Ge­or­gia shines in early Grammy cat­e­gories

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD - By Melissa Rug­gieri mrug­[email protected]

LOS AN­GE­LES — Ev­ery year, the Grammy Awards lean heav­ily on per­for­mances dur­ing their marathon tele­cast, and with a lineup in­clud­ing Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Men­des, Janelle Monáe, Cardi B and Katy Perry, the 61st an­nual cer­e­mony was primed to daz­zle.

But at the three-hour Pre­miere Cer­e­mony when the ma­jor­ity of the awards are un­veiled — 75 of the 84 cat­e­gories — it quickly be­came clear that women and Ge­or­gians would have a ro­bust year.

Brandi Carlile, the most nom­i­nated fe­male this year with six, won her first trio of awards, for best Amer­i­can roots per­for­mance and best Amer­i­can roots song for “The Joke” and best Amer­i­cana album for “By the Way, I For­give You.”

“I’m vi­o­lently shak­ing right now,” she said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the first tro­phy. Carlile spoke en­dear­ingly about Amer­i­cana mu­sic be­ing “the is­land of the mis­fit toys.”

“I am this mis­fit. It is this mu­sic that shaped my life and has given me my fam­ily,” she said. “I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school, and I can as­sure you I was never in­vited to any par­ties. I never got to at­tend a dance. To be em­braced by this en­dur­ing and lov­ing com­mu­nity has been the dance of a life­time. Thank you for be­ing my is­land.”

Also dur­ing the early cer­e­mony, Lady Gaga picked up her first pair of tro­phies, gar­ner­ing early at­ten­tion for her “A Star Is Born” power bal­lad with Bradley Cooper, “Shal­low” (best song writ­ten for vis­ual me­dia), as well as her pre-movie ca­reer life with “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” (best pop solo per­for­mance).

Coun­try dar­ling Kacey Mus­graves, nom­i­nated for four Gram­mys, was crowned with two early wins for best coun­try song (“Space Cow­boy”) and best coun­try solo per­for­mance (“Butterflies”). Mus­graves is among the eight nom­i­nees for the pres­ti­gious album of the year, which would be awarded late Sun­day night.

In the Ge­or­gia spot­light, for­mer Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter earned a nod for best spo­ken word album for “Faith — A Jour­ney for All.” Carter is now the only for­mer pres­i­dent to score three Gram­mys (Bill Clin­ton and Barack Obama each have two). He also com­peted with a di­verse lineup of nom­i­nees — Court­ney B. Vance, David Sedaris, Quest­love and Tif­fany Had­dish.

The revered hu­man­i­tar­ian was not in at­ten­dance at the cer­e­mony, which is held at the Los An­ge­les Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, ad­ja­cent to the Sta­ples Cen­ter where the tele­vised awards take place.

At­lanta res­i­dent and More­house Col­lege grad­u­ate PJ Mor­ton tri­umphed in the best tra­di­tional R&B per­for­mance with “How Deep Is Your Love,” fea­tur­ing Yebba.

Mor­ton, who jug­gles a solo ca­reer with play­ing key­boards in Ma­roon 5, said back­stage that in hind­sight, he’s pleased the band de­cided to play the Su­per Bowl half­time show.

“The rea­son we do this and do mu­sic is to make peo­ple happy and play mu­sic. I think that’s the only time I’ll be able to play in front of 100 mil­lion peo­ple at one time. And I’m glad we did the work in or­der to make it hap­pen,” he said.

Child­ish Gam­bino (aka Stone Moun­tain na­tive Don­ald Glover), won best rap/ sung per­for­mance for “This Is Amer­ica” and fac­tored in an award for best mu­sic video for the song’s vis­ceral vis­ual ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

Gam­bino’s vic­tory in the rap/sung cat­e­gory meant a loss for fel­low At­lantan 21 Sav­age, who was also nom­i­nated with Post Malone (“Rockstar”). The young rap­per wouldn’t have been able to at­tend the cer­e­mony since be­ing jailed af­ter his ar­rest last week­end for al­legedly be­ing in the U.S. il­le­gally.

Also rep­re­sent­ing the state, At­lanta rap­per Fu­ture scored a nod with Kendrick La­mar, Jay Rock and James Blake in the best rap per­for­mance cat­e­gory for “King’s Dead.”

And the John Daversa Big Band, fea­tur­ing DACA artists with strong con­nec­tions to Ge­or­gia, won all three of its nom­i­nated cat­e­gories.

The se­lec­tion “Stars and Stripes For­ever” won for best ar­range­ment, in­stru­ment or a capella; “Don’t Fence Me In” for best im­pro­vised jazz solo; and “Amer­i­can Dream­ers: Voices of Hope, Mu­sic of Free­dom,” for best large jazz ensem­ble album.

Daversa thanked At­lanta-based Kabir Se­h­gal, who co-pro­duced and played bass on the album.

At­lanta’s Wil­liam Fer­ris, April and Steven Lance Led­bet­ter, and Michael Graves won best his­tor­i­cal album for “Voices of the Mis­sis­sippi: Artists and Mu­si­cians Doc­u­mented.”

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