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World Music Winners At The 2008 Grammy Awards
Published February 11, 2008

Soweto Gospel Choir, Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, Levon Helm, Stephen Marley, and Angelique Kidjo (pictured) are just a few of the night’s winners.

Adding to their Grammy win last year for their album Blessed, the Soweto Gospel Choir, beat out other artists, including Rahim Al Haj and Cheick Hamala Diabete, to win the award for best traditional world music album with their recent record, African Spirit. Angelique Kidjo and her album Djin Djin nabbed the ceremony's award for best contemporary world music album, the category in which she competed with fellow Starbucks Entertainment artist, Céu.

There were plenty of winners in the Latin field. Alejandro Sanz won the Grammy in the best Latin pop category, with his album El Tren De Los Momentos, while Black: Guayaba took home the award for their record, No Hay Espacio, which was named best Latin rock or alternative album. Calle 13 accepted the Grammy for their record Residente O Visitante in the Latin Urban category and Juan Luis Guerra took home the award for his winning best tropical Latin album, La Llave De Mi Corazón.In the category, best Mexican/Mexican-American album, Pepe Aguilar won with 100% Mexicano. Little Joe & Familia’s album, Before The Next Teardrop Falls, won for best Tejano album and Los Tigres Del Norte beat out the likes of Conjunto Primavera and Intocable with their album Detalles Y Emociones, to take home the award for best Norteño album. Rounding out the Latin awards and winning for best Banda album was El Chapo and his record Te Ve A Gustar.

Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Robert Lockwood and Jr.& David “Honeyboy” Edwards were honored with the Grammy for best traditional blues album for their work on Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesman: Live In Dallas. In the area for best contemporary blues album, JJ Cale and Eric Clapton nabbed the award for their record, The Road To Escondido. Levon Helm won in the best traditional folk album category with Dirt Farmer and Steve Earl took the Grammy for his album, Washington Square Serenade, in the best contemporary Folk/Americana category.

Following in his father's footsteps, Stephen Marley won for best reggae album with Mind Control. Beating out artists like Brave Combo and John Gora & Gorale for best polka album, was Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra for their work on Come Share The Wine.