Iowa Native Celebrated First of Many Nominations at 2022 Grammys
It was music's biggest night, and also a big night for one Iowa native. One performer from the Hawkeye State collaborated with two major players in the music industry for a Grammy-nominated song.
Shueyville native, Hailey Whitters, is a country superstar on the rise. She's been blowing up recently thanks to several big projects and collaborations.
In November, fans of the hit show Yellowstone might remember when a Hailey Whitters song was featured on the program. Her 2015 track 'Black Sheep' played during the first few minutes of an episode this season.
You can check out more details about this exciting pop culture moment here!
And then there was yet another exciting Yellowstone connection with the country star that happened this year! Luke Grimes, also known on the show as Kayce Dutton, helped her tease new music that has since been released.
You can check out that fun video here!
Her recent album Raised came out on March 18th. This new body of work is described as, "a cinematic rendering of her upbringing in Shueyville" according to Vulture.
This album release coincides with a major career milestone for the artist. Last November, a song that Whitters helped co-write was nominated for a Grammy.
The song, a duet featuring Brandi Carlile and Alicia Keys called, 'A Beautiful Noise' was nominated for Song of the Year. Whitters collaborated with Keys, Carlile, Brandy Clark, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry, and Ruby Amanfu on the track.
This actually marks her very first Grammy nomination! Whitters shared photos of her very first time attending the awards show on her social media channels.
The ladies all went up against some major music powerhouses in this category. Here is a full list of all of the people who were nominated:
- "A Beautiful Noise" — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys And Brandi Carlile)
- "drivers license" — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
- "Fight For You" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
- "Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
- "Kiss Me More" — Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat feat. SZA)
- "Leave The Door Open" — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
- "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
- "Peaches" — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha "Fury" King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
- "Right On Time" — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
Bruno Mars and his team ended up taking the award home for their song 'Leave The Door Open.'
The Grammy-nominated artist will be making a return to the Hawkeye State sooner, rather than later. Whitters is wrapping up her first headlining tour in her hometown. The Heartland Tour will officially conclude with two shows at DanceMor Ballroom in Swisher.