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Roots artists recognized at the Grammys

Though Canadian pop stars Justin Bieber and Drake may have been shut out of last night’s Grammy Awards, the Arcade Fire represented the nation well, taking home Best Album for their latest release, The Suburbs, as did Michael Bublé, whose album Crazy Love won Best Traditional Pop Album.

In the roots-oriented categories, former Roots Music Canada guests, the Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig won Best Traditional Folk Album. Best Americana Album went to one of our recent favourites—Mavis StaplesYou Are Not Alone, and Patty Loveless took Best Bluegrass Album for her Mountain Soul II.

Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs won Best Contemporary Folk Album for God Willin’ and The Creek Don’t Rise. The Best Country Instrumental Performance went to Marty Stuart‘s Hummingbyrd.

A collaboration called the 2010 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit’s Dance took the award for Best Native American Music Album. Patty Griffin‘s Downtown Church won for Best Traditional Gospel Album.

In the Blues categories, Buddy Guy‘s Living Proof won for Best Contemporary Album, while Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith won Best Traditional Album for their record Joined at the Hip.

Pete Seeger‘s Tomorrow’s Children, recorded with the Rivertown Kids and Friends, won the award for Best Musical Album for Children.

Roots influences were also apparent among winners in other categories. Blues-rock duo the Black Keys won Best Alternative Album for Busted, while a track from Neil Young‘s Daniel Lanois-produced album Le Noise was recognized for Best Rock Song.

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