Texas artists, or artists with Texas roots, scored fewer nominations than usual when the Recording Academy announced its choices for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards Wednesday night. Perpetual nominees Beyonce and George Strait were nominated for residual tracks from I Am... Sasha Fierce and Twang, respectively, but neither released an album of new material during this year's period of eligibility.
Leading the 2010-11 Lone Star crop is Lindale-born country singer Miranda Lambert, who netted five nominations for her album Revolution, including Best Country Album, Song of the Year and Best Country Song. The latter two are songwriter's awards that would go to the tune's authors, Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. Arcade Fire, anchored by Woodlands-raised brothers Win and Will Butler, got three nominations including Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album for The Suburbs.
Besides Beyonce, former Houstonian saxophonist Kirk Whalum received four nods across the pop, R&B and gospel fields. Ars Lyrica Houston was nominated for Best Opera Recording for Hasse: Marc' Antonio E Cleopatra. Best Regional Mexican Album, traditionally a Texan-heavy category, was omitted because fewer than ten artists entered the field this year.
Eminem led all nominees with ten, for his album Recovery and Rihanna duet "Love It When You Lie." The awards will be presented February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A complete list of nominees is at Grammy.com, and this year's Texas crop (that Rocks Off knows of) is after the jump.
- Album Of The Year: The Suburbs
- Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocals: "Ready To Start"
- Best Alternative Music Album: The Suburbs
ARS LYRICA HOUSTON
Best Opera Recording: Hasse: Marc' Antonio E Cleopatra (Matthew Dirst, conductor; Jamie Barton & Ava Pine; Keith Weber, producers
- Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Halo (Live)"
- Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Telephone" (with Lady Gaga)
RYAN BINGHAM & T-BONE BURNETT
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: "The Weary Kind (from Crazy Heart)
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling): This Time Together: Laughter And Reflection
Best Contemporary Folk Album: Somedays The Song Writes You
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: "This City" (From Tremé)
Best Traditional Gospel Album: Downtown Church
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Best Historical Album: Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings and More (Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer)
Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album: El Existential
- Song of the Year: "The House That Built Me" (Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters)
- Best Female Country Vocal Performance: "The House That Built Me"
- Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: "Bad Angel" (with Dierks Bentley & Jamey Johnson)
- Best Country Song (songwriter's award): "The House That Built Me" (Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters)
- Best Country Album: Revolution
LITTLE JOE Y LA FAMILIA
Best Tejano Album: Recuerdos
Best Americana Album: Country Music
Best Traditional Blues Album: Joined At The Hip (with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith)
SUNNY SAUCEDA Y TODO ESO
Best Tejano Album: Homenaje A Mi Padre
WILL SHEFF, OKKERVIL RIVER
Best Album Notes: True Love Cast Out All Evil (Roky Erickson with Okkervil River)
Best New Artist
Best Country Song (songwriter's award): "The Breath You Take" (Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters)
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Best Traditional Blues Album: Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites
- Best Pop Instrumental Album: Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway
- Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: We're Still Friends (with Musiq Soulchild)
- Best Gospel Performance: "He's Been Just That Good" (with Lalah Hathaway)
- Best Gospel Song (songwriter's award): "It's What I Do": (Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters)