KDHX Drive – Monday, March 2 – Sunday, March 8

4 months ago

You never have to wait for one of our Drives to support KDHX’s programming, but we welcome you to give during our next Drive beginning on Monday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 8th.

KDHX is listener supported, independent radio and our Drives are a great time to renew your support or give a first-time gift.

You can give anytime at support.kdhx.org.

Hank Thompson Remembers His Friend DJ Wilson

6 months 3 weeks ago

As we reflect back on 2019, we would like to remember longtime KDHX radio host and podcaster, DJ Wilson of Collateral Damage, who passed away in April. We are honored to have worked with DJ and that he shared his wit and expertise with the station.

Hank Thompson, host and producer of the KDHX podcast Tangazo, and longtime friend of DJ Wilson, recently shared his memories of DJ as we take a moment to honor his memory.


I had the pleasure of knowing DJ Wilson for around 24 to 25 years.

I first became acquainted with DJ in the mid-nineties while I was working as a radio talk show host for KATZ 1600 AM. In those days, I was very active covering community and political events. I began to notice DJ covering some of those events for the Riverfront Times. We became friends.

I remember DJ with his Army jacket, his ever-present notepad and spectacles, showing up at places and events that we announced on the air that we would be attending. Over a period of time we became really good friends.

I learned about his family, including his five adopted African American children. I asked DJ to do some on-air work with me in 2000, which he did for a number of weeks. Forever the journalist, he brought authenticity to my radio show titled “Voices” on 1380 AM.

I was a frequent guest on DJ’s “Collateral Damage” radio show on KDHX 88.1 FM and later on the podcast “Collateral Damage.” Likewise DJ was a frequent guest host on my radio show “Voices,” which was now broadcast on WSIE 88.7 FM.

When DJ became ill he asked me to sit in for him on his “Collateral Damage” podcast, to which I agreed. This led to my own KDHX podcast “Tangazo.”

Dennis James Wilson, DJ, was the proverbial “brother from another mother,” one of the most talented journalists I’ve ever known and one of the most humble human beings with a great heart and spirit that I’ve ever had the privilege to know and to call my friend.

Hank Thompson


Be sure to listen to all the incredible episodes of Collateral Damage he recorded at KDHX

A Message From KDHX

7 months 3 weeks ago

Over the last year, KDHX has been at the center of a conversation driven by many different members of the St. Louis community. While we at KDHX made the initial decision not to release a reactive response, we now feel it is time to update our community on where we are headed. As we prepare for a new year, we recognize our opportunities for growth and find ourselves in a unique position to learn through those opportunities. As a community-driven radio station, we seek to lead by example and serve as the example to our peers. 

At KDHX, our Core Values – which include community, localism, and diversity – have informed our work and mission from our inception. Our mission has evolved over time to exemplify a more simply stated purpose, allowing us the flexibility to live in to new ideas and take risks that use community feedback to inform our work. To that end, we choose to embrace the latitude this mission provides. Our Board of Directors has undertaken a Strategic Planning process to ensure that our work explicitly aligns with our Core Values and our commitment to community. We intend to deepen this commitment, beginning with continued open and honest communication. We plan to undertake both the important work of recommitting to our internal organizational culture and of reconnecting with our broader St. Louis Community.  We recognize this is an ongoing process. We embrace it fully – asking questions when we don’t know the answers, ensuring we have input from all stakeholders and committing to ongoing transparent communication. 

From this perspective, we have a responsibility to identify if and when things don’t go as we intend. KDHX is committed to calling ourselves out and calling ourselves in to the important work of creating positive change and generating productive community conversation. While we have always engaged in these ideals, it is increasingly important in post-Ferguson St. Louis to note that anti-bias and anti-racist work is important across all sectors. We recognize that racial and gender equity is an outcome that cannot be achieved unless we are committed to doing the work. We are making that commitment. We intend to learn from our community and those who are invested in our mission. 

We are deeply grateful for and will continue to build on the dedication of our volunteers and the support of our loyal listeners and donors. There is much to learn and our hope is that you come along with us on this journey so that we may grow together. St. Louis is a vibrant and engaged community – KDHX is deeply committed to representing this vibrance as a voice for the community.

Please be on the lookout for regular updates from us as we work to lead by example. 


Win two tickets to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky

8 months 4 weeks ago

This contest is now closed. See official rules below.

KDHX will be 32 this month and we want to show our appreciation for those folks who have kept us on the air since 1987. 

