Maren Morris at SXSW 2016

Maren Morris performs "80's Mercedes" at the Spotify House during SXSW 2016. Video by Preston Jones/FWST
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Maren Morris performs "80's Mercedes" at the Spotify House during SXSW 2016. Video by Preston Jones/FWST

Arts & Culture

Arlington’s Maren Morris nominated for four Grammys

By Preston Jones

December 06, 2016 07:42 AM

The nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, and a North Texas name is among the most prominent categories.

Maren Morris is one of five nominees for best new artist — Kelsea Ballerini, Chance the Rapper, the Chainsmokers and Anderson.Paak round out the field — and will find out Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles if she takes home a golden gramophone.

“I’ve grown up watching the Grammys, and they are such a pinnacle for an artist,” Morris said in a statement provided by her publicist. “I’m so honored to be nominated by my peers who I am so inspired by every day.”

Morris is competing for four Grammys overall, including best country solo performance, best country song and best country album. Fellow North Texas native Kirk Franklin also has four nominations, sharing two categories and nominated on his own in the best gospel album and best gospel/performance song categories.

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Elsewhere, Beyonce leads the field with nine nominations overall, with Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West earning eight nominations, Chance the Rapper earning seven nominations, and Adele five.

Other North Texas-tied nominees include:

▪ Kelly Clarkson, competing for best pop solo performance

▪ Demi Lovato, for best pop vocal album

▪ Snarky Puppy, for best contemporary instrumental album

▪ Kirk Franklin, nominated for best gospel album, also shares in nominations for best rap/sung performance and best rap song for Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam, as well as best gospel performance/song.

▪ Pentatonix is in the best country duo/group performance category for its rendition of Jolene with Dolly Parton.

▪ Miguel Harth-Bedoya (conducting at the Santa Fe Opera) is contending for best contemporary classical composition.

▪ Leon Bridges earned a nomination for best music video for his stirring River clip.

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones