Contemporary R&B singer-songwriter PJ Morton, slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, modern Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers are among the handful of south Louisiana nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards.
The nominations were announced Tuesday. The 60th Grammy Awards telecast will be broadcast by CBS on Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Brooklyn-born rapper Jay-Z, who recently headlined a show at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, leads the field with eight nominations. Fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar, who attracted the largest crowd of the 2017 Voodoo Experience in City Park, scored seven nominations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap …
Rap, pop and R&B dominated the four major categories of album, song and record of the year, plus best new artist. No rock or country acts were nominated in any of those categories.
Morton, a graduate of St. Augustine High School and the son of gospel singer and Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church leader Bishop Paul S. Morton, recently moved back to New Orleans after years in Los Angeles. He has released his own albums of contemporary R&B while also touring the world’s arenas as the keyboardist in Maroon 5.
He nabbed two Grammy nominations. His "Gumbo" is nominated as best R&B album. His “First Began” is up for best R&B song, an award for songwriters. Other nominated songs in the category were performed by Bruno Mars, Khalid, SZA and Childish Gambino.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers’ “Kalenda” and Dopsie’s “Top of the Mountain” will compete against each other for best regional roots music album. That catch-all category includes several regional genres of music, including Cajun/zydeco (which previously had its own Grammy category), Hawaiian and Native American music.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers and several special guests are scheduled to stage elaborate performances of “Kalenda” at the Music Box Village at the foot of North Rampart Street in New Orleans on Dec. 8.
Landreth’s “Recorded Live in Lafayette,” a concert album, is nominated for best contemporary blues album. He is booked at the Old U.S. Mint on Dec. 15.
No New Orleans artists turned up in any of the Grammy Awards' jazz categories. Landreth was the only Louisiana artist in the blues categories.
However, at least two other nominees have New Orleans connections.
Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now,” nominated as best alternative music album, was mostly recorded in New Orleans at the Uptown home of bandleaders Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. The couple moved to New Orleans following an Arcade Fire performance at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The band performed at the UNO Lakefront Arena in September as part of the "Everything Now" tour.
The contemporary R&B singer Ledisi was born in New Orleans but moved to California as a child. She scored three nominations for best R&B album, R&B performance and traditional R&B performance.