Through October 14th, 2019, one lucky donor and/or contest entrant will be selected at random to win two tickets to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky, a four night all-inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky will be January 18–22 at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort and will feature performances by Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten, Kamasi Washington, Dr. Dog and more on the beach in Mexico. Simply make your gift to KDHX today, read the contest rules below,  and then fill out the entry form here: CLICK FOR ENTRY FORM.

When you fill out the online contest form, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win:

One (1) double occupancy (2 guests) room to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky January 18-22, 2020 at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (includes all taxes / fees)


1. How to Enter the Contest

a. You can submit your entry starting on October 1, 2019. All entries must be received by KDHX no later than 11:59pm, October 1, 2019. All times are Central Time.

b. To participate in the contest, you can fill out the ONLINE FORM, by 11:59pm, October 14, 2019. 

c. KDHX is not responsible for a submission that is lost, undelivered or misdirected, or for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the Internet, service outages or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches.

d. From all entries, ONE grand prize winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The winner will be notified by email. Prize must be claimed within 24 hours.


2. Eligibility Restrictions

The contest is open to adults (21 years or older). Employees of KDHX, its contest sponsors, volunteers managing the contest, and the members of their households are ineligible to participate in the contest or win. Only one entry per person will be considered.


3. The Prize Description

a. The prize will include:

One (1) double occupancy (2 guests) room to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky January 18-22, 2020 at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (includes all taxes / fees)

b. The prize has a total estimated retail value of $3,500.

c. All costs and expenses not specifically listed in the above prize description are the responsibility of the winner. No cash or other substitution, assignment or transfer of any prize permitted, except by Sponsor.

d. The station reserves the right to make changes to the rules of the contest, including the substitution of a prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement. If due to circumstances beyond the control of the Station, any prize-related event is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or canceled, the Station reserves the right, but not the obligation, to cancel or modify the contest and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.

e. The winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes. The winner is responsible for all fees and expenses associated with the acceptance, use and/or misuse of the prize not expressly included in the prize description. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

f. The prize will be distributed by Contest Sponsor.


4. Selection of Winner

a. Decisions of station management with respect to the contest are final.

b. The grand prize winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, October 14, 2019 from all entries received by the deadline on Monday, October 14, 2019, and the first selected eligible contestant will be contacted as the winner of the contest.

c. Entrants need not be present to win. The winner will be contacted by email. If the winner does not claim the prize within 24 hours of notification, that contestant will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected and notified in order from the alternate entries drawn.


5. Conditions

a. Payment of all federal, state and local taxes is the sole responsibility of the winner.

b. By participating in the contest, the winner agrees to have his or her name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to this contest without additional financial or other compensation, and to sign a publicity release prior to acceptance of the prize. The winner must also sign a prize receipt and certify compliance with all eligibility requirements prior to release of the prize.

c. KDHX, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person for tampering with the entry process or with the operation of the KDHX Web Site or who is otherwise in violation of the rules.

d. Additional travel costs and other expenses associated with the fulfillment of the prize are the responsibility of the winner and not the responsibility of KDHX or the Contest Sponsor.


6. Right to Make Changes

KDHX reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the contest. There is no substitution, transfer, assignment, or cash equivalent for prizes.


7. No Purchase Required

No purchase or donation is necessary.


8. Responsibilities

KDHX is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the contest or in the announcement of a prize, or cancellation of the performance.


9. Copies of the Contest Rules

Copies of the written contest rules will be available up to 30 days after the end of the contest at KDHX.org. You may also receive the rules by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to KDHX Contest Rules – SEE WILCO IN MEXICO, Jesse Hebisen, 3524 Washington, St Louis, MO, 63103.



Jean Ponzi: Negativity and Positivity in a Time of Reckoning

10 months ago

“At first I thought, ‘Don’t talk about negativity. We are awash in negativity. People don’t want to talk about negativity.’ But then I realized, it is exactly what we need to be talking about.”

Jean Ponzi is excitedly recounting how she came to be one of the featured speakers in the upcoming TEDxGatewayArch Crash Course event, set for September 12, 6-9 PM at The Pageant. For 25 years Ponzi has been one of St. Louis’ most visible environmental professionals, known for her work at the Missouri Botanical Garden, her Earthworm Castings column in Healthy Planet Magazine and, of course, her KDHX podcast Earthworms. The event will feature four revolutionary speakers, three local entertainers and two interviews. 

