Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover
Wide Variety of Georgians Included in List of 2019 Grammy Nominations
The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced Dec. 7, 2018, and lots of Georgians are among them. While that has become something of a normal occurrence, it’s still a source for pride.
Stone Mountain native Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover, whose acclaimed FX show "Atlanta" was named 2018’s best television show by Entertainment Weekly) nabbed the most nominations for a Georgian. His song “This Is America” is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video. Additionally, his song “Feels Like Summer” is nominated for Best R&B Song.
Georgia Music Hall of Famer Toni Braxton’s "Sex & Cigarettes" is nominated for Best R&B Album, while its single "Long As I Live" is up for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.
Janelle Monae’s "Dirty Computer" is in the running for Album of the Year, and her video for "Pynk" is nominated for Best Music Video. (Monae also starred in the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures," which was filmed in Georgia.)
Atlanta R&B duo and "Grown-Ish" series regulars Chloe X Halle are up for Best New Artist, with their debut album "The Kids Are Alright" in the sprint for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Produced by Kendrick Lamar, "Black Panther: The Album," featuring songs from and inspired by the Marvel Studios hit film, is up for Album of the Year, and includes appearances by Atlanta rappers 2 Chainz, Future and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd. Future is featured on its track "King’s Dead" alongside Lamar, Jay Rock and James Blake; it’s nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
Speaking of Swae Lee, he can be heard on Travis Scott’s "Sicko Mode," which is also up for both Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
Atlanta rapper 21 Savage is featured on Post Malone’s hit song "Rockstar," which is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. 6lack’s "Pretty Little Fears" is also up for Best Rap/Sung Performance.
Florida Georgia Line’s track with Bebe Rexha, "Meant To Be," earned a nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. "Break Up in the End," recorded by Bronwood, Georgia’s Cole Swindell, is in the running for Best Country Song. And the album "One Drop of Truth" by The Wood Brothers, featuring Atlanta’s Oliver Wood, is nominated for Best Americana Album.
No stranger to the Grammys, Atlanta historical record label Dust-to-Digital’s release "Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris," is nominated for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.
Finally, hot producer Dave Cobb, a onetime Georgian now firmly established as Nashville’s hottest producer, had a big hand in the success of Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed album "By the Way, I Forgive You," having co-produced and co-engineered the album, and co-written its single "The Joke." The former is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Americana Album, while the latter is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.