Bobby Rush, Fantastic Negrito each land first Grammy award

In case you missed it, the annual Grammy Awards took place last night, with the blues awards again among the 75 or so doled out during a live-streamed ceremony before the bright lights of the network TV cameras came on.

After 60 plus years performing and more than 370 recordings, Bobby Rush received his first Grammy, taking honors in the traditional blues album category for Porcupine Meat.

Inaugural NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest winner Fantastic Negrito hasn’t been on the scene anywhere near as long, but his full-length debut Last Days of Oakland was all it took for him to bring home the coveted prize in the contemporary blues album category.

Congratulations to Rush, Fantastic Negrito, and all of the other nominees in the blues categories of this year’s awards, who also included Lurrie Bell, Joe Bonamassa, Luther Dickinson, Vasti Jackson, Janiva Magness, Kenny Neal, The Record Company, and Joe Louis Walker!

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