The Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to quality country music collaborations for artists who do not normally perform together. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
Originally called the Best Country Vocal Performance, Duet, the award was first presented to Kenny Rogers and Ronnie Milsap at the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988 for the single "Make No Mistake, She's Mine". The next year, the category's name was changed to Best Country Vocal Collaboration, a name it held until 1996 when it was awarded as the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. In 2011, the category was merged with the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance, forming the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in order to "tighten the number of categories" at the Grammy Awards.
Alison Krauss holds the record for having the most wins in this category, with a total of five. She is followed by seven others, who have all won the award twice. Among the most nominated are Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, both nine-time nominees. Krauss has been nominated eight ties, while Dolly Parton was a seven-time hopeful. Nominated bands include 1996 winners Shenandoah, a five-man country music band, three-time nominees the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, as well as one of the award's final recipients, the Zac Brown Band.
|Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals|
|Awarded for||quality country music collaborations with vocals|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|1988||Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers||"Make No Mistake, She's Mine"|||
|1989||k.d. lang and Roy Orbison||"Crying"|||
|1990||Hank Williams, Jr. and Hank Williams, Sr.||"There's a Tear in My Beer"|||
|1991||Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler||"Poor Boy Blues"|||
|1992||Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner||"Restless"|||
|1993||Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt||"The Whiskey Ain't Workin'"|||
|1994||Linda Davis and Reba McEntire||"Does He Love You"|||
|1995||Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood||"I Fall to Pieces"|||
|1996||Alison Krauss and Shenandoah||"Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart"|||
|1997||Vince Gill and Alison Krauss & Union Station||"High Lonesome Sound"||
|1998||Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood||"In Another's Eyes"|||
|1999||Clint Black, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, and Dwight Yoakam||"Same Old Train"|||
|2000||Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt||"After the Gold Rush"|||
|2001||Faith Hill and Tim McGraw||"Let's Make Love"|||
|2002||Harley Allen, Pat Enright, and Dan Tyminski (The Soggy Bottom Boys)||"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"|||
|2003||Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack||"Mendocino County Line"|||
|2004||Alison Krauss and James Taylor||"How's the World Treating You"|||
|2005||Loretta Lynn and Jack White||"Portland Oregon"|||
|2006||Faith Hill and Tim McGraw||"Like We Never Loved at All"|||
|2007||Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles||"Who Says You Can't Go Home"|||
|2008||Willie Nelson and Ray Price||"Lost Highway"|||
|2009||Alison Krauss and Robert Plant||"Killing the Blues"|||
|2010||Randy Travis and Carrie Underwood||"I Told You So"|||
|2011||Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band||"As She's Walking Away"|||
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"As She's Walking Away" is a song performed by the Zac Brown Band, an American country music band. It features guest vocals from veteran country singer Alan Jackson. The song is the sixth single release by the band, and the first from its album You Get What You Give. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 53rd Grammy Awards, and is the second Grammy for both the band and Jackson overall.Carnival Ride
Carnival Ride is the second studio album by American country music recording artist Carrie Underwood. It was released in the United States on October 23, 2007, by Arista Nashville. On this album, Underwood was more involved in the songwriting process; she set up a writers' retreat at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium to collaborate with such Music Row tunesmiths as Hillary Lindsey, Craig Wiseman, Rivers Rutherford, and Gordie Sampson.Carnival Ride debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over 527,000 copies and achieving one of the biggest ever first-week sales by a female artist. It was the singer's first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 and second to debut atop the Top Country Albums chart. The album was certified quadruple platinum, it has sold 3.4 million copies in the United States, and four million copies worldwide.
Five singles were released from the album — "So Small", "All-American Girl", "Last Name", "Just a Dream", and "I Told You So". The first four of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, thus making Underwood the first solo female artist to pull four number one's from one album since Shania Twain in 1995-1996. All singles were Top 30 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "I Told You So" climbing to number nine and both "So Small" and "Last Name" reaching the Top 20.
