Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

The Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal was awarded from 1970 to 2011. The award has had several minor name changes:

  • In 1970 the award was known as Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group
  • From 1971 to 1981 it was awarded as Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
  • From 1982 to the present it has been awarded as Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

The award was discontinued after the 2011 Grammy Awards in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all duo or group performances in the country category were shifted to the newly formed Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

Multiple Winners

Both Dixie Chicks and The Judds have been honored with 5 trophies in this category. Other multiple winners include Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Emmylou Harris who have won 3 apiece, and Asleep at the Wheel, Brooks and Dunn, Alabama, Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson and Lady Antebellum all of whom have won 2.

2010s

Year Winner Song Nominees Ref.
2011 Lady Antebellum "Need You Now"
2010 Lady Antebellum "I Run to You"

2000s

Year Winner Song Nominees Ref.
2009 Sugarland "Stay"
2008 Eagles "How Long"
2007 Dixie Chicks "Not Ready to Make Nice"
2006 Alison Krauss & Union Station "Restless"
2005 Dixie Chicks "Top of the World"
2004 Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder "A Simple Life"
2003 Dixie Chicks "Long Time Gone"
2002 Alison Krauss & Union Station "The Lucky One"
2001 Asleep at the Wheel "Cherokee Maiden"
2000 Dixie Chicks "Ready to Run"

1990s

Year Winner Song Nominees Ref.
1999 Dixie Chicks "There's Your Trouble"
1998 Alison Krauss & Union Station "Looking in the Eyes of Love"
1997 Brooks & Dunn "My Maria"
1996 The Mavericks "Here Comes the Rain"
1995 Asleep at the Wheel & Lyle Lovett "Blues for Dixie"
1994 Brooks & Dunn "Hard Workin' Man"
1993 Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers At the Ryman
1992 The Judds "Love Can Build a Bridge"
1991 The Kentucky Headhunters "Pickin' on Nashville"
1990 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two

1980s

Year Winner Song Nominees Ref.
1989 The Judds "Give a Little Love"
1988 Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt Trio
1987 The Judds "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)"
1986 The Judds Why Not Me
1985 The Judds "Mama He's Crazy"
1984 Alabama The Closer You Get...
1983 Alabama Mountain Music
1982 Oak Ridge Boys "Elvira"
1981 Emmylou Harris & Roy Orbison "That Lovin' You Feelin Again"
1980 Charlie Daniels Band "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

1970s

At the Ryman

At the Ryman is a 1992 live album by Emmylou Harris and her then-newly formed acoustic backing band, The Nash Ramblers, recorded at the one-time home of the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Nash Ramblers:

Sam Bush – Fiddle, mandolin and vocals

Roy Huskey, Jr. – Double bass and vocals

Larry Atamanuik – Drums

Al Perkins – Banjo, guitar, resonator guitar and vocals

John Randall Stewart – Guitar, mandolin and vocalsA companion video recording of the concert was released on VHS.

The concerts' and album's high acclaim are given near-universal credit for the renewed interest in reviving the dilapidated Ryman Auditorium as an active venue after nearly 20 years of dormancy. Soon after, the building was completely renovated and has since become a world-class concert hall.The album won Harris and the Ramblers a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 34th ceremony. In 2017, At the Ryman was released on vinyl to celebrate 25 years since the original release, Harris reunited with the Nash Ramblers to perform the album in its entirety.

BR549

BR549 (originally spelled BR5-49) was an American country music band. Founded in 1993, the band originally comprised Gary Bennett (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar), Don Herron (steel guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar), "Smilin'" Jay McDowell (upright bass), Chuck Mead (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar), and "Hawk" Shaw Wilson (drums, background vocals). Bennett and McDowell left the band in 2001, with Chris Scruggs and Geoff Firebaugh respectively replacing them. Both Firebaugh and Scruggs later left the band as well; Mark Miller has become the band's third bassist. The name of the band is an homage to comedian Junior Samples.

BR549 has released six albums and two EPs, including three albums on Arista Nashville and two on Dualtone Records. The band's self-titled debut album produced three singles on the Billboard country charts in 1996. The band was nominated three times for the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Darned If I Don't (Danged If I Do)

"Darned If I Don't (Danged If I Do)" is a song written by Dean Dillon and Ronnie Dunn, and recorded by American country music group Shenandoah. It was released in April 1995 as the second single from their album In the Vicinity of the Heart. It peaked at number 4 in the United States, and number 7 in Canada.

"Darned If I Don't" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the Grammy Awards of 1995.

Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

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.

