Memphis-Related 2018 Grammy Nominations – *UPDATED

*UPDATE, 12/5/17: I am updating this post to note that four more Memphis-related nominations have been brought to my attention since I first posted, in Album of the Year (!), Best Rap Album, Best Rap/Sung Performance, and Americana Album of the Year. These added nominations are listed below and noted by asterisk. I also added Steve Potts to the list of Memphis musicians featured on Gregg Allman’s Southern Blood.

Also please note that Grammy rules are a little complicated, and not everyone who works on a Grammy-winning record gets an actual award; it depends on the category. In other words, this is not a list of Memphians up for Grammys, but a list of Memphians who contributed in some way to Grammy-nominated work.

The nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced by the Recording Academy, and Memphis talent has made a strong showing once again. The following is a list of all the 2018 Grammy nominations for Memphis-related projects.

  • Album of the Year
    • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN (Teddy Walton, producer) *
  • Best R&B Performance:
    • SZA, “The Weekend” (ThankGod4Cody, producer)
  • Best Rap Album:
    • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN (Teddy Walton, producer) *
  • Best Rap/Sung Performance:
    • SZA, “Love Galore” (ThankGod4Cody, producer)
    • Goldlink, “Crew” (Teddy Walton, producer) *
  • Best American Roots Performance:
    • Blind Boys of Alabama, “Let My Mother Live” (Matt Ross-Spang, engineer)
  • Best American Roots Song:
    • Jason Isbell, “If We Were Vampires” (Matt Ross-Spang, engineer)
    • Gregg Allman, “My Only True Friend” (Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin, horns)
    • The Mavericks, “Wish You Well” (Jeff Powell, vinyl mastering)
  • Best Americana Album:
    • Jason Isbell, The Nashville Sound (Matt Ross-Spang, engineer)
    • Brent Cobb, Shine On Rainy Day (Matt Ross-Spang, engineer) *
    • Gregg Allman, Southern Blood (Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin, horns; Steve Potts, drums)
    • The Mavericks, Brand New Day (Jeff Powell, vinyl mastering)
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album:
    • Robert Cray, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm (Royal Studios; Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, engineer. Howard Grimes, Reverend Charles Hodges, Leroy Hodges, Archie “Hubby” Turner, Marc Franklin, Jim Spake, Lester Snell, Lannie McMillan, musicians)
  • Best Traditional Blues Album:
    • R.L. Boyce, Roll and Tumble (Zebra Ranch Studios; Luther Dickinson, producer; Kevin Houston, engineer)
  • Best Music Film:
    • Two Trains Running (feat. North Mississippi All Stars)

Good luck to all the Memphis talent nominated this year (full disclosure: I am a Chapter Governor of the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter). The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be held January 28th, 2018 in New York City.

John Paul Keith


  1. Also Memphis own Teddy Walton is also nominated for producing “Crew” by Gold link and “Love” On Kendrick Lamar Album , up for best Album of the year!

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