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Leon Bridges, Kelly Clarkson among Texans with Grammy nominations

Leon Bridges performs at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas May 10, 2015.
Leon Bridges performs at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas May 10, 2015. Star-Telegram

Texas will be well represented in California during the 58th annual Grammy Awards.

Nominations in 83 categories were announced early Monday morning, and the news for several Lone Star artists was very good.

Fort Worth-born and Burleson-bred pop superstar Kelly Clarkson earned two nominations: best pop solo performance for Heartbeat Song and best pop vocal album for Piece by Piece.

Crowley-bred and Fort Worth-based R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges, fresh from a turn on the Saturday Night Live stage, earned his first-ever Grammy nomination for best R&B album, for his major label debut, Coming Home.

The Denton-formed Snarky Puppy picked up a nomination for best contemporary instrumental album, for its collaboration with Metropole Orkest, Sylva.

East Texas native Kacey Musgraves earned a nomination for best country album, for her sophomore LP Pageant Material.

Fort Worth native Kirk Franklin was nominated in the best gospel/performance song category. Linden native Don Henley shared a best American roots song nomination with Stan Lynch.

The University of North Texas’ Rich DeRosa earned a Grammy nomination for best instrumental composition (performed by UNT’s One O’Clock Lab Band), and the Arlington-formed Pentatonix picked up a nod for best arrangement, instrumental or acappella.

The 58th annual Grammys will be handed out Feb. 15, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A full list of the nominees, led by rapper Kendrick Lamar with 11 total, can be seen at

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones

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