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Best Male Country Performance – 2011 Grammy Nominees

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Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Jamey Johnson are among the five artists nominated to win the Best Male Country Performance award at the 2011 Grammy Awards.  The nominees were announced yesterday, Dec. 1, as part of a special live event on CBS television.

Keith was nominated for the song ‘Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song),’ which appears on his 2009 album ‘American Ride’ as a tribute to his friend, recently deceased NBA star and jazz musician Wayman Tinsdale.  His competition includes fellow veteran Keith Urban and his recent single ‘Til Summer Comes Around,’ a track from his ‘Defying Gravity’ album that chronicles a man waiting for a lost love to return.

The field of nominees also features two artists just starting to gain widespread attention in recent years. Throwback, outlaw-minded Jamey Johnson earns a spot with ‘Macon’ from his critically acclaimed double album ‘The Guitar Song,’ alongside David Nail’s ‘Turning Home,’ from his years in the making solo debut ‘I’m About to Come Alive.’

The final nominee is a much fresher face, 2006 ‘Nashville Star’ television show contest winner Chris Young, in the running for the first time with ‘Gettin’ You Home,’ from his second studio album, “The Man I Want to Be.’

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

2011 Grammy Nominees for Best Male Country Performance:

Jamey Johnson, ‘Macon’
Toby Keith, ‘Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song)’
David Nail, ‘Turning Home’
Keith Urban, ‘Til Summer Comes Around’
Chris Young, ‘Gettin’ You Home’

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