No, the Grammys aren’t just all the big pop stars parading to choreographed dance routines like you see for most of the TV presentation. Unlike big country music awards shows like the CMAs and ACMs, the Grammys actually take the time to recognize artists in bluegrass, Americana, folk, and blues, while pulling from a more extensive list of nominees in the country categories and by recognizing actual artists in a host of deserving genres.
There are a total of 86 Grammy Awards categories, including the “American Roots” categories where you see names you wouldn’t otherwise expect to see for big awards with nominations and wins. Of course, this all happens before the big TV broadcast when the Grammy’s “first show” streams online. But hey, recognition is always appreciated.
Billy Strings is already a Grammy-winning artist, winning Best Bluegrass Album of 2021 for House. But the 2022 Grammy Awards may be where Billy Strings cements his place as the preeminent bluegrass performer of our time, and one that the rest of the world knows. As well as being up for Best Bluegrass Album again for his latest album Renewalhe’s also up for Best American Roots Performance for “Love and Regret.”
But that’s not all. It’s very rare for artists in the bluegrass realm to get a performance spot on the main Grammy TV show itself, but that’s exactly what Billy Strings is granted in 2022, thanks to his growing popularity and eye-catching influence. attention from the Grammy organization and the Grammy Awards are going out of their way to showcase genres that historically have not made it into the main stream this year.
And since Strings is playing, maybe there’s a slightly better than normal chance that he wins something? But he will have to face stiff competition, notably from Sturgill Simpson for his bluegrass album. Cut the Grass Vol. 1and Bela Fleck – my bluegrass heart, supported by superb guest performances, notably by Billy Strings. The infamous Stringdusters and “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent nominated for Best Bluegrass Album are not left out either. Bluegrass is on the way again with Molly Tuttle also releasing her new album twisted tree this week, and the Grammys are taking notice.
Sturgill Simpson is also in the unique position of being nominated for two Best Album categories at this year’s Grammys. In addition to his bluegrass nomination, he is also nominated for Best Country Album for The Ballad of Dood and Juanita. Sturgill Simpson knows a bit about the Grammys too, winning the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Country Album for Sailor’s Guide to Earthwhich was also nominated right alongside albums by Adele, Drake, Taylor Swift and Beyonce for All-Genre Album of the Year.
Sturgill Simpson also performed at the Grammy Awards in 2017. Whether Sturg was given a performance slot this year or not, due to voice problemshe may not be able to enjoy it even if it did.
Alongside Billy Strings, Chris Stapleton, who is up for Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, the Osborne Brothers who are up for Best Country Album, and Carrie Underwood, who is in up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Roots Gospel Album for My saviour.
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