The last time a country artist won the Best New Artist category at the Grammy Awards was exactly a decade ago. Carrie Underwood took home the coveted award in 2007, beating out Chris Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae, Imogen Heap, and James Blunt.
But we’re predicting a major country comeback at the 2017 Grammys thanks to two promising Best New Artist nominees: Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris. They’ll be competing against Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper, and Anderson Paak.
It’s hard to say which singer has the upper hand, though Ballerini has a bit more name recognition going into the show. The 23-year-old released her first single back in 2014, and has been a mainstay on country radio ever since. She even took home the ACM Award for New Female Vocalist earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Morris, 26, just released her debut single “My Church” this past January—but her late start hasn’t slowed her down. Over the summer she opened on tour for Keith Urban, and in November she took home the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year. And she leads the pack with a total of four nominations.
Of course, we can’t forget to mention the other country stars up for Grammys in 2017, including Sturgill Simpson, who is also nominated in an all-genre category. His latest record, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, is nominated for Album of the Year alongside Beyoncé, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Adele.
Below is a complete list of nominees in all country categories. You can watch the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Best Country Solo Performance
- "Love Can Go to Hell," Brandy Clark
- "Vice," Miranda Lambert
- "My Church," Maren Morris
- "Church Bells," Carrie Underwood
- "Blue Ain't Your Color," Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- "Different for Girls," Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
- "21 Summer," Brothers Osborne
- "Setting the World on Fire," Kenny Chesney & P!nk
- "Jolene," Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton
- "Think of You," Chris Young With Cassadee Pope
Best Country Song
- "Blue Ain't Your Color," Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen (Keith Urban)
- "Die a Happy Man," Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur (Thomas Rhett)
- "Humble and Kind," Lori McKenna (Tim McGraw)
- "My Church," busbee & Maren Morris (Maren Morris)
- "Vice," Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album
- Big Day in a Small Town, Brandy Clark
- Full Circle, Loretta Lynn
- Hero, Maren Morris
- A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
- Ripcord, Keith Urban