The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were presented Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Performers included Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Lady Antebellum Gwyneth Paltrow and Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry and many more.
The duo of Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith won the award for “Best Traditional Blues Album” for the pair’s tour de force, Joined At The Hip. Guitarist Buddy Guy took home his 7th Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for Living Proof.
Best Traditional Blues Album
WINNER : Joined At The Hip – Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith
Giant – James Cotton
Memphis Blues – Cyndi Lauper
The Well – Charlie Musselwhite
Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites – Jimmie Vaughan
Best Contemporary Blues Album
WINNER : Living Proof – Buddy Guy
Nothing’s Impossible – Solomon Burke
Tribal – Dr. John And The Lower 911
Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook – Bettye LaVette
Live! In Chicago – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bryan Lee, And Buddy Flett
Several other blues-related artists were honored with Grammy Awards as well, i.e. Jeff Beck (Best Rock Instrumental Performance & Best Pop Instrumental Performance), Neil Young (Best Rock Song), Mavis Staples (Best Americana Album), Black Keys (Best Alternative Music Album)
To see the complete list of 2011 Grammy Awards winners visit Grammy.com