Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon and Carrie Underwood took home golden gramophones Sunday from the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Rockers Kings of Leon, which includes Oklahoma City-born members Matthew and Nathan Followill, earned one of the night’s big cross-genre awards, record of the year, for their hit “Use Somebody.”
“I’m not going to lie. We’re a little drunk, but we’re happy drunk,” said singer/guitarist Caleb Followill before passing the microphone to his brother, drummer Nathan Followill, who thanked their producers and a few others and then finished, “Whoever else I forgot, I’ll buy you shots.”
The band won two more Grammys prior to Sunday night’s televised show. “Use Somebody” was named best rock song and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals before the broadcast.
Kings of Leon also competed with “Use Somebody” for song of the year, but pop diva Beyonce Knowles won that award with her smash “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
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.” The award was given before the Grammys broadcast.
In addition, Underwood, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Usher performed in a special 3-D tribute to the late Michael Jackson during the awards show.
Underwood and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, who was a presenter at the awards show, were nominated for best female country vocal performance, but the Grammy went to Taylor Swift for “White Horse.”
Several other recording artists with Oklahoma ties were nominated for Grammys but didn’t take home the trophies:
- Brooks & Dunn, which includes former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, and Rascal Flatts, which features Joe Don Rooney of Picher, both were nominated for best country performance by a duo or group with vocals. Lady Antebellum took home the award for the hit “I Run to You.”
- Alice in Chains, which includes Jerry Cantrell, who has an Atoka ranch, was nominated for best hard rock performance for “Check My Brain.” The prize went to AC/DC’s “War Machine.”
- Tulsa native Charlie Wilson earned two nominations, for best R&B album for “Uncle Charlie” and best male R&B vocal performance for “There Goes My Baby.” Neo-soul artist Maxwell won both categories.
- Norman-born harpist Yolanda Kondonassis shared her first Grammy nomination with flutist Joshua Smith and violist Cynthia Phelps for best chamber music performance. Emerson String Quartet took home the Grammy.
- Tom Paxton, a Bristow High School and University of Oklahoma graduate, is featured on the compilation “Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips,” which was nominated for best traditional folk album. The Grammy went to Loudon Wainwright III’s “High Wide & Handsome.”
- Tulsa-born actress Alfre Woodard was nominated for co-producing “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktale,” a nominee for best spoken word album for children. Buck Howdy’s “Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Song” won the trophy.
- Mason Williams, who grew up in Oklahoma City, was nominated for best historical album for co-producing “Woodstock — 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm.” “The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967)” won the best historical album honors.
- “My Dusty Road,” a box set chronicling the career of Okemah-born songwriting icon the late Woody Guthrie, also was nominated for best historical album along with best album notes. “The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions” earned the best album notes award.