The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will honor several MTSU alumni by nominating them for their accomplishments in Los Angeles on Monday.
Leading the pack of nominees is songwriter and producer Luke Laird, a 2001 graduate of the Department of Recording Industry. Laird is no stranger to the fame: He has written 20 No. 1 Billboard songs, and, in 2014, he won a Grammy for producing country singer Kasey Musgraves’ album Same Trailer, Different Park. This year, Laird is up for Best Country Song for “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” performed by Tim McGraw, and Best Country Album for Musgraves’ album Pageant Material.
“Luke’s professional success and deep devotion to MTSU makes him a stellar example of the hard work and spirit we strive to instill in all of our students,” President Sydney A. McPhee said of Laird’s accomplishments. “We are proud of him.”
Laird won’t be alone at the Grammys, though. Also being nominated is former MTSU quarterback Sam Hunt for Best Country Album, Montevallo, and Best New Artist. Eric Paslay, a 2005 Bachelor of Science graduate, is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “The Driver,” along with Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley.
MTSU also joined a pre-Grammys tribute to recently deceased Eagles member Glenn Frey on Saturday and is one of the sponsors of an alumni reunion in Los Angeles.
The Grammys air at 7 p.m on CBS, and the full list of nominees and performances can be found here.