Artists with DFW backgrounds did very well in the Grammy nominations announced Friday morning, most notably Arlington’s Maren Morris and former Grapevine resident Post Malone, each of whom is up for Record of the Year.
Morris received five nominations total, the big one being Record of the Year for “The Middle,” which was also nominated Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song is a collaboration with DJ/producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey, who shared the nominations. Record of the Year is for the finished product and goes to the artist, producer and engineers; the song also received a nomination for Song of the Year, a songwriters award, but Morris was not among the songwriters.
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“The Middle” is a departure for Morris, who is better-known for country music. Her other nominations include Best Country Solo Performance for “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” a track from the tribute album “Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin,” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song for “Dear Hate,” a collaboration with Vince Gill that Morris co-wrote with Tom Douglas and David Hodges. According to Billboard, Morris dedicated the song to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest mass shooting in 2017 in Las Vegas and pledged all royalties from it to the Music City Cares Fund..
Post Malone, who attended Grapevine High School as Austin Post, received a Record of the Year nomination for “Rockstar,” a collaboration with 21 Savage that also received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance. The song was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks in late 2017. The rapper/R&B artist also received an Album of the Year nomination for “Beerbongs & Bentleys” and Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit “Better Now.”
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Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges received two nominations: Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand,” a track from his second album, “Good Thing,” which received a nomination for Best R&B Album.
Dallas’ Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, received two nominations, for Best Alternative Music Album for “Masseduction” and for Best Rock Song (shared with Jack Antonoff) for the album’s title track.
Colleyville-bred Demi Lovato received one nomination, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Fall in Line,” a collaboration with Christina Aguilera. The album also received a nomination for Best Recording Package.
Two more veteran artists with North Texas backgrounds scored nominations: Burleson-raised Kelly Clarkson received a nod for Best Pop Vocal Album for “Meaning of Life,” and Kirk Franklin, whose background includes Fort Worth and Arlington, received a nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song for “Never Alone,” a collaboration with Tori Kelly.
The 61st Grammy Awards will air Feb. 10 on CBS (KTVT/Channel 11). For the full list of nominees, go here (and make sure you have a few minutes, because there are a lot of them).
UPDATE: In the original post, we overlooked a couple of North Texas acts nominated in the classical categories.
Dallas Winds received two nominations for “John Williams at the Movies”: Best Engineered Album, Classical (Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer) and Best Classical Compendium (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Donald J. McKinney, producer).
“Heggie: Great Scott,” by composer Jake Heggie and liberettist Terrence McNally and featuring the Dallas Opera Chorus & Orchestra, received nominations for Producer of the Year, Classical, and for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.