Lianne La Havas Receives First Ever Grammy Nomination For ‘Blood’
Nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album alongside The Weeknd and Miguel
“Blood is dynamic and poignantly self-assured in its introspection… an almost seamless album.” – Pitchfork
“Lianne La Havas, superstar in waiting, is about to be in real demand.” – Evening Standard
“Lianne La Havas sounds like she’s at the top of her game.” – Q
“A game-changing album.” – Sunday Times Culture
“There are moments on Blood that recall the artistry and ambition of Lauryn Hill.” – The Guardian
“Blood is a bold, multi-hued masterpiece.” – Daily Mirror
“One of the most stunning voices of her generation.” – The Sun
Lianne La Havas has achieved an exciting career accomplishment with the news that she has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her current critically acclaimed album ‘Blood’.
‘Blood’ is in contention for Best Urban Contemporary Album alongside The Weeknd, Miguel, The Internet and Kehlani. The winner will be announced at the 58th Grammy Awards ceremony which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angles on February 15th.
The Grammy nomination adds another major addition to Lianne’s list of achievements with ‘Blood’. Released to a flurry of her best reviews to date with many critics drawing comparisons with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Joni Mitchell, ‘Blood’ went straight into the charts at #2 – two places higher than the peak position of her popular debut album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’.
She was also subsequently nominated for three MOBO Awards for Best Album for ‘Blood’, Best Female Act and Best R&B / Soul Act.
Lianne is currently embarking upon her biggest tour to date which concludes next Monday with her biggest headline show to date at the Brixton O2 Academy. After the show sold-out months in advance, Lianne also added a prestigious Albert Sessions show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 14th. Earlier this summer, Lianne played triumphant sets at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Gentlemen of the Road, Latitude and Secret Garden Party.
‘Blood’ also received similarly glowing reviews across the board in the States. “What comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice. It can be a breathy purr, a lilting tease, a liquid confession or a torchy declaration,” commented the New York Times, while the New Yorker described Lianne as a “polished guitarist and inventive songwriter.” Even President Barack Obama proved to be a fan when he featured Lianne in his summer Spotify playlist.
Lianne’s show-stopping performances could captivate huge audiences – such as on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – and intimate sessions alike, as with her Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. She played her largest North American show to date in front of 2500 people at New York City’s Terminal 5. Billboard’s review concluded that the show was “a treat for true La Havas fans and newcomers alike, a spectacle with incomparable energy.” Lianne is already set to return to the States in February for a series of intimate solo club performances.
The ‘Blood’ album campaign will receive a fresh boost in 2016 when an extended Deluxe Edition is released. Titled ‘Blood – Solo’, the Deluxe Edition will feature stripped-back acoustic versions of the original album’s material which highlights the emotional power of Lianne’s engaging narrative lyrics.
Lianne’s current UK tour dates are scheduled as below:
7th – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
8th – Bristol, O2 Academy
9th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
11th – Manchester, Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
12th – Leeds, O2 Academy
14th – London, Brixton O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
14th – London, Albert Sessions at the Royal Albert Hall (ADDED DATE)
Lianne La Havas made a huge breakthrough with her Top 5 debut album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ which sold 200,000 copies and won Album of the Year at iTunes as well as Barclaycard Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Best Album nominations.