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

2 Comments

  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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