Pandemic be damned, the self-acclaimed “Music’s Biggest Night” is making a return via livestream in 2021, and once again, North Texans have made the cut.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be hosted by comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Jan. 31, “rain or shine, COVID-19 vaccine or not,” per a press release from the Recording Academy. Last year saw quite a haul for North Texas artists and producers such as Kirk Franklin and J. White Did It.
Local artists have taken just as much, if not more, real estate on the dais this time around, and the Academy even made an unexpected nod to Power Trip just months after the untimely death of vocalist Riley Gale.
Meanwhile, prolific jazz pianist John Beasley, who grew up in North Texas, proved to be something of a favorite by earning three nominations, the same number as those for Fiona Apple and another North Texas native, Post Malone.
You’d think these established stalwarts would garner favoritism from the shadow organizers, but strangely enough, newer artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Dua Lipa have received as much as six nominations each. And of course, it wouldn’t be the Grammys if Billie Eilish didn’t get more nominations than Miranda Lambert, who has been far more active this past year with the release of her latest album, Wildcard.
Below is a list of all the North Texas nominees this year, and here’s to hoping Morris finally gets her due.
Record of the Year – “Circles”
Song of the Year – “Circles”
Album of the Year – Hollywood’s Bleeding
Best Country Solo Performance – “Bluebird”
Best Country Song – “Bluebird”
Best Country Album – Wildcard
Best Metal Performance – “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) – Live”
Best American Roots Performance – “I’ll Be Gone (feat. Mavis Staples)”
Best Music Film – That Little Ol’ Band From Texas
Best Country Song – “The Bones”
Best Country Song – The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table”
J. White Did It
Record of the Year – Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce’s “Savage”
Best Rap Performance - Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce’s “Savage”
Best Rap Song – Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce’s “Savage”
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – Love at Royal Albert Hall
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – “Sunday Morning (feat. Lecrae)”
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – Monk’estra Plays John Beasley
Best Arrangement, Instrument or A Capella – “Donna Lee”
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals – “Asas Fechadas (feat. Maria Mendes)”
Best Bluegrass Album – Man on Fire
Best Contemporary Blues Album – Live at the Paramount
Best Gospel Album – My Tribute
Best Country Solo Performance – “Black Like Me”
Best Contemporary Classical Composition – Ted Hearne’s “Place”
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance – Ted Hearne’s “Place”
Best Rap Album – Royce Da 5’9’s The Allegory
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