Yola Earns Best New Artist Grammy Nomination, Leads American Roots Categories

Country-soul artist Yola earned four nominations for the upcoming 62nd Grammy Awards, including the all-genre Best New Artist honor, and three nominations in the Roots categories, including Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance (each for “Faraway Look”), as well as Best Americana Album for her debut project, Walk Through Fire, which was produced by Nashville-based Dan Auerbach and recorded at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville. Auerbach also earned a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year.

Yola extensively toured the U.S. this year, including stops at Newport Folk Festival, where she performed alongside The Highwomen and Dolly Parton. She also opened for Kacey Musgraves during a show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. She is set for two New Year’s Eve performances with Old Crow Medicine Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to close out the year.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The nominees for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards‘ Americana, American Roots, and Bluegrass categories are below:

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).

  • SAINT HONESTY
    Sara Bareilles
  • FATHER MOUNTAIN
    Calexico And Iron & Wine
  • I’M ON MY WAY
    Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
  • CALL MY NAME
    I’m With Her
  • FARAWAY LOOK
    Yola

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.

  • BLACK MYSELF
    Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)
  • CALL MY NAME
    Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)
  • CROSSING TO JERUSALEM
    Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)
  • FARAWAY LOOK
    Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)
  • I DON’T WANNA RIDE THE RAILS NO MORE
    Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

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

  • YEARS TO BURN
    Calexico And Iron & Wine
  • WHO ARE YOU NOW
    Madison Cunningham
  • OKLAHOMA
    Keb’ Mo’
  • TALES OF AMERICA
    J.S. Ondara
  • WALK THROUGH FIRE
    Yola

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

  • TALL FIDDLER
    Michael Cleveland
  • LIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
    Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • TOIL, TEARS & TROUBLE
    The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
  • ROYAL TRAVELLER
    Missy Raines
  • IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT
    Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

 

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