Ponzi took a pleasantly rainy afternoon off from preparing for her presentation to discuss how negativity, environmentalism and philosophy fit together. 

Her presentation, “Earth Needs Negativity” is an examination of a concept she has long pondered. “The relationship with negativity has been the cornerstone of my philosophical outlook for my entire adult life.” She will dig into the concepts of duality, reciprocity and fear while reframing our relationship with what we call “negative” and “positive.”  

“You can look at that in a dualistic, linear way where you’re always on one end of the other, and always a little bit afraid we’re on the wrong end. And when we are afraid we can be controlled and manipulated,” warns Ponzi.

She approaches the topic from an ecological perspective, focusing on magnetism and life cycles. The consideration of negativity and positivity has pushed her to examine all preconceptions, and even the language she uses. “Let’s call the things that are bad by their true names: lying, greed, misogyny and racism. Let’s not dishonor negativity.”

As a woman, this is particularly poignant.  “From early point in my adulthood, I looked around and saw all that female stuff being defined as negative and I thought, ‘I don’t think so. Uh-uh.’”

She hopes her presentation will inspire a shift in a perspective for attendees. “I want the message to be a feeling of empowerment, and that what each person in the audience has to offer is needed … This is a time of reckoning for the human species. We are the dominant species on the planet. Our activity is impacting all other living things and all living systems … As such, our species has a responsibility … With a TED Talk you are seeding an idea into the hearts and minds of everyone who is watching.”

Seeding ideas is a way of life for Ponzi. Her podcast Earthworms is her longest running “job” and “because I still have little Earthworms segments, I am the woman who has been on <KDHX> the longest.” 

She uses Earthworms to focus on the encouraging actions people are taking and differences they are making as a way to counterbalance the painful realities of a burning Amazon rainforest, melting glaciers and endangered lives due to environmental negligence. “What a gift <Earthworms> has been for me as a professional and a human! And people are still listening even though there are a zillion other things you can listen to.” 

Ponzi grew up in a musical family and even played the French horn in her youth. But when she took to the airwaves at KDHX in 1988, she didn’t play music. Instead, she was offered an opportunity to do a talk show and she jumped in. “I had no idea what talk shows were about. I had watched the Steve Allen show and early predecessors of Johnny Carson. But this was before Rush Limbaugh and before it was anything like it is today.” 

At first she did a general interest talk show where she interviewed guests at restaurants on Friday mornings “so we could have hash browns.” Then she was offered an opportunity to do a midday interview show on Wednesdays. Despite the lack of hash browns, Ponzi again jumped in. She soon decided to focus the show on her passion for environmental topics and “Earthworms” was born. 

“It has been a series of wonderful opportunities that landed in my lap and I was smart enough to meet them,” Ponzi said of her years of volunteer service with KDHX.

Despite those years on the air and giving hundreds of public presentations to groups large and small, preparing for Crash Course has been a crash course of its own. After an application and selection process that included boiling down her presentation into 100 words and doing a three-minute introduction, Ponzi then was paired with coaches supplied by TEDxGatewayArch to help her hone her presentation into 10 minutes that are polished, structured and focused. They hold group practice sessions and she is enjoying the support. “I’ve never had coaches before – it’s great!” “This experience of being a TEDx speaker will be transformative to how I do what I do.”  

For tickets and more information on the Crash Course event, visit the TEDxGatewayArch website.

And be sure to catch the latest episode of Earthworms!


Thank You For Your Support!

10 months 2 weeks ago

Thank you!

The volunteers and staff of KDHX thank you, the listeners, for supporting non-commercial, independent media during our August Drive.

It's not too late to donate! To learn more about becoming a supporter, or to update your donor information, visit our support page.

August Drive Is Here!

10 months 2 weeks ago

For more than 30 years, it’s been the KDHX mission to build community through media. 

For us, building community is about listening. 

Listening to music, listening to one another, listening to understand. 

Tune in to join the dialogue.

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The Grammys Deliver for Women

1 year 4 months ago

Album of the Year


BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU / Brandi Carlile


H.E.R / H.E.R.


