First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Della Mae

First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Della Mae

  • Della Mae celebrate their GRAMMY nomination with engineer Erick Jaskowiak

(The Recording Academy asked some of this year's first-time GRAMMY nominees to collect their thoughts and share what it feels like to be nominated for a GRAMMY.)

Dec. 6, 2013
Winding along the backroads of Johnson City, Tenn., headed to our home for the night after a show at the Down Home, Jenni Lyn let out a scream. "Shut up!" she yelled from the backseat of the van, "I just got an email that says, 'Congratulations on your GRAMMY nomination.'" Celia whipped around from her shotgun position with an incredulous "no way!" and immediately our cell phones were out and we were ferociously working to check [GRAMMY.com] for the freshly posted nominee list. Once we confirmed that This World Oft Can Be was truly nominated for Best Bluegrass Album, the van erupted like a pack of excited hyenas. This world oft can be ... loud.

Dec. 7, 2013
Exactly one year after making a life-changing trip as musical ambassadors to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, we were introduced onstage as GRAMMY nominees. This World Oft Can Be, recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in April 2012, was fueled by melodies and stories and infused with spirits of the past. Around the globe, we shared that unbridled spirit with our songs; 200 days on the road through rain or shine and wind and snow. Our first show as GRAMMY nominees brought into focus a year filled with new places, people and experiences. This world oft can be ... a wild and wonderful place to be.

Dec. 10, 2013
From the legendary stage at the Ryman Auditorium, Bill Cody's deep baritone voice rang out, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome GRAMMY-nominated Della Mae." Our debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage and final show of 2013 encompassed all that we had worked for since the inception of the band. We are humbled and so excited to be nominated. This World Oft Can Be swept us into a year of accomplishment and gratitude. We cannot help but wonder what more will come. Thank you for supporting us along the way.

(Della Mae — comprising Courtney Hartman (lead guitar), Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolin), Kimber Ludiker (fiddle), Shelby Means (bass), and Celia Woodsmith (guitar) — are nominated for Best Bluegrass Album for This World Oft Can Be. Released in May 2013, the album peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart.)

Come back to GRAMMY.com on Jan. 18 as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Aleks Syntek. Tune in to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.

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