Some of Music City’s biggest stars scored big this past Sunday, February 12, during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards honoring the year’s greatest songs, bands and singers. Nashville artists Lady Antebellum, The Civil Wars, Glen Campbell, Taylor Swift, Alison Krauss & Union Station and Levon Helm all brought home awards this year.
Lady Antebellum’s most recent album Own the Night — which was released in September — won Country Album of the Year. Last year the band won five awards for their Need You Now album.
In other Nashville-related news, country legend Glen Campbell, who hit it big in the ’60s, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Band Perry and Blake Shelton performed a montage of his greatest hits (like “Gentle on My Mind” and “Southern Nights”) in honor of the star who recently announced he has Alzheimer’s Disease. Campbell accepted his award with a performance of his hit “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Allison Krauss is no stranger to the Grammys, and this year, alongside her band Union Station, she won Bluegrass Album of the Year for Paper Airplane. Allison has been nominated 38 times for a Grammy and has won 26 during her career. Paper Airplane won a lesser-known award, Best Engineered Non-Classical Album, which honored the album’s recording engineers.
Levon Helm, another big ’60s country music star and member of The Band, won Best Americana Album for his Ramble at the Ryman, which was recorded live at Nashville’s very own (and legendary) Ryman Auditorium. (Want to tour the Ryman? Check out their website — tours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.)
Tons of Nashville’s own made appearances during the Grammy’s including Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum who all presented awards. Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson performed their hit duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” live during the show and Carrie Underwood sang “It Had to Be With You” alongside Tony Bennett — a song that made it to his Duets II album which also won an award.
This year’s show was dedicated to Whitney Houston and R&B star Jennifer Hudson sang “I Will Always Love You” in honor of the star who passed away suddenly on Saturday. See the full list of 2012 Grammy winners here.
Nashville stars at the Grammy’s Photo Gallery: