Nan and Charlie Kelly fight cancer hard as The Boxhounds get Grammy nomination

Nan Kelley, host of Opry Live and Top 20 Country Countdown on GAC and a former Miss Mississippi, had just completed six months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma only to discover her husband, recording artist and producer Charlie Kelley, 40, had colon cancer.

Charlie Kelley underwent surgery at Centennial Medical Center in early December after malignant polyps were discovered in a routine examination. Kelley, one half of the duo The Boxhounds with accordion player LynnMarie, learned during his recovery that he had been nominated for his fourth Grammy and first as both a producer and recording artist. The Boxhounds were recognized for their instrumental release, Speechless. Charlie Kelley was previously a member of the country trio The Buffalo Club, which had several top-20 hits in the late 1990s.

“A Grammy nomination is thrilling, and for it to come at a time in my life when the spotlight can not only be on the music but on the importance of early screenings is truly exciting for me. It saved my life, and to be able to share my story and my music makes this nomination extra special.”

LynnMarie would be the first female ever to win a Grammy in this category. The 51st Grammy Awards will air live from the Los Angeles Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2009 on CBS.


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