It's time to roll out the red carpet. As if we need another reason to toot our own horn, Austin is at it again, this time finding representation in the national music spotlight.
Beaming with pride as we perused the recent release of Grammy nominees, some of our city’s most talented artists are receiving recognition for their contributions to music over the past year. As one of the highest honors in the music industry, we'll be rooting for Austin’s own Patty Griffin, Asleep at the Wheel, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, and Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra during the 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony.
Nominated for Best Folk Album, Griffin’s Servant of Love is her ninth studio album and the first to be released on her self-owned PGM label. With rave reviews from Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and American Songwriter, the new album is intimate and beautifully written. This is Griffin’s sixth nomination — she won in 2011 for Best Traditional Gospel Album — and will hopefully mark another Grammy win for a favorite Austin songstress.
Among the other Austin nominations is Best Recording Package from the art directors behind Asleep at the Wheel’s Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Conductor Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of Hill’s "Symphony No. 4," "Concertino Nos. 1 and 2," and "Divertimento" receive a nod under Blanton Alspaugh’s Classical Producer of the Year nomination. Austin choir Conspirare and conductor Craig Hella Johnson are nominated for Best Choral Performance for Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings.
Other Texan contenders include country singer Kacey Musgraves, nominated for Best Country Album, who was discovered while living in Austin. University of North Texas professor Rich DeRosa is up for Best Instrumental Composition, while Crosby-born Rodney Crowell is up for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song for his record with Emmylou Harris. “The Cost of Living,” co-written by Texan Don Henley, is also nominated for Best American Roots Song, and Fort Worth’s overnight success Leon Bridges is up for Best R&B Album for his debut record, Coming Home.
The most Grammy nominations go to Kendrick Lamar who holds 11, with Taylor Swift and The Weeknd coming in with seven each.
The 58th annual Grammys will take place February 15, 2016 at 7 pm. Now go make us proud, Austin!