DIRTY COMPUTER / Janelle Monáe

WINNER: GOLDEN HOUR / Kacey Musgraves

BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM / Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists 


Record Of The Year

“I Like It” ― Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

“The Joke” ― Brandi Carlile

WINNER: “This Is America” ― Childish Gambino

“God’s Plan” ― Drake 

“Shallow” ― Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“All The Stars” ― Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“Rockstar” ― Post Malone, 

“The Middle” ― Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey


Song Of The Year

“All The Stars” ― Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)

“Boo’d Up” ― Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

“God’s Plan” ― Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

“In My Blood” ― Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)

“The Joke” ―Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

“The Middle” ― Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)

“Shallow” ― Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

WINNER: “This Is America” ― Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)


Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet


WINNER: Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith


Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Colors” — Beck

“Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello

“God Is A Woman” — Ariana Grande

WINNER: “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga

“Better Now” — Post Malone


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fall In Line” ― Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” ― Backstreet Boys

″’S Wonderful” ― Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

WINNER: “Shallow” ― Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“Girls Like You” ― Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B

“Say Something” ― Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton

“The Middle” ― Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey


 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Love Is Here To Stay” ― Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

WINNER: “My Way” ― Willie Nelson

“Nat “King” Cole & Me” ― Gregory Porter

“Standards (Deluxe)” ― Seal

“The Music...The Mem’ries...The Magic!” ― Barbra Streisand


 Best Pop Vocal Album

“Camila” ― Camila Cabello

“Meaning Of Life” ―Kelly Clarkson

WINNER: “Sweetener” ― Ariana Grande

“Shawn Mendes” ― Shawn Mendes

“Beautiful Trauma” ― P!nk

“Reputation” ― Taylor Swift


Best Dance Recording

“Northern Soul” ― Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford

“Ultimatum” ― Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)

“Losing It” ― Fisher

WINNER: “Electricity” ― Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson

“Ghost Voices” ― Virtual Self


Best Dance/Electronic Album

“Singularity” ― Jon Hopkins

WINNER: “Woman Worldwide” ― Justice

“Treehouse” ― Sofi Tukker

“Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides” ― SOPHIE

“Lune Rouge” ― TOKiMONSTA


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

WINNER: “Steve Gadd Band” ― Steve Gadd Band

“The Emancipation Procrastination” ― Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

“Modern Lore” ― Julian Lage


“Laid Black” ― Marcus Miller

“Protocol 4” ― Simon Phillips

 Best Rock Performance  

“Four Out Of Five” ― Arctic Monkeys

WINNER: “When Bad Does Good” ― Chris Cornell

“Made An America” ― THE FEVER 333

“Highway Tune” ― Greta Van Fleet

“Uncomfortable” ― Halestorm

Best Metal Performance

“Condemned To The Gallows” ― Between The Buried And Me

“Honeycomb” ― Deafheaven

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WINNER: “Electric Messiah” ― High On Fire

“Betrayer” ― Trivium

“On My Teeth” ― Underoath

Best Rock Song

“Black Smoke Rising” ― Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)

“Jumpsuit” ― Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)

“MANTRA” ― Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)

WINNER; “Masseduction” ― Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)

“Rats” ― Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)


Best Rock Album

“Rainier Fog” ― Alice In Chains

“M A  N   I    A” ― Fall Out Boy

“Prequelle” ― Ghost

WINNER: “From The Fires” ― Greta Van Fleet

“Pacific Daydream” ― Weezer


Best Alternative Music Album

“Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino” ― Arctic Monkeys

WINNER: “Colors” ― Beck

“Utopia” ― Björk

“American Utopia” ― David Byrne

“Masseduction” ― St. Vincent


Best R&B Performance

“Long As I Live” ― Toni Braxton

“Summer” ― The Carters

“Y O Y” ― “Lalah Hathaway”

WINNER: “Best Part” ― H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar

“First Began” ― PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance

WINNER: “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” ―Leon Bridges

“Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” ― Bettye LaVette

“Honest” ― MAJOR.

WINNER: “How Deep Is Your Love” ― PJ Morton Featuring Yebba

“Made For Love” ― Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song 

WINNER: “Boo’d Up” ― Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

“Come Through And Chill” ― Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)

“Feels Like Summer” ― Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

“Focus” ― Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“Long As I Live” ― Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)


Best Urban Contemporary Album

WINNER: “Everything Is Love” ― The Carters

“The Kids Are Alright” ― Chloe x Halle

“Chris Dave And The Drumhedz” ― Chris Dave And The Drumhedz

“War & Leisure” ― Miguel

“Ventriloquism” ― Meshell Ndegeocello


Best R&B Album

“Sex & Cigarettes” ― Toni Braxton

“Good Thing” ― Leon Bridges

“Honestly” ― Lalah Hathaway

WINNER: “H.E.R.” ― H.E.R.

