S.A. conjunto group earns a Grammy nod
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.
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.”