Gary Clark Jr., Black Pumas stand out among Austin nominees for Grammys
Austin guitar great Gary Clark Jr. received four Grammy nominations, and local band Black Pumas got a nomination for best new artist as nominees for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday morning. Other Austin nominees include Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin and Jimmie Vaughan.
Clark, who won a 2013 Grammy for best traditional R&B performance with his song “Please Come Home,” is nominated for best contemporary blues album for his 2019 release “This Land.” The album’s title track is nominated for best rock performance, best rock song and best music video.
Black Pumas, led by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada, released their self-titled debut album in June on ATO Records after breaking out locally in 2018. The band will perform Nov. 29 at Longhorn City Limits on the LBJ Library Lawn before the University of Texas-Texas Tech football game.
Austin icon Nelson, a nine-time Grammy winner, received a nomination for best country solo performance for “Ride Me Back Home,” the title track to his most recent album. He’s up against Tanya Tucker, Black Shelton, Ashley McBryde and Tyler Childers in that category.
Blues guitar master Vaughan got a nod in the best traditional blues album category for “Baby, Please Come Home.” Vaughan is a four-time Grammy winner, including two in collaboration with his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Other nominees are native Texan and part-time Austin resident Delbert McClinton for “Tall, Dark & Handsome”, Bobby Rush, Jontavious Willis and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.
Singer-songwriter Griffin, who won best traditional gospel album in 2010 for “Downtown Church,” got a nomination this year for best folk album for her recent self-titled release. Others nominated in the category are Andrew Bird, Joy Williams, Gregory Alan Isakove and Che Apalache.
Nominated in the Best Choral Performance category is Conspirare artistic director Craig Hella Johnson for “The Hope of Loving,” the acclaimed choir’s recent collection of works by Minneapolis composer Jake Runestad. Johnson and Conspirare have received many previous nominations and won this category for their 2014 release “The Sacred Spirit of Russia.”
Wimberley-raised Americana artist Sarah Jarosz, who won her first two Grammys two years ago, is represented in the American roots song and American roots performance categories this year. She teamed with Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan in the roots supergroup I’m With Her, whose song “Call My Name” received two nominations.
Also possibly in line for a share in two awards is producer Brian “Malik” Baptiste, who produced a track on Ariana Grande’s album “Thank U, Next,” nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. He’s a 2014 graduate of Leander High School.
Black Pumas face heavy competition for best new artist. Also nominated are Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Tank & the Bangas (who taped for the “Austin City Limits” TV show this week) and Yola. Lizzo, whose eight total nominations lead all artists this year, performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival last month, as did Eilish, Rosalía and Yola.
Lizzo’s nominations include record of the year and song of the year for “Truth Hurts” and album of the year for “Cuz I Love You.” Eilish also was nominated in all three of those categories. After Lizzo, Eilish and Lil Nas X have the most nominations with six each. The full list of Grammy nominees is available on the Grammys website.
The Grammy Awards will be presented Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with live prime-time television coverage of major categories on CBS after an online livestreamed afternoon ceremony for other categories.
[This story has been updated to include additional nominees with local ties.]