“Gumbo Unplugged (Live)” ― PJ Morton


Best Rap Performance

“Be Careful” ― Cardi B

“Nice For What” ― Drake

WINNER: “King’s Dead” ― Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake

WINNER: “Bubblin” ― Anderson .Paak

“Sicko Mode” ― Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee


Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Like I Do” ― Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink

“Pretty Little Fears” ― 6lack Featuring J. Cole

WINNER: “This Is America” ― Childish Gambino

“All The Stars” ― Kendrick Lamar & SZA

“Rockstar” ―Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage


Best Rap Song

WINNER: “God’s Plan” ― Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

“King’s Dead” ― Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)

“Lucky You” ― R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)

“Sicko Mode” ― Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)

“Win” ― K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best Rap Album

WINNER: “Invasion Of Privacy” ― Cardi B

“Swimming” ― Mac Miller

“Victory Lap” ― Nipsey Hussle

“Daytona” ― Pusha T

“Astroworld” ― Travis Scott


 Best Country Solo Performance

“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” ― Loretta Lynn

“Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” ― Maren Morris

WINNER: “Butterflies” ― Kacey Musgraves

“Millionaire” ― Chris Stapleton

“Parallel Line” ― Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Shoot Me Straight” ― Brothers Osborne

WINNER: “Tequila” ― Dan + Shay

“When Someone Stops Loving You” ― Little Big Town  

“Dear Hate” ― Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill

“Meant To Be” ― Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song

“Break Up In The End” ― Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)

“Dear Hate” ― Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)

“I Lived It” ― Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

WINNER: “Space Cowboy” ― Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

“Tequila” ― Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

“When Someone Stops Loving You” ― Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album

“Unapologetically” ― Kelsea Ballerini

“Port Saint Joe” ―Brothers Osborne

“Girl Going Nowhere” ― Ashley McBryde

WINNER: “Golden Hour” ― Kacey Musgraves

“From A Room: Volume 2” ― Chris Stapleton


Best New Age Album

“Hiraeth,” Lisa Gerrard & David Kuckhemann

“Beloved,” Snatam Kaur

WINNER: “Opium Moon,” Opium Moon

“Molecules of Motion,” Steve Roach

“Moku Maluhia” – Peaceful Island, Jim Kimo West


Best Improvised Jazz Solo 

“Some of That Sunshine,” Regina Carter

WINNER: “Don’t Fence Me In,” John Daversa

“We See,” Fred Hersch

“De-Dah,” Brad Mehldau

“Cadenas,” Miguel Zenón


Best Jazz Vocal Album

“My Mood Is You,” Freddy Cole

”The Questions,” Kurt Elling

”The Subject Tonight Is Love,” Kate Mcgarry with Keith Ganz & Gary Versace

”If You Really Want,” Raul Midón with The Metropole Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza

WINNER: ”The Window,” Cécile Mclorin Salvant


Best Jazz Instrumental Album 

“Diamond Cut,” Tia Fuller

“Live in Europe,” Fred Hersch Trio

“Seymour Reads the Constitution!,” Brad Mehldau Trio

“Still Dreaming,” Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade

WINNER: “Emanon,” The Wayne Shorter Quartet


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 

“All About That Basie,” The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart

WINNER: “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom,” John Daversa Big Band featuring DACA Artists

“Presence,” Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band

“All Can Work,” John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

“Barefoot Dances and Other Visions,” Jim Mcneely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band


Best Latin Jazz Album 

“Heart of Brazil, Eddie Daniels

WINNER: “Back to the Sunset,” Dafnis Prieto Big Band

“West Side Story Reimagined,” Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

