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- The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be honored as Ambassadors of New Orleans Music.
The Big Easy Foundation has announced nominees for 2012 music awards. Special awards go to the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band, which has been named Entertainers of the Year, blues pianist Henry Gray, who will receive the Music Heritage Award, and Walter Wolfman" Washington, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nominees for best male and female performers include Irma Thomas, John Boutte, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Clint Maedgen and others.
Winners will be announced Monday, April 23 at the Big Easy Awards at Harrah's New Orleans.