Fantasia leads NC Grammy hopefuls with 3 nominations

In contrast to years past, when acts with local ties were in the major-category mix for the Grammy Awards, there’s no North Carolina content in the latest crop of big-category nominees.

In nominations unveiled in a Friday night telecast, the duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the field with seven nominations, a haul that includes album and song of the year. Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk and Bruno Mars are among the other acts receiving multiple nominations.

North Carolina acts did, however, get seven nominations further down the ballot – three of them for Fantasia. The High Point-born 2004 “American Idol” winner picked them up for her album “Side Effects of You,” including best urban contemporary album. Two “Side Effects” tracks were nominated, “Get It Right” for traditional R&B performance and “Without Me” for R&B song.

One of Fantasia’s competitors in the latter category will be Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton, whose “Best of Me” (co-written with Jairus Mozee) is up for R&B performance as well as R&B song. In years past, Hamilton and Fantasia have each won one Grammy.

Statesville’s Jim Lauderdale shared the first of his two Grammys with bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley in 2002 (Lauderdale also won bluegrass album in 2008). If Lauderdale wins this year, it will be another shared Grammy – this one with Buddy Miller for their duo album “Buddy and Jim,” which is up for Americana album.

In 2012, Fayetteville-raised rapper J. Cole was up for best new artist (which Raleigh expatriate Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver won that year). This time out, Cole is nominated in the category of rap/sung collaboration, for “Power Trip” with singer Miguel.

Finally, a few North Carolina acts who weren’t directly tapped did participate in work that garnered nominations.

Brevard’s Steep Canyon Rangers (who won bluegrass album themselves last year) played on Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s twice-nominated “Love Has Come For You,” which picked up nominations for Americana album and American roots song. And a track featuring Durham country band Delta Rae was part of the discography that earned Rob Cavalllo a nomination for best non-classical producer.

The Grammys will be presented on Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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