2011 was a banner year for Washingtonians nominated for Grammys, with Chuck Brown, Raheem DeVaughn, Carolyn Malachi and others all up for awards back in February.
This year is quieter on the local front. Among this year’s acts-with-local-ties to be nominated, two are up for Best Short Form Music Video. Memory Tapes, the recording project of New Jersey’s Dayve Hawk who records for the local indie label Carpark Records, is nominated for “Yes I Know.” (Watch the video above and read my 2008 profile of Carpark founder Todd Hyman.) Meantime, OK Go, the meme-loving rock band with members who grew up in the Washington area, are up for “All is Not Lost.” (Watch that below, and read this review of their Kennedy Center gig from back in June.)
Over in the Best Children’s Album field, musician, (and former Washington Post nightlife reporter), Eric Brace is nominated for “I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow,” an album he co-produced with Nashville Tennessean pop music scribe Peter Cooper. Real question: Does this mean I won’t be sitting next to Peter in the press room again on Grammy night?