Little Big Town did as well as expected, and stole two of the four country Grammys, for Best Country Song, and for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with "Girl Crush." Their performance of the smash added an orchestra, which took away from some of the magic and sultry quality of the original hit. They lost song of the year to Ed Sheeran and "Thinking Out Loud," but besides their not great performance and loss, this song did something amazing for this band and country music. It really is a perfect example of 21st century country music.
Every year, I continue to be impressed by how good all of the nominees are. Unlike country radio, the Grammys accept and reward those artists that are truly country singers. They also acknowledge so many women in country music. For Best Country Album, the nominees were Hunt, Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, and Ashley Monroe. The latter two, although they didn't win, haven't gotten nearly enough credit for their incredible albums this year, but they finally got recognition at the Grammys. Carrie Underwood, Cam, Lee Ann Womack, and Brandy Clark are other artists acknowledged by the Grammys this year. Again, although the winners weren't women, I feel that this year was a very women heavy selection, and I applaud the Grammys for giving that to the insanely talented women of country music.