Several Newport Folk Festival Artists nominated for Grammy Awards

Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow

This morning’s announcement of the 2020 Grammy Award nominations included the names of several recent Newport Folk Festival Performers. Led by festival veterans Brandi Carlile and Bon Iver, several other past performers gained nominations.

In what is undoubtedly a record for the Festival, a total of three 2019 artists – Maggie Rogers, Yola, and Tank and the Bangas (2019 Jazz Festival) – were nominated for “Best New Artist.”

Another “major category” nominee is 2017 Festival contributor Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, nominated for “Record of the Year,” for “Hey, Ma,” and “Album of the Year” for I,I.  The album was also nominated in the “Best Alternative Album” category.

Several members of the supergroup The Highwomen were nominated in various categories. Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile were nominated for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” for “Common,” and Carlile was nominated for “Song Of The Year” for “Bring My Flowers Now,” performed by Tanya Tucker. Natalie Hemby was also nominated in this category, with “Always Remember Us This Way,” performed by Lady Gaga.

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Reflecting the eclectic nature of the Festival, Newport artists appeared in diverse categories. 2012 and 2017 Festival performer Gary Clarke Jr. was nominated for “Best Rock Performance” and “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for his powerful This Land, and Elvis Costello received a nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for Look Now. Brittany Howard joined Clarke Jr. in the “Best Rock Song” category for her song “History Repeats.”

In the more folk-leaning categories, a Newport win is almost assured. In “Best Folk Album,” 4 of the 5 nominees have previously played Newport, and in the Americana/Roots categories, pretty much all of the acts have played the Fort at least once. See below for the list of nominees in some of the Festival’s favorite categories.

Best Folk Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.

  • MY FINEST WORK YET
    Andrew Bird
     
  • REARRANGE MY HEART
    Che Apalache
     
  • PATTY GRIFFIN
    Patty Griffin
     
  • EVENING MACHINES
    Gregory Alan Isakov
     
  • FRONT PORCH
    Joy Williams

45. Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

  • SAINT HONESTY
    Sara Bareilles
     
  • FATHER MOUNTAIN
    Calexico And Iron & Wine
     
  • I’M ON MY WAY
    Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
     
  • CALL MY NAME
    I’m With Her
     
  • FARAWAY LOOK
    Yola

46. Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BLACK MYSELF
    Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)
     
  • CALL MY NAME
    Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)
     
  • CROSSING TO JERUSALEM
    Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)
     
  • FARAWAY LOOK
    Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)
     
  • I DON’T WANNA RIDE THE RAILS NO MORE
    Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

47. Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

  • YEARS TO BURN
    Calexico And Iron & Wine
     
  • WHO ARE YOU NOW
    Madison Cunningham
     
  • OKLAHOMA
    Keb’ Mo’
     
  • TALES OF AMERICA
    J.S. Ondara
     
  • WALK THROUGH FIRE

49. Best Traditional Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.

  • KINGFISH
    Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
     
  • TALL, DARK & HANDSOME
    Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men
     
  • SITTING ON TOP OF THE BLUES
    Bobby Rush
     
  • BABY, PLEASE COME HOME
    Jimmie Vaughan
     
  • SPECTACULAR CLASS
    Jontavious Willis

50. Best Contemporary Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.

  • THIS LAND
    Gary Clark Jr.
     
  • VENOM & FAITH
    Larkin Poe
     
  • BRIGHTER DAYS
    Robert Randolph & The Family Band
     
  • SOMEBODY SAVE ME
    Sugaray Rayford
     
  • KEEP ON
    Southern Avenue

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