Heaven's Just a Sin Away

"Heaven's Just a Sin Away" is a song composed by Jerry Gillespie, which was recorded in 1977 by The Kendalls. Released in 1977, the song went to Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts. It was the duo's first Top 40 entry on that chart, and the second single from the album Let the Music Play / Heaven's Just a Sin Away, released on Ovation. It also reached number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.The song won The Kendalls a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Single of the Year win from the Country Music Association.Kelly Willis recorded the song on her 1993 album Kelly Willis for MCA Nashville Records. Her version, the second and final single from that album, reached number 63 on the country singles charts that year.In 2009, former Creedence Clearwater Revival vocalist/guitarist John Fogerty recorded the song for his The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again album.

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash is the 33rd album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1970 (see 1970 in music). "If I Were a Carpenter", a famous duet with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash, earned the couple a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1971 (see Grammy Awards of 1971); the song also reached No. 2 on the Country charts. This album also includes "To Beat the Devil", the first Kris Kristofferson song covered by Cash; the two would later collaborate numerous times, most famously on "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down". "See Ruby Fall" and "Blistered" were also released as singles, and the album itself reached No. 1 on the country charts and No. 6 on the pop charts. It was certified Gold on 1/29/1970 by the R.I.A.A. The album has been released on CD (Sony Music, Original Album Classics, along with The Johnny Cash Show and Man In Black) and it has been made available on official download sites. This album is not to be confused with a best-of cd that has the same name.

Here Comes the Rain

"Here Comes the Rain" is a song written by Raul Malo and Kostas, and recorded by American country music group The Mavericks. It was released in August 1995 as the first single from the album Music for All Occasions. The song reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 4 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It also won The Mavericks the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

How Long (J. D. Souther song)

"How Long" is a song by American singer-songwriter J. D. Souther. Written in 1971 it was originally recorded by Souther for his 1972 debut solo album, John David Souther. It was given a limited release as a promotional 7-inch 45 rpm single in 1972 with Souther's "The Fast One" on the B-side.The Eagles, longtime friends and collaborators with Souther, frequently performed "How Long" in concert during the early and mid-1970s. In 2007, the band covered the song for their album Long Road Out of Eden, the group's first full studio album since 1979. A year later, their version of the song won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It was the band's first Grammy since 1979.

I Run to You

"I Run to You" is a song recorded by American country music group Lady Antebellum. It was released on January 26, 2009, as the third and final single from the group's self-titled debut album. Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, who comprise Lady Antebellum, co-wrote the song with Tom Douglas. "I Run to You" is the group's first Number One single, reaching that peak in July 2009.

The song won the 2009 CMA Single of the Year Award on November 11, 2009. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song on December 2, 2009, but lost to Taylor Swift's "White Horse".

In the UK and Europe, "I Run to You" was the second single taken from their Need You Now album. It was released on August 9, 2010, in support of their debut UK live show at Shepherd's Bush Empire. The single made the A-list playlist on BBC Radio 2.

Just What I Do

"Just What I Do" is a song recorded by American country music group Trick Pony. It was released in January 2002 as the third single from their debut album Trick Pony. The song was written by group members Keith Burns and Ira Dean, with Burns taking lead vocals.The song was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It was also nominated for Single Record of the Year at the 2003 Academy of Country Music awards while the video was nominated for Music Video of the Year.

Lucky Man (Montgomery Gentry song)

"Lucky Man" is a song written by David Cory Lee and Dave Turnbull and recorded by American country music duo Montgomery Gentry. It was released in January 2007 as the second single from the duo’s 2006 album Some People Change. The song became their third number one single on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and stayed there for two weeks.

The song received a 2008 nomination for Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, the duo's first nomination.

Mark Selby (musician)

Mark Otis Selby (died September 18, 2017) was an American blues rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Born in Enid, Oklahoma, he was a solo artist, signed to ZYX Records in Europe, and one half of performing duo with his wife, songwriter Tia Sillers. He also played guitar in recording sessions for musical artists such as Kenny Rogers, Johnny Reid, Keni Thomas, Jimmy Hall, and Wynonna Judd.

Selby is perhaps best known for the number of songs that he co-wrote with the blues-rock artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd which includes the No. 1 single, "Blue on Black". This song was also Billboard magazine rock track of the year in 1998. Selby also collaborated with Sillers on the No. 1 song, "There's Your Trouble" and won the band their first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1999.Selby released a number of solo albums over his career. The first two projects, More Storms Comin' and Dirt were on Vanguard Records. After signing with ZYX in Merenberg, Germany, he released his next album, Mark Otis Selby And The Horse He Rode In On. This all-acoustic release featured Selby's 1974 Mossman guitar and spurred a broad audience in Germany and Switzerland. His most recent project, Blue Highway, was released in 2013. He has worked with the Grammy winning record producer Brent Maher on 5 of his projects.

