14 Hawaii albums up for Grammy noms

Oct. 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

Fourteen albums by Hawaii recording artists and a slack-key album by California guitarist Patrick Landeza are in the running for Grammy Award consideration.

grammy logoThe Recording Academy, formerly the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, distributed the 2014 Grammy Awards preliminary ballot to its members on Thursday, Oct. 17. Being on the preliminary ballot is only the first step toward winning the coveted award.

The academy will announce the finalists Dec. 6. The winners will be announced at the 2014 Grammy Awards show Jan. 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Mountain Apple Co. released a list of the Hawaii and slack-key albums on the preliminary ballot in the best regional roots category, which includes Hawaiian, Cajun, zydeco, polka and Native American music. They are:

» “‘Io,” by Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus Music Arts)
» “Maliu,” by Ikaika Blackburn (Na Hoa Records)
» “Mele ‘Ailana,” by Manu Boyd (Hui Waianuhea LLC)
» “Hula 2,” by Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
» “Kahele,” by Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
» “Hula Ku‘i,” by Kahulanui (Palm Records Inc.)
» “You Should Know By Now,” by KUmZ (Kauakoko Foundation)
» “Bumbye” by Kupaoa (Hulu Kupuna Productions)
» “Slack Key Huaka‘i,” by Patrick Landeza (Addison Street Records)
» “Manawa,” by Mailani (Ha Enterprises)
» “Na‘auao,” by Sean Na‘auao (Mountain Apple)
» “Vibrant People, Thriving Lands: Ho‘ola Lahui, Ho‘oulu Pae ‘Aina,” by Various Artists (Kamehameha Schools); producers Kenneth Makuakane, Tasha Tavares Makuakane, Jamie Mililani Fong and Randie Kamuela Fong (producers collect the trophy on winning compilation albums)

Albums by three Hawaii recording artists are under consideration for best pop instrumental album:

» “All In,” by Pali Ka‘aihue (PK Records)
» “Grand Ukulele,” by Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike Records)
» “‘Ukulele Dance,” by Taimane (Mountain Apple)

George Kahumoku Jr., a three-time Grammy-winning record producer, made the final ballot in the regional roots category in 2012. Weldon Kekauoha was Hawaii’s lone Grammy finalist for 2013.

  • Ian O’Sullivan

    Aloha! My name is Ian O’Sullivan and I am also very excited to have a CD on this years Grammy Ballot!! Its called “Born and Raised’ and is in the Classical Instrumental Solo Categorie, as well as Engineer and Producer of the Year!
    Mahalo!
    Ian O’Sullivan