ASHLEY MONROE NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST COUNTRY ALBUM FOR ‘THE BLADE’ AND BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
The Blade also named Top Album on Year End Lists from NPR, Rolling Stone, TIME, and Paste
Country darling Ashley Monroe received her first two Grammy Award nominations this week for Best Country Album—for her universally praised album The Blade, produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank—along with a nod for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for her No. 1 duet with Blake Shelton, “Lonely Tonight.”
“Today I woke up and saw a lifelong dream come to life. I’m truly so grateful and so proud to be nominated for a Grammy!” Monroe exclaimed. “Thank you to Vince Gill and Justin Niebank for helping me create a record I couldn’t be more proud of. And thank you to Blake for asking me to sing on ‘Lonely Tonight’ with him. Wow… I came out like a rose.”
The Blade, which shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart upon release, has been named to several Best of year end lists, including NPR, Rolling Stone, TIME, and Paste. TIME gushed, “Ashley Monroe commands the spotlight: She’s got a sweet, yet steadfast voice that brings to mind the coo of Dolly Parton, and her whip-smart lyrics quickly reveal she’s nobody’s fool… The Blade [is] a razor-sharp collection of newly minted, yet classic, country,” while NPR declared, “The Blade is virtuosic on so many levels, from the wide and deep emotional intelligence of the songwriting to the way it traverses styles, showing her well-cultivated grasp of Glen Campbellesque pop and bluegrass, vanilla pop and serious torch and twang.”
Meanwhile, “Lonely Tonight” became Monroe’s first No. 1 at country radio as a performer earlier this year, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The single also earned the pair nods from the ACM, CMA and CMT Awards this year.
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