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Abigail Washburn ’99 Earns Two Grammy Nods

Abigail Washburn '99 has been nominated for two Grammy awards: one for Best Folk Album for her and husband Béla Fleck's album "Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn," and another for Best American Roots Performance for a song from that album titled "And Am I Born to Die." She shared via social media that she, Fleck, and their son Juno were "celebrating in Nashville… by drinking a smoothie and eating crackers."

Washburn and Fleck are both skilled banjo players; Fleck has won 13 Grammys in various categories. In their nominated album, they rehash old tunes and feature original songs employing only their banjos and their voices. It is the second time they have collaborated on an album, and Washburn has stated it won't be the last.

Washburn, who graduated as Colorado College's first East Asian studies major, was the 2012 Commencement speaker. She has been creating music since graduation, exemplifying musical innovation in her fusion of Americana and old-time music with electronica, Chinese folk music, and rock. Her modern take on old bluegrass is clear in her nominated reworking of the Doc Watson rural blues tune "And Am I Born to Die," where her throaty vocals replace Doc Watson's subtle ones. She also is known for her music diplomacy work in China that earned her the title of TED Fellow in 2012.

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