Grammy Nominations: Congrats to Austinites up for Awards on Music’s Biggest Night
Gary Clark Jr., Willie Nelson, Black Pumas, Patty Griffin and Jimmie Vaughan are all nominated
By Aaron Parsley
There’s a handful of Austinites celebrating Grammy nominations today.
Hometown guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. is up for four awards at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, which will take place January 26 in Los Angeles. Clark is nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album for “This Land,” which came out this year. The title track is also up for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Music Video.
Over in the Best Traditional Blues Album category, fellow Austin resident and guitar great Jimmie Vaughan’s “Baby, Please Come Home” is nominated. Vaughn has four Grammys already, including two he earned alongside his brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The Recording Academy announced nominations Wednesday in 84 categories. The full list of nominees is up on their Grammys site.
Black Pumas, whose self-titled debut album was released in June, are up for Grammy’s prestigious Best New Artist category. The Austin-based duo, led by Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton, will compete against some big names who performed at this year’s ACL Festival – Billie Eilish, Rosalía and Lizzo – as well as a handful of others.
Austin’s beloved country icon – and nine-time Grammy winner and 52-time nominee — Willie Nelson is also up for another award at the 2020 ceremony. His song “Ride Me Back Home,” the title track from his most recent album, will compete in the Best Country Solo Performance category against Tanya Tucker, Blake Shelton, Ashley McBryde and Tyler Childers.
Patty Griffin is nominated for Best Folk Album for her latest release, a self-titled and tenth studio album from the singer-songwriter, who won the Best Traditional Gospel Album category in 2010.
CBS will air the performance-heavy awards show on January 26.