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Texans Score 30 Grammy Nominations

Allison Krauss, Robert Plant and T-Bone Burnett (far right)

Texas artists landed 30 nominations in 20 categories when the contenders for the 51st annual Grammy Awards were announced today, including all five nominees for Best Tejano Album and four of the five Best Norteno Album contenders. All of this year's nominations are in what pols would call down-ballot categories, though.

The only Texan up for any of the four major awards - Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist - is Fort Worth native T-Bone Burnett for producing Robert Plant and Allison Krauss' Album of the Year nominee Raising Sand. However, the Texas Music Office reports Best New Artist nominees (and seeming shoo-ins) the Jonas Brothers have recently bought a house in the Metroplex. So there's that.

Lone Star nominees with Houston ties include Beyonce for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("Me, Myself and I") - B's new album I Am...Sasha Fierce was released after the cutoff date - and Rodney Crowell for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album (Sex & Gasoline).

George Strait came down with a handful including Best Country Album (Troubador) and songwriter's award Best Country Song ("I Saw God Today"), and Houston-based Urbana Records has nominees in Best Polka Album (Paulino Bernal, El Maestro del Acordeon y Sus Polkas) and Best Norteno Album (Los Palominos, Me Enamore de Un Angel).

The Grammys will be given out February 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. See a complete list of 2009 Lone Star nominees after the jump. - Chris Gray


Best Hard Rock Performance

"Wax Simulacra," The Mars Volta

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

"Me, Myself And I," Beyoncé

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

"What I Cannot Change," LeAnn Rimes

"Last Call," Lee Ann Womack

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

"Troubadour," George Strait

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

"Shiftwork," Kenny Chesney & George Strait

"House Of Cash," George Strait & Patty Loveless

Best Country Album

Troubadour, George Strait

Best Gospel Song

"Help Me Believe," Kirk Franklin, songwriter and performer

"You Reign," MercyMe with Steven Curtis Chapman, songwriters; MercyMe, performer

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

Opposite Way, Leeland

Hello Love, Chris Tomlin

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

The Fight Of My Life, Kirk Franklin

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

Sonidos Gold, Grupo Fantasma

Best Tejano Album

Music Lessons, Chente Barrera y Taconazo

Friends & Legends, Joe Posada

Viva La Revolucion, Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution

All That Jazz..., Tortilla Factory

Heir To The Throne, Albert Zamora

Best Norteño Album

Me Enamore De Un Angel, Los Palominos

Raíces, Los Tigres Del Norte

Six Pack, Siggno

Cuidado, Solido

Best Traditional Blues Album

Pinetop Perkins & Friends, Pinetop Perkins & Friends

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Peace, Love & BBQ, Marcia Ball

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

Sex & Gasoline, Rodney Crowell

Best Polka Album

El Maestro Del Acordeón Y Sus Polkas, Paulino Bernal

Best Musical Album For Children

Big Round World, Trout Fishing In America

Best Choral Performance

Tarik O'Regan: Threshold Of Night, Craig Hella Johnson, conductor; Company Of Strings, Company Of Voices, Conspirare, performers

Best Classical Album

Tarik O'Regan: Threshold Of Night, Craig Hella Johnson, conductor; Company Of Strings, Company Of Voices, Conspirare, performers

Best Historical Album

Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette, Kurt Nauck

Best Short Form Music Video

"Honey," Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto, directors