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Mumford & Sons: BabelSpring Valley, CA -- The 2013 Grammy Award Nominations were announced on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 and proves the fact that the banjo has gone mainstream. Deering Artists were nominated in 13 different categories - including such major categories as Album of the Year and Best Rock Song. Deering Banjo Artists nominated were Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, The Avett Brothers, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Noam Pikelny, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Stephen Wade.

Banjos have frequently found themselves next to the golden gramophone. Steve Martin's The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo (2009) won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

Bela Fleck has won various Grammy awards for his banjo artistry. Perpetual Motion won two Grammys at the Grammy Awards of 2002 for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Arrangement for Fleck and Meyer's arrangement of Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum.

This year, however, the banjo jumps out of the bluegrass world into rock, country, Americana, folk and even video domains. In addition, Best Album, Best Song Written For Visual Media, Best Album Notes and even Producer nominations are in good banjo company.

The banjos that seems to be gaining the attention are Deering banjos. The 55th Annual Grammy Nominations of Deering banjo artists are:

Album of the Year
  • Babel – Mumford & Sons
Best Rock Performance
  • I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Best Rock Song
  • I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Best Country Solo Performance
  • Home – Dierks Bentley
  • Springsteen – Eric Church
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
  • Safe & Sound – Taylor Swift (with the Civil Wars)
    Best Country Song
    • Springsteen – Eric Church
    Best Americana Album
    • The Carpenter – The Avett Brothers
    • Babel – Mumford & Sons
    Best Bluegrass Album
    • Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail – Noam Pikelny
    • Nobody Knows You – Steep Canyon Rangers
    Best Folk Album
    • Leaving Eden – Carolina Chocolate Drops
    Best Song Written For Visual Media
    • Learn Me Right (From Brave) – Mumford & Sons
    • Safe & Sound (From the Hunger Games) – Taylor Swift
    Best Album Notes
    • Banjo Diary: Lessons From Tradition – Stephen Wade
    Producer of the Year
    • Markus Dravs – Babel – Mumford & Sons
    Best Long Form Music Video
    • Big Easy Express – Mumford & Sons (with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show)

Deering Banjo Company was founded in 1975 and has grown to become the largest manufacturer of American made banjos in the world. Located in Spring Valley, CA, Deering produces all of its quality 4-string, 5-string, 6-string, and 12-string banjos in the same US facility and boasts the most knowledgeable team in the industry. Deering is proud to have artists such as Bela Fleck, Mumford and Sons, Steve Martin, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, the Avett Brothers, and Dropkick Murphys play their banjos. Visit to learn more about Deering Banjos or call their toll free number 800-845-7791.dd

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