And The GRAMMY Went To ... Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite
Album: Get Up!
Artist: Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Won for: Best Blues Album
Previous wins: Harper's win this year marked the third of his career, following two prior wins in 2004 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "11th Commandment" and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for There Will Be A Light. Musselwhite's win marked the first of his career, following eight prior GRAMMY nominations.
Did you know?: As a duo, Harper and Musselwhite were nominated for two awards at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, including Best Music Film for I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up! The film was directed by official GRAMMY portrait photographer Danny Clinch and produced by Harper. Musselwhite was nominated a second time for Best Blues Album for Remembering Little Walter, with Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, and James Harman. Harper and Musselwhite initially met in 1997 during a John Lee Hooker session. Get Up! topped Billboard's Blues Albums chart. In April 2013 Harper and Musselwhite performed "I'm In, I'm Out And I'm Gone" in front of President Barack Obama and the first lady as part of an installment of the "In Performance At The White House" series honoring Memphis soul. Harper will release an album of 10 duets with his mother, singer/songwriter Ellen Chase-Verdries, on Mother's Day. Harper and Musselwhite are also plotting another studio album collaboration. "I got irons in the fire. I can't not seize them," Harper told Rolling Stone following the 56th GRAMMY telecast. "It's full steam ahead with Charlie."