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Grammys 2019: The Country Music Winners

From Best Country Album to Best American Roots Performance, the complete country and Americana rundown

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Kacey Musgraves' 'Golden Hour' won Album of the Year and Best Country Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.

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Brandi Carlile won in three consecutive categories when the bulk of the 61st annual Grammy Awards — those not shown during the TV broadcast — were handed out during the Grammys Premiere Ceremony.

Carlile’s album By the Way, I Forgive You was named Best Americana Album, while her song “The Joke” won for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.

“Americana music is the island of the misfit toys. I am such a misfit,” Carlile said upon winning Best American Roots Song for her empowering outsider anthem “The Joke.” The openly gay songwriter went on to recall how she came out when she was 15, a decision that, she said, kept her from being invited to high school dances. “To be embraced by this community,” she said of Americana, “has been the dance of a lifetime. Thank you for being my island.”

By the Way, I Forgive You also netted the album’s co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb their own Grammys. Additionally, Cobb won as a co-writer for “The Joke,” penned by Cobb, Carlile and Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth.

“It is this music that has shaped my life and made me who I am. And even gave me my family,” Carlile said of the Hanseroth twins, who make up the core of her band.

In the country categories, Kacey Musgraves won for Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies” and Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy,” written by Musgraves with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. Both tracks appear on Musgraves’ album Golden Hour, which was named all-genre Album of the Year, beating out albums from artists like Drake, Cardi B, Post Malone and Brandi Carlile.

Best Country Album also went to Musgraves for the progressive Golden Hour. “I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love, such warmth,” she said, accepting with her producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. “I love country music with everything that I am and I’ve very proud to get to share my version of that with the world.”

Dan + Shay, the country duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, triumphed in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their juggernaut single “Tequila.” “We had no expectations to win this,” said Smyers of their first Grammy win. “It’s a beautiful thing about Nashville. We’re all family and we all root for each other.”

Here are the winners of the country and Americana categories:

Best Country Solo Performance
“Wouldn’t It Be Great,” Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” Maren Morris
“Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
“Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line,” Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Shoot Me Straight,” Brothers Osborne
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay – WINNER
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Little Big Town
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song
“Break Up in the End,” Cole Swindell (Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite, songwriters)
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill (Tom Douglas, David Hodges and Maren Morris, songwriters)
“I Lived It,” Blake Shelton (Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Ben Hayslip, songwriters)
“Space Cowboy,” Kacey Musgraves (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, songwriters) – WINNER
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (Nicolle Gaylon, Jordan Reynolds and Dan Smyers, songwriters)
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill and Lori McKenna, songwriters)

Best Country Album
Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton

Best Americana Album
By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile – WINNER

Things Have Changed, Bettye LaVette
The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine
The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, Lee Ann Womack
One Drop of Truth, The Wood Brothers

 Best American Roots Performance
“Kick Rocks,” Sean Ardoin
“Saint James Infirmary Blues,” Jon Batiste
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile – WINNER
“All on My Mind,” Anderson East
“Last Man Standing,” Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song (Award to Songwriters)
“All the Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack (Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack, and Adam Wright, songwriters)
“Build a Bridge,” Mavis Staples (Jeff Tweedy, songwriter)
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile (Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, songwriters) – WINNER
“Knockin’ on Your Screen Door,” John Prine (Pat McLaughlin and John Prine, songwriters)
“Summer’s End,” John Prine (Pat McLaughlin and John Prine, songwriters)

Best Bluegrass Album
Portraits in Fiddles, Mike Barnett
Sister Sadie II, Sister Sadie
Rivers and Roads, Special Consensus
The Travelin’ McCourys, The Travelin’ McCourys – WINNER
North of Despair, Wood & Wire


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