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Fort Worth's Leon Bridges scores first-ever Grammy nomination

Fort Worth's Leon Bridges scores first-ever Grammy nomination

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Leon Bridges earned his first-ever Grammy nomination for his 2015 album, Coming Home. Photo by Shelley Neuman

It's Leon Bridges' world right now, and we're all just living in it. The Fort Worth singer has earned his first-ever Grammy nomination, scoring a nod for Best R&B album for his debut album, Coming Home.

It's been a close-to-meteoric rise for the gospel/soul singer. Less than a year ago, he was still playing small clubs around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But acclaim for Coming Home, which was released in June 2015 and made it as high as No. 6 on the Billboard 200 charts, led to him playing higher profile venues like the Majestic Theatre in Dallas.

He got his biggest boost this past weekend, appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with Ryan Gosling as host.

Bridges will be competing against D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Andra Day, Jazmine Sullivan, and Charlie Wilson in the Best R&B Album category. The favorite in the category is likely D'Angelo and the Vanguard, also up for the coveted Record of the Year trophy for their hit "Really Love."

Other local nominees include Burleson's Kelly Clarkson, nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Heartbeat Song" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Piece by Piece, and Arlington's Pentatonix, nominated for Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Cappella for "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

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