What a night for Louisiana at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Several native nominees took home the gold last night (February 10), as the Recording Academy doled out awards celebrating the best music of the previous year.
Buddy Guy was named the winner of Best Traditional Blues Album, for The Blues Is Alive and Well. The Pointe Coupee Parish native was already having a milestone of a year, recently having part of the Mississippi Blues Trail dedicated in his name. In his review of the GRAMMY-winning album, OffBeat‘s John Wirt said, Guy “delivers an album that shows him at peak blues power. His strong, supple voice, frenzied guitar and stage-stalking presence don’t miss. ”
New Orleans was represented through a big win from PJ Morton, fresh off his Superbowl Halftime Show performance alongside his band, Maroon 5. Morton (who appeared on the cover of OffBeat‘s November 2018 issue), took home a GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance, for the Yebba-assisted “How Deep Is Your Love” off his most recent album, Gumbo Unplugged (Live). Morton tied in this category with Leon Bridges, who won for “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand.” Morton was also nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album. Maroon 5 was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, for “Girls Like You.”
Terence Blanchard, who was just recently nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack to Spike Lee’s BlacKKKlansman, won the GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Composition, for that film’s “Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil).”
Lafayette’s Lauren Daigle (who will perform at Jazz Fest this year) took home two GRAMMYs, for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (for “You Say,” with co-writers Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury) and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (for Look Up Child).
Other Louisianans who were nominated but did not win include Cha Wa (Best Regional Roots Music Album), Sean Ardoin (Best Regional Roots Music Album and Best American Roots Performance), Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album), and Jon Batiste (Best American Roots Performance).
Congratulations to all our winners and nominees. Yeah you right!