The 2016 Grammys bring a plethora of Georgia born talent, whether they are an artist or music professional as an engineer or producer. The upcoming awards list of nominees from Georgia reflects the variety of musical talent across the state. The 2016 Grammys nominees consist of 22 talented artists and music professionals that are affiliated with the state.
“The announcement of this years’ GRAMMY Nominations are continued proof that we have something to boast about year after year. Georgia’s musical legacy is a history book and comes as no surprise to many, but we continue to turn out talent across many musical genres both creative and technical in the craft.
Our music makers from Georgia continue to have a tremendous impact on the charts and all over the world! I am proud to congratulate our Georgia Nominees.” Michele R Caplinger, Senior Executive Director, The Recording Academy, Atlanta.
This year, Christian rock band, Third Day (including member Tai Anderson), which was formed in Marietta, was nominated in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for their chart topping hit “Soul On Fire.” Along with Third Day, Sam Hunt and members of Little Big Town, Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild, are on the list of nominees. Tai said, “It’s always an honor to receive acknowledgement in the form of a Grammy nomination. Whenever I contribute to songwriting, I try to think about resonance with listeners. To find that work is acknowledged by industry peers is truly humbling.”
Cities all over Georgia have had several skilled artists that have been recognized throughout the years in the music industry. Georgia has served the state with a diverse roster of musicians and composers. Artists including: Alan Jackson, The Allman Brothers, Janelle Monae, Usher, Sugarland, Kristian Bush, The Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, The B-52’s, James Brown, Cole Swindell, India Arie all represent the natural born talent coming from Georgia.
Nominated for “Best Historical Album”, Michael Graves (Mastering Engineer) said, “It’s such an honor to be nominated and so gratifying that our project is being recognized. Everyone involved put their heart into telling the story of the men at Parchman Farm who against all odds managed to make this music”.
According to a recent study by IFPI, “A vibrant music economy drives value for cities in several important ways: job creation, economic growth, tourism development, city brand building and artistic growth.” It has been proven to attract other industrial investment along with talented young professionals no matter their industry.
(By Kristen Kitchens)
2016 Grammy Nominees from Georgia:
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Album – Lauren Daigle – (NorthPoint Music) -ATL
- Best American Roots Song, Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell -Athens
- Best Spoken Word – President Jimmy Carter Plains GA & ATL
- Best Opera Recording: Jennifer Larmore-ATL
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – Third Day – ATL
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – David Crowder
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Album – Chris Tomlin -ATL
- Best Gospel Album – Tasha Cobbs-ATL
- Best Roots Gospel Album – Karen Peck and New River – Dahlonega
- Best Historical Album – Steven Lance Ledbetter &Michael Graves -ATL
- Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Susan Archie-ATL
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley from Augusta and Athens (UGA)
- Best Metal Performance : Sevendust-ATL
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Song, Best Country Album: Little Big Town – Karen from Marietta
- Little Big Town: Kimberly from Cornelia
- Best Country Album: Sam Hunt – Cedartown
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Perfomance/Song: Francesca Battistelli -Canton
- Best Rap Song: Cydel Young –ATL
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – Jidenna & Roman GianArthur-ATL
- Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell)-Savannah