Blake Shelton had good reason to raise a glass on Monday morning, scoring a seventh career GRAMMY nomination for his heartbreak ballad featuring Ashley Monroe, "Lonely Tonight."
And while Shelton has been a regular fixture at the GRAMMY ceremonies for the past three years -- with nominations for Red River Blue, Based on a True Story... and "Over," co-written with and recorded by his then-wife, Miranda Lambert -- the 39-year-old has yet to get his hands on a little golden gramophone of his own. Could this be the year Shelton finally scores?!
He is facing some stiff competition in the Best Country Duo/Group performance. For one, Little Big Town's massive -- and controversial -- hit, "Girl Crush," which also secured a nomination in the major Song of the Year category.
Joey+Rory, who have dominated headlines in recent months during Joey Feek's heartbreaking battle with cancer, are also nominated for "If I Needed You," as are Brothers Osborne for "Stay a Little Longer," and Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay for the former Lady Antebellum singer's solo debut, "The Driver."
Oh.. My.. Gosh... I can't even take how much sheer joy is in my heart. @TheGRAMMYs ????? Thank you all so much ????
— Ashley Monroe (@ashleymonroe) December 7, 2015
Monroe was beyond excited about her first-ever GRAMMY nominations on Monday, adorably tweeting: "I can't even take how much sheer joy is in my heart." The singer-songwriter was also nominated for her critically acclaimed album, The Blade.
At the time of publication, Monroe's BFF Lambert had yet to publicly congratulate her pal on the nom. Monroe, who remains close with both Shelton and Lambert post-split, previously gushed about her "true friendship" with the pair
in an interview with ET.
"I'm in touch with her every day, and him," she said in July. "All's well in our world."
But with no new nominations for Lambert, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing any awkward red carpet run-ins between the famous exes at the GRAMMYs. The ceremony will take place on Monday, Feb. 15, in Los Angeles.
In the meantime, get to know a little more about Monroe in ET's interview, below.