62nd GRAMMY® Nominees Announced

62nd GRAMMY Nominees

62nd GRAMMY® Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards were announced today and the folk world has much to be proud of. We’re thrilled to see so many people in our community receive nominations!

In particular, we’d like to give a special shoutout to Anaïs Mitchell and the entire Broadway cast of Hadestown for their Best Musical Theater Album nomination this year. Anaïs is a multiple FAI Award recipient and Official Showcase artist, and has done incredible work to help preserve, present, and promote the folk genre. Having a folk opera nominated in this category is an exceptional achievement, and we couldn’t be more proud!

Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of Hadestown credit Matthew Murphy

Photo credit Matthew Murphy

Congratulations to the nominees for Best Folk Album!

Best Folk Album

My Finest Work Yet – Andrew Bird
Rearrange My Heart – Che Apalache
Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin
Evening Machines – Gregory Alan Isakov
Front Porch – Joy Williams

Congratulations to all the artists nominated in the American Roots categories as well!

Best American Roots Performance

“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

Best Americana Album

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 – Yola

Best Contemporary Blues Album

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

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Kalawai’anui – Amy Hānaiali’i
When It’s Cold – Cree Round Dance Songs – Northern Cree
Good Time – Ranky Tanky
Recorded Live At The 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Rebirth Brass Band
Hawaiian Lullaby – Various Artists

Best American Roots Song

“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)

Best Bluegrass Album

Tall Fiddler – Michael Cleveland
Live In Prague, Czech Republic – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Toil, Tears & Trouble – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Royal Traveller – Missy Raines
If You Can’t Stand The Heat – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Best Traditional Blues Album

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

We’d also like to recognize additional nominees in other categories this year:

Yola (Best New Artist)

Rosalía (Best New Artist)

El Mal Querer – Rosalía (Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album)

Indestructible – Flor de Toloache (Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album)

Winterland – The Okee Dokee Brothers (Best Children’s Album)

Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Jeff Place, album notes writer (Pete Seeger) (Best Album Notes)

Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Pete Seeger) (Best Historical Album)


There are also a lot of Louisiana-based artists nominated this year! Check out WWOZ’s blog post to see the full list.

The 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Stay tuned for more information about our GRAMMY® Celebration event!