The 2019 Grammy Nominees were officially announced on Friday, December 7th by Apple Music and on CBS This Morning. The Grammys will take place on February 10th at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the ceremony’s host yet to be announced. The Grammy awards represent 84 different musical categories, with 18 Ernie Ball artists receiving esteemed nominations. Below is the list of our nominated artists and how you can hear their award-worthy material.

Maroon 5

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Girls Like You” (feat. Cardi B.)


In 2016, Ernie Ball released The Pursuit of Tone featuring James Valentine. Maroon 5 guitarist, James Valentine is a driving force behind some of the most successful songs in modern rock. James traces his journey from Lincoln, Nebraska, to the global stage, discussing the moments that shaped him as an artist, and the journey he and Maroon 5 endured on their rise to the top.

Maroon 5’s Gear

Lead guitarist James Valentine produces Maroon 5’s riffs using his signature Music Man Valentine guitars. Adam Levine and Valentine play Regular Slinky M-Steel strings and Power Slinky M-Steel strings.

St. Vincent

Best Rock Song – “Masseduction” (Songwriting)

Best Alternative Album – Masseduction

Best Recording Package – Masseduction (Art Director) 

Listen to Masseduction now on Spotify.

St. Vincent’s Gear

St. Vincent plays her Music Man St. Vincent Signature guitar with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings.

Leon Bridges

Best Traditional R&B Performance – “Bet It Ain’t Worth the Hand”

Best R&B Album – Good Thing 

Listen to Good Thing on Spotify.

Leon’s Strings

Leon Bridges plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinky and Power Slinky strings.

Chris Cornell

Best Rock Performance – “When Bad Does Good”

Cornell’s Strings

We’re honored to say that Chris Cornell would play with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings to produce his legendary tone.

Fever 333

Best Rock Performance – “Made An America”

Fever 333’s Strings

Guitarist Stephen Harrison plays a custom Music Man StingRay bass and Cutlass HSS guitars and the band plays with Skinny Top Heavy Bottom strings.


Best Rock Performance – “Uncomfortable”

Halestorm’s Strings

Keep an eye out for Halestorm’s upcoming String Theory episode. Halestorm uses Ernie Ball Paradigm Skinny Top Heavy Bottom, Power Slinky Bass, and Medium Custom Gauge strings.


Best Metal Performance – “Honeycomb”

Deafheaven’s Strings

Deafheaven uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Bass strings.


Best Metal Performance – “On My Teeth”

Underoath’s Strings

Underoath uses Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky, Power Slinky, and Power Slinky Bass 5 strings.

Bring Me the Horizon

Best Rock Song – “Mantra” (Songwriting)

Bring Me the Horizon’s Strings

Bring Me the Horizon uses Ernie Ball Slinky 8-string 10-74, Not Even Slinky, and Hybrid Coated Slinky Bass strings.


Best Rock Song – “Rats” (Songwriting)

Best Rock Album – Prequelle 

Ghost’s Strings

Ghost uses Ernie Ball Custom 10-54 individual, Custom 11-58 individual, Hybrid Stainless Steel Bass, Paradigm Medium Light Phosphor Bronze, Slinky 6 Baritone 13-72, and Earthwood Medium Light 12 string sets.

Alice in Chains

Best Rock Album – Rainier Fog

Alice in Chain’s Strings

Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains uses Ernie Ball RPS Regular Slinky strings.

Fall Out Boy

Best Rock Album – MANIA 

Fall Out Boy’s Strings

Fall Out Boy uses Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom, Regular Short Scale Bass, and Custom 11-52 individual strings.


Best Rock Album – Pacific Daydream 

Weezer’s Strings

Weezer plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinky, Earthwood Light 11-52, and Hybrid Bass strings.

Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Duo/Group Performance – “Meant to Be”

Florida Georgia Line’s Strings

Florida Georgia Line uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky, Hybrid Slinky, Skinny Top Heavy Bottom, Power Slinky, Not Even Slinky, Super Slinky Bass, Regular Slinky Bass, and Power Slinky Bass strings.


Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – Appetite for Destruction (Locked ‘N Loaded Box)

Slash has had a fantastic year. If you haven’t yet, check out the Ernie Ball film, “Unspoken Expression” and watch has Slash gives us an inside look to his private studio, his creative process and what inspires him to write music today.

Slash’s Strings

Slash uses Ernie Ball Paradigm Power Slinky strings.

Buddy Guy

Best Traditional Blues Album – The Blues is Alive and Well


Ernie Ball’s mini-documentary series The Pursuit of Tone premiered in 2016 with blues legend, Buddy Guy. Watch as Buddy Guy explores his historic career.

Buddy’s Strings

Buddy Guys uses Ernie Ball Power Slinky and Regular Slinky strings.

Eric Clapton

Best Music Film – Life in 12 Bars

Eric Clapton’s Strings

Eric Clapton uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings.

Image Sources:

Fever 333 – Image Courtesy of Louder than War

Chris Cornell – Image Courtesy AP Images

Florida Georgia Line – Youtube

Leon Bridges – Orca Sound

Weezer – Spin

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