Roots and World Music Grammy Winners

Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo


The Recording Academy announced today the winners of 57th Grammy Awards in the various roots music, Latin and world music categories. Angelique Kidjo’s Eve (429 Records) won the Best World Music Album award.

Meanwhile, Rosanne Cash’s The River & The Thread was the biggest winner this year in the American roots music category, with three Grammy awards.


Rosanne Cash -  The River & The Thread
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread


The following are the winners in world music-related categories

Best New Age Album

Winds Of Samsara (Listen 2 Africa) by Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch) by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Best Latin Jazz Album

The Offense Of The Drum
(Motema) by Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Pop Album

Tangos (Sunnyside Records) by Rubén Blades

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Multiviral (Sony Music Latin) by Calle 13

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Mano A Mano – Tangos a la manera de Vicente Fernández (Sony Music Latin ) by Vicente Fernández

Best Tropical Latin Album

Más + Corazón Profundo (Sony Music Latin ) by Carlos Vives

Best American Roots Performance

A Feather’s Not A Bird (Blue Note Records ) by Rosanne Cash, Track from: The River & The Thread

Best American Roots Song

A Feather’s Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash, Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash). Track from: The River & The Thread. Label: Blue Note Records; Publishers: Chelcait Music admin. by Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co./Lev-A-Tunes

Best Americana Album

The River & The Thread (Blue Note Records) by Rosanne Cash

Best Bluegrass Album

The Earls Of Leicester (Rounder ) by The Earls Of Leicester

Best Blues Album

Step Back (Megaforce Records) by Johnny Winter

Best Folk Album

Remedy (ATO Records) by Old Crow Medicine Show

Best Regional Roots Music Album

The Legacy (Takau Records) by Jo-El Sonnier

Best Reggae Album

Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong Worldwide ) by Ziggy Marley

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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