The 58th Grammy Award nominations were announced. While big-name artists Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd received the most nominations, many New York artists were nominated for awards.
The most well-known residents of the Empire State to receive nominations are Tony Bennett, Elle King, Béla Fleck and Barry Manilow. Bennett received a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his album with Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. Manilow was nominated in the same category for his album My Dream Duets. King, the rising star and daughter of actor Rob Schneider, received two nominations for her song “Ex’s & Oh’s” in the Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance categories. Her producer, Jeff Bhasker, was also nominated in part for his work on her songs “Last Damn Night” and “Ain’t Gonna Drown.” Fleck also received two nominations, both with his wife Abigail Washburn. The first is for the song “And am I Born to Die” for Best American Roots Performance, and the second was for Best Folk Album for Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Taylor Swift, the newest New Yorker on the list having recently purchased an apartment in Manhattan, received seven nominations. Her song “Blank Space” was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance. The album 1989 received the nod for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, is a contender for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra received its second Grammy nomination, having won the award two years ago for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for their recording of composer John Corigliano’s “Concerto for Percussionist & String Orchestra.” This time around, they were nominated for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Rouse: Seeing; Kabir Padavali.
Blues artist Shamekia Copeland received her first Grammy nomination for her album Outskirts of Love for Best Blues Album. Copeland is a frequent performer at the Chenango Blues Fest and at Dinosaur BBQ.
Several bands who now call New York home also received nominations. The Punch Brothers received three nominations. “Julep” was nominated for Best American Roots Song and goes up against Béla Fleck for Best American Roots Performance. The Punch Brothers’ latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, received the nod for Best Americana Album. Jazz-fusion ensemble Snarky Puppy is a contender for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Sylva.
Bob Dylan, who was a big part of the Greenwich Village folk scene in his early career, was nominated for his album Shadows in the Night for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. He was also nominated along with The Band for Best Historical Album for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11. The Basement Tapes, which were recorded in upstate New York while The Band lived at “Big Pink,” the storied house in West Saugerties.
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 on CBS.