Yesterday was a big day for Kentucky music! Six artists and/or bands picked up Grammy nominations, and I feel they are strong favorites to win them all.
First up, Cage The Elephant is nominated for the Best Rock Album Of The Year, for their latest album, ‘Social Cues.’
The Bowling Green natives took home the Best Rock Album Of The Year Grammy back in 2017 for ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty.’ That album had Dan Auerbach at the helm. After touring with The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant recruited Dan to produce the album that brought them their first Grammy. Auerbach is also nominated as 2019 Producer Of The Year in the Non-Classsical category.
This is Cage The Elephant’s third nomination.
Next up, Lawrence County native, and the current darling of Country music, Tyler Childers snagged his first nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. The love song he penned for his Lady May, “All Your’n'” gets the nod. I’m totally biased on this one, but I can totally see this one coming home to Kentucky. I bet it’d look great as a hood ornament on the ole Country Squire to boot!
Childers once again worked with Breathitt County native Sturgill Simpson on ‘Country Squire’, the album that “All Your’n” is on. Sturgill has a Grammy himself for his album ‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’. He did so on the same night that Cage The Elephant won.
This is Childers first Grammy nomination.
Mr. Childers wasn’t the only Eastern Kentucky native to snag a nomination though. Martin County’s Angeleena Presley is a member of the all female trio called Pistol Annie’s. They were nominated for Best Country Album with their album ‘Interstate Gospel’. Angeleena’s bandmates include Country music superstar Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe.
This is the first nomination for Pistol Annie’s, as well as Angeleena.
Lil Nas X isn’t a Kentuckian, but he did snag several nominations, three of which featured Kentuckian Billy Ray Cyrus. Those three are for Record Of The Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Music Video for the hit “Old Town Road.”
The Flatwoods native has never won a Grammy, despite his previous four nominations. “Old Town Road” brings his total up to seven nominations and I would be shocked if he doesn’t take home at least one in January.
Lastly, but certainly not least, Steven Curtis Chapman is nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album. His ‘Deeper Roots: Where The Blugrass Grows’, which also features Kentuckian Ricky Skaggs, snagged him his eleventh nomination. Chapman has won five previous Grammys.
As for Skaggs, this is his 29th nomination, 14 of which he took home a win. Here’s hoping he brings home number 15!
Together, this group has 59 nominations between them, while 20 have so far walked away with a Grammy. That’s just better than 1 in 3 odds. That total could potentially become 26 out of 59. I’ll take those odds!!
I’ll be honest, I’ve soured on the Grammys over the years, but if they continue to representing real music like Cage The Elephant, Tyler Childers, Angeleena Presley, Steven Curtis Chapman and Ricky Skaggs, I’ll give em another shot.