Their creativity and artistry has graced our stages at the NC Folk Fest in Greensboro, and now they are international contenders for a 2020 GRAMMY Award!  The NC Folk Fest proudly recognizes five past festival participants for their work in the recording studio – three artists, one sound engineer, and one curator.

The GRAMMY Awards are presented annually (since 1958) by The Recording Academy in a peer-nominated and -voted process in honor of excellence in the recording arts and sciences.  The GRAMMYs are awarded to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not for sales or chart positions. Learn more about the GRAMMY’s.

Tune in to your local CBS station on January 26, 2020 at 8pm EST to view the live national broadcast of the GRAMMY Awards.

In the meantime, check these out!

  1. Rhiannon Giddens (artist)

Rhiannon is our hometown sweetheart who performed at the 2015 and 2018 festivals and was our “guest curator” for a special program at the 2018 event focused on the banjo.  Rhiannon has been nominated with collaborator Franceso Turrisi in the category of Best American Roots Performance for the song, “I’m On My Way” from the Album “There Is No Other.” This marks Rhiannon’s sixth GRAMMY nomination.  She has one previous GRAMMY win (2010) for Best Traditional Folk Album for “Genuine Negro Jig” with The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Rhiannon Giddens plays the fiddle as she smiles and leans towards to her fellow musician playing the guitar on a North Carolina Folk Festival stage.
Three members of Mariachi Los Camperos preform on a festival stage in traditional mariachi attire.

2. Mariachi Los Camperos (artist)

Mariachi Los Camperos performed at 2016 festival and are nominated in the category of Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) for their album, “De Ayer Para Siempre.”  This marks the group’s fourth GRAMMY nomination.  They have one previous GRAMMY win (2008) for Best Regional Mexican Album for “Amor, Dolor, Y Lagrimas: Musica Ranchera.

3. Amythyst Kiah (artist)

Amythyst Kiah performed at the 2018 festival. She is nominated in the category Best American Roots Song for penning “Black Myself” from the album “Songs from our Native Daughters” on which she appears with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell.  This marks Amythyst’s first GRAMMY nomination.

Amythyst Kiah stands in profile on stage, singing into a microphone and playing guitar.
Peter Reiniger adjusts his sound board in a covered tent with a NC Folk Festival Staff lanyard around his neck.

4. Peter Reiniger (sound engineer) 

Pete Reiniger has been a sound engineer at the Lawn Stage for the 2018 and 2019 festivals.  Pete is nominated in the category of Best Historical Album for his work as a sound engineer on “Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection” released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.  This marks Pete’s fifth GRAMMY nomination.  He has previously wont 3 GRAMMY’s for: Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for the Quetzal album “Imaginaries” (2012); Best Tejano Album for Los Texmaniacs’ album “Borders y Bailes” (2009); and Best Historical Album for “Anthology of American Folk Music – 1997: Expanded Edition” (1997)


5. Brendan Greaves (curator)

Brendan Greaves curated the folklife demonstration area featuring North Carolina pottery traditions at the 2015 festival. He is nominated in the category of Best Album Notes for the album Pedal Steal + Four Corners released on the Paradise of Bachelors label.  This is Brendan’s first nomination.


Brendan Greaves stands proudly with a slight smile and arms crossed in front of framed works of art on a gallery wall.
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