Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance

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The Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance was awarded between 1965 and 2011. The award has had several minor name changes:

  • From 1965 to 1967 the award was known as Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Male
  • In 1968 it was awarded as Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1969 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1995 to 2011 it was awarded as Best Male Country Vocal Performance

The award was discontinued after the 2011 awards season in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all solo performances (male, female and instrumental) in the country category will be shifted to the newly formed Best Country Solo Performance category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.


Year Winner Nominations
2011 "'Til Summer Comes Around" performed by Keith Urban[1][2]
2010 "Sweet Thing" performed by Keith Urban[2]


Year Winner Nominations
2009 "Letter to Me" performed by Brad Paisley
2008 "Stupid Boy" performed by Keith Urban[2]
2007 "The Reason Why" performed by Vince Gill
2006 "You'll Think of Me" performed by Keith Urban[2]
2005 "Live Like You Were Dying" performed by Tim McGraw
2004 "Next Big Thing" performed by Vince Gill
2003 "Give My Love to Rose" performed by Johnny Cash
2002 "O Death" performed by Ralph Stanley
2001 "Solitary Man" performed by Johnny Cash
2000 "Choices" performed by George Jones


Clint Black - "Nothin' but the Taillights"

Garth Brooks - "To Make You Feel My Love"

Steve Wariner - "Holes in the Floor of Heaven"

Clint Black - "Something That We Do"

Johnny Cash - "Rusty Cage"

Willie Nelson - "Peach Pickin' Time Down In Georgia"

George Strait - "Carrying Your Love with Me"

Clint Black - "Like the Rain"

Junior Brown - "My Wife Thinks You're Dead"

Lyle Lovett - "Private Conversation"

Dwight Yoakam - "Nothing"

John Berry - "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye"

Alan Jackson - "Gone Country"

John Michael Montgomery - "I Can Love You Like That"

Dwight Yoakam - "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere"

David Ball - "Thinkin' Problem"

John Berry - "Your Love Amazes Me"

John Michael Montgomery - "I Swear"

Dwight Yoakam - "Pocket of a Clown"

Garth Brooks - "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)"

Alan Jackson - "Chattahoochee"

George Jones - "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair"

Aaron Neville - "The Grand Tour"

Garth Brooks - The Chase

Billy Ray Cyrus - "Achy Breaky Heart"

Randy Travis - "Better Class Of Losers"

Travis Tritt - "Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man"

Billy Dean - "Somewhere in My Broken Heart"

Vince Gill - "Pocket Full Of Gold"

Alan Jackson - "Don't Rock the Jukebox"

Travis Tritt - "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)"

Garth Brooks - "Friends In Low Places"

Doug Stone - "I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)"

Randy Travis - "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart"

Dwight Yoakam - "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose"

Clint Black - "Killin' Time"

Rodney Crowell - "After All This Time"

Randy Travis - "It's Just a Matter of Time"

Keith Whitley - "I'm No Stranger to the Rain"


Rodney Crowell - Diamonds & Dirt

Lyle Lovett - "Pontiac"

Dan Seals - "Addicted"

Dwight Yoakam - Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room

George Strait - "All My Ex's Live in Texas"

Hank Williams Jr. - "Born to Boogie "

Steve Earle - "Exit 0 "

Dwight Yoakam - "Hillbilly Deluxe"

Steve Earle - "Guitar Town"

Randy Travis - "Diggin' Up Bones"

Hank Williams Jr. - "Ain't Misbehavin''

Dwight Yoakam - "Guitars, Cadillacs"

Lee Greenwood - "I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)"

Mel McDaniel - "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On"

Willie Nelson - "Forgiving You Was Easy"

Ricky Skaggs - "You Make Me Feel Like a Man"

Lee Greenwood - "God Bless the USA".

Willie Nelson - "City of New Orleans"

Ricky Skaggs - "Country Boy"

Hank Williams Jr. - "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight"

Ray Charles - "Born to Love Me"

Earl Thomas Conley - "Holding Her and Loving You"

Vern Gosdin - "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)"

Ronnie Milsap - "Stranger in My House"

Kenny Rogers - "All My Life"

Ronnie Milsap - "He Got You"

Jerry Reed - "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)"

Kenny Rogers - "Love Will Turn You Around"

Ricky Skaggs - "Heartbroke"

John Anderson - "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)"

George Jones - "Still Doin' Time"

Willie Nelson - "Somewhere over the Rainbow"

Eddie Rabbitt - "Step by Step"

George Burns - "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again"

Johnny Lee - "Lookin' for Love"

Willie Nelson - "On the Road Again"

Eddie Rabbitt - "Drivin' My Life Away"

Willie Nelson - "Whiskey River"

Charley Pride - "Burgers and Fries/When I Stop Leavin' (I'll Be Gone)"

Eddie Rabbitt - "Every Which Way but Loose"

Hank Williams Jr. - "Family Tradition"



Category facts[edit]

  • Most Wins in Category
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Vince Gill Ronnie Milsap Johnny Cash and Keith Urban[2]
Total Wins 8 wins 5 wins 4 wins[2]


  1. ^ Tucker, Ken (13 February 2011). "Lady Antebellum Tops Grammys". Country Weekly. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kristobak, Ryan (2014-01-26). "Keith Urban Grammys Performance: Country Star Sings 'Cop Car' With Gary Clark Jr.". Retrieved 2014-03-20.