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Willie Nelson, Black Pumas among six artists with Austin ties nominated for Grammy awards

Austin roots band Black Pumas are one of six Austin-tied nominees for this year's Grammy Awards. (Black Pumas/Twitter)

Six artists with Austin ties, including Willie Nelson and Black Pumas, were nominated for this year's Grammy Awards, which will be released in the 64th rendition of the show on Jan. 31.

Country music legend and Austin native Nelson is up for his 10th Grammy with his 50th nomination, which was announced via webcast on Tuesday. The nomination for his tribute to Frank Sinatra's "That's Life" is his second nod in the traditional pop goal album category; Nelson's first Sinatra tribute, "My Way" received a Grammy in the same category in 2019.

Soulful Austin set Black Pumas, which has been seen performing at local events like Austin FC games and national ones like the Biden inauguration, are looking for their first Grammy after six nominations since its first self-titled album was released in 2019. Despite not releasing another album, the duo composed of Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada is up for best rock album with "Capitol Cuts: Live From Studio A," which is composed of eight live recordings and is up for best rock album, and "Know You Better," which is up for best rock performance.

Austin country artist Jack Ingram received his second nomination with "The Marfa Tapes," an album he shares with artists Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall that's up for best country album. Four-time Grammy winner and former Wimberley resident Sarah Jarosz is up for best folk album with "Blue Heron Suite."

Austin choral ensemble Conspirare has been nominated in the best choral performance category for their album "The Singing Guitar," which features string instruments, conducting from Craig Hella Johnson and contributions from the Austin Guitar Quartet, the Texas Guitar Quartet, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Estelí Gomez and Douglas Harvey. Conspirare and Hella Johnson are seeking their second Grammy with the nomination.

Up for their third Grammy award is sister duo Sarah and Shauna Dodds, who were nominated for their design work on Reckless Kelly's albums "American Jackpot/American Girls." This is the duo's sixth nomination in the recording packaging category.

Another nominee with Austin ties is singer Kim Wilson, who performed in Austin as part of blues-rock band the Fabulous Thunderbirds in the 1970s-80s and is nominated in the traditional blues album category with his album "Take Me Back."

Aside from Nelson, Black Pumas and other current candidates, Austinites Gary Clark Jr., Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin, St. Vincent and dozens of other musicians with Austin ties have earned Grammy nods in the past.


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