Louisiana's GRAMMY® Award Winners

Explore the diverse list of Louisiana natives and current or former Louisiana residents who have won a prestigious GRAMMY® Award.


Grammy-award winning musicians and bands from Louisiana make a long list of accolades representing the power of Louisiana's music culture.

Louisiana is a music powerhouse but don't take our word for it! Just listen to the sounds of these Louisiana GRAMMY® Award winners! Dive into this incredible list of talented Louisiana musicians, producers, recording engineers and more who have won GRAMMY® awards since the Recording Academy started the awards in 1958. This list is representative through the 65th GRAMMY®s which took place in 2023.

Enjoy this video of "The Healin' Song" which was written and recorded by Jo-El Sonnier and several other GRAMMY® winners to support the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

GRAMMY® Award Winners from Louisiana

1. General Field

Bob Dylan

Album of the Year (1972) - "The Concert for Bangla Desh"

Album of the Year (1997) - "Time Out of Mind"

Toto (Bobby Kimball)

Album of the Year (1982) - "Toto IV"

Daniel Lanois (producer)

Album of the Year (1997) - "Time Out of Mind"

Album of the Year (2005) - "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"

Chris Thomas King; Evelyn Cox; Sidney Cox; Willard Cox

Album of the Year (2001) - "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Jon Batiste

Album of the Year (2022) - “We Are”

Louisiana artists who contributed to the winning “We Are” album include P.J. Morton, Hot 8 Brass Band, Gospel Soul Children Choir, St. Augustine High School Marching 100 and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.


2. American Roots Music

Rebirth Brass Band (Stafford Agee; Glen Andrews; Vincent Broussard; Keith Frazier Phil Frazier; Chadrick Honore; Derek Shezbie; Derrick Tabb); Chris Finney (recording engineer); Tracey Freemen (producer)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2011) - "Rebirth of New Orleans"

The Band Courtbouillon (Steve Riley; Wilson Savoy; Wayne Toups); Joel Savoy (recording engineer)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2012) - "The Band Courtbouillon"

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience (Jose Alvarez; Stan Chambers; Terrance Simien; Keith Sonnier; Danny Williams)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2013) - "Dockside Sessions"

Jon Cleary; Anthony Daigle (recording engineer); Mike Dorsey (recording engineer); John Porter (recording engineer & producer)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2015) - "Go Go Juice"      

Anthony Daigle (recording engineer)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2014) - "The Legacy" 

David Farrell (recording engineer); George Receli (recording engineer & producer)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2013) - "Dockside Sessions"

Queen Ida (Ida Lewis Guillary)

Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording (1982) - "Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band On Tour"

New Orleans Nightcrawlers (Kevin Clark; Barney Floyd; Cayetano Hingle; Kerry Hunter; Craig Klein; Miles Lyons; Jason Mingledorff; Matt Perrine; Brent Rose)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2021) - "Atmosphere"

Lost Bayou Ramblers (Jonny Campos; Eric Heigle; Louis Michot; Andre Michot)

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2017) - "Kalenda"

Rockin’ Sidney (Sidney Simien)

Best Ethic or Traditional Folk Recording (1985) - "My Toot Toot"

Jo-El Sonnier; Shane Theriot (recording engineer & producer) 

Best Regional Roots Music Album (2014) - "The Legacy"

Jon Batiste

Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance (2022) - “Cry”

Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Best American Roots Performance (2023)- "Take Me to the River New Orleans" (documentary)


3. Blues

Dr. John & The Lower 911 (Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.; David Barard; Herman Ernest; John Fohl)

Best Contemporary Blues Album (2008) - "City That Care Forgot"

Scott Billington (Producer); David Farrell (recording engineer); Steve Reynolds (recording engineer); Irma Thomas

Best Contemporary Blues Album (2006) - "After the Rain"

Scott Billington (Producer); Steve Reynolds (recording engineer)

Best Contemporary Blues Album (2016) - "Porcupine Meat"

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

Best Traditional Blues Recording (1982) - "Alright Again"

Tedeschi Trucks Band (Maurice “Mobetta” Brown)

Best Blues Album (2011) - "Revelator"

Anthony Daigle

Best Traditional Blues Album (2002) - "A Christmas Celebration of Hope"

Dr. John (Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.)

