7 Kentucky artists score Grammy nominations
From the Bluegrass to the Grammys, seven Kentucky artists -- including a trio from here in Louisville -- scored nominations Tuesday for music's biggest prize.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From the Bluegrass to the Grammys, seven Kentucky artists -- including a trio from here in Louisville -- scored nominations Tuesday for music's biggest prize.
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Jason Clayborn and Gabriel Hatcher II woke up to a dream come true.
"It started my whole day," Hatcher said. "And I'm still kind of like 'am I dreaming?'"
The friends and church worship leaders from Louisville have written more than 50 songs. But their song "Better," recorded by gospel legend Hezekiah Walker, has spent 39 weeks on the charts. On Tuesday, it landed a Grammy nomination in the Best Gospel Performance/Song category.
"I've been trying so hard to be the best musician I can," Hatcher said. "Now I'm actually Grammy-nominated, so it's like, words can't even express how I'm feeling right now."
"Better" is up against gospel powerhouses like Tamela Mann's "God Provides" and Shirley Caesar's "It's Alright, It's Okay."
"Definitely going to be there and take my family," Clayborn said. "It's just an honor and a privilege to be nominated ... It's just amazing amazing what's happening to me right now, just amazing. "
Best R&B Song
Bryson Tiller's debut album "Trapsoul" burned up the airwaves in 2016. Many thought he'd ink a nomination for "Best New Artist" and "Best Album," but he only saw one nomination Tuesday for the song, "Exchange."
"You get a lot of local love in the record, so it feels like it's coming from Bryson and his heart," said B96.5 disk jockey Armand "DJ Q" Flowers.
One lyric from the song Tiller croons, "I've been driving back in forth from Louisville to Lexington..." The album took him from being a local UPS and Papa John's employee to becoming a music sensation overnight.
Tiller is competing in the best R&B Song category against experienced Grammy winners, including Rihanna with "Kiss it Better" and Maxwell with "Lake by the Ocean."
"Hopefully it's inspiring for a lot of the newer artists, because you don't see a lot of artists getting out of here, especially getting Grammy nods," DJ Q said. "I hope he wins."
Country and Rock
On the country side, Sturgill Simpson surprised everyone with his nomination for Album of the Year. "Sailor's Guide" is also up for Best Country Album, pitting the Jackson native against Kentucky's country music queen, Loretta Lynn.
Miranda Lambert's, "Vice" scored Pike County native Josh Osborne, his second nomination for songwriting.
Bowling Green rockers Cage the Elephant face the likes of Blink 182 and Weezer in the "Best Rock Album" category.
"Each of us as artists respect each other in our categories," Clayborn said.
From R&B to country, and rock to gospel, Kentucky hit a high note in 2016.
Overall, Beyonce has the most nominations with nods in nine categories, including Album of the Year. The 59th annual Grammy Awards takes place in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday, Feb. 12.
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