The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards are out and many Louisiana artists are up to receive big honors. Nominees with Louisiana ties include Cha Wa, PJ Morton, Terence Blanchard, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.
PJ Morton is up for best R&B album for Gumbo Unplugged (Live), an acoustic rerelease of his 2017 Grammy-nominated Gumbo. 'First Begin' is nominated for best R&B performance and 'How Deep Is Your Love' is up for best traditional R&B performance.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is up for best instrumental album with 'The Emancipation Procrastination.'
Terence Blanchard is nominated for best instrumental composition for 'Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil).'
Mardi Gras Indian band Cha Wa is up for best regional roots music album, the same category Louisiana-based Lost Bayou Ramblers won in last year for their album Kalenda. Cha Wa's album is entitled Spyboy. They will be competing against southwest Louisiana's Sean Ardoin and his Kreole Rock and Soul.
Ardoin and New Orleans native Jon Batiste are going head-to-head in the best American roots performance category for 'Kick Rock' and 'St. James Infirmary Blues,' respectively.
Lafayette native Lauren Daigle's Look Up Child is nominated for best contemporary Christian music album, and 'You Say' is up for best contemporary Christian music performnace/song.
Best of luck to all of the Louisiana nominees! We're pulling for you. Below, check out recent WWOZ videos from Cha Wa and Terence Blanchard!