Best Rap Song - "a lot" by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole
After nine years and 11 nominations, Fayetteville’s J. Cole received his first Grammy win this year in the category Best Rap Song for his feature on 21 Savage’s “a lot.” J. Cole was also nominated twice in Best Rap Performance for his song “Middle Child” and Dreamville’s “Down Bad” as well as in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category for his collaboration with Young Thug and Travis Scott on “The London.” Cole’s Dreamville Festival returns to Raleigh for its second year on April 4, 2020. Tickets are available at www.DreamvilleFest.com
Best Musical Theater Album – Hadestown featuring Eva Noblezada
Hadestown won Best Musical Theater Album last night, and Eva Noblezada, who attended Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, was one of the principal soloists recognized for the award. Starring in the role of Eurydice, this Grammy Award is one of many recognitions Noblezada has received for her part in the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Anais Mitchell’s album of the same name.
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance – Attacca Quartet performing Caroline Shaw’s Orange
The Attacca Quartet received the Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album Orange, composed by Greenville native and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. This was Shaw’s fourth Grammy nomination and second win. With collaborations and critical recognition across multiple genres and forms of media, we can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2020 and beyond.
Best Opera Recording – Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring North Carolina Symphony alumna Krista River
Mezzo-soprano Krista River’s career has taken her around the world, and one of her stops along the way was with the North Carolina Symphony where she assumed the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. While she is not from North Carolina, we’d like to think her time spent here contributed to her journey to being cast for Fantastic Mr. Fox, the 2020 Grammy Award-winner for Best Opera Recording.
Roberta Flack is the only performer ever to win consecutive Record of the Year Grammy Awards, first for “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” in 1971 – and next for “Killing Me Softly with His Song” in 1972.