Best Jazz Vocal Performance (1989) - "Makin’ Whoopee"

Best Traditional Blues Album (1992) - "Goin’ Back to New Orleans"

Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1996) - "SRV Shuffle"

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (2000) - "Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t"

Best Blues Album (2012) - "Locked Down"

Chris Finney (recording engineer)

Best Contemporary Blue Album (2008) - "City That Care Forgot"

Buddy Guy

Best Contemporary Blues Album (1991) - "Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues"

Best Contemporary Blues Album (1993) - "Feels Like Rain"

Best Contemporary Blues Album (1995) - "Slippin’ In"

Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1996) - "SRV Shuffle"

Best Traditional Blues Album (2003) - "Blues Singer"

Best Contemporary Blues Album (2010) - "Living Proof"

Best Blues Album (2015) - "Born to Play Guitar"

Best Traditional Blues Album (2018) - "The Blues Is Alive and Well"

Professor Longhair

Best Traditional Blues Recording (1987) - "Houseparty New Orleans Style"

Bobby Rush

Best Traditional Blues Album (2021) - "Rawer Than Raw"


4. Cajun and Zydeco

*The Cajun and Zydeco categories were eliminated in 2011, and reorganized to be included in the American Roots Music field. That field now features a Best Regional Roots Music Album award, which takes on any nominations of Cajun or Zydeco albums.

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience (Jose Alvarez; Ralph Fontenot; Terrance Simien; Keith Sonnier; William Terry; Danny Williams); Joshua Murrell (recording engineer & producer)

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album (2007) - "Live! Worldwide"

Beausoleil (Tommy Alesi; Jimmy Breaux; David Doucet; Michael Doucet); Woods Drinkwater (recording engineer)

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album (2008) - "Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival"

Buckwheat Zydeco (Reginald Dural; Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Michael Melchione; Kevin Menard; Olivier Scoazec; Lee Allen Zeno); David Farrell (recording engineer)

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album (2009) - "Lay Your Burden Down"

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp (Adrian “A.J.” Bellow; Chubby Carrier; Randy Ellis; Randy Kelly; Earl Sally); Ivan Klisanin (recording engineer & producer)

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album (2010) - "Zydeco Junkie"


5. Composing/Arranging

John Beasley (arranger)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella (2021) - "Donna Lee"


Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks)

Best Country Performance by a Duo/Group (1993) - "Hard Workin’ Man"

James Burton

Best Country Instrumental Performance (2008) - "Cluster Pluck"

Johnny Horton

Best Country & Western Performance (1959) - "The Battle of New Orleans"

Jerry Lee Lewis

Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording (1986) - "Interviews From the Class of ‘55 Recording Sessions"

Tim McGraw

Best Male Country Vocal Performance (2004) - "Live Like You Were Dying"

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (2005) - "Like We Never Loved at All"

Aaron Neville

Best Country Vocal Collaboration (1994) - "I Fall to Pieces"

Trina Shoemaker (recording engineer)

Best Country Album (2019) - "While I’m Livin’"

Hank Williams, Sr.; Hank Williams, Jr.

Best Country Vocal Collaboration (1989) - "There’s A Tear in My Beer"

Lucinda Williams

Best Country Song (1993) - "Passionate Kisses"


Beyoncé and sampled by Big Freedia and Adam Piggot

Best Dance/Electronic Recording (2023)- "Break My Soul"

6. Folk

Beausoleil (Tommy Alesi; Jimmy Breaux; David Doucet; Billy Ware)

Best Traditional Folk Album (1997) - "L’Amour ou La Folie"

Malcolm Burn (recording engineer & producer)

Best Contemporary Folk Album (2000) - "Red Dirt Girl"

Clifton Chenier

Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording (1983) - "I’m Here"

Bob Dylan

Best Contemporary Folk Album (1997) - "Time Out of Mind"

Best Traditional Folk Album (1994) - "World Gone Wrong"

Best Contemporary Folk Album (2001) - "Love and Theft"

Best Contemporary Folk (2006) - "Modern Times"

Lucinda Williams

Best Contemporary Folk Album (1998) - "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road"


7. Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Mahalia Jackson

Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording (1961) - "Everytime I Fell the Spirit "

Best Gospel Recording (1962) - "Great Songs of Love and Faith"

Best Soul Gospel Performance (1976) - "How I Got Over"

Lynn Cox; Evelyn Cox; Sidney Cox; Willard Cox

Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album (1994) - "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow"

Lauren Daigle

Best Contemporary Christian Song (2018) - "You Say"

Best Contemporary Christian Album (2018) - "Look Up Child"

PJ Morton

Best Gospel Album (2021) - "Gospel According to PJ"

8. Jazz

Louis Armstrong

Best Vocal Performance (1964) - "Hello, Dolly!"

Wayne Shorter Quartet & Chick Corea Trio (Brian Blade)

Best Jazz Instrumentation Album (2005) - "Beyond the Sound Barrier"

Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2014) - "Trilogy"

Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2018) - "Emanon"

Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2021) - "Trilogy 2"

Harry Connick, Jr.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance (1989) - "When Harry Met Sally"

Best Jazz Vocal Performance (1990) - "We Are In Love"

John Fischbach (recording engineer); Cassandra Wilson (artist & producer)

Best Jazz Vocal Album (2008) - "Loverly"

Branford Marsalis

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (1992) - "I Heard You Twice The First Time"

Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2000) - "Contemporary Jazz"

Wynton Marsalis

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (1983) - "Think of One"

Best Classical Performance (1983) - "Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E Flat/L.Mozart: Trumpet Concerto in D/Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E Flat"

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (1984) - "Hot House Flowers"

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist or Soloists with Orchestra (1984) - "Wynton Marsalis - Edita Gruberova - Handel, Purcell, Etc."

