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2014 Grammys: Country Music’s Performances, Presenters and Nominees

Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes
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Country music will be well represented at the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 26). No fewer than eight of Nashville’s top names will take the stage to perform, while three others will present — and that doesn’t even include the nominations!

There were two Grammy Hall of Fame inductees in 2014, plus one Lifetime Achievement Award given, and it’s a lot to keep track of! Breathe easy, because Taste of Country has put everything you need to know about the 2014 Grammys into one easy-to-read list. Consider it the ultimate primer for the CBS broadcast.

2014 Grammy Awards Performances (Country):

Blake Shelton, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson (Grammy Moment collaboration)
Hunter Hayes, ‘Invisible’
Kacey Musgraves
Keith Urban, ‘Cop Car’
Miranda Lambert with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (a salute to the late Phil Everly)
Taylor Swift

2014 Grammy Awards Presenters (Country):

Hunter Hayes
Martina McBride
Zac Brown

2014 Grammy Awards Nominees (Country):

Best Country Album
Jason Aldean, ‘Night Train’
Tim McGraw, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park’
Blake Shelton, ‘Based on a True Story…’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red’

Best Country Solo Performance
Lee Brice, ‘I Drive Your Truck’
Hunter Hayes, ‘I Want Crazy’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’
Blake Shelton, ‘Mine Would Be You’

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars, ‘From This Valley’
Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill, ‘Don’t Rush’
Little Big Town, ‘Your Side of the Bed’
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban, ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton, ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’

Best Country Song
Taylor Swift, ‘Begin Again’
Lee Brice, ‘I Drive Your Truck’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go ‘Round’
Blake Shelton, ‘Mine Would Be You’

Album of the Year
Sara Bareilles, ‘The Blessed Unrest’
Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’
Kendrick Lamar, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’
Macklemore + Ryan Lewis, ‘The Heist’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red’

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore + Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Other Honors
Dolly Parton’s song ‘Jolene’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
Kris Kristofferson’s self-titled debut album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
Kris Kristofferson presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 25

Next: See Our 2014 Grammy Predictions

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