Sunday, February 13, 2011
Grammy Awards Go to The Black Keys, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ali Farka Touré, and Toumani DiabatéCongratulations to the Nonesuch artists who were presented with Grammy Awards at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast, held Sunday, February 13, in Los Angeles: The Black Keys, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and World Circuit / Nonesuch Records artists Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté. Together, these artists' 2010 releases garnered a total of six awards.
The Black Keys' Brothers brought in four Grammy awards: the album was named Best Alternative Music Album; its lead single, "Tighten Up," which became the band's first No. 1 radio hit, brought the award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals to band mates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney and contributed to Danger Mouse's win for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical; and Michael Carney, the art director for Brothers, was recognized with the award for Best Recording Package. You can see photos of Dan and Patrick at the Grammys pre-telecast at spinner.com.
You can watch the video for the Grammy-winning song "Tighten Up" here:
Check out the band's work in the new film trailer Howlin' for You, at YouTube.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Nonesuch debut album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the award for Best Traditional Folk Album. On the album, the multi-instrumental group reclaims and revives a near-forgotten brand of banjo-driven string-band music from North Carolina’s Piedmont region, and doing so, says the Boston Globe, with "a contagious, abundant joy."
Watch the band and the album's producer, Joe Henry, discuss the making of the Grammy-winning album in this behind-the-scenes video from the album's release:
Ali and Toumani, the second and last album pairing kora master Toumani Diabaté and the late guitar virtuoso Ali Farka Touré, has won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album. Recorded in 2005, with contributions from Cachaíto López on bass, this World Circuit / Nonesuch album is the successor to the In the Heart of the Moon, which won the Grammy in the same category in 2005, and is the last recorded by both Touré and López. NPR calls Ali and Toumani "breathtaking."
Learn more about this unforgettable pairing of two of Mali's finest musicians in a short film about the making of the Ali and Toumani:
You can also watch these videos and many more at nonesuch.com/media.
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