Jason Isbell Congrats Grammys Nominees: ‘Especially John Prine’

by Joe Rutland
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Jason Isbell is one mighty happy country music star right now as the Grammy Awards deliver two posthumous nominations to his late friend, legendary musician John Prine.

Isbell, who was mad that the Country Music Association didn’t honor Prine after his death earlier this year, said he was grateful to the Grammys on Tuesday morning.

In fact, he sent out a message on Twitter.

According to The Tennessean, Prine received two nominations for his final song, “I Remember Everything.” It was released last summer after Prine died on April 7 from Coronavirus symptoms at 73 years old.

“I Remember Everything” received nominations in Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song, per the Recording Academy.

Prine last entered these categories in 2018 behind his album, “The Tree of Forgiveness.” 

Furthermore, Prine’s Twitter account retweeted the Recording Academy’s social media announcement after it was made.

The Recording Academy is paying tribute to Prine with a Lifetime Achievement award. Prior to 2020, Prine is a two-time Grammy Award winner and 13-time nominee,

Isbell and his wife, country music singer Amanda Shires, slammed the CMA in November and left the organization.

Isbell made his intentions clear through Twitter on Nov. 12.

Besides Prine, Isbell also says Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver also were left out of the CMA tribute too.

Jason Isbell Never Asked to Join CMA

Isbell attempted to clean up his comments regarding his relationship with the Country Music Association.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he says that he never asked to join the CMA.

Rather, he says that the lifetime membership was pushed upon him. Joining the club happened when he was nominated in 2017 for album of the year with “The Nashville Sound.”

Isbell says, “We were really, really close to John. And Amanda worked with Billy Joe Shaver during her whole career.”

Shires confirms that Prine is the reason that she’s in the industry as a songwriter.

Isbell has quite the following through his solo career. His work with The 400 Unit and as a former member of Drive-By Truckers also draws fans.

He has four Grammy Awards to his name.

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