Hat’s off and best of luck to our own Grammy nominee, maestro David Alan Miller for Best Orchestral Performance with the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic — his third nomination in five years. Miller, soloist Evelyn Glennie and the Albany Symphony won a Best Classical Instrumental Solo Grammy (2014) for their recording of John Corigliano’s “Conjurer.”
Many Grammy nominees have played here recently, or will, starting with Ghost playing tonight at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave. at North Pearl St., Albany).
Nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song, the masked Swedish hard rockers reflect the macabre theatrical vision of leader Tobias Forge. Ghost won a Best Metal Performance Grammy (2016). 8 p.m. $79.50, $39.50. 800-745-333 www.palacealbany.org
Regina Carter (Improvised Jazz Solo) plays the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Feb. 2, Cecile McLorin Salvant (Best Jazz Vocal Album) sings there March 19 with the Monterey Jazz Festival Tour, and Ariana Grande (Pop Vocal Album, and Pop Solo Performance) sings March 18 at the Times Union Center.
This year’s leading nominees have also played here in the past. Kendrick Lamar, leading with eight nominations, played this June at SPAC, where Drake (seven nominations) played in 2012; and Brandi Carlile (six nominations) played the Palace in May.
Anderson East (Best American Roots Performance) played The Egg last month and the Travelin’ McCourys (Best Bluegrass Album) played Caffe Lena, also last month, when the Wood Brothers (Americana Album) played the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Justin Timberlake (nominated for Pop Duo/Group Performance with Chris Stapleton) played the Times Union Center in October, while Stapleton (Best Country Album, and Country Solo Performance) played SPAC in August. Also in August, Halestorm (Rock Performance) played the new Albany Capital Center and Dom Flemons (Best Folk Album) played Caffe Lena.
In September, David Byrne (Alternative Music Album) played the Palace and Margo Price (New Artist) played SPAC.
July brought Bombino (World Music Album) to Music Haven.
In June, a month rich in festivals, Gregory Porter (Traditional Pop Album) played SPAC’s Freihofer’s Jazz Festival and Dan + Shay (Country Duo/Group Performance) played WGNA’s CountryFest 2018.
Earlier this year, Between the Buried and Me (Metal Performance) played Upstate Concert Hall, Mary Gauthier (Best Folk Album) played WAMC’s The Linda and Brad Mehldau (Improvised Jazz Solo, and Jazz Instrumental Album) played The Egg.
Looking further back, Cardi B (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Maroon 5 and two shared nominations for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical) played the Times Union Center, a visit marred by the infamous Albany Hilton Hotel eviction with her posse.
Also looking back, Kurt Elling (Jazz Vocal Album) played the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Post Malone (Record of the Year, Pop Solo Performance, Rap/Sung Performance) played SPAC and UAlbany’s ParkFest, Fantastic Negrito (Contemporary Blues Album) played Cohoes Music Hall, Julian Lage (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album) played The Egg with Nels Cline and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album) played SPAC’s Freihofer’s Jazz Festival.
I agree with those who say excess categories devalue the Grammys and that nominations should be limited to one per artist or project, more like the Academy Awards or the Emmys. However, there’s no arguing with the quality of the Grammy-nominated artists playing here soon or in the past. In fact, odds are that concert activity is so busy here, this list is incomplete.