Country queen Miranda Lambert and stoner rap king Post Malone earned three Grammy nominations each on Tuesday, leading the list of acts with North Texas ties. The 63rd annual Grammy Awards take place Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, with Trevor Noah hosting.
Here’s a run-down of nominees with roots in North Texas.
Post Malone, Record and Song of the Year for “Circles,” and Album of the Year for Hollywood’s Bleeding.
The hip-hop star made a 360-degree turn with “Circles,” a mid-tempo love tune that harkens back to his days as a Grapevine singer-songwriter. Posty’s three nominations bring his overall total to nine, although he’s yet to take home a single Grammy.
Miranda Lambert, Country Solo Performance and Country Song for “Bluebird” and Country Album for Wildcard.
Lambert, who grew up in Lindale, near Tyler, and Van Alstyne, north of Dallas, increases her Grammy nomination total to 21. Wildcard, her seventh album, boasts a more rockin’ sound than previous discs. “I grew up as a staunch country fan, so I’m a little bit of a late bloomer when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll,” she told The Dallas Morning News last year.
Bobby Sessions, Rap Song for “Savage”
In between cutting his own albums, the Dallas hip-hop artist found time to co-write “Savage,” the smash hit by Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé. Sessions is one of 10 songwriters who collaborated on the chart-topper, including Queen Bey and Jay-Z.
Mickey Guyton, Country Solo Performance for “Black Like Me.”
The Arlington-born singer grabbed her first Grammy nomination and also became the first Black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nod in a country category. “If you think we live in the land of the free / You should try to be black like me,” Guyton sings, remembering the racism she felt growing up in Texas.
Kirk Franklin, Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Sunday Morning.”
The Fort Worth singer and bandleader could pick up his 17th Grammy award for “Sunday Morning,” his collaboration with Christian rap artist Lecrae. Franklin co-wrote the tune in addition to performing on it.
Snarky Puppy, Contemporary Instrumental Album for Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Denton-bred, Brooklyn-based ensemble hopes to bring home its fourth overall Grammy with the eclectic Live at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s won the contemporary instrumental album trophy twice, for Sylva (2015) and Culcha Vulcha (2016). It also snared the R&B Performance Grammy for “Something” (2013).
Maren Morris, Country Song for “The Bones.”
“The Bones” — a tale of resilient love — is the 12th Grammy nod for Morris, the Arlington singer-songwriter who won her first and only gramophone-shaped award in 2017, for “My Church.”
Norah Jones, American Roots Performance for “I’ll Be Gone.”
The nine-time Grammy winner failed to get nominated for her latest solo album, Pick Me Up Off The Floor. Instead, she got the nod for this mellow country-soul duet with Mavis Staples.
Power Trip, Metal Performance for “Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe) – Live”
It’s the first nomination for the Dallas thrash-metal band, which is still reeling from the loss of lead singer Riley Gale, who died on Aug. 24 at age 34 of unspecified causes. Coincidentally, Power Trip is competing in the category against Ice-T’s metal band Body Count, which collaborated with Gale last year.
Update, Nov. 27 at 2:45 p.m.: Information about Power Trip’s nomination has been added to this story.