Best Americana Album
The Firewatcher’s Daughter Brandi Carlile
While Carlile is a Seattle institution, she seems like a plucky fresh-faced newcomer in a loaded Best Americana Album field. Every other artist nominated has won a Grammy or 13 (in Emmylou Harris’s case) during their career. Odds: 30 to 1.
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Guitar in the Space Age! Bill Frissell
The Best Contemporary Instrumental Album is always a wild card. Don’t believe us? Past winners include Burt Bacharach, the Beastie Boys, Peter Frampton, and Chris Thile. So yeah, Frisell’s interstellar jazz shredding appears to have just as good a chance as the other nominees, because who knows? Odds: 5 to 1.
Best Orchestral Performance
Best Engineered Album (Classical)
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Henri Dutilleux’s Métaboles, L’arbre des songes, and Symphony No. 2 (Le double) Seattle Symphony
The resounding critical success of John Luther Adams’s 2015 Grammy-winning Become Ocean has made the Seattle Symphony a cool kid on the national classical scene—none other than Taylor Swift loved it so much she gifted the ensemble a cool $50K—so there’s a decent chance the symphony makes it back-to-back years with a win. Odds: 3 to 1.
Best Rock Album
Kintsugi Death Cab for Cutie
How the #$@% are Death Cab for Cutie and Slipknot up for the same award? This marks the first time DCFC has been nominated for Best Rock Album, not Best Alternative Music Album. With Muse and Best New Artist nominee (and dude we’ve never heard of) James Bay as the main competition, the moody tunes of Kintsugi could land Death Cab its first Grammy. Odds: 3 to 1.
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl) Sub Pop
In terms of aesthetics, I Love You, Honeybear deserves to win this Grammy. The popup-book-like diorama of Stacey Rozich’s hedonistic cartoons perfectly fit the album’s tone, and the gatefold playing the title track when open—like one of those musical birthday cards—was a stroke of brilliance. But the fancy packaging turned out to literally be a record-breaking device that warped the vinyl. What good is packaging sans the music? Odds: 50 to 1.
Here's a playlist of 2016's local Grammy-nominated musicians.