Hitfix goes to the Grammys: Best Country Song
Today I'm looking at the best country song category for the Grammys.
Best Country Song is an award that goes to the songwriter, not the artist.
The nominees are:
"Dig Two Graves," Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
"I Saw God Today," Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
"In Color," Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
"You're Gonna Miss This,"Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
Country has always been a repository--at times the only one-- for songs that tell a story. Melodies are important, but lyrics are key. Of course there are exceptions, "Badonkadonk," anyone? But generally, country music remains a format based on substance, not beats.
The Scoop: The nominees in this category are no exception. Each one tells a story about love: parental, romantic or illicit. The songs cover the gamut. "Dig Two Graves" is about spousal love so strong that Randy Travis wants to be buried alongside his wife when she dies-even if he's very much alive. "I Saw God Today" has already won a slew of awards and I'm just going to admit it, I hate it. It's one of those treacly songs about how life changes the instant your child is born. "Stay," a plaintive tale about the other woman, has also been a big winner at other awards show and is the best song in the batch.
Winner: "Stay," Jennifer Nettles
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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