The album and its songs were largely praised by music critics. Underwood won two Grammy Awards - one for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Last Name", at the 2009 Grammy Awards, and one for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "I Told You So", at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Carnival Ride was nominated for Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards and won the American Music Award for Favorite Country Album, in 2008.Clay Cook
Douglas "Clay" Cook (born April 20, 1978) is an American songwriter, producer, and musician who is best known as a member of the Zac Brown Band. After dropping out of college, he and fellow classmate John Mayer formed the band Lo-Fi Masters. Cook co-wrote several songs with Mayer that appear on Mayer's first two releases, Inside Wants Out and Room for Squares, including "No Such Thing", "Comfortable", "Man on the Side" and "Neon". Cook was also a member of the Marshall Tucker Band and Y-O-U.Dan Tyminski
Daniel John "Dan" Tyminski (born June 20, 1967) is an American bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. He is a member of the band Alison Krauss and Union Station and has released two solo albums, Carry Me Across the Mountain (2000), on the Doobie Shea Records label, and Wheels (2008), on the Rounder Records label.He is known for his updated version of the song "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was featured in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? and won the 2001 CMA award for best single as well as a Grammy Award for best Country Collaboration with Vocals (along with Harley Allen and Pat Enright, filling out the vocals for the movie's Soggy Bottom Boys). In total, he has won 14 Grammy Awards for solo and collaborative projects. More recently, he was the vocalist on Avicii's international hit "Hey Brother" from the album True.Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best (song)
"Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best" is a song written by Marty Stuart and recorded by American country music artists Stuart and Travis Tritt. It was released in April 1996 as the first single and title track from the album Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best. The song reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 8 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It was nominated for the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, but lost to High Lonesome Sound by Vince Gill. It was also nominated for a CMA Vocal Event Of The Year Award in 1996.King of Hearts (Roy Orbison album)
King of Hearts is a posthumous album of Roy Orbison songs put together from master sessions and demos by Jeff Lynne for Virgin Records, and Orbison's 23rd album overall. According to the official Roy Orbison discography by Marcel Riesco, the collection was originally released in October 1992 on CD, music cassette, and LP.Let's Make Love (song)
"Let's Make Love" is a song written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey and Bill Luther, and recorded by American country music artist Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw as a duet. It was released in 2000 as the third single from Hill's album, Breathe, and is also featured on McGraw's first greatest hits album. The song reached number 6 on Hot Country Songs. An accompanying video was released in black and white, and featured McGraw and Hill in and around Paris.
The song won them a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 2001.
Its b-side, "There Will Come a Day", later charted at number 35 on Hot Country Songs in 2001, based on unsolicited airplay.Like We Never Loved at All
"Like We Never Loved At All" is a song recorded by American country singer Faith Hill. It was released in August 2005 as the second from her album Fireflies. The song features husband Tim McGraw singing harmony vocals. Like two other singles from the album — "Mississippi Girl" and "Sunshine and Summertime" — this song was co-written by John Rich of Big & Rich, Vicky McGehee and Scot Sax.
A tale of coping with a love that has drifted away, the song provided the thematic opening for shows from McGraw and Hill's joint Soul2Soul II Tour 2006, with the pair singing it at opposite ends of the stage and with their backs to each other.
The song was a success on both country and adult contemporary radios. It became a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Hill and McGraw won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the song, at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, in 2006.Make No Mistake, He's Mine
"Make No Mistake, He's Mine" is a song written by Kim Carnes and recorded as a duet by Barbra Streisand and Carnes in 1984 and subsequently by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers under the title of "Make No Mistake, She's Mine". Both versions charted.
Carnes said that in the wake of Glee's version with a man and woman singing about a female lover, there were now "three different meanings of the song", regarding this malleability of the piece as "rewarding and gratifying".Not Too Much to Ask
"Not Too Much to Ask" is a song recorded by American country music artists Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joe Diffie. It was released in September 1992 as the second single from Carpenter's album Come On Come On. The song reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in December 1992. It was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. It was written by Carpenter and Don Schlitz.Pam Tillis
Pamela Yvonne Tillis (born July 24, 1957) is an American country music singer-songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of the late country music singer Mel Tillis and Doris Tillis.
Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, Tillis was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1981, for which she released nine singles and one album (that contained none of the singles), Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey. By 1991, she had signed to Arista Nashville, entering Top 40 on Hot Country Songs for the first time with "Don't Tell Me What to Do", the first of five singles from her album Put Yourself in My Place. Tillis recorded five more albums for Arista Nashville between then and 2001, plus a greatest hits album and 22 more singles. Her only number 1 hit on the country charts was 1995's "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)", although 12 other singles made Top 10 on that chart. After exiting Arista, Tillis released It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis for Lucky Dog Records in 2002, plus RhineStoned and the Christmas album Just in Time for Christmas on her own Stellar Cat label in 2007. Her albums Homeward Looking Angel (1992), Sweetheart's Dance (1994) and Greatest Hits (1997) are all certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), while Put Yourself in My Place and 1995's All of This Love are certified gold.
