80+ SXSW Music Alumni Nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards

Written by Rory Burbeck | Thursday, Dec 10, 2015
Clockwise from left: Angelique Kidjo, Lady Gaga, Courtney Barnett, Kendrick Lamar.

Photos, clockwise from left: Angelique Kidjo, Lady Gaga, Courtney Barnett, Kendrick Lamar

We’re sending a big congratulations out to the more than 80 SXSW Music alumni speakers and artists, as well as one 2016 SXSW Music speaker, on receiving nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards earlier this week.

Several of our alumni performers received multiple nominations, including Alabama Shakes, James Bay, Kendrick Lamar, Diplo, Buddy Guy, Jason Isbell and more. 2015 Grulke Prize winners Courtney Barnett and Leon Bridges were nominated for Best New Artist and Best R&B Album respectively.

Our last three Music Keynote Speakers, Dave Grohl, Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg, were all nominated for awards, as were legendary past speakers Mavis Staples, George Clinton, Patti Smith and more. 2016 SXSW Music Speaker Angelique Kidjo received a nod for Best World Music Album.

Check out the full list of SXSW Music alumni nominated for Grammy Awards below, or venture over to grammy.com/nominees for the complete listing. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards take place on Monday, February 15, 2016.

SXSW Music Alumni Nominated for 58th Grammy Awards

Alumni artist unless otherwise noted. Asterisk indicates multiple award nominee.

Alabama Shakes*
Courtney Barnett
James Bay*
Tony Bennett
Dierks Bentley
Big Sean (alumni speaker and artist)
Leon Bridges
Bomba Estereo (alumni speaker and artist)
Brandi Carlile
Jon Cleary
George Clinton (alumni speaker and artist)
J. Cole*
Sean Combs (alumni speaker)
Rodney Crowell* (alumni speaker and artist)
Alex Cuba
Rocky Dawuni
Andra Day*
Death Cab for Cutie
The Fairfield Four
Fetty Wap*
Florence + the Machine*
Kirk Franklin
Flying Lotus
Foo Fighters*
Roman GianArthur
Gilberto Gil (alumni speaker)
Robert Glasper
Ellie Goulding
Patty Griffin (alumni speaker and artist)
Dave Grohl (alumni speaker)
Buddy Guy*
Glen Hansard
Emmylou Harris* (alumni speaker and artist)
Hiatus Kaiyote
Highly Suspect*
Janis Ian
Jason Isbell*
Jamie xx
Wouter Kellerman
Tori Kelly
Angelique Kidjo (SXSW 2016 speaker)
Elle King*
Allan Kingdom
La Cuneta Son Machín
Lady Gaga (alumni speaker and artist)
Natalia Lafourcade (alumni speaker and artist)
Kendrick Lamar* (alumni speaker and artist)
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Lianne La Havas
Lamb of God
Lil Wayne* (alumni speaker and artist)
Theophilus London
Bob Ludwig* (alumni speaker)
Raul Malo (alumni speaker and artist)
The Mavericks
The Milk Carton Kids
Ashley Monroe*
My Morning Jacket
Punch Brothers*
Ed Sheeran*
Patti Smith (alumni speaker and artist)
Snoop Dogg (alumni speaker and artist)
Mavis Staples (alumni speaker and artist)
The Steeldrivers
Keith Urban
Abigail Washburn*
The Weeknd*
Kanye West*
Kirk Whalum
Pharrell Williams* (alumni speaker and artist)
Wiz Khalifa* (alumni speaker and artist)
Wolf Alice
Lee Ann Womack

Photo credits:
Angelique Kidjo photo by Gilles Marie Zimmerman
Lady Gaga photo by Kevin Mazur
Courtney Barnett photo by Chris Saucedo
Kendrick Lamar photo by Ted Esposito