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Black Lodge Singers earn another GRAMMY nomination
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Black Lodge Singers, a powwow drum group led by Kenny ScabbyRobe of the Blackfeet Nation, has earned an eighth nomination for a GRAMMY award.

The group was nominated in the Best Regional Roots Music Album for My Relatives – ‘nikso’ Kowaiks. The Canyon Records release features 16 tracks.

“With one of its boldest collections of songs ever, the Black Lodge Singers remind the world about their powerful living legacy,” Canyon Records states.

ScabbyRobe has led the Black Lodge Singers for nearly 40 years. The group, which is based on the Yakama Nation, consists primarily of members of his family.

The group’s first GRAMMY nomination was back in 2000, for the inaugural year of the Best Native American Music Album. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the group that presents the awards, eliminated the category in 2011.

Native musicians are now primarily featured in the Best Regional Roots Music category, as are Native Hawaiian artists. Also nominated this year is Lovely Sunrise by the Nā Wai ʽEhā group from Maui.

“We woke up to the most amazing news this morning…we made it to the final ballot for the 63 Annual GRAMMY Awards!” the group, which consists of two sets of brothers, wrote on social media on Tuesday, when the nominations were announced. “We are so excited and thankful.”

The 63rd GRAMMY Awards will air on January 31, 2021.