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Bio

Rhiannon Giddens, an artist and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient who excavates the past to reveal truths about our present, has been nominated for Grammys six times, and won once, for her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group she co-founded. One of her Grammy nominations was for her 2019 collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, there is no Other, an album that is both a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. Giddens performed for the Obamas at the White House; acted in two seasons of the television series Nashville; and has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, and NPR’s Fresh Air, among other outlets. She is featured in Ken Burns’ Country Music series, which aired on PBS, and is artistic director of the Silkroad Ensemble, which was founded by Yo-Yo Ma. In 2019, Giddens formed the band Our Native Daughters with three other black female banjo players and contributed to and produced its album Songs of Our Native Daughters, which tells stories of historic black womanhood and survival.