2012 Grammy Nominations: Folk & Roots Focus

The 54th Grammy Award nominees were announced at the end of last week, and our friends at Twang Nation compiled this fantastic list of the nominees, with an emphasis on folk, roots and Americana performers and albums. You’ll have to look to the other categories to find the Canadians nominated this year — Drake, Deadmau5 and Sum 41 among them — but this is an undeniably great assembly of some of the year’s best albums.

Best Americana Album
Emotional Jukebox – Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down – Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain – Emmylou Harris
Ramble At The Ryman – Levon Helm
Blessed – Lucinda Williams

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

Best Folk Album
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Steve Earle
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
Ukulele Songs– Eddie Vedder
The Harrow & The Harvest – Gillian Welch

Best Bluegrass Album
Paper Airplane – Alison Krauss & Union Station
Reason And Rhyme – Jim Lauderdale
Rare Bird Alert – Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe – The Del McCoury Band
A Mother’s Prayer– Ralph Stanley
Sleep With One Eye Open– Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Best Country Album
Here For A Good Time — George Strait

Best Children’s Album
I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow (various artists collection)

Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes
The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music (various artists collection)

Record Of The Year
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Holocene – Bon Iver
The Cave – Mumford & Sons

Album Of The Year
21 – Adele

Song Of The Year
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
Holocene – Bon Iver
Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Best New Artist
Bon Iver

Best Pop Solo Performance
Someone Like You – Adele

Best Pop Instrumental Album
The Road From Memphis – Booker T. Jones
Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! – Brian Setzer

Best Pop Vocal Album
21 – Adele

Best Rock Performance
Down By The Water – The Decemberists
The Cave – Mumford & Sons

Best Rock Song
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
Down By The Water- The Decemberists

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Best Rock Album
The Whole Love — Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver — Bon Iver
Circuital — My Morning Jacket 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars

Best Country Song
Threaten Me With Heaven – Vince Gill

Best Instrumental Composition
Life In Eleven – Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)

Best Engineered Album (Non Classical)
Follow Me Down–  Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Sangwook “Sunny” Nam & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Sarah Jarosz)
The Harrow & The Harvest – Matt Andrews, engineer; Stephen Marcussen, mastering engineer (Gillian Welch)
Paper Airplane – Mike Shipley, engineer; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)



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  1. avatar
    Arnie Naiman 7 December, 2011 at 13:40

    They are great albums no doubt, but compared to the CFMA, The Grammies in the folk music world is an unimpressive representation of the diversity of great music available today.

  2. avatar
    Richard Flohil 7 December, 2011 at 14:46

    Oh, great — lots of support for the dreary, tuneless, hook-less meanderings of Bon Iver, and Eddie Vedder gets a nod in the folk category for his ukulele album. Really, does anyone give a flying fornication for the Grammies any more?

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