In 2016, Selby was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall Of Fame.Besides the Mossman, he played a modified 1990s Fender Relic Nocaster, a Fender Rory Gallagher Fender Stratocaster, and a 1944 Gibson J-45. As for amplifiers, he described himself as "a Fender guy."Selby died on September 18, 2017, from cancer.

Michelle Branch

Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums: The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. She won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals with Santana for "The Game of Love".

In 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal-nominated single "Leave the Pieces". The Wreckers disbanded in 2007 to pursue their respective solo careers. Since then, she released extended plays in 2010 and 2011, and released her third solo album, Hopeless Romantic, on April 7, 2017.

New Favorite

New Favorite is the ninth album by bluegrass music group Alison Krauss & Union Station, released August 14, 2001. The album peaked in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 and within the top 5 of the Billboard charts for both Country and Bluegrass and was certified gold. This album was released in the same year as the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, which Krauss appeared on, that had a large effect on bluegrass in the United States. At the 44th Grammy Awards, New Favorite would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the single "The Lucky One" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal as well as Best Country Song.

Pickin' on Nashville

Pickin' on Nashville is the debut album from the American country rock/southern rock band The Kentucky Headhunters. It features the singles "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine", "Oh Lonesome Me", "Dumas Walker", and "Rock 'n' Roll Angel", all of which charted in the Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs charts. "Oh Lonesome Me" was also the highest charting, at #8. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the band in 1991.

"Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine" is a cover of a Bill Monroe song, "Skip a Rope" a cover of a Henson Cargill song, and "Oh Lonesome Me" a cover of a Don Gibson song. After brothers Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps left the band in 1992 to form the duo Brother Phelps, they recorded "Ragtop" on their second album (1994's Any Way the Wind Blows). Doug rejoined the band in 1997.

Stand Still, Look Pretty

Stand Still, Look Pretty is the only album by The Wreckers, a country pop duo consisting of solo artists Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. It was released in the United States on May 23, 2006 and has been released in other countries.

The album debuted at number fourteen on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 44,000 copies sold in its first week. In September 2006, the RIAA certified Stand Still, Look Pretty Gold for shipments to retailers of 500,000 copies. The album sold 853,000 copies in the U.S. up to March 2012.The first single, "Leave the Pieces", peaked at number thirty-four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Country Songs chart. In December 2006, The Wreckers were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song. The second single, "My, Oh My", reached number eighty-seven on the Hot 100 and the Top Ten on the Hot Country Songs chart. The third single, "Tennessee", reached number thirty-three on the Hot Country Songs chart. "Cigarettes" was originally planned as the fourth single, but was cancelled due to the band's separation. Another track, "The Good Kind", was featured on the teen soap opera One Tree Hill in early 2005, after which it appeared at number fifteen on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

The Game of Triangles

The Game of Triangles is a studio album by Bobby Bare, Norma Jean and Liz Anderson. It was Bobby Bare's tenth studio album, Norma Jean's fourth and Liz Anderson's second. The title song was a top 5 hit for the trio and they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Only six of the album's songs were performed by all three artists, each of whom also contributed two solo performances to the album. The album was released as a music download on April 3, 2015 by Sony Legacy. On January 1, 2018, the European record label Morello released it as a deluxe cd also featuring the tracks from two Bobby Bare duet albums with Skeeter Davis.

The Judds

The Judds were an American country music duo composed of Naomi Judd (born 1946) and her daughter, Wynonna Judd (born 1964). The duo signed to RCA Records in 1983 and released six studio albums between then and 1991. The Judds were one of the most successful acts in country music history, winning five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and eight Country Music Association awards. They also had 25 singles on the country music charts between 1983 and 2000, of which 14 went to No. 1. After eight successful years as a duet, the Judds ceased performing in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Soon after, Wynonna embarked on a highly successful solo career. The two have occasionally reunited for special tours, the most recent of which began in late 2010.

Why Not Me (album)

Why Not Me is the first studio album by American country duo the Judds, released by RCA Records in 1984.

Why Not Me includes the duo's first Billboard number one single on the Country music charts, "Mama He's Crazy". That single was first released on their 1983 EP release The Judds: Wynonna & Naomi. Three more singles from the album reached number 1 on the country charts: "Why Not Me", "Girls Night Out", and "Love Is Alive".The song "Why Not Me" went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986, as did "Mama He's Crazy" in 1985.

The album was produced by Brent Maher and arranged by Don Potter. Maher and Potter have had a hand in each Judds' album.

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