Five Years After Linda Chorney, The Grammy Awards Still Can’t Get Americana...

Five Years After Linda Chorney, The Grammy Awards Still Can’t Get Americana Right

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It was the ultimate embarrassment for the Grammy Awards, and it was all at the expense of the Americana category. A relatively unknown, quirky—and depending who you speak to—questionably talented songwriter and performer from New Jersey named Linda Chorney upstaged the rest of the Americana industry in 2011 by earning a nomination in the Best Americana Album category for her record Emotional Jukebox right beside stalwarts of the industry like Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Lucinda Williams, and Ry Cooder.

Not that Linda Chorney didn’t deserve to be considered right beside the other contenders for the Best Americana Album. One would hope that anyone with an outstanding musical…



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