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Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals – 2011 Grammy Nominees

Zac Brown / Lady Antebellum
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Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band lead this year’s Grammy nominees for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. They’ll wait in nervous anticipation alongside fellow hopefuls Dailey & Vincent, Little Big Town and The Steeldrivers when the winners are announced at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Feb. 13 on CBS.

It’s slightly ironic that the Zac Brown Band’s song ‘Free,’ from their 2008 album ‘The Foundation,’ which fondly recalls the band’s days of touring around the country in a beat-up old van, has earned such a prestigious honor.  It’s doubtful they’ll ride to the ceremony in anything other than a limo, right?

Another clear favorite to win this award is the ridiculously popular modern country trio Lady Antebellum, with the title track to their 2010 album ‘Need You Now,’ which spent a great deal of time locked into Billboard’s Top 10 Album Charts this year.

Also joining the fray are two bluegrass groups: Dailey & Vincent, with their cover of the Statler Brothers’ 1984 classic ‘Elizabeth’ (which comes, logically, from a Cracker Barrel exclusive album entitled ‘Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers’) and The SteelDrivers’ ‘Where Rainbows Never Die,’ from their 2010 album ‘Reckless.’

The field is rounded out with the apparently size-obsessed Little Big Town, who  sing about a ‘Little White Church’ with their Top 10 smash and now Grammy nominated single from their album, ‘The Reason Why.’

2011 Grammy Nominees for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:

Zac Brown Band, ‘Free’
Dailey & Vincent, ‘Elizabeth’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Little Big Town, ‘Little White Church’
The SteelDrivers, ‘Where Rainbows Never Die’

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