By Robert Nusser, NewsCastic
The 58th annual Grammy awards will be held on February 16th. Here are 10 nominees with Texas roots, as well as some DFW natives, that all of us should be rooting for.
1) Kacey Musgraves
Nominated For: Best Country Album
Musgraves was born in Golden, Texas, a small town outside of Tyler. She won two Grammys in 2014 for Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
2) Don Henley
Nominated For: Best American Roots Song
Rock Legend Don Henley grew up in Linden, Texas before attending college at Stephen F. Austin University and the University of North Texas. He’s nominated this year for a duet with country legend Merle Haggard.
3) Rodney Crowell
Nominated For: Best American Roots Song, Best Americana Album
Rodney Crowell was born in Crosby, Texas to a musical family. The veteran songwriter’s previously won Grammy awards in 1990 and 2014.
4) Eric Paslay
Nominated For: Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Eric Paslay is a relatively new on the country scene but has already worked with stars like Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, and Jake Owen. Born in Abilene and raised in Waco, this is his first Grammy nomination.
5) Chris Tomlin
Nominated For: Best Contemporary Christian Album
Chris Tomlin was born in Grand Seline, Texas and attended Texas A&M University. He’s released a dozen albums and previously won a Grammy award in 2012.
6) Lee Ann Womack
Nominated For: Best Country Solo Performance
Womack is best known for her hit song, “I Hope You Dance,” which won a Grammy award in 2001. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Texas.
7) Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters
Nominated For: Best Rock Performance, Best Music Film
The Foo Fighters are most commonly associated with Seattle and Nirvana alum Dave Grohl. However, drummer Taylor Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foo Fighters will be looking to take home their 12th and 13th Grammy awards at this year’s show.
8) Kelly Clarkson
Nominated For: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance
Clarkson was born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas. She achieved stardom back in 2002 when she won the first season of American Idol. In her illustrious career, Kelly’s been nominated for 12 Grammy awards and won 3.
9) Snarky Puppy
Nominated For: Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Although they’re now based out of New York, instrumental collective Snarky Puppy was formed in Denton, Texas where many of its members were students at UNT. They have a previous Grammy win back in 2014.
10) Leon Bridges
Nominated For: Best R&B Album
In just over a year, Leon Bridges has gone from waiting tables in a Fort Worth restaurant to performing on Saturday Night Live. Known around the metroplex as a genuinely good guy, the 26-year-old is nominated for his first of what’s sure to be many Grammy awards.