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Breaking News: Montgomery Gentry nominated for Grammy Award

December 06, 2007|LARRY VAUGHT

Eddie Montgomery already considered himself a "Lucky Man" before he got news Thursday that Montgomery Gentry had received its first GRAMMY nomination.

"It blew me out of the water," said Montgomery, a country music singer from Perryville. "I didn't expect that at all. It's just unbelievable news."

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards Thursday and the Montgomery Gentry was nominated for its No. 1 hit, "Lucky Man," that was part of the "Some People Change" album. Montgomery and Troy Gentry received their nomination in the Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals category.

Montgomery said Gentry was driving to Alabama when he thought he heard on the radio that they had been nominated.

"He called me, but I didn't know anything about it," said Montgomery. "That's when he said he wasn't sure he even heard it right."

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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.

Grammy nominees

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)

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