Grammy Award Nominations Are Out

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Jon Batiste’s We Are garnered 12 Grammy nominations.

(Photo: Verve)

The Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards. While there are plenty of potential winners in a variety of music genres, we’ll focus on those earned by jazz, blues and selected “beyond” artists. Jazz pianist Jon Batiste led the list with 12 nominations, including Album of the Year and Best R&B album for We Are, Record of the Year for “Freedom” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “I Need You.”

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s six nominations included Album of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Love For Sale and Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “I Get A Kick Out Of You.”

Here are more nominations involving artists who are near and dear to the DownBeat crew:

BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO
“Sackodougou”
Soloist: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
The Hands Of Time (Weedie Braimah)

“Kick Those Feet”
Soloist: Kenny Barron
Songs From My Father (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios)

“Bigger Than Us
Soloist: Jon Batiste
Soul (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Various Artists)

“Absence”
Soloist: Terence Blanchard
Absence (Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective And The Turtle Island Quartet)

“Humpty Dumpty” (Set 2)
Soloist: Chick Corea
Akoustic Band Live (Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl)

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
Generations
The Baylor Project

SuperBlue
Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter

Time Traveler
Nnenna Freelon

Flor
Gretchen Parlato

Songwrights Apothecary Lab
Esperanza Spalding

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Jazz Selections: Music From And Inspired By Soul
Jon Batiste

Absence
Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective And The Turtle Island Quartet

Skyline
Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Akoustic Band LIVE
Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl

Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)
Pat Metheny

BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM
Live At Birdland!
The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart

Dear Love
Jazzmeia Horn And Her Noble Force

For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver
Christian McBride Big Band

Swirling
Sun Ra Arkestra

Jackets XL
Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band

BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM
Mirror Mirror
Eliane Elias with Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés

The South Bronx Story
Carlos Henriquez

Virtual Birdland
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Transparency
Dafnis Prieto Sextet

El Arte Del Bolero
Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Double Dealin’
Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal

The Garden
Rachel Eckroth

Tree Falls
Taylor Eigsti

At Blue Note Tokyo
Steve Gadd Band

Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2
Mark Lettieri

BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
100 Years Of Blues
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite

Traveler’s Blues
Blues Traveler

I Be Trying
Cedric Burnside

Be Ready When I Call You
Guy Davis

Take Me Back
Kim Wilson

BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM
Delta Kream
The Black Keys Featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown

Royal Tea
Joe Bonamassa

Uncivil War
Shemekia Copeland

Fire It Up
Steve Cropper

662
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE
“Cry”
Jon Batiste

“Love And Regret”
Billy Strings

“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”
The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Béla Fleck

“Same Devil”
Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile

“Nightflyer”
Allison Russell

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG
“Avalon”
Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson & Francesco Turrisi, songwriters (Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi)

“Call Me A Fool”
Valerie June, songwriter (Valerie June Featuring Carla Thomas)

“Cry”
Jon Batiste & Steve McEwan, songwriters (Jon Batiste)

“Diamond Studded Shoes”
Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan & Yola, songwriters (Yola)

“Nightflyer”
Jeremy Lindsay & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)

BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
Renewal
Billy Strings

My Bluegrass Heart
Béla Fleck

A Tribute To Bill Monroe
The Infamous Stringdusters

Cuttin’ Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions)
Sturgill Simpson

Music Is What I See
Rhonda Vincent



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