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Greta Van Fleet, Eminem, Bettyle LaVette and more nomimated for Grammy Awards

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com,@GraffonMusic on Twit

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Greta Van Fleet is in the running for some Grammy Award gold next year.

The Frankenmuth rock group is nominated in four categories for the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Friday morning, Dec. 7. The quartet is one of eight acts in the running for the prestigious Best New Artist, while its "From The Fires" got the nod in the Best Rock Album category. "Highway Tune" is nominated for Best Rock Performance, while "Black Smoke Rising is up for Best Rock Song.

Those put GVF atop the list of local Grammy nominees, which also include Eminem, singer Bettye LaVette and violinists Regina Carter and Jeremy Kittel.

"I don't think any of us ever expected to launch into these realms," GVF frontman Josh Kiszka said before the October release of the group's new album, "Anthem of the Peaceful Army." "It is a rocket ride. If we have time off and I'm thinking about it, it's been quite overwhelming, I guess."

GVF will be finishing its 2018 touring schedule with three sold-out shows Dec. 27, 29 and 30 at Detroit's Fox Theatre.

Eminem, who's won 15 Grammy Awards to date, is up for Best Rap Song for "Lucky You" from his latest album, "Kamikaze," while R&B veteran LaVette scored two nominations -- Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Don't Fall Apart" and Best Americana Album for her Bob Dylan covers set "Things Have Changed." Carter, who's also a member of the group Straight Ahead, received a Best Improvised Jazz Solo nomination for "Some of That Sunshine," while roots fiddler Kittel's "Chrysalis," with his Kittle & Co. band, is up for Best Instrumental Composition."

Rapper Kendrick Lamar led all Grammy nominees with eight, while Drake had seven and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile netted six. The Grammys will be awarded Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS (WWJ-TV, Channel 62 in Detroit).

A full list of nominees can be found at grammy.com.

Web Site: www.grammy.com

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