If your house is like mine, you probably have your fridge, freezer and closets filled with popcorn, pizza, various stacks of cheese and crackers, and a lot of beverages – getting ready to sit in front of the television for the next two Sunday nights. Next week, we have the Super Bowl , I wouldn’t miss that. It’s when I get to go fix food during the game, and get back in time for the commercials. Then on Feb. 12, 2012, (8 p.m. ET, CBS), we can get ready for another night of television, when we find out which of our favorite country artists will be taking home a Grammy award.
In addition to seeing who picks up which awards, we will also get to see performances by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; and Taylor Swift. On Jan. 19, the Grammy’s web site said more performers are still to be announced.
Best New Artist
The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex
Best Country Solo Performance
Jason Aldean, ‘Dirt Road Anthem’; Martina McBride, ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’; Blake Shelton, ‘Honey Bee’; Taylor Swift, ‘Mean’; Carrie Underwood, ‘Mama’s Song’
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’; Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, ‘You and Tequila’; The Civil Wars, ‘Barton Hollow’; Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’
Best Country Song
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’; Trace Adkins, ‘Just Fishin”; Taylor Swift, ‘Mean’; Blake Shelton, ‘God Gave Me You’; Vince Gill, ‘Threaten Me With Heaven’; Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, ‘You and Tequila’
Best Country Album
Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’; Eric Church, ‘Chief’; Lady Antebellum, ‘Own the Night’; Blake Shelton, ‘Red River Blue’; George Strait, ‘Here for a Good Time’; Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’
Best Americana Album
Linda Chorney, ‘Emotional Jukebox’; Ry Cooder, ‘Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down’; Emmylou Harris, ‘Hard Bargain’; Levon Helm, ‘Ramble at the Ryman’; Lucinda Williams, ‘Blessed’
Best Bluegrass Album
Alison Krauss and Union Station, ‘Paper Airplane’; Jim Lauderdale, ‘Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale’; Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, ‘Rare Bird Alert’; The Del McCoury Band, ‘Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe’; Ralph Stanley, ‘A Mother’s Prayer’; Chris Thile & Michael Daves, ‘Sleep With One Eye Open’
There are the nominees. Hopefully your favorites will walk away with a Grammy this year. When we find out more about who is presenting, and any additional artists that may be added as performers, I’ll let you know.