The Grammy Awards nominees were announced last night during a behemoth two-hour television special. Even though the Grammy Awards that are televised and promoted, with exciting spectacles of live music from every category they can muster, rarely spend much time on folk and roots music, earning a nomination is still a notable feat for artists and songwriters. It's been a couple of years since the Recording Academy re-organized its folk and roots categories, separating the folk categories into Americana, folk, and bluegrass (from "Traditional Folk," "Contemporary Folk/Americana", etc.), and they seem to be starting to get the hang of what these categories even mean. For example, they included newcomers the Lumineers and John Fullbright next to legend Bonnie Raitt, pretty much encompassing the full range of the Americana category.
To that end, I'd be interested in hearing what you think about this year's nominees in the folk and Americana categories. (And what you make of Mumford & Sons earning some of the most nominations for any artist in any category.) Check out the list of folk/Americana nominees here, or peruse the full list of Grammy noms at Grammy.com.
John Fullbright press photo