On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser hosted the 10th annual Only in Louisiana brunch at the Conga Room in Los Angeles. The brunch celebrated Louisiana’s rich culinary and musical heritage by recognizing Louisianians nominated for GRAMMY® awards this year. Attendees enjoyed musical performances by Louisiana GRAMMY®-nominated artists The Revelers and Jon Cleary. Attendees also enjoyed a special menu featuring Cajun and Creole cuisine.
“Louisiana has a rich history of GRAMMY® nominees and winners,” Lt. Governor Nungesser said. “Year after year, we celebrate multiple nominees in several categories showcasing Louisiana’s significant contribution to the nation’s musical roots.”
To honor Louisiana’s special connection to music, Lt. Governor Nungesser personally demonstrated his support by becoming an official associate member of The Recording Academy before the brunch.
This year, Louisianians contributed to 18 GRAMMY®-nominated recordings, representing genres from Rap, Country, Jazz, Blues, Zydeco, Pop and more. Other nominees with ties to Louisiana include Jamison Ross, Lil Wayne, Buddy Guy, Terence Blanchard, Michael Cerveris, Tim McGraw, PJ Morton and Lead Belly.
Krista Fanning, a music educator at Caddo Middle Magnet in Shreveport, Louisiana, has also been named one of the 25 finalists for the 2016 GRAMMY® Music Educator Award. Last year, she was selected as a top 10 finalist.
This is her third nomination.
Other notable facts about Louisiana and the GRAMMY® Awards:
• Per capita, Louisiana has had more GRAMMY® nominees than any other state.
• The name “GRAMMY” actually came from a Louisiana citizen, Jay Danna of New Orleans, who submitted the title in a national contest held in 1958 by The Recording Academy.
• Since 1960, the GRAMMYs® have been honoring Louisianians’ significant contributions to the nation’s musical landscape. Artists from Louisiana have been nominated for a GRAMMY® award 56 out of its 58 years, a real accomplishment for a state of our size.
For the brunch, Louisiana teamed up with celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck to create a menu featuring a shrimp and crawfish boil, grilled pork belly over Anson Mills grits, crispy duck, muffalettas and other dishes celebrating Louisiana’s famous cuisine.
“If there’s one thing that we know how to do in Louisiana, it’s throw a party!” Lt. Governor Nungesser said. “There’s no better way to celebrate those from Louisiana who are honored with a Grammy nomination than with food, drink and music.”
To view photos from the event, click here.