Nominations for the 49th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning by The Recording Academy, reflecting a year in which some artists did it all, collaborations were numerous and diverse, and breakout music makers ran the genre gamut. Chicago R&B, rap and gospel performers were recognized amidst top musicians in their category this morning. Local musicians received accolades for their work with 15 nominations, including, Best Gospel Song, Best Gospel Performance, Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Polka Album and Best Chamber Music Performance. ...
"The Midwest has produced some of America’s top musical talent over the past years," said Tera Healy, executive director of The Recording Academy’s Chicago chapter. "We’re excited and thrilled that so many of the wonderful musicians and talent from this region are being recognized this year by The Academy and its members."
Topping the nominations with Chicago ties:
Donald Lawrence – Best Gospel Song, Best Gospel Performance, Best Traditional Gospel Album
Lupe Fiasco – Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song (songwriter), Best Rap Album
Chaka Khan and Gerald Levert – Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
The Caravans – Best Traditional Gospel Album
The Chicago Chamber Musicians – Best Chamber Music Performance
Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones – Best Polka Album
Eminem featuring Nate Dogg — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
E-Smoove, remixer – Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push – Best Polka Album
Ministry – Best Metal Performance
OK Go – Best Short Form Music Video