Máiréad Carlin in tears over Celtic Woman GRAMMY nomination

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Derry vocalist Máiréad Carlin has been nominated for a prestigious GRAMMY award as part of the all-female international music phenomenon Celtic Woman.

Announcing the news the Culmore Road woman tweeted: “In tears as we hear this news - we have been nominated for a GRAMMY!!”

Máiréad and her bandmates received the nomination from the Recording Academy in the Best World Music Album category for their latest record, ‘Destiny’, which was released in the United States on Manhattan Records.

The Derry woman is in prestigious company and will be up against Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Anoushka Shankar and Yo-Yo Man and The Silk Road Ensemble in the category at the 59th annual GRAMMY awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in February.

Gweedore singer-songwriter Enya has also received a nomination for Best New Age Album for her record ‘Dark Sky Island.’

The local women are in good company.

Other nominees include: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Rhiannon Giddens, Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Streisand, De La Soul, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Ennio Morricone, Alva Noto, Keith Urban, Ziggy Marley, Patti Smith, Loretta Lynn, Jack White, Rihanna, Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, Sturgill Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Sia, Sean Paul, Joe Bonamassa, Flume, Riton, Jean-Michel Jarre, Tycho, Underworld, Chuck Loeb, Alabama Shakes, Megadeth, Korn, Weezer, Blink-182, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Kanye West, Vangelis, Brad Mehldau, Gregory Porter, Amy Schumer, Elvis Costello, John Williams and Peter Gabriel.

Máiréad’s Irish label Celtic Connections posted: “Congratulations to Celtic Woman from your Irish label, Celtic Collections. This is a massive achievement and we are so proud of you.

“This is Celtic Woman’s very first GRAMMY nomination for their album ‘Destiny’, which was released worldwide in January of 2016. They are nominated in the Best World Music Category.

“A multi-platinum phenomenon, Celtic Woman have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and are also celebrating No.1 new entries in both the Billboard World Music Chart and Classical Chart with their brand new album Voices of Angels. This was Celtic Woman’s 12th consecutive debut at No.1 on the Billboard World Music Charts.”