Multiple musicians with connections to Arkansas received 2018 Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday.
The country music group Little Big Town includes Phillip Sweet who was raised in Cherokee Village in Northeast Arkansas. That group was nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy for the song “Better Man.” That song, which was written by Taylor Swift, was also nominated for Best Country Song. Little Big Town was also nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy for their CD The Breaker.
Zach Williams is a contemporary Christian musician with roots in Craighead County. His CD Chain Breaker was nominated in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category.
Glen Campbell was nominated in the Best American Roots Performance category for his song “Arkansas Farmboy” from his final CD Adios. Campbell was born and raised in Pike County. He died earlier this year following a long, public battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
The 2018 Grammy Awards will be presented in New York City on January 28.
Update 11/30/17: Another Craighead County native was nominated for his work in co-writing Tauren Wells' song "Hills and Valleys". Johnathan Smith of Jonesboro was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song along with co-writers Wells and Chuck Butler. This is the second consecutive Grammy nomination for Smith. Last year, he was nominated for co-writing the song Chain Breaker with Williams.