Hitfix goes to the Grammys: Best Country Song

01.28.09 9 years ago 3 Comments

Sugarland

Today I’m looking at the best country song category for the Grammys.

Best Country Song is an award that goes to the songwriter, not the artist.

The nominees are:

“Dig Two Graves,” Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)

“I Saw God Today,” Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)

“In Color,” Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)

“Stay,” Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)

“You’re Gonna Miss This,”Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)

Country has always been a repository–at times the only one– for songs that tell a story. Melodies are important, but lyrics are key. Of course there are exceptions, “Badonkadonk,” anyone? But generally, country music remains a format based on substance, not beats.

The Scoop: The nominees in this category are no exception. Each one tells a story about love: parental, romantic or illicit. The songs cover the gamut. “Dig Two Graves” is about spousal love so strong that Randy Travis wants to be buried alongside his wife when she dies-even if he’s very much alive. “I Saw God Today” has already won a slew of awards and I’m just going to admit it, I hate it. It’s one of those treacly songs about how life changes the instant your child is born. “Stay,” a plaintive tale about the other woman, has also been a big winner at other awards show and is the best song in the batch.

Winner: “Stay,” Jennifer Nettles

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