The latest albums by Natalie Ai Kamauu and Kealii Reichel have been nominated as two of the five albums in this year’s Grammy award category of Best Regional Roots Music.
The nominees were announced Monday and, for the first time since the Best Hawaiian Music Album category was eliminated in 2011, more than one Hawaiian music album has been nominated in the category set aside for polka, Cajun, zydeco, Native American and Hawaiian releases.
Kamauu’s “La La La La” and Reichel’s “Kawaiokalena” were nominated.
The other category nominees are “Go Go Juice” by New Orleans funk musician Jon Cleary, contemporary Cajun band The Revelers’ “Get Ready,” and “Generations” from Native American husband-and-wife duo Windwalker and the MCW.
In related news, Hawaii’s Bruno Mars also received award nominations for his collaboration with Mark Ronson on the hit song “Uptown Funk.” It’s up for record of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best remixed recording.
Grammy award winners will be announced Feb. 15, 2016.