As usual, numerous Georgia artists were given nods when the nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Friday, Dec. 5th. Among them:
Atlanta resident Usher’s song “Good Kisser” is up for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance, and in a way he’s competing against himself in the latter category since Chris Brown’s “New Flame” on which Usher (pictured) guests, is also nominated… Mastodon’s song “High Road” is nominated for Best Metal Performance… Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ latest album Give the People What They Want is in the running for Best R&B Album… Gregg Allman’s duet with Taj Mahal on “Statesboro Blues” (from the live album/DVD recorded at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman) received a nomination for Best American Roots Performance… Conductor Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus are in the running for Best Engineered Classical Album for their recording of Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” “Symphony No. 4” and “The Lark Ascending”… The soundtrack to the James Brown biopic, Get On Up, is nominated in the enticing category, Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media… Dust-to-Digital, the acclaimed Atlanta-based record label owned and operated by Lance and April Ledbetter, nabbed their seventh nomination, this one in the familiar Best Historical Album category for their fascinating compilation Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia… Atlanta-based graphic designer Susan Archie received a nomination in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for her design work on The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)… Finally, Jimmy Carter’s A Call to Action is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album.
The 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony and telecast are scheduled for Feb. 8th.