And the Grammy Goes to… USO Entertainers Win Big at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards!

Actor/comedian Stephen Colbert performed for U.S. military personnel at Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, Sunday, June 7, 2009. (USO Photo by Steve Manuel)

You might not have known it, but watching the Grammys on Sunday was like seeing an All-Star USO show.  Congratulations to USO tour veterans Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Third Day and Stephen Colbert for winning big during last night’s 2009 Grammy Awards!

The winners, who are all consistent hit makers and renowned performers, were presented scores of Grammy’s including Best New Artist, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album and Best Comedian Album, respectively.  The real winners, of course are the men and women of the U.S. military who saw these great performers live in large and remote locations around the world.  Those memories last a lifetime.

A special congratulations also goes out to the other talented artists below, who were nominated for a Grammy and who have generously volunteered their time and talents to tour with the USO over the years.  You’re ALL winners in the eyes of the USO, and to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who you’ve entertained.

Congratulations for a job well done!

USO Celebrity Tour Grammy Nominees and Winners

* Brad Paisley, Nominee for Best Rock Instrumental Performance

* Carrie Underwood, Nominee for Best Female Country Vocal Performance

* Lee Ann Womack, Nominee for Best Female Country Vocal Performance

* Trace Adkins, Nominee for Best Male Country Vocal Performance

* Jamey Johnson, Nominee for Best Male Country Vocal Performance

* Brooks & Dunn, Nominee for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group

* Zac Brown Band, Nominee for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group

* Rascal Flatts, Nominee for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group

* Brad Paisley & Keith Urban, Nominee for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

* Lee Ann Womack & George Straight, Nominee for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

* Jamey Johnson & James Slater, Nominee for Best Country Song (songwriter)

* Zac Brown Band, Nominee for Best Country Album

* LeeAnn Womack, Nominee for Best Country Album

* Third Day-Nominee-Best Gospel Performance

* Kathy Griffin, Nominee for Best Comedy Album

Community Strong Photo Album

The Community Strong event at Ford Hood last Friday was a smashing success.  We’d like to thank everyone who came out to support the men, women, and children of Fort Hood on a day of remembrance and celebration.  The effervescent spirit of this community cannot be denied!

We are especially proud of our own USO employees and volunteers from the Killeen, TX, area.  As the Killeen Daily Herald so eloquently put it, “…on Friday, the community that so recently joined together in mourning now came together in celebration of life and a bright future. The show of support and kindness particularly from those wearing the very recognizable USO logo was nearly overwhelming.”  And we couldn’t have done it without your support!

It’s not too late to leave a message for at the usocommunitystrong.org website.  And your donations will continue to support those most in need in the Fort Hood Community.  Again, a TREMENDOUS thank you goes out to all the celebrity entertainers, participants, attendees, and behind-the-scenes movers and shakers who make Friday such an overwhelming success.  Fort Hood is and will continue to be “Community Strong”!

(USO Photos by Mark Matson)