Carrie Underwood (Associated Press file photo)
Carrie Underwood and Kings of Leon are among early winners with Oklahoma ties to take home golden gramophones from the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
The country music superstar and the rock quartet notched wins in categories announced prior to the start of Sunday night’s televised awards show.
Underwood, a Checotah native, and venerable country star Randy Travis won best country collaboration with vocals for their duet remake of Travis’ “I Told You So.”
Kings of Leon, which includes Oklahoma City-born members Matthew and Nathan Followill, earned two Grammys before the awards show broadcast started. The rockers’ hit “Use Somebody” was named best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals and best rock song.
“Use Somebody” also is competing for two awards to be announced during the televised portion of the Grammys: record of the year and song of the year.