Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Josh Kear brought home his third country song of the year honor Sunday at the 55th annual Grammy Awards for Carrie Underwood’s hit single “Blown Away.”
The award joins his earlier wins for Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.”
Kear, a 1996 history graduate, co-wrote Underwood’s newest winning song, which also served as the title of her latest album, with Chris Tompkins.
Underwood also won the 2013 best country vocal solo performance award for her rendition of “Blown Away.”
Kear’s “Blown Away” competed against fellow MTSU alumnus Eric Paslay’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” performed by the Eli Young Band, in the country song of the year category at this year’s Grammys.
Paslay, who wrote “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” with music industry veteran Will Hoge, earned his recording industry degree from MTSU eight years ago.
The Eli Young Band was nominated for the 2013 best country duo or group performance Grammy for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”
Little Big Town won this year’s country duo or group performance Grammy for “Pontoon,” a single co-written by MTSU alumnus Luke Laird.
Laird, who earned his degree in recording industry in 2001, also co-wrote two songs on best country album nominee Miranda Lambert’s “Four the Record,” “Fine Tune” and “Baggage Claim,” and co-wrote “Somebody’s Heartbreak” on Hunter Hayes’ self-titled album that was nominated for a best country album.
Kear and Tompkins also wrote “Before He Cheats,” which won the best country song honor in 2008 and was nominated for song of the year.
“Need You Now,” which Kear co-wrote with the members of Lady Antebellum, also won the 2011 Grammy for song of the year.
MTSU has been regularly represented at the Grammy Awards for the past several years with contributions from both faculty and alumni.