The 2020 Grammy Awards are this Sunday, Jan. 26, and New Orleans is well represented across multiple genres. From Best Traditional R&B Performance, to Best Regional Roots Album, to the coveted Best New Artist category, the city’s artists are set to shine on music’s biggest night. Here’s a look at the New Orleans artists who were nominated for the 62nd Grammy Awards, along with a playlist of their music.
2020 Grammy Nominations for New Orleans artists
Tank and the Bangas
Known for combining various musical styles, from hip-hop to jazz to funk to soul, this five-piece group first took New Orleans by storm, and now has gone global. Their Best New Artist nomination comes as no surprise to locals – we’ll be cheering them on from New Orleans. Catch Tank and the Bangas on their North American tour this winter and spring.
Nigel Hall of Lettuce
Lettuce may be a funk band that originated in Boston, but Nigel Hall brings New Orleans with him to every performance. The keyboardist/vocalist was nominated alongside his bandmates for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for “Elevate.” See Lettuce on their North American and International tour this winter and spring.
New Orleans R&B singer-songwriter Lucky Daye received four total 2020 Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Roll Some Mo,” Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Real Games,” and Best R&B Album for his debut album, “Painted.” Lucky Daye just wrapped his 25-city tour of North America.
Nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for “Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D Major,” Wynton Marsalis is a New Orleans-born musician, composer, artistic director, and educator. Marsalis is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards to date. His next performance is with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in St. Louis.
The recipient of three 2020 Grammy nominations, PJ Morton was born and raised in New Orleans and has had both a successful solo and group career as a part of Maroon 5. Following his 2019 Grammy win for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Morton is back at it again with a 2020 Grammy nomination in the same category for “Built for Love” ft. Jazmine Sullivan, Best R&B Song for “Say So” ft. JoJo, and Best R&B Album for “PAUL.” Morton wraps his PAUL tour this December.
Rebirth Brass Band
Rebirth Brass Band is the quintessential New Orleans brass band. Their music is played at every second line, Mardi Gras parade, and celebration you can think of. The celebrations continue with a nomination for Best Regional Roots Album for “Recorded Live at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.” Catch them next at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale and the Brooklyn Bowl for a four-night engagement.
Raised in New Orleans, Brandford Marsalis is a jazz saxophonist who comes from a family of musicians. This year, he is nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “The Windup.” The Branford Marsalis Quartet is nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul.” His next tour dates include performances in China, Washington, D.C., and Alabama.
The 62nd Grammy Awards air on January 26. You can explore the music of many New Orleans artists and Grammy Award winners with our New Orleans Offline Playlist.