Country Songs That Were Nominated For an Academy Award
The Academy Awards will be handed out on March 2, 2014. Pretty much every aspect of film-making is recognized during Hollywood's biggest night, including awards for movie music, like film scores and Best Original Song. Country music hasn't had the best luck at the Academy Awards. Going all the way back through the 1960s, not a single country song has taken home an Oscar. A few have been nominated. And, as they say, it's an honor just to be nominated.
9 to 5
No surprise with this one. Not only did Dolly Parton receive an Academy Award nomination for the song '9 to 5,' but it also earned four Grammy nominations and reached Number 1 on the country chart, AC chart and Billboard Hot 100. '9 to 5' went on to win the Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Peformance - Female.
How Do I Live
There was some controversy when 'How Do I Live' was first released. It was initially recorded for the movie 'Con Air' by Leann Rimes, who was only 14 at the time. Studio executives felt that she was too young, and hired Trisha Yearwood to re-record the song. Both versions became hits: Rimes on the pop charts and Yearwood on the country charts. Trisha Yearwood performed the song at the Academy Awards ceremony.
On the Road Again
It's probably safe to say that 'On the Road Again' became more famous than the movie it was from, 'Honeysuckle Rose.' The song became the 9th Number 1 hit for Willie Nelson, who also starred in the film. While it did not win an Oscar, it did take home the Grammy for Best Country Song.