Dr. John, Frank Ocean among Grammy winners with local ties
February 11, 2013
Dominic Massa, WWLTV.com
Local music legend Dr. John picked up his sixth Grammy award, taking home the award for best blues album during Sunday night's ceremony, while bringing his brand of New Orleans funk to a worldwide audience, in a special performance with the Black Keys and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Dr. John’s album “Locked Down” won the award for best blues album. Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach, who produced the critically-acclaimed album, also won a Grammy for his work on the project, along with other work, in the producer of the year category.
R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, who grew up in New Orleans and attended the University of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, earned a Grammy for best urban contemporary album. He was also nominated for several other awards, including best new artist, as well as record and album of the year.
See full list of winners here.
Also winning a Grammy were Cajun artists Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy, in the regional roots category, for their project “The Band Courtbouillon." Also nominated were Louisiana artists Corey Ledet, Anthony Dopsie and Andre Thierry, for "Nothin' But The Best."
Louisiana-born country singer Hunter Hayes was nominated in several categories, including best new artist, along with Ocean. Hayes was born in Breaux Bridge and first gained fame playing his toy accordion in his hometown in southwest Louisiana. Early media appearances included a WWL-TV interview where he was billed as “the squeezebox kid.” Hayes also earned Grammy nominations this year for best country album and best country solo performance (though he lost in both categories).
Comedian and New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres was nominated in the category of best spoken word album, for her comedy album “Seriously…I’m Kidding," but lost out to singer/songwriter Janis Ian.
Other nominees from Louisiana included: Ledisi for best R&B performance for "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B)," Luke James, best R&B performance for "I Want You," Lil Wayne, best rap performance for
"HYFR" and best rap song for "The Motto." None took home an award Sunday, however.