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December 18, 2005

Grammy Awards Blues Nominations

Written by
cindy mcleod

Nominees for the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced in New York last week by The Recording Academy, reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories. The awards will be handed out on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Blues fans will be pleased with the strong showing, with Maria Muldaur being nominated for a second time (the first was in 2002) in the ‘Traditional Blues Category’ for her Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul on Canada’s Stony Plain Records.

The critically acclaimed film ‘Ray’, the Ray Charles biographical movie/soundtrack, brought in three nominations; Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. Blues guitarist/vocalist Bonnie Raitt received a nomination in the Best Pop Vocal Performance category for her I Will Not Be Broken.

Best Traditional Blues Album

-Live! Down The Road/Marcia Ball

-In Your Arms Again/John Hammond

-80/B.B. King & Friends

-Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul/Maria Muldaur

-About Them Shoes/Hubert Sumlin

Best Contemporary Blues Album

-Make Due With What You Got/Solomon Burke

-Twenty/Robert Cray

-Bring ‘Em In/Buddy Guy

-Cost Of Living/Delbert McClinton

-Electric Blue Watermelon/North Mississippi Allstars

For complete nominee listings visit www.grammy.com

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