2016 Grammy Award Nominations

Generally speaking, we’re not exactly rip-roaring and ready to leave our beds on a Monday morning. (Who is, really?) But this week was quite the exception, for in the early Monday morning hours, the 2016 Grammy Awards announced this year’s nominations. And among the nominees are some of our favorite artists we’ve been jamming to all year — both on our airwaves AND live in our studio.

So, here are some of the artists we’re pretty psyched to see receive a well-deserved Grammy nomination this year:

Alabama Shakes

Nominations: Album of the Year, Sound and Color; Best Rock Performance, “Don’t Wanna Fight”; Best Alternative Music Album, Sound and Color; Best Rock Song, “Don’t Wanna Fight”; Best Engineered-Album, Non-Classical, Sound and Color

You should hear: “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Andra Day

Nominations: Best R&B Performance, “Rise Up”; Best R&B Album, Cheers to the Fall

You should hear: “Rise Up”

Brandi Carlile

Nomination: Best Americana Album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter

You should hear: Carlile, along with bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, performing “The Eye” in the KXT studios

Courtney Barnett

Nomination: Best New Artist

You should hear: “Pedestrian At Best”

Death Cab for Cutie

Nomination: Best Rock Album, Kintsugi

You should hear: “Black Sun”

The Decemberists

Nomination: Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (Deluxe Box Set)

You should hear: “Make You Better”

(Yes, that is Nick Offerman.)

Elle King

Nominations: Best Rock Performance, “Ex’s & Oh’s”; Best Rock Song, “Ex’s & Oh’s”

You should hear: Elle King performing “Ex’s & Oh’s” in her stellar KXT Live Session

Father John Misty

Nominations: Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, I Love You, Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl)

You should hear: FJM performing “I Love You, Honeybear” in a KXT Live Session

Florence + the Machine

Nominations: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, ” Ship to Wreck”; Best Pop Vocal Album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful; Best Rock Performance, “What Kind Of Man”; Best Rock Song, “What Kind Of Man”; Best Recording Package, Brian Roettinger, Florence + the Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe Edition)

You should hear: “What Kind Of Man”

Foo Fighters

Nominations: Best Rock Performance, “Something From Nothing”; Best Music Film, Sonic Highways

You should hear: “Something From Nothing”

Glen Hansard

Nomination: Best Folk Album, Didn’t He Ramble

You should hear: “Winning Streak”

James Bay

Nominations: Best New Artist; Best Rock Song, “Hold Back the River”; Best Rock Album, Chaos and the Calm

You should hear: “Let It Go”

Jason Isbell

Nominations: Best Americana Album, Something More Than Free; Best American Roots Song, 24 Frames

You should hear: “24 Frames”

Leon Bridges

Nomination: Best R&B Album, Coming Home

You should hear: The Fort Worthian performing “River” on SNL

Lianne La Havas

Nomination: Best Urban Contemporary Album, Blood

You should hear: “What You Don’t Do”

My Morning Jacket

Nomination: Best Alternative Music Album, The Waterfall

You should hear: “Compound Fracture”

Tame Impala

Nomination: Best Alternative Music Album, Currents

You should hear: “Let It Happen”


Nomination: Best Alternative Music Album, Star Wars

You should hear: “Random Name Generator”

Wolf Alice

Nomination: Best Rock Performance, “Moaning Lisa Smile”

You should hear: “Moaning Lisa Smile”

To see a complete list of the 2016 Grammy Award nominations, click here.

Which nominations are you excited about? Who deserves a nod? Let us know at @kxtradio!