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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


The current issue of the Acoustic Americana Music Guide is available at

Here’s some big news from the Guide:


At last. Music’s biggest award is now inclusive of much that it had too long ignored. Encompassing a wide spectrum, the GRAMMY Awards have added FIELD 13 – the American Roots Music Category – and the following will see nominations and award Grammys:
. Americana Album
. Bluegrass Album
. Traditional Blues Album
. Contemporary Blues Album
. Traditional Folk Album
. Contemporary Folk Album
. Hawaiian Music Album
. Native American Music Album
. Zydeco or Cajun Music Album

The Roots Music Group ( observes, “It has been several years of hard work promoting Roots Music as a musical format and it’s great to see the artists, labels, promotion folks and radio stations that support Roots Music getting additional truly deserved acknowledgment.”

"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" — a live one-hour television special — debuted last year and returns to set the stage for the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. The special will be broadcast from L.A.’s Club Nokia Dec 2 from 8-9 pm ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network, and will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees. Announcement of presenters, performers and additional information is due soon.

Last year’s nominations concert was the first time in GRAMMY history that nominees for music's top award were announced on a live, nationally televised primetime special. Its success means it’s already a fixture that “Music's Biggest Night” two months before the live telecast of the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at L.A.’s Staples Center on Jan 31, 2010, and airing at 8 pm ET/PT on CBS (meaning, as usual, the West Coast sees it three hours after it happened).


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