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Sixteen Louisiana acts are nominated for 23 awards in Sunday’s virtual event
BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s deep and diverse musical heritage will once again be on display Sunday night with the 63rd annual Grammy Awards presentation. A total of 16 Louisiana acts are nominated for 23 awards, representing musical genres from jazz and blues to Cajun, rap and gospel.
With pandemic precautions still in place, this year’s prime-time awards show from Los Angeles will be largely a virtual event. The show will be broadcast live from the Staples Center with no audience members in attendance, and most nominees will participate in the awards show via online connections. The broadcast is scheduled for 7 p.m. on CBS, with Trevor Noah of The Daily Show hosting.
“Again this year, the Grammy Awards provide an outstanding showcase for many of Louisiana’s great musical ambassadors,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “Music in all its forms is an important aspect of our state’s unique culture, and it’s gratifying to see so many of our great artists get the recognition they deserve. We congratulate all of our nominees this year and wish them the best of luck on awards night.”
“Louisiana is proud to be the birthplace of jazz and home of numerous Grammy award-winners and nominees,” Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson said. “Our state-of-the-art recording studios, unique production rebate program and highly skilled studio musicians and engineers create an unrivaled opportunity for success in sound recording in Louisiana. At LED, we work with our creative artists in music, digital media, film and TV productions to sustain and grow our entertainment industry, and provide programs to encourage these creative leaders to invest more permanently in our state. There is no better place than Louisiana for creating and producing the very best entertainment content.”
Jon Batiste, who won a Golden Globe last month for his original score of the Pixar film Soul has two Grammy nominations. He is nominated in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category for Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard and Best New Age Album for Meditations, with Cory Wong.
PJ Morton, a 14-time nominee who won Grammys in each of the past two years, is nominated this year for Best Gospel Album for Gospel According to PJ.
Other Louisiana nominees are:
Three of the five contenders for Best Regional Roots Album are Louisiana acts. They include two Cajun bands and a New Orleans brass band, all first-time Grammy nominees:
About Louisiana Entertainment
Louisiana is one of the top destinations in the world for motion picture production; digital interactive and software development projects; live performance; and sound recording. With state-of-the-art facilities, a wealth of talent, production-friendly communities and a competitive incentive program, Louisiana is the perfect location for the entertainment industries. For more information on Louisiana film, digital interactive, live performance and sound recording programs, visit Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development, at louisianaentertainment.gov.