Bobby Rush at the 2016 Best of the Beat Music Awards.

Louisiana Native Bobby Rush Wins First Grammy Award

Homer, LA native Bobby Rush took home his first-ever Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues Album category last night. The 83-year-old blues legend was honored for his 2016 release Porcupine Meat, an LP that was produced by veteran producer Scott Billington. Porcupine Meat was also named Best Blues Album at this year’s Best of the Beat Music Awards, which saw Rush take the stage for a performance with The Fortifiers.

Rush was one of a few artists with Louisiana ties to pick up awards at last night’s ceremony. Lil Wayne was a featured artist on Chance The Rapper’s Best Rap Song-winner, “No Problem,” while New Orleans resident Solange was honored in the Best R&B Performance category for “Cranes in the Sky.” Solange’s sister, Beyonce, recieved a Best Music Video award for her the Louisiana-shot “Formation” video, as well as a Best Urban Contemporary Album award for Lemonade.