Nominees in more than 75 categories have been named for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, to be broadcast live on CBS television stations from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
The nominations were announced on Dec. 5. Rootsy British band Mumford & Sons is among the top nominees with nods for Album of the Year, Best Americana Album and Best Rock Performance.
Of particular interest to readers of AcousticMusicScene.com are the nominees in the American Roots Music Field. The number of award categories in the field was reduced last year as part of a restructuring across all genres and fields by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, also known as The Recording Academy.
The nominees, by category, are:
Best Folk Album
Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch]
Ry Cooder [Perro Verde/Nonesuch]
Luther Dickinson [Songs of the South]
The Goat Road Sessions
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
Shawn Camp & Tamara Saviano, producers
Best Americana Album
The Avett Brothers [Universal Republic]
From The Ground Up
John Fullbright [Blue Dirt Records]
The Lumineers [Dualtone Music Group]
Mumford & Sons [Glassnote]
Best Bluegrass Album
The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent
Dailey & Vincent [Rounder]
Life Finds a Way
The Grascals [Mountain Home Music Company]
Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail
Noam Pikelny [Compass Records]
Scratch Gravel Road
Special Consensus [Compass Records]
Nobody Knows You
Step Canyon Rangers [Rounder]
Best Blues Album
Shemekia Copeland [Telarc International]
Dr. John [Nonesuch]
Let It Burn
Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn Music]
And Still I Rise
Heritage Blues Orchestra [Raisin’ Music]
Bring It on Home
Joan Osborne [Saguaro Road]
Best Regional Roots Music Album
Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)
Keola Beamer [‘Ohe Records]
Shi Keyah – Songs for the People
Radmilla Cody [Canyon Records]
Weldon Kekauoha [‘Ohelo Records]
Nothin’ But the Best
Corey Ledet with Anthony Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie and Andre Thierry
The Band Courtbouillon
Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy
In addition to Mumford & Sons’ sophomore release, Babel, receiving nods for Album of the Year and Best Americana Album, one of its tracks, “I Will Wait,” is among the nominated songs in the Best Rock Performance category. Fellow Best Americana Album nominees The Lumineers also received a nod for Best New Artist. East Nashville, TN-based singer-songwriter duo The Civil Wars, this year’s Grammy Award winners for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, were again nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance – this time with Taylor Swift for “Safe & Sound.” Multiple Grammy Award winner Alison Kraus was nominated in the same category, along with country legend Don Williams, for “I Just Came Here for the Music.”
The Recording Academy also recognized the music of Woody Guthrie, whose 100th birthday was marked this year. Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie [Smithsonian Folkways Recordings], as performed by Elizabeth Mitchell, is among the nominees for Best Children’s Album. Smithsonian Folkways’ Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection received nods for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package and Best Historical Album.
Also nominated in the Best Historical Album category is Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads and Instrumentals Recorded in The Great Smoky Mountains by “Song Catcher” Joseph S Hall, a Great Smoky Mountains Association recording featuring various artists. Stephen Wade is among the nominees for Best Album Notes for Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition [Smithsonian Folkways].
Besides being nominated for Best Folk Album, The Goat Radio Sessions featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile [Sony Classical], received a nod for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
A complete list of nominees in all categories appears online at www.grammy.com.