|Gary Clark Jr.'s 'This Land' has|
earned several nominations.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
The high-profile artists who appear to be front runners in the high-profile categories include Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Bon Iver, Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile, Ariana Grande, and H.E.R.
I have long been less than thrilled with the myriad of categories and overall ignoring truly-deserving artists from a number of genres by the Recording Academy. That said, a number of my favorite artists are being recognized this year, with nominees representing rock, blues, Americana, country and other genres in the mix.
I was especially happy to see The Cranberries' final album In The End nominated for Best Rock Album, and Keb' Mo's Oklahoma nominated in the Best Americana Album category. I was also pleased to see Elvis Costello and The Imposters received a well-deserved nomination for Look Now. That album (read my review here) was truly one of the best albums of 2018.
One category that is very exciting is for Best Contemporary Blues Album. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite here, but it is sure great to see Gary Clark Jr. (This Land), Larkin Poe (Venom & Faith), and Southern Avenue (Keep On); Clark's This Land was also nominated in the Best Rock Performance category.
Other artists I'm rooting for when the trophies are handed out in 2020 include Bobby Rush, Thom Yorke, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Tycho, Sara Bareilles and Tool.
The official media release I received in my inbox this morning is below: