GRAMMY winners born in the Ark-La-Tex

We are rich in music history here in the Ark-La-Tex. From classical masters to contemporary artists, we are one rockin’ community! The music industry’s biggest award, the GRAMMYs® honored many winners from our area. Louisiana snagged 23 award nominations for 16 acts in 2021. Shreveport native and three time GRAMMY winner Brian Blade received two nominations in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category and won for “Trilogy 2” Congratulations!

In 2019, two nominees came from Shreveport. Dominique Jones was nominated for the song “Cycles” in the Best Gospel Performance/Song category. “At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight…” was nominated for the Best Historical Album. According to Brandy Evans at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau, this is the first time in several years that Shreveport has had a GRAMMY nomination. Even though neither won in 2019, check out these Ark-La-Tex Grammy winners.

Watch to see who wins the 2021 GRAMMY Awards on KSLA News 12 on Sunday, March 14 and cheer for our Ark-La-Tex Winners.

And don’t forget about our own Music Prize.

Brian Blade

One of the best 21st century jazz drummers out there. Blade performed with lots of famous musicians in New Orleans after growing up in Shreveport. Since then, he’s received 10 nominations through 2021. He created the Fellowship Band which has received a Grammy nomination.

Wins -2021 Best Instrumental Album for “Trilogy 2”

2018 Best Jazz Instrumental Album for “Emanon”

2014 – Best Jazz Instrumental Album for “Trilogy”

2005 – Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group for “Beyond the Sound Barrier”

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John Beasley

Born in Shreveport and raised in Texasm, John’s skills on the piano have made him quite popular on the music scene. Not only has he produced a dozen albums but also worked on several TV and Hollywood projects.

Wins – 2021 Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capells for “Donna Lee”

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Van Cliburn

In addition to winning two GRAMMY awards in 1958 and 1959, Van Cliburn received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. His love of the piano and classical music shone on the international stage. Today, his legacy includes the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition that is held in Fort Worth, Texas as well as being the only classical musician to receive a tickertape parade in New York City. He was born in Shreveport on July 12, 1934.

Wins – 1958 Best Classical Performance – Instrumentalist (with Concerto Scale Accompaniment) for “Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23”

1959 Best Classical Performance – Concerto or Instrumental Soloist (with Full Orchestra Accompaniment) for “Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3”

2004 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Linda Davis

She’s known as a “Song Stylist” according the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, TX. Hailing from Panola County, Linda made her mark on the country music scene with superstar Reba McEntire. She’s not only a country music performer but has succeeded in the contemporary Christian music. She still performs once in a while with her daughter;  Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum fame.

Wins – 1994 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Does He Love You” with Reba McEntire.

2017 Best Contemporary Christian Album for “Love Remains” with Hillary Scott

2017 Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song for “Thy Will”


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Glen Campbell

Southwest Arkansas is where country music legend Glen Campbell grew up. He was born in Billstown. He hit it big in 1967 winning four GRAMMYs. Some of his works include “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle on My Mind” and “Wichita Lineman.” Many consider Glen to be one of the best guitar players in the world.

Wins – 1967 Best Vocal Performance, Male & Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance for “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”

1967 Best Country & Western Recording & Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male for “Gentle on My Mind”

1968 Album of the Year for “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

2014 Best Country Song for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”


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Bill Clinton

Not only did Bill Clinton serve as President of the United States, but did you know he also has two Grammys sitting on the shelf? Not bad for the man who grew up in Hope, Ark.

Wins – 2004 – Best Spoken Word Album for “My Life”

2003 – Best Spoked Word Album for Children for “Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks”

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Kix Brooks

Mr. Brook’s awards came in 1993 and 1996 as part of his hit duo Brooks and Dunn. This Shreveport native has enjoyed a great career in the music industry. He’s also appeared in several films and hosted a Cooking Channel show titled “Steak Out with Kix Brooks” in 2015.

Wins – 1993 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Hard Workin’ Man”

1996 Best Country Vocal Performace by a Duo or Group for “My Maria”

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James Burton

Dubberly, Louisiana can claim guitar legend James Burton as their son. A rock and roll legend, he played with Elvis, John Denver, Rick Nelson and many other musical celebrities. He even has a style of Fender Telecaster named after him. He’s played in several different musical genres.

Wins – 2008 Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Cluster Pluck”

2017 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for “Bringin’ It”

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The Cox Family

You’ve heard this country and bluegrass group if you’ve seen the Movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The Cox Family hails from Cotton Valley in Webster Parish. After a run in the 1990s, they took some time off until they released their latest album in 2015.

Wins – 1994 Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Album for “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

2001 Album of the Year for “O Brother, where Art Thou? – Soundtrack

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Hank Williams, Jr.

After seven nominations, Hank Williams Jr. won a GRAMMY in 1989. He’s successfully combined Southern rock, blues, and traditional country as well as showcasing great skill with several instruments. Born in Shreveport, Hank continues his family tradition of entertaining thousands with his music.

Win – 1989 Best Country Vocal Collaboration for “There’s a Tear in My Beer”

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