Grammy nominations for The Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige, and Melissa Etheridge

 
 

blige.jpgNominees for the 49th Grammy Awards were announced today, and I’m happy to report that powerhouse Mary J. Blige led the pack with eight nominations, and feminist hell-raisers The Dixie Chicks nabbed three of the big ones (album of the year, record of the year and song of the year). Also, Melissa Etheridge scored a nomination for “I Need To Wake Up,” the song she contributed to the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and The Duhks (featuring out fiddle player Tania Elizabeth) were nominated for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Heaven’s My Home” from their Migrations CD. (Look for an AfterEllen.com. interview with Tania Elizabeth in the coming weeks. )

Other categories of interest include

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
“Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera
“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
“You Can Close Your Eyes” by Sheryl Crow
“Stupid Girls” by Pink
“Black Horse And The Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance:
“Ring The Alarm” by Beyoncé
“Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige
“Don’t Forget About Us” by Mariah Carey
“Day Dreaming” by Natalie Cole
“I Am Not My Hair” by India.Arie

Best Female Country Vocal Performance:
“Kerosene” by Miranda Lambert
“I Still Miss Someone” by Martina McBride
“Something’s Gotta Give” by LeAnn Rimes
“Jesus, Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood
“I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today” by Gretchen Wilson

For a full list of nominations, go to the official website for the Grammy Awards.

The 49th Grammy Awards are scheduled to air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on February 11.