- The Godfather of Go-Go is going to the Grammys. (Photo: James Hilsdon)
Updated, 10:30 a.m. with complete list of D.C. area Grammy nominees.
The nominees for the the 53rd annual Grammy Awards were announced last night, and several artists from or based in the D.C. area received nominations.
Chuck Brown was nominated in the Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals category for "Love," his collaboration with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller from We Got This. Brown's manager, Tom Goldfogle confirms that this is the Godfather of Go-Go's first Grammy nomination.
Singer Raheem DeVaughn was nominated in the Best R&B Album category for The Love & War Masterpeace, D.C. based singer Carolyn Malachi was nominated in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category for her album, Orion, and Mary Chapin Carpenter was nominated in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category for The Age Of Miracles.
Shannon Emamali, executive director of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy (which oversees the Grammy awards) says other nominees with membership in the D.C. chapter include BT in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category for These Hopeful Machines and Chad Franscoviak in the category of Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for John Mayer's Battle Studies.
John Mayer and Dave Matthews both received nods last night and both, says Emamali, are members of the D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy. Mayer is nominated in the categories of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Half of My Heart”), Best Pop Vocal Album (Battle Studies), and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (“Crossroads”). Matthews is nominated, along with Tim Reynolds, in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for “Kundalini Bonfire.”
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Feb. 13.