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (1985) - "Black Codes From the Underground"

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group (1986) - "J Mood"

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (1987) - "Marsalis Standard Time - Volume I"

Best Spoken Word Album for Children (1999) - "Listen to the Storyteller"

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Irvin Mayfield)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2009) - "Book One"

Nicholas Payton

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (1997) - "Stardust"

Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2023) "New Standards Vol. 1"

Louis Prima

Best Performance by a Vocal Group of Chorus (1958) - "That Old Black Magic"

Cassandra Wilson (artist & producer)

Best Jazz Vocal Performance (1996) - "New Moon Daughter"


9. Music for Visual Media

Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (2012) - "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Jon Batiste

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (2022) - “Soul”


10. Musical Film/Music Video

Merry Clayton

Best Music Film (2014) - "20 Feet From Stardom"

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Alex Ebert)

Best Long Form Music Video (2012) - "Big Easy Express"

Jon Batiste

Best Music Video (2022) - “Freedom”

11. Opera

Terence Blanchard

Best Opera Recording (2023)- "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"

12. Package, Notes, and Historical

Chris Thomas King

Best Historical Album (2002) - "Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues - The Worlds of Charley Patton"

Tom Piazza

Best Album Notes (2003) - "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey"

13. Pop

Harry Connick, Jr.; Tracey Freeman (producer)

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (2001) - "Songs I Heard"

Branford Marsalis

Best Pop Instrumental Performance (1993) - "Barcelona Mona"

Aaron Neville

Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group (1989) - "Don’t Know Much"

Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group (1990) - "All My Life"

Aaron Neville; Art Neville; Charles Neville; Cyril Neville

Best Pop Instrumental Performance (1989) - "Healing Chant"

Johnny Rivers

Best Contemporary Single (1967) - "Up, Up And Away"

Record of the Year (1967) - "Up, Up And Away"

Trina Shoemaker (recording engineer)

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (2004) - "All Things New"

Britney Spears

Best Dance Record (2004) - "Toxic"

14. R&B


Best Traditional R&B Performance (2021) - "Anything for You"

PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance (2018) - "How Deep Is Your Love"

Best R&B Song (2019) - "Say So"


Best R&B Performance (2016) - "Cranes In the Sky"

Lucky Daye

Best Progressive R&B Album (2022) - “Table for Two”

15. Rap

Frank Ocean

Best Urban Contemporary Album (2012) - "Channel Orange"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (2012) - "No Church in the Wild"

Lil’ Wayne; Darius “Deezle” Harrison (songwriter & producer)

Best Rap Song (2008) - "Lollipop"

Best Rap Album (2008) - "Tha Carter III"

Lil’ Wayne

Best Rap Solo Performance (2008) - "A Milli"

Best Rap Performance by a Duo/Group (2008) - "Swagga Like Us"

Best Rap Performance (2016) - "No Problem"

16. Rock

Ani DiFranco

Best Recording Package (2003) - "Evolve"

Bob Dylan

Best Rock Vocal Performance (1979) - "Gotta Serve Somebody"

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group (1989) - "Traveling Wilburys Volume One"

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1997) - "Cold Irons Bound"

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (2006) - "Someday Baby"

High on Fire (Des Kensel)

Best Metal Performance (2018) - "Electric Messiah"

Toto (Bobby Kimball)

Record of the Year (1982) - "Rosanna"

Producer of the Year (1982)

Daniel Lanois (producer)

Record of the Year (2000) - "Beautiful Day"

Best Rock Album (2001) - "All That You Can’t Leave Behind"

Record of the Year (2001) - "Walk On"

Art Neville 

Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1996) - "SRV Shuffle"

Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor)

Best Metal Performance (1992) - "Wish"

Best Metal Performance (1995) - "Happiness is Slavery"

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (2012) - "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Trina Shoemaker (recording engineer)

Best Rock Album (1998) - "The Globe Sessions"

Lucinda Williams

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (2001) - "Get Right With God"

17. Louisiana GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

  1. Louis Armstrong (1972)
  2. Mahalia Jackson (1972)
  3. Fats Domino (1987)
  4. Hank Williams (1987)
  5. Van Cliburn (2004)
  6. Jerry Lee Lewis (2005)
  7. Jelly Roll Morton (2005)
  8. Clifton Chenier (2014)
  9. Buddy Guy (2015)
  10. The Meters - Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter Jr. (2018)


18. Louisiana Recording Academy Trustees Award Winners

Cosimo Matassa (2007)

Allen Toussaint (2009)

Dave Bartholomew (2012)


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