Margo Price Reacts to Her First Grammy Nod & 2019's Nominees: 'It Feels Like a More Even Playing Field'

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Margo Price is at present mixing a bit of labor with pleasure in Los Angeles -- she's out west to play some exhibits and take her Eight-year-old son to Disneyland this week -- so she was fairly stunned when her telephone began ringing earlier than the solar got here up with cries of congratulations on the opposite finish of the road early Friday morning (Dec. 7).

"I used to be laying in mattress and I had my telephone subsequent to me, and I began getting loopy telephone calls at 5:30, 6 a.m.," she tells Billboard. "I used to be exhausted and actually wanted to get some sleep, so my husband rolled over and was like, 'What is happening?' And I'm going, 'Well, I simply received a Grammy nomination.' He’s like, 'ARE YOU SERIOUS? THAT’S AMAZING!' I’m like, 'Yeah -- however let’s sleep a bit bit extra!'" 

Price is without doubt one of the six ladies nominated for greatest new artist on the 2019 Grammy Awards, an honor that comes a bit over a yr after the 2017 drop of her most up-to-date album, All American Made, which peaked at No. 12 on the Top Country Chart.

Below, Price unpacks her nomination, how thrilled she is for her pal and 2019's most-nominated artist Brandi Carlile, and why this yr's nominations really feel like a step in the appropriate, progressive route.

Where had been you this morning if you discovered? I hope you weren’t up on the break of day given how early it was on the West Coast when these nominations had been introduced…

I attempted to return to mattress for a short time, but it surely was actually laborious to sleep! My thoughts was racing. So yeah -- I wakened, I baked eggs, I went to the health club, and I’ve been on the telephone all morning speaking to household and mates and my bandmates, simply my entire workforce, all people that I work with. I’ve gotten so many nice, supportive messages. It’s been an emotional morning.

Of these folks, who was the primary to succeed in out? Besides your husband, clearly.

Actually, the Raconteurs known as me! [Laughs] Jack [White] known as me to inform me congrats, and he handed the telephone round, the entire band. They had been engaged on some stuff, and it was actually cool that it they had been all collectively -- I’m a superfan of the Raconteurs, so it was a very cool first telephone name.

How do you're feeling about the truth that six of the eight nominees in your class are feminine?

Amazing. This yr’s Grammy nominations on the whole, it appears like a extra even taking part in discipline. I actually suppose after final yr’s feedback and the shortage of feminine illustration, it’s sensible -- it’s wonderful to see Janelle Monáe and Brandi Carlile up there. I’m actually excited to see them up there and girls on the whole.

I do know you’re shut with Brandi and that you just’ve shared the stage together with her for fairly a while -- and she or he’s the most-nominated feminine artist on the Grammys this yr.

She despatched me a message and we’ve been texting a bit bit this morning. I’m thrilled for her. She's so deserving. She has labored so laborious. It offers me hope for my future as properly. I believe she’s a very real human. She’s completed a lot unbelievable humanitarian work this yr with refugees and elevating cash and being a robust voice for girls at the moment. I’m thrilled for her.

What does it imply for you that All American Made is the album that performed a hand in incomes you this explicit nomination?

I’m proud that this album knocked a few these doorways down. Obviously, it was a threat to place out a political album. I’m certain I misplaced a few followers for it, however I do know I’m going to realize many extra followers who respect me having a voice. It’s been a whirlwind couple of years with the political local weather and America feels so divided. I’m happy with the album that I made. I’m particularly happy with the music “All American Made.” I took an opportunity, however I’m glad I did.

Margo Price Reacts to Her First Grammy Nod & 2019's Nominees: 'It Feels Like a More Even Playing Field'