Leon Bridges' Coming Home will compete in the 58th Grammy Awards' Best R&B Album category against records by D'Angelo, Andra Day and more, it was announced this morning. The Fort Worth soul singer is coming off a banner weekend in which he made his Saturday Night Live debut.
Dallas native Liz Rose represents North Texas in the Grammys' top categories for her role in co-writing the Song of the Year nominee "Girl Crush," performed by Little Big Town. Rose goes up against her former collaborator Taylor Swift ("Blank Space"), an artist she had a huge part in developing. Rose's contribution to "Girl Crush" also put her in contention in the Best Country Song category.
Burleson's Kelly Clarkson also received nominations, including mentions for "Heartbeat Song" in the Best Solo Pop Performance Category and Piece by Piece in Best Pop Vocal Album.
Arlington's Pentatonix, last year's winner in Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella, is back to defend its title with a nomination for the Christmas recording "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."
Eagles legend and current Dallasite Don Henley is a contender for Best American Roots Song, for writing and recording "The Cost of Living," a duet with Merle Haggard on Henley's album Cass County.
Fort Worth's Kirk Franklin was included in the list for Best Gospel Performance/Song, for "Wanna Be Happy?"
Rich DeRosa of the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band got a jazz nomination for "Neil" in the Best Instrumental Composition category.
Previous Grammy winner and North Texas-rooted ensemble Snarky Puppy got a mention in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Silva, its collaboration with Metropole Orkest.
Country-singing East Texans up for Grammy gold in February include Jacksonville's Lee Ann Womack, nominated in two categories for "Chances Are" (co-written with Hayes Carll), and Golden's Kacey Musgraves, up for Country Album of the Year for Pageant Material.
Grand Saline's Chris Tomlin takes a Best Contemporary Christian Music Album nomination for Love Ran Red.
Reactions from nominees and fans began to pop up following the morning announcement.
"My record 'Coming Home' was made by all Fort Worth musicians and recorded in Fort Worth, Texas," Bridges said on Facebook. "It's an honor to be nominated for best R&B album!"
"Thanks to everybody and congrats to all the other nominees!" tweeted Clarkson.
Overall in this year's list of nominees, rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nods, followed by Taylor Swift and the Weeknd with seven each.
Monster hits from the Weeknd and Swift will compete against critical successes by Lamar, Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes in the Album of the Year category. See the top nominees revealed this morning on CBS below; find the full list here.
Best New Artist
- Courtney Barnett
- James Bay
- Sam Hunt
- Tori Kelly
- Meghan Trainor
Record of the Year
- D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Really Love"
- Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
- Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
- Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
- The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
Song of the Year
- "Alright," performed by Kendrick Lamar
- "Blank Space," performed by Taylor Swift
- "Girl Crush," performed by Little Big Town, co-written by Dallas' Liz Rose with Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna
- "See You Again," performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
- "Thinking Out Loud," performed by Ed Sheeran
Album of the Year
- Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
- Taylor Swift, 1989
- Chris Stapleton, Traveller
- The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
The 2016 Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS Feb. 15 from Los Angeles' Staples Center.
The period of eligibility for the 58th Grammy Awards was Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30 of this year (which excluded Adele's new album or singles, in case you were wondering.)