Austin artists up for awards

Mongillo

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also nom­i­nated for her 2009 al­bum “The Truth Ac­cord­ing To Ruthie Fos­ter.”

“My week got full, and I to­tally kind of for­got about it, and I got a call from my man­ager last night. It was a nice sur­prise,” Fos­ter said last week. “It was val­i­dat­ing the first time, and this time it’s even more so. And since the cat­e­gories have moved around so much, I didn’t think folks like my­self and She­mekia (Copeland, who was also nom­i­nated for her al­bum “33 1/3”) would even get no­ticed. It’s really nice.”

The Grammy cat­e­gories of best con­tem­po­rary blues al­bum and best tra­di­tional blues al­bum merged this year, mak­ing the field more com­pet­i­tive. Other nom­i­nees in the cat­e­gory this year in­clude Copeland, Dr. John, Joan Os­borne and the Her­itage Blues Orches­tra.

Fos­ter said that she’s plan­ning on at­tend­ing the awards show in Fe­bru­ary. “It’s very sur­real to be there,” she said. “You’ve got folks like Pink and Jay-Z walking around, it’s very sur­real to be part of that.” (Fos­ter per­forms at the Ar­madillo Christ­mas Bazaar at 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day.)

“Austin City Lim­its” pro­ducer Terry Lick­ona, who co-pro­duces the Grammy Awards show, said this year’s nominations re­flect a change in the mu­sic busi­ness.

“Over­all, they’re skew­ing quite a bit younger, and I think it’s a tes­ta­ment to a change in the Record­ing Academy mem­ber­ship and just the evo­lu­tion of the mu­sic that’s out there,” Lick­ona said.

Lick­ona said he was sur­prised by a few of the nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing Jack White, whose al­bum “Blun­der­buss” earned a nom­i­na­tion for al­bum of the year, and Fun., who re­ceived four nominations in top cat­e­gories.

One artist Lick­ona was hop­ing to see get a nod for al­bum of the year was Esper­anza Spald­ing, who re­cently taped an episode of “Austin City

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Esper­anza Spald­ing re­ceived three Grammy nominations, in­clud­ing for best jazz vo­cal al­bum.

“Austin City Lim­its” Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Terry Lick­ona was happy to see so many ACL per­form­ers nom­i­nated for awards.

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