Well, the results are in from the 53rd Annual Grammy™ Awards ceremony, with The Recording Academy honoring a couple of blues music's revered elder statesmen. The duo of Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith won the award for "Best Traditional Blues Album" for the pair's tour de force, Joined At The Hip. Guitarist Buddy Guy took home his 7th Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album" for Living Proof.
Several other blues-related artists were honored with Grammy Awards as well. Jeff Beck won for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" for "Nessun Dorma" from his 2010 album Emotion & Commotion, which also earned Beck the award for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance." Garage-blues duo the Black Keys won "Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals" for their song "Tighten Up" and "Best Alternative Music Album" (?) for their album Brothers. The Carolina Chocolate Drops, who have received a lot of love from the blues community for their country-blues/jug band sound, won "Best Traditional Folk Album" for their Genuine Negro Jig album.
So, how did the Reverend do with his Grammy predictions? Zero, zilch, nada...I had Charlie Musselwhite in the "Traditional" category, and the late, great Solomon Burke in the "Contemporary" category, and both got snubbed. I can't complain, though, 'cause the Perkins/Smith album and Buddy Guy's latest are both solid, significant works. How did About.com Blues readers do in the Grammy poll? As of early this morning, you guys had chosen Cyndi Lauper's Memphis Blues in the "Traditional" category by 41%, with Musselwhite a distant second at 29% of the votes. Strike one! But readers hit a home run in the "Contemporary" category, picking Guy's Living Proof by a whopping 54% of the vote, so you all are doing better than me at this Grammy predictions thing! Congratulations to the winners and nominees of this year's Grammy Awards.
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