SEVERAL country artists stepped up to the stage to collect awards at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this week.
Maren Morris took home best country solo performance for My Church, and Sturgill Simpson won best country album for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
While Simpson’s album failed to get a finalist nomination at last November’s CMA Awards, it was judged country’s best by the The Recording Academy.
“Six years ago I was in Utah working on a railroad and writing songs at night," Simpson said. “My wife made me quit that job and move to Nashville.”
Dolly Parton was another winner with her song Joelene, released as a collaboration with Pentatonix. It was awarded a Grammy in the Country Duo/Group Performance category.
"Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene," Parton said.
Vince Gill picked up the Grammy for American roots song, Kid Sister, which he wrote for his western swing band The Time Jumpers.
Songwriter Lori McKenna won the songwriting Grammy for best country song, for her song Humble and Kind, which was recorded by Tim McGraw.
Hymns, the final album by husband and wife duo Joey + Rory, before Joey died of cancer last year, won the Grammy for best roots gospel album.
In one of the most emotional moments of the awards, Rory Lee Feek accepted the award for the album, which is a collection of recordings of songs his late wife grew up listening to. “My wife's dream was to make a hymns album, and she didn't have a chance to do it until she was diagnosed with stage four cancer,” he said.
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott was also a winner for the gospel album she recorded with her family, as Hillary Scott and the Scott Family.
The album, Love Remains, won the award for best contemporary christian music album. Americana artist Sarah Jarosz picked up two Grammys for best folk album, Undercurrent, and American roots performance for House of Mercy.
Best Bluegrass Album went to Coming Home, by O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor