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December 07, 2016

Rhiannon Giddens Nominated for Two Grammy Awards

The formidable Rhiannon Giddens (Fifty for the Future Composer, Year One) has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for Factory Girl: Best American Roots Performance on the title track, and Best Folk Album on the EP itself. Recorded during the T Bone Burnett–produced sessions for Rhiannon Giddens’s highly acclaimed solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, Factory Girl includes songs written or made famous by musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp; a song co-written by Giddens; a traditional Gaelic mouth music tune; and the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Giddens wrote additional lyrics. “It’s a clutch of tunes that work together like the cards in a winning poker hand,” says the New York Times. “Her accompaniment … points to an ageless gold standard for American roots music.” “Deftly curated, gorgeously sung,” says NPR, “this EP is America.”

Congratulations, Rhiannon! Kronos is honored to have you on our roster of Fifty for the Future composers.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS. For more information, including a complete list of nominees, visit grammy.com.

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