Brandi Carlile On Being the Most-Nominated Woman of the 2019 Grammys: 'I'm Honestly In Such Disbelief'


Folk singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has a lot to rejoice after as we speak’s unveiling of the 2019 Grammy nominees. She is the most-nominated lady of the 61st annual Grammy Awards with a complete of six nominations -- together with nods in three of the Big four classes. Her sixth studio album, By The Way, I Forgive You, is up for album of the yr, whereas her monitor “The Joke” is nominated for tune of the yr and report of the yr. She additionally has nods for finest Americana album, finest American roots tune and finest American roots efficiency.

Despite having launched 5 different albums, Carlile has solely obtained one prior nomination -- a nod in the perfect Americana album for 2015’s The Firewatcher's DaughterBillboard caught up with Carlile to speak about how she’s celebrating the information (Dom Perignon!), her cameo in A Star Is Born and extra.

You are the most-nominated feminine artist for the 2019 Grammys. How does that really feel?

Dude. Somebody simply advised me that, in these phrases, and I’m actually in such disbelief, I don’t even know tips on how to converse to it. Wow -- what a dream come true. What an honor.

How did you discover out about your nominations?

[My publicist] Asha known as me at 5:30 within the morning and woke me up. I’m on the West Coast. She advised me, and I couldn’t even perceive what was happening. I can’t even consider it -- even proper on this very second.   

How are you celebrating?   

I’m going to have the twins [Carlile’s co-writers and backup musicians, identical twins Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth] over, and I’m going to cook dinner sea bass. We’re going to drink Dom Perignon, sit round, take heed to our report and pat one another on the again.

Before this, you’ve solely had one nomination, which is loopy to me. Does it really feel validating to get this recognition after six albums?

I don’t learn about “validating.” It’s simply such an amazing honor. I’ll inform you the reality: Before my Americana album nomination for Firewatcher's Daughter, I thought that being acknowledged by the Grammy’s was such a far-fetched idea for me. I by no means even knew when submissions have been due or when nominations have been introduced; it was simply one thing I watched on TV like everybody else.

When I used to be advised that I bought nominated for Firewatcher, I used to be on an airplane and bought a textual content from the man who ran the report label saying, “Yo, B, congratulations on the nomination.” I simply wrote proper again saying, “No, that is Brandi.” I believed he was attempting to textual content Brittany Howard as a result of the Alabama Shakes have been on my label. That was a shock to me, so are you able to think about how I really feel as we speak?

And now you’re nominated in three of the Big four classes! This yr’s pool of nominees has such a powerful displaying of queer girls: you, Janelle Monáe, Lady Gaga, Linda Perry and so many extra. What does this imply by way of visibility?

That means all the things, and we have now lots of people to thank for that. And Linda’s certainly one of them, for positive. Those of us which are just a bit bit youthful than her and the Indigo Girls, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Ok.D. Lang, George Michael and so forth and so fourth -- our highway has been paved with parody and humility. And that’s one thing I’ll always remember. Those folks have been parodied for being homosexual via the course of their profession in a manner that might by no means be acceptable now.

Speaking of Lady Gaga, you're nominated within the Song of the Year class alongside together with her and Bradley Cooper for his or her tune “Shallow.” You made a short cameo in A Star Is Born throughout a fictional Grammy efficiency -- it was meant to be!

It’s so bizarre, isn’t it? I’m simply placing that collectively listening to you say that. And I recorded that tune, “Pretty Woman,” for it with Marlon Williams.

If you win, what are the percentages that you may get Bradley to reenact his oopsie second from A Star is Born throughout your acceptance speech?

I believe they’re fairly good. Actually, Bradley was texting me his congratulations this morning, and I used to be gonna ask him if he was going to return on stage throughout my acceptance speech and moist himself. But he simply wasn’t receptive to that. [Laughs]

Which nomination have been you most stunned by?

Album of the yr. There have been superb albums made this yr. All of the folks I’m nominated with are exceptionally worthy -- and so many individuals that weren’t nominated are exceptionally worthy. So to have my album thought of amongst these folks is simply gorgeous to me.

Out of your fellow album of the yr nominees, which album is your favourite?

I nearly don’t wish to say as a result of I don’t wish to decide a favourite or affect anyone. I’m completely obsessive about Kendrick Lamar and Drake and the activists they're of their music. I can't keep off Cardi B’s Instagram -- I’m obsessed together with her. 

I believe Kacey Musgraves made a revolutionary report that I've listened to and worn out. She’s an excellent songwriter and I’ve at all times identified that. And then Janelle Monáe! She is simply my queen. I completely adore her. There is simply a lot happening proper now that I really like musically. If I might decide any yr over the course of my total profession to be included within the Grammys, it could be this yr.

Between you, Janelle, H.E.R. and Kacey Musgraves, there are numerous left-of-center singer-songwriter nominees this yr. Do you assume increasing the classes to eight nominees helped create room for expertise that's type of left of mainstream?

One factor I don’t have an opinion on is whether or not or not that’s a great or a nasty factor. I simply don’t know sufficient to supply up an experience on that. But I'll say: Yeah, I don’t assume I might have gotten in if it was down to 5. And I believe it’s cool as a result of it gave an alternative for a extra various nominees listing. And that’s various in all methods: in style, in sexual orientation, in gender. There’s been a shift in consciousness.

Brandi Carlile On Being the Most-Nominated Woman of the 2019 Grammys: 'I'm Honestly In Such Disbelief'