10 Americana Artists Who Attracted Grammy Attention

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons brought in six Grammy nominations on Wednesday night (Dec. 5), leading the parade of Americana artists who attracted attention in a variety of categories.

In alphabetical order, here are 10 Americana artists with official invitations to the Grammy Awards ceremony taking place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.

Alabama Shakes
This riveting ensemble scored a slot in the best new artist category, while “Hold On” gripped a nomination for best rock performance.

The Avett Brothers
The Carpenter nailed a spot in the best Americana album category. Its lead single, “Live and Die,” masterfully drew on themes like mortality and maturity.

The Civil Wars
Their haunting duet with Taylor Swift, “Safe & Sound,” is up for best country duo/group performance and best song written for visual media (The Hunger Games).

John Fullbright
From the same small Oklahoma town as the late Woody Guthrie, songwriter John Fullbright garnered extensive praise with For the Ground Up, nominated for best Americana album.

The Lumineers
This Denver band captivated listeners with “Ho Hey.” They are gleaming contenders in the best new artist category, as well as the best Americana album for their self-titled release.

Mumford & Sons
These blokes can bet on a big night. “I Will Wait” will vie for best rock performance and best rock song. The best-selling Babel landed in the categories of best album and best Americana album. Meanwhile, “Learn Me Right,” from Brave, is up for best song written for visual media and Big Easy Express, which featured the band, raced into the best long form music video category.

Bonnie Raitt
This year’s recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association proves she’s still vital as Slipstream slides onto the best Americana album ballot.

The Time Jumpers
Blending classic country and Western swing, the Time Jumpers waltzed into the best country album category, while “On the Outskirts of Town” is on the ballot for best country song.

Don Williams and Alison Krauss
The country legend and the Grammy favorite teamed up for a tender ballad, “I Just Come Here for the Music.” Now it’s a contender in the best country duo/group performance category.

Meanwhile, the best bluegrass album category includes the latest offerings from Dailey & Vincent, the Grascals, Noam Pikelny, Special Consensus and Steep Canyon Rangers.

In addition, the best folk album category features projects from Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ry Cooder and Luther Dickinson, as well as a collaborative effort from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. The compilation This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark rounds out the category.

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