The country music establishment may have turned its back on Loretta Lynn's daring new album with rock star Jack White, but Grammy voters embraced it Tuesday with five nominations, including one for best country album.
The recognition comes a month after a resounding snub from the Nashville-based Country Music Assn., which didn't give the album "Van Lear Rose" one nomination, despite critical acclaim and wide media attention for its unlikely partnering of the Coal Miner's Daughter with the Detroit-based leader of the White Stripes.
White produced, arranged and mixed the record, played a variety of instruments and sang one duet with Lynn.
That song, "Portland Oregon," was nominated Tuesday for best country vocal collaboration. Lynn was named twice in the best country song category, as well as for female country vocal performance.
"It's a measure of Nashville's shortsightedness that it was overlooked at the Country Music Assn. Awards," says Robert K. Oermann, a columnist for the Nashville-based trade magazine Music Row. "It's because it wasn't a radio favorite, and country music is so tied to its radio partners.... If you don't have radio success, you don't get recognized."