The eclectic group of Album of the Year Grammy nominees this year includes a hip-hop artist (Kanye West), a British soul singer (Amy Winehouse), a jazz legend (Herbie Hancock) a straight-up rock band (Foo Fighters), and perhaps most surprising of all, a 24-year country veteran, Vince Gill. Not that it's surprising to see Gill up for a Grammy - he took home the trophy for best male country vocal just last year. What's remarkable is that he edged out strong releases from Grammy mainstays Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney with an ambitious, 4-CD set, These Days, which contains 43 original compositions and guest performances from a huge slate of artists, including Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, and Amy Grant.
EW.com grabbed Gill at Thursday's nominee announcement (where he was a presenter) and asked him what he thinks about country music in 2007 and what it feels like to be lumped with pop stars like Winehouse, West, and the Foo Fighters in this year's album of the year pool.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Album of the year, were you expecting that?
How was it to get the nomination while on the stage?
Do you have any opinions of the other nominees? It's a very eclectic group.
What is the state of country music in this day and age?
Are there any young country artists you're fond of?
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