Country Music People March 2019 - Page 5

By the way, I won a Grammy Despite the National Academy of Recording Arts & Science’s 61st Grammy gala being conducted in Los Angeles via CBS, Nashville artists made a commendable showing. Kacey Musgraves (above right) won four, the most of any woman, thanks to her critically acclaimed album Golden Hour, marking the first win in the pop field by a country female since Taylor Swift in 2010 for Fearless. Brandi Carlile (above left) garnered three wins, while eight-times Grammy winner Dolly Parton also helped dominate the scene, Feb. 10, thanks to being honoured with the academy’s MusiCares Person on the Year. Musgraves wins were for best country album, best country solo performance, and best country song, Space Cowboy, which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird. Alicia Keys acted as host, while other music giants honoured were Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, indicating - correctly - it was Ladies Night at the Staples Center. Another surprise was seeing Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez and former First Lady of the U.S. Michelle Obama taking the stage. Her book “Becoming,” has become a hot seller and she was there, too, to support the women’s movement and friend Alicia Keys. According to Michelle, “From the Motown Records I wore out on the South side to the ‘Who Runs the World’ songs that fuelled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that’s true for everybody here. Whether we like country, rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in.” Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive You single, The Joke, followed the theme, indicating women should make their own choices, including those of LGBTQ community and proved a crowd favourite, garnering a standing ovation. It looks like being a great year for Carlile who is part of the Highwomen supergroup and produced a forthcoming Tanya Tucker project. Apart from the album win produced by Dave Cobb, The Joke earned Grammys for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song. Parton joined the others Musgraves and Katy Perry on her hit Here You Come Again; then did a duet of sorts with Goddaughter Miley Cyrus on the uptempo Jolene, which led into Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, which incidentally won The Trio - Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris - a 2000 Grammy. A TV performance to remember was Dolly’s collaboration with Little Big Town on Little Red Shoes, heard on her latest soundtrack Dumplin’, until the all-star finale, another highlight of the show, 9 To 5, which earned Dolly her first Oscar nomination (1980). Dan+Shay copped the best country duo statuette for Tequila, Lauren Daigle and Jason Crabb earned top honours in the Christian and Gospel categories. Daigle’s wins were for the Christian single You Say and her CD Look Up Child. Crabb’s victory came with his gospel roots album, Unexpected, produced by (Rascal Flatt’s) Jay DeMarcus, and featuring guest vocals by (Rascal Flatts’) singer Gary LeVox and Kaya Jones. Perennial favourite Willie Nelson won with My Way, a Frank Sinatra tribute album, in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal category, while the Del McCoury group won Best Bluegrass Album for their Travelin’ McCourys collection. Got My Name Changed On Valentine’s day, Pistol Annie’s front woman and The House That Built Me singer, Miranda Lambert revealed on Twitter that she had tied the knot with NYPD officer Brendan McLoughlin. She wrote, “In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me.” Miranda split from her ex, Blake Shelton, in 2015. MARCH 2019 - cmp 5