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Maryland natives Tamar Braxton, Brothers Osborne earn Grammy nominations

Will any Maryland natives walk away with Grammys in February?

International stars like Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd led the pack when the Grammy Awards announced its nominees Monday for the 58th ceremony (taking place Feb. 15 in Los Angeles). But a couple of artists originally from Maryland were recognized as well.

Tamar Braxton, the Severn native and sister of Toni, was nominated for best R&B performance for the song "If I Don't Have You" from her album "Calling All Lovers." (Her competition includes Jeremih's "Planes," Haitus Kaiyote's "Breathing Underwater," Andra Day's "Rise Up," and the Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey).")

Brothers Osborne, the Nashville-via-Deale country duo, were nominated for best country duo/group performance for their single "Stay a Little Longer." (The other nominees include Joey + Rory's "If I Needed You"; Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay's "The Driver"; Little Big Town's "Girl Crush"; and Blake Shelton's "Lonely Tonight," featuring Ashley Monroe.)

(Brothers Osborne headlined Rams Head Live over the weekend; read my recent feature on the duo and their upbringing in Anne Arundel County here.)

In 2014, Braxton was up for best urban contemporary album, best R&B song and best R&B performance, but did not win. This is Brothers Osborne's first nomination.

In the classical world, the Baltimore-born composer Christopher Rouse was nominated for best classical solo vocal album for "Kabir Padavali," performed by Talise Trevigne (soprano), David Alan Miller (conductor) and the Albany Symphony.

Rouse, who was the composer-in-residence at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1989, won a Grammy in 2002 for best classical contemporary composition ("Concert de Gaudi").

For a full list of the nominees, visit the Grammys' website. Spot any Baltimore or Maryland connections we missed? Email me.

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Baltimore Sun reporter Tim Smith contributed to this article.

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