Walter Pierce

Buckwheat wins Grammy

by Walter Pierce

In what may be characterized as partly a lifetime achievement award, Buckwheat Zydeco just moments ago was announced as the winner in the Cajun-Zydeco category at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, according to a text message from an INDsider source at the ceremony. Held in Los Angeles, the awards for several categories are handed out on Sunday afternoon ahead of the Grammy broadcast. Buckwheat won the award for his record Lay Your Burden Down, beating out four other Acadiana artists/bands: Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Magnolia Sisters, Pine Leaf Boys and Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole.

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra was also recognized with a win in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category. And according to our source, Terence Blanchard, who won the Grammy for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, gave a "Who Dat" shout-out while accepting the award.