I always enjoy seeing Country Music acts get recognition outside of the Country Music industry.  I think it's a great way for the Country Music community to get some recognition and publicity for artists and music that the general public may not be aware of, if they don't listen to country radio.

When a Country Music artist gets a nomination in an all genre category at a major awards show, you can bet that many people are being exposed to their music for the first time.   If they impress the viewers, these artists might encourage more people to discover Country Music.

This year, Miranda Lambert earns her way onto the all genre Song of the Year list with "The House That Built Me."  Miranda competes with Cee-Lo Green, Eminem, Ray Lamontagne and fellow Country artists Lady Antebellum.   Lady Antebellum also racks up two more nominations in the non-country category for Record of the Year and Album of the Year, against Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem and Katy Perry.

Even if we don't take the Grammy Awards back home to Nashville, we've already won!  These fine artists are representing Country Music on national television and contributing to it's ever growing fan base.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 on CBS.

2011 Grammy Nominations by Category:

Best Country Song
‘The Breath You Take,’ George Strait
‘Free,’ Zac Brown Band
‘The House That Built Me,’ Miranda Lambert
‘I’d Love to Be Your Last,’ Gretchen Wilson
‘If I Die Young,’ The Band Perry
‘Need You Now,’ Lady Antebellum

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
‘Pride (In the Name of Love),’ Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
‘As She’s Walking Away,’ Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson
‘Bad Angel,’ Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson
‘Hillbilly Bone,’ Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
‘I Run to You,’ Marty Stuart and Connie Smith

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, ‘Up on the Ridge’
Zac Brown Band, ‘You Get What You Give’
Jamey Johnson, ‘The Guitar Song’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Revolution’

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Zac Brown Band, ‘Free’
Dailey & Vincent, ‘Elizabeth’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Little Big Town, ‘Little White Church’
The SteelDrivers, ‘Where Rainbows Never Die’

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Jewel, ‘Satisfied’
Miranda Lambert, ‘The House That Built Me’
LeAnn Rimes, ‘Swingin’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Temporary Home’
Gretchen Wilson, ‘I’d Love to Be Your Last’

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Jamey Johnson, ‘Macon’
Toby Keith, ‘Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song)’
David Nail, ‘Turning Home’
Keith Urban, ‘Til Summer Comes Around’
Chris Young, ‘Gettin’ You Home’

Record of the Year
‘Nothing on You,’ B.o.B and Bruno Mars
‘Empire State of Mind,’ Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
‘Forget You,’ Cee Lo Green
‘Love The Way You Lie,’ Eminem
‘Need You Now,’ Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Miranda Lambert, ‘The House That Built Me’
Cee-Lo Green, ‘Forget You’
Eminem, ‘Love the Way You Lie’
Ray Lamontagne, ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’

Album of the Year
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Lady Gaga, ‘The Fame Monster’
Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
Eminem, ‘Recovery’
Katy Perry, ‘Teenage Dream’