Tucked in all that Grammy good news for Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys are nominations for some artists with local ties.
The music award show announced the 2012 nominations last night in a glamorous hour-long show featuring Taylor Swift and other big names. Not getting big play on the big show, though, were announcements that artists like sitar player and longtime Encinitas resident Ravi Shankar were up for awards as well. The onetime Beatles collaborator is competing this year for a statuette for Best World Music Honors, for his “Living Room Sessions, Part 1.” It’s not the musician’s first time flirting with a Grammy – he already has three of the awards for past accomplishments.
Grammy nominations are a family affair for the Shankar clan – Ravi’s daughter, Anoushka, will be competing with her dad in the same category. Her nomination came for the album “Traveler.”
Other San Diego artists getting the nod Wednesday night included Nickel Creek mandolin player Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, a violinist with San Diego ties, both of whom perform with Yo-Yo Man in “The Goat Radio Sessions,” which received a nomination for Best Folk Album.
Tom Waits, another of San Diego’s favorite sons with good news on Wednesday, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for his latest release, “Bad As Me.” The Chula Vista native has taken home the award before – he won for “Bone Machine” in the early ‘90s, and “Mule Variations,” in 1999.