Well, we can officially put to bed any lingering concerns about the Picked to Click Curse. The 2014 winner of our annual best-new band poll, St. Paul's Allan Kingdom, received the highest musical honor in the land Monday, when "All Day," the Kanye West track he's featured on, scored two 2016 Grammy nominations.
The Kanye West single, which is up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, also features Trinidadian-born rapper/singer Theophilus London and friggin' Paul McCartney. Kingdom, 22, performed "All Day" onstage with Ye this year at the Brit Awards and the Billboard Music Awards, becoming entangled in Kardashion-related boos at the latter event. You can bump the song via YouTube here:
When not collaborating with rap gods and scoring Grammy Awards consideration, the real-life Allan Kyariga performs and records with his psychedelic R&B/rap outfit the Stand4rd. In 2014, the Canadian-born Woodbury High School grad released his third solo album, Future Memoirs, as well as the Thestand4rd's eponymous debut, making us all feel old and untalented. His latest LP, Northern Lights, dropped last month.
Elsewhere in the internal quest for local tie-ins ...
Minneapolis-born rap producer Columbus "Rahki" Smith is nominated for his work on Kendrick Lamar's landmark LP To Pimp a Butterfly, which is up for Album of the Year. Lamar leads this year's class with 11 nominations. Read our 2014 feature on Rahki here.
Ya boy Bobby D snagged a Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album nomination for his treatment of Frank Sinatra tunes on Shadows in the Night, plus one for Best Historical Album on the strength of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11.
Grammy-winning jazz composer/director Maria Schneider — a native of Windom, Minnesota — earned two noms: Best Arrangement for Vocal and Instrumental (for Bowie’s “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)") and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (for The Thompson Fields).
Twin Cities opera composer Stephen Paulus died in 2014, but his Prayers & Remembrances score earned a posthumous nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.