Roots & Americana in the Grammys? You betcha.
Were you aware that there are 83 categories in the annual Grammy awards? Of which, by our count, at least eight are directly focused on roots music genres (and that’s not counting the four “country” categories, which for all practical purposes should be considered “pop”, or the five jazz categories, which is simply beyond the scope of this blog but includes great artists). Given the current state of commercial radio and changing music consumption habits, perhaps 10% of the categories is actually not too bad, considering that roots artists even sometimes receive nods in non-roots categories.
Amid the many worthy artists who dominated the rock categories (among them Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Beck, Jack White, Tom Petty, U2 and the Arctic Monkeys), here’s our quick take on some of the roots artists represented in this year’s announcement:
It was great to see Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer’s second album Bass & Mandolin garner three nominations, for Contemporary Instrumental Album (where they are up against some great jazz artists), Instrumental Composition (for the song “Tarnation”), and Engineered Album (non-classical). Thile is also celebrating the two Nickel Creek nominations – A Dotted Line is up for Americana Album while the track “Destination” is under consideration for American Roots Performance. Read more