S.A. con­junto group earns a Grammy nod

San Antonio Express-News - - METRO - By Joey Guerra San Antonio Ex­press-News staff con­trib­uted to this re­port. [email protected]

Hip-hop is king among this year’s Grammy nom­i­na­tions.

Kendrick La­mar’s “Black Pan­ther” sound­track (eight), Drake (seven) and Cana­dian pro­ducer Boi-1da (six) lead the pack, rack­ing up nods in the gen­eral and rap cat­e­gories. Nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced Fri­day morn­ing.

Travis Scott, Hous­ton’s cur­rent al­pha hip-hop star, was shut out of the ma­jor cat­e­gories, de­spite the crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial suc­cess of his “Astroworld” al­bum, named for the city’s iconic theme park. Scott earned three nom­i­na­tions for rap per­for­mance, song and al­bum nom­i­na­tions.

Even with­out Scott among their list, the top four cat­e­gories — record, song, al­bum of the year and best new artist — have a dif­fer­ent look this year. The Gram­mys have taken a cue from the Acad­emy Awards and ex­panded the num­ber of nom­i­na­tions from five to eight. That means sev­eral sur­prise en­tries made the cut. And women dom­i­nate all four cat­e­gories.

Among them are folk rocker Brandi Carlile for record, al­bum and song of the year; Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Com­puter” and R&B singer H.E.R.’s self-ti­tled de­but for al­bum of the year; and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” for song of the year.

Best new artist in­cludes Bey­oncé pro­teges Chloe x Halle, rock band Greta Van Fleet, coun­try singers Luke Combs and Margo Price, pop stars Dua Lipa and Beba Rexha, buzzy R&B voices Jorja Smith and H.E.R.

San Antonio’s genre-bust­ing con­junto Los Tex­ma­ni­acs was nom­i­nated for best re­gional Mex­i­can mu­sic al­bum (in­clud­ing Te­jano) for its al­bum “Cruzando Bor­ders.”

Los Tex­ma­ni­acs’ Max Baca said he heard the news early Fri­day in Cal­i­for­nia, where the band is on tour.

“My phone was just ring­ing and ring­ing,” the band leader said. “I got the mes­sage and my heart dropped. All I could say was, ‘Oh, my god. What an honor.’ ... We’re just so flab­ber­gasted.”

The band won its first Grammy in 2010, in the Te­jano cat­e­gory for its al­bum of tra­di­tional songs called “Bor­ders y Bailes.”

In ad­di­tion to Scott there was more Grammy love for other Hous­ton artists.

The joint “Ev­ery­thing is Love” al­bum from The Carters — Bey­oncé and her hus­band, Jay-Z — earned nods for R&B per­for­mance, ur­ban con­tem­po­rary al­bum and mu­sic video. Chris Dave earned a nom­i­na­tion with his group Drumhedz for their self-ti­tled record in the best ur­ban con­tem­po­rary al­bum cat­e­gory.

Hous­ton fam­ily band The Walls Group is up for best gospel al­bum for “The Other Side.” It’s their third nom­i­na­tion. And the Hous­ton Grand Opera and Hous­ton Sym­phony are again in the mix in the clas­si­cal cat­e­gories.

Among other Texas artists, Ar­ling­ton-born Maren Morris nabbed five nods, in­clud­ing record and song of the year for “The Mid­dle” with EDM stars Zedd and Grey. Hip-pop star Post Malone, who grew up in Grapevine, earned four nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing record and al­bum of the year. Kacey Mus­graves, who hails from Mi­ne­ola, is up for al­bum of the year, coun­try solo per­for­mance, coun­try song and coun­try al­bum for her whim­si­cal “Golden” al­bum.

Other Tex­ans who made the cut in­clude:

• Wil­lie Nel­son (Ab­bott) for best tra­di­tional pop vo­cal al­bum and Amer­i­can roots per­for­mance

• Le Ann Wo­mack ( Jack­sonville) for Amer­i­can roots song and Amer­i­cana al­bum

• Kelly Clark­son (Burleson) for pop vo­cal al­bum

• St. Vin­cent (Dal­las) for rock song and al­ter­na­tive al­bum

• Leon Bridges (Fort Worth) for tra­di­tional R&B per­for­mance and R&B al­bum

Sur­pris­ing shutouts? Taylor Swift earned just one nom­i­na­tion for her mas­sive “Rep­u­ta­tion” al­bum, which tops the year-end Bill­board 200. She’s pre­vi­ously won al­bum of the year twice. For­mer Fifth Har­mony mem­ber Camila Ca­bello has to set­tle for a pair of pop nom­i­na­tions, de­spite the record-break­ing suc­cess of the sin­gle “Havana.” And Ari­ana Grande was also rel­e­gated to pop nods.

The Gram­mys air Feb. 10 on CBS.

Cour­tesy Michael G. Ste­wart

Con­junto band Los Tex­ma­ni­acs — Noel Her­nan­dez, from left, Max Baca, Josh Baca and Lorenzo Martinez — are nom­i­nated for a Grammy for best re­gional Mex­i­can mu­sic al­bum (in­clud­ing Te­jano) for its al­bum “Cruzando Bor­ders.”

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