GRAMMY award-winning and nominated musicians from Acadiana

Music has been the soul of Acadiana since the area's humble beginnings, with a melting pot of Cajuns, Creoles, European and Native American cultures inspiring fresh new sounds. South Louisiana has fostered folk music, country, rock, and rhythm and blues, and from the bayous have risen new genres like Zydeco and Swamp Pop. While Acadiana is much smaller than other music cities like Nashville, Memphis, and Austin, the area is fertile ground for a significant number of GRAMMY-nominated artists as well as 16 coveted golden gramophones.

Clifton Chenier - 1975 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
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King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier received the GRAMMY's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, putting Acadiana's musician in the same category as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Hank Williams, The Beatles, and Aretha Franklin. How's that for getting a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T?
Area musicians once dominated the short-lived "Best Zydeco or Cajun Music" category before it was folded into the "Best American Roots" and "Best Regional Roots" categories. In recent years, Acadiana has expanded its footprint in the music world with local artists garnering attention in a variety of categories, including Contemporary Christian, Country, Folk, and Gospel.

Lauren Daigle
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In 2018, Lafayette native Lauren Daigle took home two GRAMMYs for her Contemporary Christian music while Abbeville's Koryn Hawthorne was nominated for "Best Gospel Performance/Song." Local Creole artist Sean Ardoin was nominated alongside Willie Nelson in the "Best American Roots" category as well as for "Best Regional Roots Album."
Visitors can hear GRAMMY-winning and nominated musicians at a variety of live music venues around town like Blue Moon Saloon, Rock'n'Bowl and Acadiana Center for the Arts as well as special events like the free fall and spring concert series throughout the area, Louisiana Crossroads, SOLO Songwriters Festival, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, and Festival International.

Acadiana's GRAMMY Winners Through the Decades

Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band  
Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording
"On Tour"

Clifton Chenier
Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording
"I'm Here"
Rockin' Sidney
Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording
"My Toot Toot"
Best Traditional Folk Album
"L'Amour ou La Folie"
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
"Live! Worldwide"
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
 "Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival"
Buckwheat Zydeco
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
"Lay Your Burden Down"
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
"Zydeco Junkie"
Clifton Chenier
Grammy Hall of Fame inductee
"Bogalusa Boogie"
Steve Riley, Wilson Savoy, Joel Savoy and Wayne Toups
Best Regional Roots Music Album
"The Band Courtbouillon"
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Best Regional Roots Music Album
"Dockside Sessions"
Clifton Chenier
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jo-El Sonnier
Best Regional Roots Music Album
"The Legacy"
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Best Regional Roots Music Album
Lauren Daigle
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
"You Say"
Lauren Daigle
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
"Look Up Child"

Notable Nominees

Corey Ledet

Musicians with Cajun roots have been nominated dozens of times at the GRAMMYs. A few recent nominees include Corey Ledet, Sean Ardoin, Barry Ancelet, Sam Broussard, Dr. Josh Caffery, Koryn Hawthorne, Hunter Hayes, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Yvette Landry, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, The Revelers, Sweet CeciliaCameron Dupuy And The Cajun Troubadours, among others.
Country music sweetheart Hunter Hayes quickly rose to fame in 2011 when his debut album reached No. 1 on the country charts. He has been nominated five times, including for "Best New Artist." Past winners in this category have included John Legend, Adele and Carrie Underwood.

Savoy Family Band
The Savoys are the area's most-nominated family. Joel Savoy of Valcour Records is a GRAMMY-winning recording engineer and record producer, as well as a nine-time GRAMMY nominee. His mother, Ann Savoy, has been nominated four times, including twice with the band "The Magnolia Sisters." Joel's brother Wilson Savoy has been nominated four times with his band "The Pine Leaf Boys" before winning a GRAMMY with "The Band Courtbouillon," where he collaborated with his brother. Wilson and his mother were up against each other for "Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album" in 2009 but were beaten out by another local group, Buckwheat Zydeco.

In 2020, Sweet Cecilia was nominated for A Tribute to Al Berard. The group comprises two daughters and a niece of the late Al Berard, a Grammy-nominated Cajun musician. Also nominated that year, Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours for their eponymous album Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours.

In 2021, Sean Ardoin and Kreole Rock and Soul received a nomination for "Live in New Orleans!" Also nominated is Corey Ledet Zydeco for the self-titled album "Corey Ledet Zydeco"
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