Nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are out, and Texas is well-represented.
Beyoncé leads the field with a whopping nine nominations. The Houston native makes a double appearance in the Record of the Year category for her own “Black Parade” and for her guest spot on the remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.”
The Recording Academy, which announced nominations Tuesday via livestream, gave a lot of love to one of the biggest hits of the year. “Savage” was nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song.
Megan proudly reps Houston, but two of the song’s writers are from Dallas: J White Did It and Bobby Sessions.
The kid from Pleasant Grove is officially a Grammy nominated songwriter.
GOD is the GREATEST!
YOUNG LEGEND https://t.co/JQHUlgyhqV
— Bobby Sessions (@bobbysessions) November 24, 2020
Grapevine native Post Malone also received several nominations. “Circles” was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, while the rapper and singer’s latest album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding” was nominated for Album of the Year.
Grammys darling Norah Jones, one of the University of North Texas’ most famous alumnus, was nominated for her collaboration with Mavis Staples. “I’ll Be Gone” is up for Best American Roots Performance.
In fact, UNT alumni make several appearances on this year’s list. Snarky Puppy, the jazz and funk collective that has roots at the university in Denton, was nominated in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category for their live album recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Christian hip hop artist Lecrae, also a UNT alumnus, is nominated for his work on “Come Together.” The song brought together hitmaker Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and the gospel supergroup The Good News to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.
Power Trip, the Dallas-based thrash metal band, was nominated in the Best Metal Performance category for a live rendition of Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe).
The band had been gearing up to tour in late 2021 before the sudden death of lead singer Riley Gale in August shocked the music world. Gale was 34 years old.
Meanwhile, Arlington made a strong showing. Country singers Mickey Guyton and Maren Morris both received nominations.
Guyton’s standalone single “Black Like Me” is up for Best Country Solo Performance. The singer-songwriter told NPR she released the song in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor this summer.
Morris’ “The Bones,” off of her 2019 album “GIRL,” was nominated in the Best Country Song category.
Winners will be announced during the awards show on January 31.
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