Grammy nominations hold some surprises and snubs for country artists Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
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The nominees for “The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” have been announced, but you won’t find a lot of country artists outside the country-specific categories. In fact, not one country artist shows up in the four major categories — Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Once you scroll down to the country categories, some very deserving artists are recognized, though. Music from Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton picked up three nominations, while Midland, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, and Miranda Lambert earned two nods apiece.

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Reba McEntire also picked up a nod in the Best Roots Gospel Album category for her faith-based project, “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.” Glen Campbell is nominated posthumously in the Best American Roots Performance category for “Arkansas Farmboy,” alongside fellow nominee Alison Krauss for “I Never Cared for You.”

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Here’s a full list of the Grammy country categories:

Best Country Solo Performance
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt
“Losing You,” Alison Krauss
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
“I Could Use A Love Song,” Maren Morris
“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne
“My Old Man,” Zac Brown Band
“You Look Good,” Lady Antebellum
“Better Man,” Little Big Town
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland

Best Country Song
“Better Man” (songwriter Taylor Swift; performer Little Big Town)
“Body Like a Back Road” (songwriters Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne; performer Sam Hunt)
“Broken Halos” (songwriters Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton; performer Chris Stapleton)
“Drinkin’ Problem” (songwriters Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Mark Wystrach; performer Midland)
“Tin Man” (songwriters Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall; performer Miranda Lambert)


Best Country Album
“Cosmic Hallelujah,” Kenny Chesney
“Heart Break,” Lady Antebellum
“The Breaker,” Little Big Town
“Life Changes,” Thomas Rhett
“From A Room: Volume 1,” Chris Stapleton

“The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” will be handed out Jan. 28, 2018 on CBS.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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