POLL: Who Should Win Best Folk Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards?
Since 2012 (when the Civil Wars won for Barton Hollow), the Best Folk Album category at the Grammy Awards has combined the awards show's previous categories of Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Traditional Folk Album. At the 2017 Grammys, the category features five top-notch albums.
In 2016, Judy Collins and Ari Hest teamed up Silver Skies Blues, after having worked together on "Strangers Again," the title track of Collins' 2015 album, as well as on “The Fire,” for Collins' 2014 record Live in Ireland. It's the first time in Collins' career that she's made a whole record with another artist -- and this Grammys nod is the first for Hest, and the fifth for Collins.
Robbie Fulks received his first Grammys nomination ever for Upland Stories this year. An added bonus? The record's "Alabama at Night" also received a nomination for Best American Roots Song.
Factory Girl gave Rhiannon Giddens her a third career Grammys nom. She won Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011, for Genuine Negro Jig, and was nominated for Best Folk Album in 2016, for Tomorrow Is My Turn.
At 25 years old, Sierra Hull's already released three albums via Rounder Records; her most recent, Weighted Mind, is nominated for Best Folk Album this year. Fun fact: Alison Krauss called Hull up on the Grand Ole Opry stage when she was only 11 years old; two years later, she signed with Rounder.
Also 25, Sarah Jarosz is in contention for Best Folk Album in 2017 with her Undercurrent record. She's no stranger to the Grammys, either: In 2014, she earned two nods, one for Best American Roots Song ("Build Me Up From Bones") and one for Best Folk Album (Build Me Up From Bones).
Who should win Best Folk Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards? Vote for your pick in the poll below as often as once an hour until 11:59PM ET on Feb. 9; we’ll tabulate the results and use them for our winners predictions.
The 59th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 12. The Late Late Show host James Corden will host the televised ceremony, which will begin at 8PM ET on CBS; the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony will begin at 3:30PM ET and be available to stream online.
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