Allen Toussaint, Wilco, Shawn Colvin, Amadou & Mariam, Oumou Sangare All Nominated for Grammys
The nominations are in for the 52nd Grammy Awards, and there are five Nonesuch albums up for the awards this year. After last night's nomination presentation from the Recording Academy, Allen Toussaint, Wilco, Shawn Colvin, Amadou & Mariam, and Oumou Sangare are all in the running to receive awards when the Grammys are announced on Sunday, January 31.
Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group. The Los Angeles Times music blog Pop & Hiss declares the Grammy jazz nominations as "solid choices," praising the Toussaint selection for the album's "rich, reverent take on the classic sound of New Orleans."
Two Nonesuch albums are featured in the American Roots field: Wilco's latest, Wilco (the album), is up for Best Americana Album, sharing the category with the likes of Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Willie Nelson, and Lucinda Williams; and Shawn Colvin's Live album is up for Best Contemporary Folk Album, as are Neko Case, Tracy Chapman, Elvis Costello, and Steve Earle.
There are two Nonesuch nominations in the World Music field as well. In fact, both Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali, a Because/Nonesuch project, and Oumou Sangare's Seya, a World Circuit / Nonesuch release, are up for Best Contemporary World Music Album, as are Béla Fleck, Femi Kuti, and Omar Sosa.
In other Grammy news, Steven Epstein has been nominated as Producer of the Year in the Classical field, in part for his work helming the Nonesuch recording of John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony, performed by David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
T Bone Burnett, who has produced two of Sam Phillips records for Nonesuch and his own Nonesuch release, Tooth of Crime (2008), has been nominated as Producer of the Year in the Non-Classical category. Paste magazine recently declared him one of the Top Ten Producers of the Decade.
Also, David Byrne's independent project with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, up against Death Cab for Cutie, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and was nominated for its packaging as well.
During Grammy week, Emmylou Harris, k.d. lang, and Wilco will join many other performers on stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center to celebrate Neil Young, this year's recipient of the MusicCares Person of the Year.
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, January 31, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high def on CBS beginning at 8 PM ET. For more information, visit grammy.com.
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