The 2012 Grammy Awards, like every year prior, were held to pay tribute to accredited artists of all genres at what is considered music’s biggest night. Country music wasn’t left out in the cold, of course, and many big names came out to Los Angeles on Feb. 12 to represent with big belt buckles, big hair and big voices.

While most folks waited to tune into the action at 8PM ET on CBS, the event began hours earlier with an early broadcast of the red carpet and a pre-televised awards ceremony on the Grammys website. There, many country music affiliates were honored for their great work, as Levon Helm picked up the Grammy for the Best Americana Album, and Alison Krauss and Union Station picked up a similar treasure for Best Bluegrass Album. Taylor Swift was present in the pre-televised event, where she collected two awards — one for Best Country Solo Performance and one for Best Country Song.

The full list of nominees are listed below, and the winners’ names appear in bold. It will be updated live as the show continues. Congratulations to the all of the 2012 Grammy Awards winners!

2012 Grammy Awards Winners:

Best Americana Album
Linda Chorney, ‘Emotional Jukebox’
Ry Cooder, ‘Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down’
Emmylou Harris, ‘Hard Bargain’
Levon Helm, ‘Ramble at the Ryman’ — WINNER
Lucinda Williams, ‘Blessed’

Best Bluegrass Album
Alison Krauss and Union Station, ‘Paper Airplane’ — WINNER
Jim Lauderdale, ‘Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale’
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, ‘Rare Bird Alert’
The Del McCoury Band, ‘Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe’
Ralph Stanley, ‘A Mother’s Prayer’
Chris Thile & Michael Daves, ‘Sleep With One Eye Open’

Best Country Solo Performance
Jason Aldean, ‘Dirt Road Anthem’
Martina McBride, ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’
Blake Shelton, ‘Honey Bee’
Taylor Swift, ‘Mean’ — WINNER
Carrie Underwood, ‘Mama’s Song’

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’
Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, ‘You and Tequila’
The Civil Wars, ‘Barton Hollow’ — WINNER
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’

Best Country Song
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’
Trace Adkins, ‘Just Fishin”
Taylor Swift, ‘Mean’ — WINNER
Blake Shelton, ‘God Gave Me You’
Vince Gill, ‘Threaten Me With Heaven’
Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, ‘You and Tequila’

Best Country Album
Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’
Eric Church, ‘Chief’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Own the Night’ — WINNER
Blake Shelton, ‘Red River Blue’
George Strait, ‘Here for a Good Time’
Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’




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