Glen Campbell has the sixth and final Grammy of his illustrious career, as the ailing country icon was honored with Best Country Song at this afternoon's Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, the presentation of the off-camera categories not included in Sunday night's broadcast. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," the bittersweet tune he co-wrote with Julian Raymond for the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, trumped songs by Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill.
"I'm so proud of him tonight," said wife Kim Campbell, accepting the gramophone on her husband's behalf. "It's been an amazing journey; he's been so courageous in bringing awareness to Alzheimer's and caregiving. Sadly, he can't be with us tonight because he is in the late stages of Alzheimer's, but he is healthy and cheerful. I know first and foremost he'd want to thank God for a great career and especially for the gift of music. Music, I really believe, kept him healthy for a longer period of time and enabled him to enjoy life while living with a debilitating brain disease. In honoring him, you are shining the light on his quest to make a difference."
Another song from the I'll Be Me soundtrack was also honored, as the Band Perry won Best Duo or Group performance for their cover of Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind." The sibling trio was not there to accept the trophy — the first Grammy of their career.
Carrie Underwood, who was also absent, won her seventh career gramophone, taking Best Solo Performance honors for "Something in the Water." "I'm seriously so happy that 'Something in the Water' won a Grammy!" she tweeted afterward. "This song means so much to me... I feel so honored and blessed!"
Rosanne Cash swept the Americana categories, winning Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for "A Feather's Not a Bird," along with Best Americana Album for The River & the Thread. "The last time I won a Grammy, Reagan was president," the singer-songwriter said, clearly shocked by her first Grammy victories since 1985. "I share this with [my husband] John Leventhal who co-wrote this song, produced the record, played damn near every instrument on it and is my everything."
Old Crow Medicine Show have their second career Grammy, taking home Best Folk Album for Remedy. Lead singer Ketch Secor thanked Bob Dylan, a co-writer on the album's standout "Sweet Amarillo," for paving the way for the string band.
Hunter Hayes hosted the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, opening the marathon 74-trophy award session with a blistering guitar instrumental. LL Cool J took over hosting duties when the 57th annual Grammy Awards aired on CBS. The only country category to be announced on the televised broadcast was Best Country Album, which went to Miranda Lambert for Platinum.
Read below for a full list of country and Americana nominees and winners, with winners in bold.
Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, Platinum — WINNER
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I'm Livin'
Best Country Song
Glen Campbell's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," written by Campbell and Julian Raymond — WINNERS
Kenny Chesney's “American Kids,” written by Shane McAnally, Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird
Eric Church's "Give Me Back My Hometown," written by Church and Luke Laid
Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic,” written by Lambert, Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," written by Jeffrey Steele, Tom Douglas and Jaren Johnston
Best Country Solo Performance
Eric Church, "Give Me Me Back My Hometown"
Hunter Hayes, "Invisible"
Miranda Lambert, "Automatic"
Carrie Underwood, "Something in the Water" — WINNER
Keith Urban, "Cop Car"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry, "Gentle on My Mind" — WINNERS
Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, "Somethin' Bad"
Little Big Town, "Day Drinking"
Tim McGraw with Faith Hill, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's"
Keith Urban with Eric Church, "Raise 'Em Up"
Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash, The River & the Thread — WINNER
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
John Hiatt, Terms of my Surrender
Keb' Mo', Bluesamericana
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Best American Roots Performance
Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal, "Statesboro Blues"
Rosanne Cash, "A Feather's Not a Bird" — WINNER
Billy Childs, featuring Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, "And When I Die"
Keb' Mo' featuring the California Feet Warmers, "The Old Me Better"
Nickel Creek, "Destination"
Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash, "A Feather's Not a Bird," written by Cash and John Leventhal — WINNERS
Jesse Winchester, "Just So Much," written by Winchester
The Del McCoury Band, "The New York Trains," written by Del McCoury and Woody Guthrie
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, "Pretty Little One," written by Martin and Brickell
John Hiatt, "Terms of My Surrender," written by Hiatt
Best Folk Album
Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge & Rob Ickes, Three Bells
Alice Gerrard, Follow the Music
Eliza Gilkyson, The Nocturne Diaries
Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy — WINNERS
Jesse Winchester, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble