Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Festival artists vie for Grammies

Popular recording artists Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Gwen Stefani may by dominating the pre-Grammy buzz, but numerous performers who are regulars on the roots festival circuit are up for honors in Wednesday's awards program. The categories and nominees we're watching:

Bluegrass Album (Blue Highway, Cherryholmes, The Grascals, The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage)
Traditional Folk Album (The Chieftains, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Tim O'Brien, Tom Paxton)
Contemporary Folk Album (Ry Cooder, Rodney Crowell, Nickel Creek, John Prine)
Country Instrumental (Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Nickel Creek)
Female Vocal Solo (Emmylou Harris)
Duo or Group with Vocal (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
Collaboration with Vocals (Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris)
Country Album (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
Traditional Blues Album (Marcia Ball)
Recording Package (Ani DeFranco)

Follow all the hoopla onliine at Yahoo Music's official Grammy site.

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