Four Australian acts have been nominated for 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony to be held on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, and hosted by The Late Late Show’s James Corden.
Keith Urban, has been nominated in two categories: best country solo performance and best county song, for his song ‘Blue Ain’t Your Colour’ and for best country album for his eighth American studio album Ripcord.
Australian pop artist Sia has been nominated in three categories: best pop vocal album for This Is Acting, best pop duo for her collaboration with Sean Paul on ‘Cheap Thrills’ and best song for visual media for her work on Shakira’s song ‘Try Everything’ (featured in the animated film release Zootopia). Flume, one of the big winners at last week’s ARIA Awards was nominated for ‘Never Be Like You’ featuring Kai in the best dance recording category and for Skin in the best dance/electronic music album.
Contemporary Christian music group Hillsong Young & Free were nominated in the best contemporary Christian album category, for Youth Revival (Live).
Beyoncé was the most nominated artist with nine nominations, making here the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history.
Sturgill Simpson was nominated alongside Adele, Justin Beiber, Drake and Beyonce in the album of the year category for A Sailor’s Guide To Earth.
David Bowie‘s Blackstar was nominated for best rock performance, best rock song and best alternative album.
Bob Dylan has been nominated twice: once for Fallen Angels in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal category – up against Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli – also for The Cutting Edge 1965 -1966 in the best historical album category. (Tug of War by Paul McCartney & Wings was nominated in the best box set or limited edition field).
Patti Smith (M Train), Elvis Costello (Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink) and John Doe (Under The Big Black Sun) have been nominated for the audio books in the spoken word category.
The Americana Album nominees are headed by William Bell‘s This Is Where I Live, which he highlighted at this year’s Americana Awards ceremony. Other nominees are: True Sadness by The Avett Brothers, The Cedar Creek Sessions by Kris Kristofferson, The Bird & The Rifle by Lori McKenna and Kid Sister by The Time Jumpers.
‘The Three Of Me’ from William Bell’s album was also nominated for best traditional R&B performance. The category also includes Lala Hathaway Live. Hathaway was also nominated in the best R&B album category.
Interestingly the best roots gospel album included God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson which included performances from Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams.
Best country album
Big Day In A Small Town – Brandy Clark
Full Circle – Loretta Lynn
Hero – Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord – Keith Urban