The Recording Academy announces Nominees for the 53RD Annual Gramy Awards

Nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced last night by The Recording Academy. Nominees for Best Traditional World Music Album include Gyuto Monks Of Tibet, Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Mali’s Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté, and tango act Vayo.

The artists nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album include American banjo player Béla Fleck, Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto, Afropop star Angelique Kidjo, veteran Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes, and Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon.

Eminem tops the nominations with 10; Bruno Mars garners seven; and Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum, and Lady Gaga each earn six nods. Jeff Beck, B.o.B, David Frost, Philip Lawrence, and John Legend receive five each; and Alex Da Kid, the Black Keys, Drake, Cee Lo Green, Ari Levine, Katy Perry, Rihanna, the Roots, Dirk Sobotka, and Zac Brown each have four nominations.

This year’s nominations are a true reflection of an exceptional and talented community of music makers that embody some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “It is most gratifying to see the GRAMMY Awards process once again produce a broad cross-section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres. Coupled with the third year of our primetime nominations special, the road to Music’s Biggest Night, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, is off to an exciting start.”

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Following is a list of world music-related categories:

Best Traditional World Music Album, Vocal or Instrumental

    Pure Sounds – Gyuto Monks Of Tibet [New Earth Records]

    I Speak Fula – Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba [Sub Pop / Next Ambiance]

    Grace – Soweto Gospel Choir [Shanachie Entertainment]

    Ali And Toumani – Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté [World Circuit-Nonesuch]

    Tango Universal – Vayo [Big Dream Music]

Best Contemporary World Music Album, Vocal or Instrumental

Best Latin Jazz Album, Vocal or Instrumental

Best Tropical Latin Album, Vocal or Instrumental

    Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso – El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico [Sony Music Latin]

    A son de guerra – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 [Capitol Latin]

    Irrepetible – Gilberto Santa Rosa [Sony Music Latin]

    Viva La Tradición – Spanish Harlem Orchestra [Concord Picante]

    100 Sones Cubanos – (Various Artists), Edesio Alejandro, Nelson Estevez & Juan Hidalgo, producers
    [J&N Records]

Best Americana Album, Vocal or Instrumental

Best Bluegrass Album, Vocal or Instrumental

Best Traditional Blues Album

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Best Traditional Folk Album, Vocal or Instrumental

Best Contemporary Folk Album, Vocal or Instrumental

Best Hawaiian Music Album, Vocal or Instrumental

    Huana Ke Aloha – Tia Carrere [Daniel Ho Creations]

    Amy Hanaiali’i And Slack Key Masters Of Hawaii
    – Amy Hanaiali‘i And Slack Key Masters Of Hawaii
    [Peterson Productions]

    Polani – Daniel Ho [Daniel Ho Creations]

    The Legend – Ledward Kaapana [Rhythm & Roots Records]

    Maui On My Mind – Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Jeff Peterson [Peterson Productions]

Best Native American Music Album, Vocal or Instrumental

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album

Best Reggae Album, Vocal or Instrumental

    Before The Dawn – Buju Banton [Gargamel Music, Inc.]

    Isaacs Meets Isaac – Gregory Isaacs & King Isaac [King Isaac Music]

    Revelation – Lee “Scratch” Perry [Megawave Records]

    Made In Jamaica – Bob Sinclair And Sly & Robbie [Yellow Productions/Universal Music France]

    One Pop Reggae + Sly & Robbie And The Family Taxi [Phase One Communications/Taxi Records]

    Legacy An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh – Andrew Tosh [Box10/Tuff Gong]

Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album, Vocal or Instrumental

    Oro – ChocQuibTown [Nacional Records]

    Amor Vincit Omnia – Draco [Sony Music Latin]

    El Existential – Grupo Fantasma [Nat Geo Music]

    Bulevar 2000 – Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible [Nacional Records]

    1977 – Ana Tijoux [Nacional Records]

Author: World Music Central News Department

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