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Best Female Country Vocal Performance – 2011 Grammy Nominees

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Relative newcomer Miranda Lambert joins Jewel, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson as Grammy nominees for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The 2011 Grammy nominations were announced Dec. 1 as a special live event at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia.

Miranda Lambert’s performance of ‘The House That Built Me’ — off her 2009 album ‘Revolution’ — is a touching acoustic ballad about revisiting her hometown, and the nostalgic memories that go with it. This theme of finding a sense of home is also apparent in Carrie Underwood’s nomination, the second single off ‘Play On.’ Her sentimental performance on ‘Temporary Home’ gives a hopeful acceptance to the trials we go through in life, albeit temporary. Carrie delivered moving performances of this hit on both ‘The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien’ and last year’s CBS special ‘Home for the Holidays.’

Jewel sings of not living in regret in her touching piano laden hit, ‘Satisfied,’ the second single off her 2010 album, ‘Sweet and Wild.’

On a happier note, LeAnn’s new spin on John Anderson’s 1983 hit ‘Swingin” reminds us of the first feelings of being in love. The song is featured on her album ‘Lady and Gentlemen,’ which highlights the singer’s favorite country love tunes. And Gretchen sings a warming love ballad with only acoustic guitar and cello, about being her man’s last love. Her nomination for the performance of ‘I’d Love to Be Your Last’ is featured on her 2010 album ‘I Got Your Country Right Here.’

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 13 on CBS.

2011 Grammy Nominees for Best Female Country Vocal Performance:

Jewel, ‘Satisfied’
Miranda Lambert, ‘The House That Built Me’
LeAnn Rimes, ‘Swingin’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Temporary Home’
Gretchen Wilson, ‘I’d Love to Be Your Last’

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