NC boasts 2 winners, handful of nominations at 2019 Grammys

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J. Cole performs at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Saturday, August 15, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

 The 61st annual Grammy Awards featured a handful of North Carolina connections. Here is a list of the state’s representatives:

  • Dafnis Prieto Big Band’s “Back to the Sunset” won Best Latin Jazz Album. Eric Oberstein, who produced the album, is a Duke University graduate and current Interim Director at Duke Performances.
  • Bill Ferris’s “Voices of Mississippi” won Best Historical Album. Ferris has been a member of the staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2002. 
  • J. Cole, who was born and raised in Fayetteville, was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance and for Best R&B Song. “This is America” by Childish won the category.
  • David Sedaris was nominated for the Best Spoken Word Album category for “Calypso.” He grew up in Raleigh and went to Western Carolina University. The collection of 21 essays cover health, death, and family.
  • Dom Flemons’ album “Black Cowboys” was nominated for Best Folk Album. He co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. They were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
  • Iron & Wine was nominated for Best Folk Album. Samuel Ervin Beam, the performer, currently lives in Durham.
  • Raleigh-based band Between the Buried and Me was nominated for Best Metal Performance for “Condemned to the Gallows.”
  • Durham-born Anthony Roth Costanzo was nominated for Best Classical Solo Voice Album.
  • Elevation Worship, a worship band from Charlotte, was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
  • Mars Hill University professor David Gilbert was nominated for Best Album Notes.
  • Porter Robinson, who lives in Chapel Hill, was nominated for Best Dance Recording. 

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