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Eight North Texas Musicians Secure Grammy Nominations

59th annual Grammys will be held Feb. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles

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    Eight North Texas Musicians Secure Grammy Nominations
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    Leon Bridges, left, Maren Morris, right.

    Eight artists with North Texas ties have been nominated for a Grammy Award.

    First up was 26-year-old Arlington native Maren Morris, who is nominated for four awards: Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance (My Church), Best Country Song (My Church) and Best Country Album (Hero).

    “I’ve grown up watching the Grammys, and they are such a pinnacle for an artist. I’m so honored to be nominated by my peers who I am so inspired by every day,” said Morris in a statement on her website.

    After the nominees were announced Morris said she was "shook" on Twitter.

    Morris followed up her first tweet with another on being this week's musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

    Soulful Fort Worth-native Leon Bridges released his debut album "Coming Home" in June 2015, for which he was nominated for Best R&B Album of the Year.

    Bridges ended up losing to D'Angelo and The Vanguard but is back this year with another nomination -- this time for Best Music Video for the song "River."

    He faces still competition in Houston native Beyonce (Formation), Coldplay (Up & Up), Jamie XX (Gosh) and OK Go (Upside Down & Inside Out).

    Arlington's two-time Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix are once again nominated for a gold statue.

    In 2015 and 2016 the vocalists took home the Grammys for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella.

    In 2017 the group is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song Jolene, a collaboration with country legend Dolly Parton.

    Pentatonix vocalist and beatboxer Kevin Olusola jumped on Twitter Tuesday to thank fans, and Dolly Parton, for making it happen.

    Grammy Award-winning songwriter Shane McAnally has penned songs for superstars Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, among others. 

    So far he's won two awards, both in 2014 where he won Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves) and Best Country Song (Merry Go Round, sung by Kacey Musgraves). 

    McAnally scored another nomination in 2014 for Best Country Song (Mama's Broken Heart, sung by Miranda Lambert).

    In 2015 he was again nominated for Best Country Song (American Kids, sung by Kenny Chesney). In 2016 he was nominated twice more for two Best Country Album nominations (Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves and Montevallo by Sam Hunt).

    In 2017 he is again nominated for Best Country Song (Vice, sung by Miranda Lambert) along with fellow songwriters Miranda Lambert and Josh Osborne.

    The 59th annual Grammys will air live on CBS from Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017.