Country rebel Sturgill Simpson awed by Grammy nom

AP News
Posted: Dec 06, 2016 5:53 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sturgill Simpson's records have defied easy characterization (Country? Americana? Experimental Southern rock?), but this year The Recording Academy decided whatever genre he was, he made one of the best records of the year. And that's enough for him.

Simpson's album, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," was the surprise underdog nomination for the all-genre album of the year category on Tuesday when Grammy nominations were announced. He's competing against blockbuster albums by Adele and Beyoncé and also nominated for best country album of the year.

The Kentucky-bred singer said he doesn't care who wins, he was just awed by the fact that "there are a million people around the world Googling my name."