and Mickey Guyton (Remember Her Name) and Miranda Lambert (The Marfa Tapes) are nominated for Best Country Album.

Lambert grew up and got her singing/songwriting career started in Lindale, Texas, while Musgraves grew up in the nearby Golden community. They both developed their songwriting skills under the tutelage of John DeFoore in Mineola. DeFoore passed away a few months ago and Musgraves’ grandmother Barbara read a eulogy from her at a celebration of his life giving him much credit for helping set the direction for her career.

Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton were both born in Arlington and grew up in North Texas. Morris was encouraged by Musgraves to move to Nashville to further pursue her career in music. Guyton moved to California to launch her music career, then on to Nashville.

In March, Guyton made history as the first Black female country artist to be nominated for a Grammy for the single “Black Like Me.”

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