Many Bay Area Artists Honored With Grammys Nomination Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — The nominations for 59th Annual Grammy Awards were released on Tuesday and a long list of Bay Area artists were included among the honorees.

Below is a list of the local nominees up for awards:

  • Bay Area metal legends Metallica received a nomination for Best Rock Song for “Hardwired” shared by principle songwriters James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
  • Berkeley born and raised saxophone talent Joshua Redman (a product of Berkeley High’s acclaimed jazz program) was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Nearness along with collaborating pianist Brad Mehldau.
  • San Francisco-born comedian Margaret Cho was nominated for Best Comedy Album for American Myth.
  • Marina Ledin and Victor Ledin of San Rafael were nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical
  • San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance for Bates: Works for Orchestra.
  • Tycho, an electronic group led by San Francisco resident Scott Handen, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his latest release Epoch. 
  • Wayne Wallace, a San Francisco native who went to SFSU, is a member of La Orquestra Sinfonietta who were nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album for Canto America.
  • Oakland-based Latin group Los Rakas featuring Panamanian cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun were nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album.
  • Berkeley resident Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands were nominated for Best Bluegrass Album for The Hazel and Alice Sessions. 
  • Oakland-based singer/songwriter Fantastic Negrito (aka Xavier Dphrepaulezz) was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his debut, The Last Days of Oakland. 
  • Primus, the Bay Area alt-rock band led by Richmond-born bassist and songwriter Les Claypool (who now lives in Occidental ), was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album for Primus & the Chocolate Factory.
  • San Francisco’s Frances England was nominated for Best Children’s Album for Explorer of the World.
  • Grass Valley “kid hop” act Secret Agent 23 Skidoo was nominated for Best Children’s Album for Infinity Plus One.
  • UC Berkeley grad and Oakland resident Mason Bates is an electronic musician and contemporary classical composer nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for “Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology.”

Beyonce tops the list with nine nominations – all for her album Lemonade – which tackled issues of race and infidelity including album of the year, record of the year, song of the year.

Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all got eight nominations, while Chance the Rapper received seven.

British singer Adele got five nominations and will go head to head with Beyonce for the top 3 categories in a real battle of the divas.

The late rock icon David Bowie received five nominations for his last album Blackstar released just days before his death. Another music great who passed in 2016, Prince, also received at nomination for Best Engineered Album, non-classical for his last album, Hit and Run Phase Two.

KPIX 5 will air the Grammy Awards on Sunday February 12th. Award-winning host and performer James Corden of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” will host the award ceremony.

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