2009 Grammy Predictions and Proclamations

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sugarland.jpg Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

The Nominees:

"God Must Be Busy" - Brooks & Dunn
"Love Don't Live Here" - Lady Antebellum
"Every Day" - Rascal Flatts
"Blue Side Of The Mountain" - The SteelDrivers
"Stay" - Sugarland

Who will win: "Stay" - Sugarland
While Brooks & Dunn's "God Must Be Busy" is equally depressing and beautiful, Sugarland took a bigger risk with "Stay," a sympathetic song about adultery.

Who should win: "Stay" - Sugarland
The Sugarland song we'd have picked was "Already Gone," though.

Who really should win: "Perfect Timing" - Drive-by Truckers
Johnny Cash once said, "A country singer with a brief case ain't no country singer." And our bet is that Mike Cooley ain't got no brief case. The DBT singer/guitarist hops in his big rig and does donuts around the country mainstream, lyrically, all the while penning one of the catchiest, most downhome self-examinations in any genre this year.


Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

The Nominees:

"Shiftwork" - Kenny Chesney & George Strait 
"Killing The Blues" - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 
"House Of Cash" - George Strait & Patty Loveless
"Life In A Northern Town" - Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
"Let The Wind Chase You" - Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

Who will win: "Killing The Blues" - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
"Killing The Blues" is one of the best country songs of the year from one of the best country collaborations ever, but "Life In A Northern Town" could surprise.

Who should win: "Killing The Blues" - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Though Kenny and George's working-class anthem is also pretty dang catchy.

Who really should win: "Jailhouse Tears" - Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello
All due respect to Ms. Krauss and the Head Zeppelin, but this is the rock/country collaboration of the year. Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton singing "Gold" also deserved at least a nomination.


PatMetheny.pngBest Country Instrumental Performance

The Nominees:

"Sumatra" - Cherryholmes
"Two Small Cars In Rome" - Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
"Sleigh Ride" - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
"Is This America? (Katrina 2005)" - Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
"Cluster Pluck" - Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

Who will win: "Is This America? (Katrina 2005)" - Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
Jerry Douglas has quietly filled his shelves with various awards and is likely to add to them at the Grammys.

Who should win: "Cluster Pluck" - Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner
He may be famous for his goofy lyrics, but Brad Paisley is a fine instrumentalist—and his friends are too.

Who really should win: "Cluster Pluck" - Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner
See above.

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