Capitol Records singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers is heading into the 2020 Grammy Awards, at which she has a Best New Artist nomination, with some notable endorsements. She figured on two prestigious year-end lists at NPR (National Public Radio) and on the “Favourite Music of 2019” list by no less than Barack Obama.
Rogers released her major label debut album Heard It In A Past Life in January 2019 and saw it debut at No. 2 on The Billboard 200. She followed it with the new single ‘Love You For A Long Time’ in November. Rogers is shortlisted for Best New Artist at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, which take place on 26 January at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, along with Black Pumas, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalía, Tank and the Bangas and Yola.
NPR’s list of the most-played songs on its member stations in 2019, featured ‘Burning,’ the penultimate track on the Capitol album, at No. 19. “It could have been any song on this album,” said Justin Barney from Radio Milwaukee. “We didn’t fall in love with a song, we fell in love with an artist. There might not be anyone making music with as much heart as Maggie Rogers.” The No. 1 on the NPR list was ‘Stay High’ by Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard.
Heard It In A Past Life also came in at No. 8 on NPR’s annual year-end poll to find listeners’ favourite albums of the year and compiled from thousands of votes. Lana Del Ray’s Norman F****** Rockwell landed at No. 1, followed by Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You and Vampire Weekend’s Father Of The Bride.
Obama’s much-publicised list of his most-played music of the past 12 months included the same song, alongside selections by Lizzo, Frank Ocean, Bruce Springsteen, Mavis Staples, the Black Keys, The National and others.
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