“Cinque,” Elio Villafranca

“Yo Soy La Tradicion,” Miguel Zenón featuring Spektral Quartet


Best Gospel Performance/Song 

“You Will Win,” Jekalyn Carr

”Won’t He Do It,” Koryn Hawthorne

WINNER: ”Never Alone,” Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin

”Cycles,” Jonathan McReynolds featuring DOE

”A Great Work,” Brian Courtney Wilson


Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song 

“Reckless Love,” Cory Asbury

WINNER: “You Say,” Lauren Daigle

“Joy,” King & Country

”Grace Got You,” MercyMe featuring John Reube

”Known,” Tauren Wells 


Best Gospel Album 

“One Nation Under God,” Jekalyn Carr

WINNER: “Hiding Place,” Tori Kelly

“Make Room,” Jonathan McReynolds

“The Other Side,” The Walls Group

“A Great Work,” Brian Courtney Wilson


Best Contemporary Christian Music Album 

WINNER: “Look Up Child,” Lauren Daigle

“Hallelujah Here Below,” Elevation Worship

“Living With a Fire,” Jesus Culture 

“Surrounded,” Michael W, Smith

“Survivor: Live From Harding Prison,” Zach Williams


Best Gospel Roots Album

WINNER: “Unexpected,” Jason Crabb

“Clear Skies,” Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

“Favorites: Revisited By Request,” The Isaacs

“Still Standing,” The Martins

“Love Love Love,” Gordon Mote


Best Latin Pop Album 

“Prometo,“Pablo Alboran

WINNER: “Sincera,” Claudia Brant

“Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2,” Natalia Lafourcade

“2:00 AM,” Raquel Sofía

“Vives,” Carlos Vives


Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:

“Claroscura,” Aterciopelados


”Encanto Tropical,” Monsieur Periné

“Gourmet,” Orishas

WINNER: “Aztlán,” Zoé


Best Regional Mexican Music Album

“Primero Soy Mexicana,” Angela Aguilar

”Mitad Y Mitad,” Calibre 50

“Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II,” Aida Cuevas

”Cruzando Borders,” Los Texmaniacs

“Leyendas De Mi Pueblo,” Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez

WINNER: ”¡México Por Siempre!,” Luis Miguel


Best Tropical Latin Album

“Pa’Mi Gente,” Charlie Aponte

“Legado,” Formell Y Los Van Van

“Orquesta Akokán,” Orquesta Akokán

“Ponle Actitud,” Felipe Peláez

WINNER: “Anniversary,” Spanish Harlem Orchestra


Best American Roots Performance 

“Kick Rocks,” Sean Ardoin

“Saint James Infirmary Blues,” Jon Batiste

WINNER: “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile

“All On My Mind,” Anderson East

“Last Man Standing,” Willie Nelson


Best American Roots Song

“All the Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack

“Build a Bridge,” Mavis Staples

WINNER: “The Joke,”Brandi Carlile

“Knockin’ On Your Screen Door,” John Prine

“Summer’s End,” John Prine


Best Americana Album 

WINNER: “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile

“Things Have Changed,” Bettye LaVette

“The Tree of Forgiveness,” John Prine

“The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,” Lee Ann Womack

“One Drop of Truth,” The Wood Brothers


Best Bluegrass Album

“Portraits in Fiddles,” Mike Barnett

“Sister Sadie II,” Sister Sadie

“Rivers and Roads,” Special Consensus

WINNER: “The Travelin’ McCourys”, The Travelin’ McCourys

“North of Despair,” Wood & Wire


Best Traditional Blues Album 

“Something Smells Funky ’Round Here,” Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

“Benton County Relic,” Cedric Burnside

WINNER: “The Blues Is Alive and Well,” Buddy Guy

“No Mercy in This Land,” Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

“Don’t You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker),” Maria Muldaur


Best Contemporary Blues Album 

WINNER: “Please Don’t Be Dead,” Fantastic Negrito

“Here in Babylon,” Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

“Cry No More,” Danielle Nicole

“Out of the Blues,” Boz Scaggs

“Victor Wainwright and the Train,” Victor Wainwright and the Train


Best Folk Album 

“Whistle Down the Wind,” Joan Baez

“Black Cowboys,” Dom Flemons

“Rifles & Rosary Beads,” Mary Gauthier

“Weed Garden,” Iron & Wine

WINNER: “All Ashore,” Punch Brothers


Best Regional Roots Music Album 

“Kreole Rock and Soul,” Sean Ardoin

“Spyboy,” Cha Wa

“Aloha From Na Hoa,” Na Hoa

WINNER: “No ’Ane’I,” Kalani Pe’a

“Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs,” Young Spirit


Best Reggae Album 

“As The World Turns,” Black Uhuru

”Reggae Forever,” Etana

”Rebellion Rises,” Ziggy Marley

”A Matter of Time,” Protoje

WINNER: ”44/876, Sting & Shaggy


Best World Music Album

“Deran,” Bombino

“Fenfo,” Fatoumata Diawara

“Black Times,” Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

WINNER: “Freedom,” Soweto Gospel Choir

“The Lost Songs of World War II,” Yiddish Glory

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