Grammy Awards 2017: The Roots Music Winners List

2017 Grammy Awards

Oh, goodness. The 2017 Grammy Awards have arrived. For many in the No Depression audience, the Grammys have not mattered a ton for the past several... decades? But in an interesting turn of events, Americana and American roots music have made increasing strides on the awards circuit, and on the Billboard charts. Even one of our own, Sturgill Simpson, has been nominated for Album of the Year.

I'll be updating this post throughout the evening with every Americana/roots-adjacent Grammy winner. Tune into the Grammys Preview Show right here, and follow our live commentary on Twitter.

The 2017 Grammy Awards air tonight on CBS at 8 p.m. For a full list of roots music nominees, click here.


Best Country Solo Performance

"My Church"
Maren Morris
Track from: Hero
Label: Columbia Nashville

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Willie Nelson
Label: Legacy Recordings

Best Regional Roots Music Album

E Walea
Kalani Pe'a
Label: Kalani Pe’a Music Llc

Best Folk Album

Sarah Jarosz
Label: Sugar Hill Records

Best Contemporary Blues Album

The Last Days Of Oakland
Fantastic Negrito
Label: Believe Global/Blackball Universe

Best Traditional Blues Album

Porcupine Meat
Bobby Rush
Label: Rounder Records

Best American Roots Performance

"House Of Mercy"
Sarah Jarosz
Track from: Undercurrent Label: Sugar Hill Records

Best American Roots Song

"Kid Sister"
Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)
Track from: Kid Sister Label: Rounder Records; Publisher(s): Vinny Mae Music admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing

Best Americana Album

This Is Where I Live
William Bell
Label: Stax

Best Bluegrass Album

Coming Home
O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor
Label: Rounder Records

Best Country Album

A Sailor's Guide To Earth
Sturgill Simpson
Label: Atlantic

Best Country Song

"Humble And Kind"
Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
Track from: Damn Country Music Label: Big Machine Records; Publisher(s): Songs of Universal, Inc./Hoodie Songs

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
Label: RCA Records

Best Roots Gospel Album

Label: Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings

Best World Music Album

Sing Me Home
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Label: Masterworks

Best Historical Album

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector's Edition)
Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)
Label: Columbia/Legacy

Congrats to Sturgill for Best COUNTRY Album. My review of Sturgill's entry for Country Album of the Year and Album of the Year from this past year:

Hey Will...I remember that the original review ND published on this was lukewarm about the record and your review published right good as it is, I bet you didn't anticipate a Grammy...I was surprised he even got nominated, let alone won (that's a recurring theme lately it seems)...wonder what the "hat acts" are thinking this morning...

Thanks Jim. I wasn't surprised he was nominated and won for Best Country Album. I wasn't expecting a win obviously for overall Best Album, but right, just to be nominated (not that I personally care for the others in the category). However I wasn't completely surprised at the nom as his album was pretty much no. 1 across the charts when I wrote this, stopped only by posthumous buying reaction to Prince's death. And I agree, the "official" ND review was lukewarm, bland and short for the significance of the release, which is why I post this. 

Congratulations to the winners...Sturgill for sure, but also fine music from Sarah Jarosz. William Bell, Time Jumpers, Lori KcKenna...Joey of Joey and Rory grew up here in the county where I live...she passed away of cancer a year or so ago...nice posthemous tribute to her as well...they'd been nominated before but never won...


Best Contemporary Blues Album ... "The Last Days Of Oakland" ... Of course it is!!!!