The Best Polka Album award may be gone, but there are still plenty of accordions among the nominees announced yesterday for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. The Best Cajun/Zydeco Album category is full of them:
- Alligator Purse by Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet
- Lay Your Burden Down by Buckwheat Zydeco
- Stripped Down by The Magnolia Sisters
- Live At 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by Pine Leaf Boys
- L’Ésprit Créole by Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
The accordion is apparently mandatory in the Best Norteño Album category, too:
- Dejame Soñar by Cumbre Norteña
- El Niño De Oro by El Compa Chuy
- Pese A Quien Le Pese by Los Rieleros Del Norte
- Tu Noche Con…Los Tigres Del Norte by Los Tigres Del Norte
- Soy Todo Tuyo by Los Tucanes De Tijuana
There are also a handful of accordionists scattered through other categories. Los Texmaniacs and Sunny Sauceda are both vying for Best Tejano Album, Weird Al Yankovic is up for Best Comedy Album, and David Hidalgo’s accordion was a key ingredient in Bob Dylan’s Together Through Life, nominated for Best Americana Album.
And finally, many thought that the demise of the polka award would spell the end of 18-time winner Jimmy Sturr’s Grammy run. Not so fast — Jimmy and his orchestra garnered yet another Grammy nomination; this time, for Best Traditional Folk Album. The competition will be stiffer but, after all these years, I know better than to bet against Jimmy Sturr.