“Hope of Alabama”, theme song for The World Games 2022, in consideration for multiple Grammys.
Hope of Alabama, the star-studded theme song for The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, is officially in consideration for multiple Grammy award nominations in 2023, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Pop Duo/Group performance. Read on to find out more about the nominations and the meaning behind the song.
Play the Music Video
The World Games 2022 came to Birmingham in July and certainly made it a summer to remember, bringing athletes, teams, coaches, entertainers and fans from all different walks of life and cultures to The Magic City.
To commemorate the strength, power and unity of the special event, Hope of Alabama was created—a special theme song that merges genres and generations, with plenty of familiar voices on the track. Here’s who you’ll hear:
Randy Owen of the Group Alabama
Hip-Hop Artist Yung Bleu
Country stars Sara Evans + Jamey Johnson
Stellar Awards Gospel Artist of the Year Pastor Mike Jr.
NBC’s The Voice top contestant Worth the Wait
Rolling Stones’ keyboardist Chuck Leavell
American Idol winners Ruben Studdard + Taylor Hicks
American Idol runner-up Bo Bice
Motown legend Martha Reeves
Blind Boys of Alabama
The theme song was performed at the opening and closing ceremonies for The World Games 2022. Produced by World Games Artistic Director Dr. Henry Panion III and penned by Alabama’s Randy Owen, his daughter Allison Owen and Panion, Hope of Alabama was the perfect soundtrack for Alabama’s big moment in the global spotlight.
A meaningful track
At a time when global unity is needed more than ever, Hope of Alabama represents a broad range of artists across many different genres and walks of life. With this song, Alabamians sent athletes back to their homelands with more than just medals.
The heartfelt theme song is under consideration for nomination in the following Grammy award categories:
Pop Duo/Group Performance
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Arrangement Instruments & Vocals
Stay tuned for the official Grammy nominations to be announced on Tuesday, November 15. We’re rooting for Alabama!