New Jersey scores big as Grammy nominations announced virtually

Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday, and New Jersey musicians were among those who were nominated.
The nomination announcements were a moment to celebrate in a year when the music industry is all but shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
West Orange native Bettye LaVette’s “Blackbirds” was nominated for best contemporary blues album. LaVette told News 12 New Jersey earlier this year that she wanted to honor the female singers who influenced her.
“It is paying tribute to and bringing attention to the bridge I came across, which is those women,” LaVette said.
Other New Jerseyans who were nominated include Bergen County native Jack Antonoff, who was nominated for a non-classical producer of the year award. He was also nominated for his work on album of the year nominee Taylor Swift’s “Folklore.”
Union native, songwriting phenom Nija Charles, 23, received four nominations.
And acclaimed bassist Christian McBride of Montclair was nominated in the jazz instrumental category.
This year has been hard on the music industry. The pandemic has forced music venues to shut down and gigs to be canceled – a hardship for musicians. These challenges were acknowledged as the nominations were streamed virtually.
The winners to be announced on Jan. 31, with details yet to come on how the ceremony will be broadcast.