Weather Forecast


Kat Perkins' song makes first round for Grammy nomination

MINNEAPOLIS – North Dakota’s Rockin’ Nanny may be up for a Grammy.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences congratulated Kat Perkins Friday via Facebook. 

The post states Perkins single, “Fearless,” made the first round of the Grammy Awards competition for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

The Scranton, N.D., native who now lives in the Twin Cities appeared on the NBC singing competition show “The Voice,” where she was a semifinalist.

Perkins has released the single after the competition. The song is an expression of Perkins journey throughout the last year, including her time on “The Voice,” she previously told The Press.

“It’s the summer of trying new things,” Perkins said. “The experience was so inspiring that I just had to have a song that captures a lot of that, and I think ‘Fearless’ does.”

She is now on tour across the Midwest.

Academy voting members will choose the nominations. The nominees will be announced Dec. 5 in Nashville, Tenn. The winners will be announced during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, which will air Feb. 8.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.