Montgomery told his wife, Tracy, who found out that Gentry had heard the news right. Soon Montgomery said he was getting congratulatory calls from friends and colleagues.
"It took me completely by surprise. Me and him have known each other since high school. The world has known us for 10 years as Montgomery Gentry, but this is just unbelievable.
"I never even thought about something like this at all. To be honest, I was thinking more about what was going on with UK basketball and Alex Legion (leaving the team) and (Boyle County) Rebel basketball. I was thinking more about getting Legion back on the team than I was any GRAMMY nominee."
Awards show is in February
Montgomery Gentry has won numerous awards during the last 10 years, but Montgomery says this is one honor he will always cherish.
"Just to be nominated for a GRAMMY is such a big honor. I'm still basically speechless," Montgomery said. "It just blows my mind that this could happen to us. It's a very, very, very huge honor for anyone. It's humbling, too."
The GRAMMY Awards will be Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. CBS-TV will televise the awards program from 8-11:30 p.m.
GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed Dec. 12 and will be due back Jan. 9. The results will be kept secret until the show on Feb. 10.
"I am keeping my fingers crossed and knocking on wood already," Montgomery said about the awards announcement. "I just want to thank the Man upstairs for letting me do this for a living and live where I do.
"I could not have a better life. If I am dreaming, I don't want anyone to pinch me and wake me up. It's just hard to imagine a luckier man than me."
For more information on Montgomery Gentry, visit www.montgomerygentry.com.
Category: Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Proud Of The House We Built, Brooks & Dunn (Arista Nashville)
How Long, Eagles, (Eagles Recording Co. II)
Moments, Emerson Drive (Midas Records, Inc.)
Lucky Man, Montgomery Gentry (Columbia Nashville)
Sweet Memories, The Time Jumpers (Crosswind)