2006-12-14 / Front Page

Lindsey and ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ nominated for two GRAMMY Awards

In the wake of Hillary Lindsey’s recent ASCAP and NSAI Song of the Year awards for “Jesus Take the Wheel” comes the potential for an even bigger honor – perhaps the biggest there is. Just last week it was announced that the song, written by Lindsey along with Gordie Sampson and Brett James, had received nominations in two GRAMMY categories.

Nominations for the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced by The Recording Academy, reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, new up-and-comers were nominated alongside established artists and a diverse array of producers and other creative professionals garnered multiple nominations. The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 11, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m.

“Jesus Take the Wheel” was nominated both as Country Song of the Year and as the overall Song of the Year. Beginning just over a year ago, American Idol winner Carrie Underwood’s recording of the song propelled her to stardom and set the stage for the high honors already garnered by Lindsey, James, and Sampson.

Lindsey, a Washington native and daughter of Ricky and Kathy Lindsey, joins an elite groups of artists, writers, and performers. Mary J. Blige tops the nominations with eight, while Red Hot Chili Peppers garner six, James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, will.i.am and John Williams each earned five nods. Beyoncé, Bryan- Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton, T.I and Justin Timberlake received four each.

“These nominations truly reflect a diverse and vibrant community of music makers and creators who represent some of the most remarkable music of the year,” said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. “Once again, the GRAMMY Awards process has delivered a well-rounded group of excellent nominees, which promises music lovers a spectacular show filled with dynamic performances and ‘GRAMMY Moments’ that can only be seen on the GRAMMY Awards telecast.”

In the General Field, this year’s Song Of The Year nominees represent multiple genres from pop to R&B to country. Nominated songwriters include Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry for “Be Without You” (performed by Blige); Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson for “Jesus, Take The Wheel” (performed by Underwood); Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson for “Not Ready To Make Nice” (performed by the Dixie Chicks); John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou and Corinne Bailey Rae for “Put Your Records On” (performed by Rae); and James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek for “You’re Beautiful” (performed by Blunt).

In the Country Music Field, besides “Jesus Take the Wheel,” Song of the Year nominees include “Every Mile A Memory” by Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley and Steve Bogard (performed by Bentley); “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today” by Matraca Berg and Jim Collins (performed by Gretchen Wilson); “Like Red On A Rose” by Melanie Castleman and Robert Lee Castleman (performed by Alan Jackson); and “What Hurts The Most” by Steve Robson and Jeffrey Steele (performed by Rascal Flatts).

GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed to the voting members of The Recording Academy on Dec. 13. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 10, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.

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