The Recording Academy has spoken, and here are your winners in the 51st annual Grammy™ Awards, as well as how my predictions played out.
Best Traditional Blues Album: The Reverend predicted that B.B. King would win his 15th Grammy™ Award with his late-career triumph One Kind Favor and, indeed, he did. Although I would have liked to have seen Buddy Guy win for his excellent Skin Deep album, let's not take anything away from the great B.B. King, who continues to be the mainstream face of blues music tradition…and that's a good thing!
Best Contemporary Blues Album: Yeah, I thought that Taj Mahal would walk off with this award on the strength of his incredible Maestro album, but I also picked Dr. John's City That Care Forgot as my personal choice in this category. Dr. John walked off with this Grammy™ and for good reason, because City That Care Forgot is every bit as vital and creative a work as One Kind Favor or Skin Deep. Heck, all of these albums are worthy of a place on your shelf, so just go buy 'em up, OK?
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Kim Ruehl, Guide to Folk Music
Henry Adaso, Guide to Rap Music
Shelly Fabian, Guide to Country Music
Bill Lamb, Guide to Top 40/Pop
Mark Edward Nero, Guide to R&B/Soul
DJ Ron Slomowicz, Guide to Dance Music
One Kind Favor CD cover photo courtesy Geffen Records