Exploring The Children's Field Nominees
(For a complete list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)
You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Children's Field for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Following Best Children's Album wins by GRAMMY veterans Ziggy Marley and Pete Seeger the last two years, a trio of first-time nominees are looking for their first GRAMMY gold in 2011. Miss Amy, Banana Plant and the Papa Hugs Band each scored their first GRAMMY nominations. The diverse slate is rounded out by two various artist compilations, All About Bullies … Big And Small and I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs Of Fox Hollow.
Best Children's Album
All About Bullies … Big And Small contains a whopping 37 tracks; some of them stories, some poems, and some songs, all unified by an antibullying message promoting a safe environment from children. The album features contributions from artists such as Steven Van Zandt, with proceeds from the sale of the album benefitting PACER Center's Kids Against Bullying program. Are We There Yet? is the third album of attention-span appropriate songs for children conceived by David Sharpe, leader of the Papa Hugs Band. Sharpe started his music career after he became a grandfather and some of his songs have been written collectively with his grandchildren, including the title song, which was inspired by a family road trip. Amy Otey, who records under the moniker Miss Amy, scores her first nomination for Fitness Rock & Roll. An advocate of the health-conscious President's Challenge program, Miss Amy was featured on Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat, which was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album For Children in 2010. GulfAlive is the New Orleans-based Banana Plant's first album, and it carries a message: Diverse, fascinating life exists in the Gulf of Mexico, and the world — especially kids — ought to be aware of it. The duo behind the music, Gwynn Torres and Sid Berger, get young listeners moving with songs such as "Everything Starts With Plankton," while mixing styles as varied as Cajun waltzes and New Orleans funk. I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs Of Fox Hollow is a tribute album to Hall's original 1974 album Songs Of Fox Hollow. Recorded over just three days at Fox Hollow, the Tennessee farm that inspired the original album, artists featured on the album include Hall, Patty Griffin, Bobby Bare, and Duane Eddy.
Who will take home the award for Best Children's Album? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).