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Grammy nominees from Louisiana to be honored at special celebration

(WVLA) - (1/31/19) SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL, KMSS, KSHV) - Two Shreveport musicians who are nominated for a Grammy Award will be honored during a special celebration.

The Louisiana Office of Tourism will kick off GRAMMY® Week on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The event will celebrate and showcase this year’s 12 Louisiana nominees including Doe Jones (Dominique Jones) and Brian Blade who are both from Shreveport.

Jones has been nominated for Best Gospel Performance Song.  Blade has been nomincate for Best Jazz Instrumental Album with Wayne Shorter Quartet and with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles and Scott Colley.

A Night on the River is a special media event held at the GRAMMY® Museum in downtown Los Angeles. 

The Louisiana Office of Tourism will hold the event in partnership with Visit Mississippi and Memphis Tourism with fresh seafood provided by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. 

The gathering celebrates contributions of musicians from Louisiana, Mississippi, and the city of Memphis showcasing their influences on American music.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser said, “I am so proud of all of our Louisiana musicians. They represent what is great about our state and is one of the many ways how Louisiana feeds your soul to others across the country and around the world. I am especially proud of music teacher Mickey Smith, Jr. from Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur who is one of ten finalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award.”

Nungesser added, “We’re thrilled to partner with our fellow tourism leaders in Memphis and Mississippi. Our partnership with the Mississippi Blues Trail recently honored Louisiana-native and blues legend Buddy Guy with a historic marker in his hometown of Lettsworth. He’s among this year’s Louisiana nominees too. " 

The nominess garnered at total of 19 GRAMMY® nominations.

Louisiana musicians nominated for the 61st GRAMMY® Awards include:

  • Dominique Jones aka DOE; Shreveport – Best Gospel Performance Song
  • Brian Blade; Shreveport – Best Jazz Instrumental Album with Wayne Shorter Quartet and with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles and Scott Colley
  • Buddy Guy; Lettsworth – Best Traditional Blues Album
  • Lauren Daigle; Lafayette – Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
  • PJ Morton; New Orleans – Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Maroon 5, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance
  • Sean Ardoin; Lake Charles – Best Regional Roots Music Album and Best American Roots Performance
  • Mary Gauthier; New Orleans – Best Folk Album
  • Cha Wa; New Orleans – Best Regional Roots Music Album
  • Jon Batiste; New Orleans – Best American Roots Performance
  • Christian Scott; New Orleans – Best Instrumental Album
  • Terence Blanchard; New Orleans – Best Instrumental Composition
  • Koryn Hawthorne; Abbeville – Best Gospel Performance/Song

Additionally, the 20-CD set At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight compilation produced by German-based Bear Family Records was nominated for Best Historical Album.

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