The 2018 Grammy nominations are in and, this year, several Georgia artists and musicians earned nods from the Recording Academy. Contributor Mara Davis joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes for a rundown of the Peach State’s nominees.
Childish Gambino – also known as Donald Glover – leads with five nominations, including Album of the Year (for “Awaken, My Love!”) and Record of the Year (for “Redbone”). Rap trio Migos is up for Best Rap Performance (“Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, who is himself nominated for Best New Artist) and Best Rap Album (“Culture”). Atlanta is also represented in the Best Rap Song category with “Chase Me” from the “Baby Driver” soundtrack. The song is by Danger Mouse and features verses from Run the Jewels and Big Boi. The artist 6LACK rounds out the Georgia hip-hop nods for Best Urban Contemporary Album (“Free 6LACK”) and Best Rap/Sung Performance (“PRBLMS”).
Only one Georgia band was nominated for a Grammy in the rock or metal categories: Mastodon is up for Best Rock Album for “Emperor of Sand” and Best Metal Performance for their track “Sultan’s Curse.”
The state is also well-represented in the Country, Americana and Gospel categories with nominations for Gregg Allman, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, the Zac Brown Band, Brent Cobb, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, and Karen Peck and New River. Casting Crowns hopes to earn their second Grammy Award for their song, “Oh My Soul.”
Finally, Master Engineer Michael Graves has two nominations for Best Historical Album. Graves is recognized for his work on “Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa” and “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams.”
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Jan. 28 and broadcast live on CBS at 7:30 p.m.