POLL: Who Should Win Best American Roots Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards?
The 2017 Grammy Awards are just around the corner, and as of 2015, there's a new category in which Americana artists will be vying for a trophy. The award for Best American Roots Performance is open to any solo artist, duo, group or collaboration within the genres of bluegrass, blues, folk and other forms of regional music ... so, who do you think should win?
"Ain't No Man" by the Avett Brothers is the first single from the group's ninth studio album, True Sadness. With an uptempo beat masking some pretty weighty lyrics about finding your life's purpose, "Ain't No Man" earned the Avetts their third Grammys nod; True Sadness is also nominated in the Best Americana Album category this year.
If the Blind Boys of Alabama win the Best American Roots Performance trophy for their song, "Mother's Children Have a Hard Time," it will be the sixth award for the beloved gospel group. Founded by Birmingham native Jimmy Carter, the Blind Boys of Alabama have previously received five Grammys, all for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album; in 2009, they were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rhiannon Giddens may be making her acting debut in the fifth season of Nashville this year, but her music career is thriving as well. "Factory Girl," off of Giddens' 2015 EP of the same name, adds the singer-songwriter's own twist to a traditional song, with her bluesy, soulful treatment infusing new life. Giddens previously won a Grammy in 2011 for Best Traditional Folk Album, along with her Carolina Chocolate Drops bandmates.
Also in contention for Best American Roots Performance in 2017 is Sarah Jarosz's tune "House of Mercy," from her fourth studio album, Undercurrent (which is also nominated for Best Folk Album). Jarosz takes a new approach with "House of Mercy," opting for a guitar instead of the mandolin or banjo for which she is known, and delving into deeper material and bringing a fearless vocal performance to the song.
Lori McKenna is no stranger to the Grammy Awards: She's already won an award for writing Little Big Town's 2015 hit "Girl Crush." But 2017 marks the first year that the songwriter is being recognized for her own songs. Along with her nomination for Best American Roots Performance, for her song "Wreck You," McKenna's latest studio effort, The Bird & the Rifle, is nominated for Best Americana Album in 2017.
Who should win Best American Roots Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards? Vote for your pick in the poll below as often as once an hour until 11:59PM ET on Feb. 9; we’ll tabulate the results and use them for our winners predictions.
The 59th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 12. The Late Late Show host James Corden will host the televised ceremony, which will begin at 8PM ET on CBS; the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony will begin at 3:30PM ET and be available to stream online.
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