Molly Tuttle is no stranger to music. Although she was just only nominated as Best New Artist at the Grammys, her experience and recognition were vast in the world of Bluegrass music.
Tuttle, along with Muni Long, Omar Apollo, Latto, Anitta, and Samara Joy, among a few others, has been nominated for Best New Artist at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
Out of the ten nominees, only Tuttle came from the unknown genre of Bluegrass.
Upon hearing the nomination, Tuttle confessed that she was in a “complete shock,” shaking as she took in the news of her nomination.
But contrary to popular belief, not all Best New Artist nominees only broke through a year ago. In fact, Tuttle has been thriving since 2017.
That year when she released her debut EP “Rise,” Tuttle also won the coveted Guitar Player of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. She also won the same award in 2018 and was nominated for three more consecutive years for the same category. Just last year, Tuttle bagged home the Female Vocalist of the Year on the prestigious award-giving body.
This goes to show that Tuttle’s Best New Artist and Best Bluegrass Album nomination wasn’t something of a giveaway nomination – it was a hard-earned one.
Speaking to the Grammys, Tuttle gushed about how it was a huge honor to receive a Bluegrass Album nomination, especially the Best New Artist nod.
“It’s a highlight of my career to be recognized by the GRAMMYs. The bluegrass GRAMMY is something I was really hoping I’d be nominated for,” she said. “To also be nominated for Best New Artist in a general category is something I wasn’t really expecting but am humbled by.”
Tuttle’s latest album, “Crooked Tree,” has reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums and No. 12 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums charts. It also won the Album of the Year at the 2023 International Folk Music Awards earlier this February 2023.
And her plans to make Bluegrass sound heard by more people – Tuttle’s idea is to make the genre more open.
“There’s been a big push in recent years to make the space more inclusive. A lot of my friends and I will talk about how queer people, people of color, women, we’ve always been a part of this music, but we haven’t always been recognized and treated equally within its circles,” she told the Grammys.
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