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The 2021 Grammy Awards hosted by comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah are set to honor some of the biggest names in music. Country singer Brandi Carlile is among the evening’s repeat nominees, and she continues to extend her reign in her genre nearly two decades into her career.

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Brandi Carlile attends the premiere of Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” on February 18, 2020 in Hollywood, California | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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Brandi Carlile first debuted on the scene in the mid-2000s and spent the next several years building her profile as a musician. She first received recognition by the Recording Academy in 2016 for her fifth album The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which was nominated for Best Americana Album.

Her follow-up project, By the Way, I Forgive You, won the Best Americana Album award at the 2019 Grammys and also competed in the Album of the Year category. The lead single, “The Joke,” took home awards for Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance and was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

At the 2020 Grammys, Carlile once again took home golden gramophones. Her work as a producer on Tanya Tucker’s album While I’m Livin’ earned her two more Grammy Awards.

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Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brandi Carlile performs live on stage with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall on February 21, 2020 in Seattle, Washington | Jim Bennett/Getty Images

Brandi Carlile’s 2021 Grammy nominations

Carlile already has five Grammy Awards going into the 2021 ceremony, and she has the potential to expand her collection even more. The singer is up for Best Country Song for “Crowded Table,” her collaboration with fellow female country singers Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby.

Her original song “Carried Me With You” from the Disney/Pixar movie Onward was up for the Best Song Written for Visual Media award at the 2021 Grammys but lost out to Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme, “No Time to Die.”

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Belinda Carlisle signs copies of her New Album “Wilder Shores” and Copies of the 30th Anniversary Edition of “Heaven on Earth” at HMV Oxford Street on September 29, 2017 in London, England | Jo Hale/Redferns

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Brandi Carlile’s relation to Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle

Carlile’s similar name to singer Belinda Carlisle has prompted many questions about whether the two vocalists are related. The two don’t have any sort of relation, and have two different styles of music.

Carlisle first rose to fame in the early 1980s as the lead singer for The Go-Gos, the all-female band behind hits such as “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” The group was nominated for Best New Artist at the 1982 Grammys and their album Vacation was got a nod for Best Packaging the following year. 

They eventually parted ways just two years later. After that, Carlisle pursued her own solo career.

Carlisle released several successful singles including “Mad About You” and her number-one hit “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” As a solo artist, Carlisle only received one Grammy nomination: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988 for “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”