Louisiana has lots to boast about when it comes to this year’s GRAMMY nominations. From bayous to small towns to big cities, the state is being represented across the board.
For New Orleans music, the big nominee is PJ Morton, the already GRAMMY-nominated musician who appeared on OffBeat‘s November 2018 cover. His live album, Gumbo Unplugged, is nominated for Best R&B Album. The album’s “How Deep Is Your Love,” featuring Yebba, is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance. PJ’s “First Began” is nominated for Best R&B Performance. Technically, as the keyboardist for Maroon 5, he’s also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Girls Like You.”
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s The Emancipation Procrastination was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
OffBeat‘s May 2018 cover stars Cha Wa are nominated for Best Regional Roots Music Album, for their album Spyboy. Sean Ardoin is also nominated in this category, for Kreole Rock and Soul. Readers may recall that Lost Bayou Ramblers took home a GRAMMY in this category last year, for Kalenda.
OffBeat‘s December 2018 cover star Jon Batiste’s “Saint James Infirmary Blues” was nominated for Best American Roots Performance [which the Recording Academy defines as “For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s)”]. Also nominated in this category is Sean Ardoin’s “Kick Rocks.”
Terence Blanchard‘s Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soul) is nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.
At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight was nominated for Best Historical Album.
Buddy Guy is no stranger to GRAMMY nominations. The blues legend (who this weekend will be honored with a historic marker along the Mississippi Blues Trail in his name) was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album, for The Blues Is Alive and Well.
Chris Adkins, David Torkanowsky, Roland Guerin, Roderick Paulin and others participated in the recording of Maria Mulduar’s nominated Don’t You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker), also for Best Traditional Blues Album.
For a full list of nominees, click here.