Diversity And Talent Fill The American Roots Nominations
This year's 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominees reflect the rich and diverse community of talent that celebrates some of the genre's finest.
It is inspiring to see excellent representation of Americana, folk, bluegrass, and country music artists, not only in their respective categories, but in the broader General Field categories such as Album Of The Year, which includes a nomination for Mumford & Sons' sophomore outing Babel, and Best New Artist with Alabama Shakes and the Lumineers for making the list.
Mumford & Sons garnered an impressive total of six nominations, including Best Americana Album and Best Rock Performance for "I Will Wait." Babel producer Markus Dravs was also nominated for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. The band even received a nod for Best Long For Music Video for Big Easy Express, a film chronicling the Railroad Revival Tour featuring Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
Pop/Americana newcomers the Lumineers are nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, Best New Artist and Best Americana Album, for their self-titled debut. Rounding out the nominees for Best Americana Album are the Avett Brothers for The Carpenter, blues/rock legend Bonnie Raitt for her latest Slipstream, and the extraordinarily talented Oklahoma native John Fullbright for his second release From The Ground Up.
The Civil Wars were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Safe & Sound," their collaboration with Taylor Swift for The Hunger Games soundtrack.
Nashville Western swing ensemble the Time Jumpers are nominated for two GRAMMYs for Best Country Dou/Group Performance for "On The Outskirts Of Town" and Best Country Album for theirr latest self-titled release.3
Nominees for Best Folk Album are Carolina Chocolate Drops (Leaving Eden), guitar legend Ry Cooder (Election Special), the solo outing for North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson (Hambone's Meditations) and The Goat Rodeo Sessions featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark also received a nomination.
Best Bluegrass Album nominees are The Gospel Side Of by Dailey & Vincent, Life Finds A Way by the Grascals, Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail by Noam Pikelny, Scratch Gravel Road by Special Consensus, and Nobody Knows You by the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Other categories in which Americana is represented are Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Best Album Notes for Banjo Diary: Lessons From Tradition, and Best Historical Album for Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads, And Instrumentals Recorded In The Great Smoky Mountains By "Song Catcher" Joseph S. Hall.
Find out who will emerge the winner in the American Roots Music Field during Music's Biggest Night on Feb. 10.