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Smithsonian Folkways Wins Two GRAMMY Awards

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February 11, 2013 -- Congratulations to Smithsonian Folkways on winning two awards at the 55th GRAMMYs. The awards include Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package and brings the total number for the non-profit label to seven.

List of wins:

• Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: ’Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection'

Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie)

This in-depth box set was released in honor of the influential folk singer/songwriter’s 100th birthday. Klaetke, art director for 'Woody at 100,' accepted the award and said “I really want to thank Woody, whose lyrics today are even more powerful than when they were written.”

• Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: ’Imaginaries'

Quetzal

www.folkways.si.edu/quetzal/imaginaries/latin/music/album/smithsonian

Recorded by East L.A.-based Quetzal as part of the Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/Traditions series of Latin American releases, this is their first-ever GRAMMY.

Previously, Los Texmaniacs (2009) and Nati Cano’s Mariachi Los Camperos (2008) earned awards as part of the Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/Traditions Series. Overall, the series includes 38 albums and has earned three GRAMMY awards, a 2007 LATIN GRAMMY, and nine GRAMMY and LATIN GRAMMY award nominations. Smithsonian Folkways earned two GRAMMYs in 1997 for 'the Anthology of American Folk Music' and one in 2005 for 'cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins.'

’Woody at 100' was also nominated, but did not win, for the best historical album category. 'Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie,' by Elizabeth Mitchell, and 'Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition,' by Stephen Wade, were also nominated in the best children’s album and best album notes categories respectively.

Overall, Smithsonian Folkways has 25 GRAMMY award nominations (including award winners) since 1997, including 19 nominations since 2004. In addition, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artists Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins, and Doc Watson are GRAMMY Association Lifetime Acheivement Awards winners, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings contributed to the 1998 GRAMMY-winning album Folkways -- ’A Vision Shared: A Tribute To Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly' and the 1993 GRAMMY-nominated album 'Roots of Rhythm and Blues: A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era.'

Click here for a list of awards and nominations earned by Smithsonian Folkways’ artists: www.folkways.si.edu/about_us/awards.aspx
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