Brandi Carlile Tops American Roots Grammy Categories, Earns All-Genre Nods

Brandi Carlile

Nashvillian Brandi Carlile earned top Grammy nods when the nominations were revealed Friday morning (Dec. 7), with her song “The Joke” earning a nod for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, while her album By The Way, I Forgive You earned a nod in the all-genre Album of the Year category.

“The Joke” is also nominated for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song, while By The Way, I Forgive You earned a nod in the Best Americana Album category.

John Prine earned three nods, including Best Americana Album for The Tree of Forgiveness, as well as two entries in the Best American Roots Song category, as a writer on “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” (with Pat McLaughlin) and “Summer’s End” (also with McLaughlin).

Lee Ann Womack earned two nods, including Best American Roots Song as a writer on “All The Trouble” and Best Americana Album for The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone.

Willie Nelson is also nominated for Best American Roots Performance, for “Last Man Standing.”

Americana/Roots Nominees:

Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

KICK ROCKS
Sean Ardoin

SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES
Jon Batiste

THE JOKE
Brandi Carlile

ALL ON MY MIND
Anderson East

LAST MAN STANDING
Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

ALL THE TROUBLE
Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)

BUILD A BRIDGE
Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)

THE JOKE
Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

KNOCKIN’ ON YOUR SCREEN DOOR
Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

SUMMER’S END
Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
Brandi Carlile

THINGS HAVE CHANGED
Bettye LaVette

THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS
John Prine

THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE
Lee Ann Womack

ONE DROP OF TRUTH
The Wood Brothers

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