Louisiana Artists Among Grammy Nominees

The nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were revealed this morning and, as usual, a number of Louisiana musicians and performers appeared on the list.

The Best Regional Roots Record category, which often honors Louisiana artists, featured nominations for New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary (Go Go Juice) and Lafayette cajun/zydeco/swamp pop outfit The Revelers (Get Ready). University of New Orleans graduate Jamison Ross, who also plays drums in Jon Cleary’s backing band the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, is up for his own award in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for his record Jamison.

Modern jazz titan Terence Blanchard, a native and resident of New Orleans, and the E-Collective also picked up a Best Jazz Instrumental Album nomination for their record Breathless.

Lettsworth, LA native Buddy Guy’s old school blues track “Born to Play Guitar” took home a nomination in the Best American Roots performance category, while his LP of the same name was nominated in the Best Blues Album category.

The nominations even included a couple of Louisiana-born superstars, with Delhi, LA native Tim McGraw receiving a nomination in the Best Country Song category for his tune “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.”

New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne’s name also appeared on this list on two occasions. Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter”-a collaboration with Drake and Lil’ Wayne– was nominated for Best Rap Performance, while Minaj’s “Only”–a collaboration with Drake, Chris Brown and Lil’ Wayne–was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15. The 2015 Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes (Sound and Color), Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp a Butterfly), Chris Stapleton (Traveller), Taylor Swift (1989) and The Weeknd (Beauty Behind the Madness).

The full list of nominees can be found here.

  • Terrance Simien

    Mos def dig this time of year for so many reasons-me & the Z-boyz get to spend some quality time at home, in the studio, enjoy the holidays with family and friends-and we have the GRAMMY noms in early December. Cynthia pointed out to me Jan, that Lauren Daigle, a Lafayette native also received a GRAMMY nomination in the Best Contemporary Christian for her album How Can it Be. Apparently she was just honored at the Dove Awards by the GMA. Big congrats to all from me & C. Love&respect to you and yours Jan and Joseph.