Early this morning, the list of nominees for the 2020 Grammy nominees was released. Naturally, J. Cole—who has previously been nominated seven times—sat at the top of the list with recognitions in multiple categories, including Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance. His Dreamville label was also recognized in the Best Rap Album category for the compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III

His nomination was one of a litany of North Carolina nods. Rhiannon Giddens, who is from Greensboro, was nominated alongside Francesco Turrisi for Best American Roots Performance; Eric Church (who is from Granite Falls), meanwhile, was nominated for Best Country Album and Best Country Song. Charlotte rapper (and rapidly rising star) DaBaby made the list on multiple categories, too, with nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

The composer Caroline Shaw, who is from Greenville and is no stranger to Grammy nominations, having been nominated several times previously, was nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for “Shaw: Orange.” Rearrange my Heart, by the band Che Apalache—which was founded by the Winston-Salem-born Joe Troop—was nominated for Best Folk Album. 

The Triangle also held its own: There were J. Cole’s nominations, of course, but also those of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam—who lives in Durham, allegedly, although he keeps to himself—whose album Years to Burn was nominated for Best Americana Album. Bon Iver‘s recent i,i, swept the nominations in the categories Album of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package. (And no, Bon Iver doesn’t live in Durham—YET—but band members Matt McCaughan and Jenn Wasner do). 

Chapel Hill label Paradise of Bachelors, meanwhile, was nominated for Brendan Greaves’ liner notes on the Terry Allen compilation, Pedal Steel + 4 Corners

Winners will be announced January 26 on CBS. 

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