Besides her own work, Tillis co-wrote and sang on the 1990 Warner Bros. single "Tomorrow's World", written in honor of Earth Day, and Dolly Parton's 1992 single "Romeo". She has won two major awards: a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1999 for the multi-artist collaboration "Same Old Train", and the 1994 Country Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year followed by the CMA President's Award in 1998. Tillis has also received two Recorded Event of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Tillis has also earned one of country music's crowning achievements, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry, when she was inducted in 2000, 9 years after making her first appearance as a guest artist in 1991. She later inducted her father into the Opry in 2007.Restless (Carl Perkins song)
"Restless" is a 1968 song written by Carl Perkins and released as a single on Columbia Records. The song was recorded on September 27, 1968, and released as a 45 single, 4-44723, on Columbia, in December, 1968, backed with "11-43", reaching no. 20 on the Billboard country chart. The recording, produced by Bill Denny and Larry Butler, also appeared on the May, 1969 Columbia LP Carl Perkins' Greatest Hits. The song also appeared on the 1992 Carl Perkins compilation album Restless: The Columbia Recordings. The song became a major hit again in 1991 in a new all-star recording by Mark O'Connor and The New Nashville Cats. Carl Perkins performed the song on the Kraft Music Hall episode hosted by Johnny Cash on April 16, 1969.Robert Plant discography
After the breakup of Led Zeppelin in 1980 (following the death of John Bonham), Robert Plant pursued a successful solo career comprising eleven studio albums, two compilation albums, three video albums, four collaborative albums and 42 singles. He began his solo career with Pictures at Eleven in 1982, followed by 1983's The Principle of Moments. Popular tracks from this period include "Big Log" (a Top 20 hit in 1983), "In the Mood" (1984), "Little by Little" (from 1985's Shaken 'n' Stirred), "Tall Cool One" (a #25 hit off 1988's Now and Zen), Manic Nirvana's "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)" (1990), and "I Believe" (from 1993's Fate of Nations), another song written for and dedicated to his late son, Karac. In 1984, Plant formed a short-lived all-star group with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck called the Honeydrippers, who had a #3 hit with a remake of the Phil Phillips' tune, "Sea of Love" and a follow-up hit with a cover of Roy Brown's "Rockin' at Midnight." Although Plant avoided performing Led Zeppelin songs through much of this period, his tours in 1983 (with drummer Phil Collins) and 1985 were very successful, often performing to sold-out arena-sized venues.
In 2007, Plant collaborated with bluegrass and country music artist Alison Krauss. They released the critically accepted Raising Sand on 23 October 2007, via Krauss' record label, Rounder Records. The album proved to be a success, debuting at #2 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. It was an international success as well, being certified Platinum in many countries. In 2008, the album's first single, "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)", won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Grammy Awards. At the 51st Grammy Awards, the album won all five categories in which it was nominated – Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk Album, Record of the Year (for "Please Read the Letter"), Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (for "Rich Woman") and the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (for "Killing the Blues").Romeo (Dolly Parton song)
"Romeo" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Dolly Parton. The song featured fellow country music artists Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pam Tillis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kathy Mattea and Tanya Tucker. It was released in March 1993 as the first single from the album Slow Dancing with the Moon. The song reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.Sevens (album)
Sevens is the seventh studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 25, 1997, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and on the Top Country Albums chart. The album also topped the Country album charts in Britain for several months and crossed over into the mainstream pop charts. His duet with Trisha Yearwood, "In Another's Eyes", won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the Grammy Awards of 1998. Sevens was nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy the following year.
777,777 copies of Sevens were marked as First Editions. These albums have a gold seal on the CD booklet and a similar mark on the CD itself. Canadian versions of the albums have a maple leaf shaped seal on the cover. First Editions were not released outside of North America.Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart
"Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" is a song written by Bill LaBounty and Rick Chudacoff, and recorded by American country music band Shenandoah with a guest vocal from bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. It was released in November 1994 as the first single from Shenandoah's album In the Vicinity of the Heart, its only release for Liberty Records. The song was a Top Ten country hit in 1995, winning a Grammy Award and a Country Music Association award for both acts.Start a Band
"Start a Band" is a country music song written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley and Kelley Lovelace. It was recorded as a duet between Brad Paisley and Keith Urban for Paisley's sixth studio album Play. Released in September 2008 as the only single from that album, it is also one of only four non-instrumental tracks on the album. It is Paisley's 22nd entry on the Billboard country charts, and Urban's 18th and ranked #1 on the Top 100 charts in 2009.Still Holding On
"Still Holding On" is a song recorded by American country music artists Clint Black and Martina McBride, written by Black along with Matraca Berg and Marty Stuart. It was released in June 1997 as the first single from Black's album Nothin' but the Taillights and McBride's album Evolution.