“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

  • Music Video

  • 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!


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