Texas will shine bright on Grammy night 2017, as H-Town’s finest, Beyoncé, topped the nominee list released this morning with nine nods. Queen Bey’s noms include best album for “Lemonade,” and best song and record for “Formation.”
And Willie Nelson is back in the mix, nominated for “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” in the Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. It’s Nelson’s first Grammy nomination since his 2010 record “Country Music” received a nod in the Americana Album category. His last win was a Best Country Collaboration With Vocals award for “Lost Highway,” his 2007 album with Ray Price. Nelson has won seven Grammys plus a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Much deeper in the nominee list (and off the prime time special), a few Central Texans earned prestigious nods.
Wimberley-raised artist Sarah Jarosz, who graced us with her angelic songcraft at South by Southwest 2016, was nominated for Best Folk Album for her latest “Undercurrent.” Jarosz, who now lives in New York, also was nominated for Best American Roots Performance for the song “House of Mercy,” and the album us up for for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical). That category recognizes engineers Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa and mastering engineer Paul Blakemore.
Representing Austin in the nominee list are Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, half of the Austin electronic music act Survive, who suddenly became internet famous over the summer for their spooky soundtrack to the Netflix sleeper hit “Stranger Things.” Dixon and Stein are nominated twice in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category for “Stranger Things, volume one” and “Stranger Things, volume two.”
Also from Austin is the Backstage Design team of sisters Sarah and Shauna Dodds, who are nominated in the Best Recording Package category for Reckless Kelly’s album “Sunset Motel.” The pair won the category last year, collaborating with Dick Reeves on Asleep at the Wheel’s Bob Wills tribute album “Still the King.” They won their first Grammy in 2014 for their work on the package of Reckless Kelly’s album “Long Night Moon.”
(This story has been updated to include additional local nominees.)