Artists from across the spectrum of Spoleto Festival USA 2023 pepper the nominees list of the 2023 GRAMMY Awards, airing on CBS Sunday, Feb. 5. When you settle in to watch Sunday night, keep your fingers crossed for these nominees:
Tank and the Bangas’ Red Balloon is nominated in 2023 for Best Progressive R&B Album, fresh off a nomination last year for Best New Artist. Don’t miss fireworks onstage and in the sky as they headline the Wells Fargo Festival Finale, June 11.
Chris Thile is nominated for Best Folk Album GRAMMY Award with his band, and Spoleto alums, Punch Brothers. Thile returns to the Festival for two nights in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard with his other concern, Nickel Creek, May 31 and June 1.
Prolific drummer Terri Lyne Carrington keeps the beat on two of the nominated Best Jazz Instrumental albums, including New Standards Vol. 1 with pianist Kris Davis. Davis, Carrington, and Julian Lage, Trevor Dunn, and DJ Val Jeanty play under the Cistern Yard oaks as part of the 2023 Wells Fargo Jazz Series as Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons, June 2.
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra shook TD Arena the College of Charleston as part of the 2016 Wells Fargo Jazz series. He’s nominated for best Latin Jazz Album. In 2023, he returns on the dance bill, accompanying the superstar tap dancer Ayodele Casel’s Chasing Magic, May 27–29.
The homegrown Ranky Tanky holds a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Their backing man, drummer Quentin Baxter, is center stage at the 2023 Festival to open the Wells Fargo Jazz series, Quentin Baxter Quintet, May 27.
Past Spoleto artists with GRAMMY Award nominations
Beyond the nominees you can see during Spoleto Festival USA 2023, May 26–June 11, there are Spoleto connections all throughout the nominee list. Here are 2023 GRAMMY nominees who’ve appeared at the Festival over the years.
Brandi Carlile (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Americana Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Americana Album)
Molly Tuttle (Best New Artist, Best Bluegrass Album)
Cécile McLorin Salvant (Best Jazz Vocal Album)
Punch Brothers (Best Folk Album)
Linda May Han Oh (Best Jazz Instrumental Album)
Esperanza Spalding (Best Jazz Instrumental Album)
Wayne Shorter (Best Jazz Instrumental Album)
Allison Russell (Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song)
Del McCoury Band (Best Bluegrass Album)
Angélique Kidjo (Best Global Music Album)
Update, Feb. 6:
Congratulations to Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, and Terri Lyne Carrington for their New Standards Vol. 1 which took home the hardware for Best Jazz Instrumental albums. Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway scored big, with their album Crooked Tree named Best Bluegrass Album. Arturo O’Farrill took top prize for Best Latin Jazz Album. Brandi Carlile bested the Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, and Best Americana Album categories. And Quentin Baxter’s Ranky Tanky makes sure a Grammy is headed back to the Holy City; their album took the title in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category.