Above: Old Crow Medicine Show, Spoleto Festival USA 2016. Photo by Julia Lynn.

Spoleto Festival USA alumni are widely represented in the 2024 GRAMMY Award nominations.   

Rhiannon Giddens, co-composer of the score for Spoleto Festival USA’s original opera Omar, is nominated for two awards. A two-time GRAMMY Award winner, MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her work on Omar, Giddens is nominated in the Best American Roots Performance and Best Americana Album categories. 

Rhiannon Giddens performs at Spoleto Festival USA 2022. Photo by William Struhs.

Two-time Spoleto performers, The War & Treaty are nominated for two awards including Best New Artist. The husband and wife duo last appeared at Spoleto in 2022. They are also nominated for Best American Roots Song. 

Three new GRAMMY categories will debut at the 2024 GRAMMYs including Best Alternative Jazz Album, for which two Spoleto alumni, Vijay Iyer and Kurt Elling, are each nominated. 

Here are the other 2024 GRAMMY nominees who’ve appeared at the Festival over the years: 

Yo-Yo Ma (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) 

Seth Parker Woods (Best Classical Instrumental Solo) 

Karim Sulayman (Best Classical Solo Vocal Album) 

Old Crow Medicine Show (Best Folk Album)

Fred Hersch (Best Jazz Performance, Best Jazz Vocal Album) 

Jon Batiste (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Jazz Performance, Best American Roots Performance) 

The Count Basie Orchestra (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album) 

Vijay Iyer (Best Alternative Jazz Album, Best Global Music Performance) 

Kurt Elling (Best Alternative Jazz Album) 

Julian Lage (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album) 

Allison Russell (Best American Roots Performance, Best Americana Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Americana Album) 

Allison Russell performs at Spoleto Festival USA 2022. Photo by William Struhs.

Brandi Carlile (Best Americana Performance) 

Rodney Crowell (Best Americana Album) 

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway (Best Bluegrass Album) 

Dom Flemons (Best Folk Album) 

Nickel Creek (Best Folk Album) 

Bela Fleck (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Best Global Music Performance, Best Instrumental Composition) 

Daniel Schlosberg (Best Classical Solo Vocal Album) 

Imani Winds (Best Classical Compendium) 

Chick Corea (Best Classical Compendium) 

Andy Diehl (Best Classical Compendium) 

The 66th GRAMMY Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 4.