Seeing the Grammy Awards Makes Me Proud To Be From Nashville

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My tail sure was wagging a lot last night when I was watching the Grammy Awards. My home town of Nashville seemed very well represented there, especially by Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert. Even though I’ve never written, recorded or performed a country song (I’m a little pitchy), it makes me very proud to be from Nashville, Music City USA.
Seeing Martina McBride and Keith Urban perform was great also.
Actually what I really like though is how Nashville is represented by so much more than country music. I saw Paramore giving out awards, as did Kings of Leon too. 
This is the third year in a row that a Nashville affiliated group won record of the year. Kings of Leon picked up that hardware last year, and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant the year before. 
Some awards you didn’t see last night that had Nashville affiliations went to Bebe and Cece Winans and The Nashville Symphony.
By far though the big story was Lady Antebellum, who won five Grammy Awards last night. Their mega cross-over hit “Need You Now” was a big winner last night, plus they got to sing it for the second year in a row on the Grammy show. And there’s way too many others to mention, so I’ll just republish this list below.
Here’s a whole list of Nashville-related Grammy wins, according to The Tennessean:
Recording package
Michael Carney, the art director of The Black Keys’ Brothers album. Award goes to Carney, not to the band.
Boxed or special limited edition package
Under Great White Northern Lights (limited edition box set), Rob Jones & Jack White III, art directors
Compilation soundtrack album for motion picture, television or other visual media
Crazy Heart (various artists, including Townes Van Zandt and The Louvin Brothers)
Contemporary world music album
Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks, by Bela Fleck
Gospel performance
“Grace,” Bebe & CeCe Winans
Gospel song
"It's What I Do," Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway) from The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III
Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album
The Reason, Diamond Rio
Traditional gospel album
Downtown Church, Patty Griffin (produced by Nashville’s Buddy Miller and recorded at Downtown Presbyterian Church)
Contemporary R&B gospel album
Still, BeBe & CeCe Winans
Best engineered album, classical
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Mark Donahue, Dirk Sobotna and MTSU professor John Hill, engineers (tied with the engineers of Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works)
Classical contemporary composition
Michael Daugherty, who composed Metropolis Symphony; Deux Ex Machina. Award to the composer.
Orchestral performance
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deux Ex Machina, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero
Bluegrass album
Mountain Soul II, Patty Loveless
Best male country vocal performance
"'Til Summer Comes Around," Keith Urban
Country performance by a duo or group with vocals
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
Country collaboration with vocals
"As She's Walking Away," Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson
Country instrumental performance
"Hummingbyrd," Marty Stuart
Best country song
"Need You Now," Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (performed by Lady Antebellum)
Best alternative music album
Brothers, The Black Keys
Contemporary blues album
Living Proof, Buddy Guy (Nashville’s Tom Hambridge produced, played on and wrote or co-wrote every song on the album)
Rock performance by a duo or group with vocals
"Tighten Up," The Black Keys
Pop instrumental album
Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto
Producer of the year, non-classical
Danger Mouse, whose productions include The Black Keys’ Tighten Up
Female country vocal
“The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Country album
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
Song of the year
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Record of the year
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum