Grammy Announced Nominees For Its 56th Awards
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences named nominees for its 56th annual awards ceremony of which will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/P. The show is moved to January to avoid competing against the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Most of our interest, first and foremost, goes to nomination #48 – Best Blues Album and what we see here fills us with much more optimism than it was happening in recent years. Four out of five nominated albums (except for Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa's Seesaw) are traditional Blues and when we say traditional it does not mean the Blues as it was played 50 years ago. Nowadays, in reference to Blues "traditional" means the music essence of which cannot be altered although it could be and should be developed. This or that, among nominees are: James Cotton with fantastic release of 2013, Cotton Mouth Man; another veteran, Bobby Rush with Down In Louisiana; already highly acclaimed album by duo of Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!; and tribute album Remembering Little Walter featuring bunch of harp blowers including Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman. Also notable is that four out of five nominated albums are harmonica blues to the joy of harp lovers. The last but not least nominees are Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa with their second collaborative work, Seesaw. Nominees' composition gives us solid ground to say winner will deserved the prize.
Currently, after elimination of second Blues category, we have just one remaining but this is not the end of the story. Blues artists also compete in other categories and the leader is Charlie Musselwhite with three nominations, first two go to Best Blues Album and third one in Best Music Film category for I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up! "Savior of the Blues", Gary Clark. Jr, is nominated in two categories: Best Rock Song for "Ain't Messin 'Round" and Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home" (Blak And Blu).
Legendary Blues-Rockers, Led Zeppelin also received two nominations: in Best Rock Performance for "Kashmir" and Best Rock Album for Celebration Day. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards are here as well receiving nomination in Best Rock Song for "Doom And Gloom".
New Orleans musical hero, Allen Toussaint, is a double nominee. One is in Best American Roots Song category for "Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed" (Songbook) and another in Best Americana Album for Songbook where Mavis Staples also received a nomination for her album, One True Vine.
So, all we can do, wait for January 26th. Until then, you can see the list of all Blues artists’ nominations:
BEST BLUES ALBUM
Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman (Blind Pig)
James Cotton (Alligator)
Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite (Stax)
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa (J&R Adventures)
Bobby Rush (Deep Rush Records)
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
BEST ROCK SONG
Ain't Messin 'Round
Gary Clark, Jr.
Doom And Gloom
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
BEST ROCK ALBUM
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
Please Come Home
Gary Clark, Jr.
Track from: Blak And Blu
BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG
Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed
Track from: Songbook
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
BEST MUSIC FILM
I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up!
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite