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