The 2017 Grammy nominations were announced on December 6th, and naturally there are several Georgia-based artists and entities receiving recognition.
Longtime Atlanta resident William Bell (pictured), a veteran of the Stax Records R&B heyday of the ‘60s, is in the running for Best Traditional R&B Performance for his song “The Three of Me,” from his warmly received This Is Where I Live, itself nominated for Best Americana Album. Philly-born Atlanta resident Musiq Soulchild is up for Best R&B Performance for his track “I Do,” while another transplant to Atlanta, gospel singer Crowder, is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his American Prodigal. Savannah-birthed metal band Baroness is nominated for Best Metal Performance for their song “Shock Me.”
2 Chainz is featured, along with Lil Wayne, on Chicago’s Chance the Rapper’s song “No Problem,” up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Also up for both of those awards, D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli” features Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty. In the country genre, Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” is nominated for Best Country Song. And in a familiar spot for them, April and Lance Ledbetter are nominated for Best Historical Album for their compilation Music of Morocco From the Library of Congress: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959, released through their esteemed Dust-to-Digital label.
Best of luck to everyone! The ceremony takes place on February 12th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.