Grammy Nominees Announced

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:

The accordion is apparently mandatory in the Best Norteño Album category, too:

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.


  1. Yeah, I’m sure Sturr will get it. He always does! :)

  2. No doubt Beausoleil will win…again…and in a few years, they’ll close down the Cajun/Zydeco category because it’s “not competitive”…just like they did to the Polka category.

  3. I’m not even an accordion player but this website makes me want to put on my polka face and play.
    I am a trumpet player with a fascination for technology and instruments. That review and demo of the Roland Digital accordion is awesome.

    By the way, nothing looks better than Gabbanelli Accordions. Best looking instrument on the planet, in my humble opinion.


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