|2 December 2010 Solomon Burke
Grammy Nominees Announced
The Recording Academy announced the Grammy Nominees on Thursday night.
A festive concert was held at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The Grammy
Awards will be handed out in LA next February.
Out of the total of 109, two categories are dedicated to the blues: Traditional
Blues and Contemporary Blues.
The Nominees in the Traditional Blues category are James Cotton (with his
newest album "Giant"), Cyndi Lauper ("Memphis Blues"), Charlie Musselwhite
("The Well"), Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith ("Joined at the Hip"),
and Jimmie Vaughan ("Plays Blues, Ballads and Favorites").
The late, great Solomon Burke (1940 - 2010) could get his second Grammy
posthumously, as his last album "Nothing's Impossible" was nominated in the
Contemporary Blues category. Other candidates for the coveted award are Dr
John ("Tribal"), Buddy Guy ("Living Proof"), Bettye LaVette ("Interpretations:
The British Rock Songbook"), and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band ("Live! In
In other categories, nominees of interest include Jeff Beck (five nominations for
"Emotion & Commotion") and Black Keys (also five nominations for "Brothers").
Also, Eric Clapton, The White Stripes, Mavis Staples, Los Lobos and John
Mayer got nominated. The film "Crazy Heart" is a candidate in two categories,
best soundtrack and best song for a movie.
The Recording Academy has awarded Grammies since 1958. Last time around the
'Blues Grammies' were given to The Derek Trucks Band (contemporary album
"Already Free") and Ramblin' Jack Elliott (tradtional album "A Stranger Here").
Link: Complete list of Nominees (Grammy.com)
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