Carrere-Ho collaboration wins


POSTED: Monday, February 09, 2009

Daniel Ho's “;lucky penny”; and beer-stained jacket, mementos from previous Grammy Awards shows, worked their magic once again yesterday as the three-time winner was called onstage to join Tia Carrere and accept this year's award for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

Ho's fourth Grammy, for “;'Ikena,”; his collaboration with Carrere, marked the first time since the category was created in 2005 that the award went to a recording act, rather than to the producers of a slack-key compilation album. The win was the first for Ho as a recording artist—his previous Grammys were for producing—and also made Carrere the first woman to win in the category.

The awards were announced during a pre-telecast presentation held in the early afternoon, with Carrere and comedian Wayne Brady co-hosting.

Carrere was backstage when her win was announced, so she had a head start on Ho in reaching the podium. “;I wasn't expecting this,”; she said, sounding both surprised and a little out of breath. “;I thought I was going to lose to Daniel Ho again, and instead I won with him! I am not worthy, I am truly not worthy of the people in this room.”;

Then, as a camera shot showed Ho still somewhere near the back of the room, the Sacred Hearts alumnus went just a bit tita: “;Daniel! You're the co-artist on this, what are you doing down there?”;

Carrere thanked Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman (”;an amazing lyricist and poet and Ph.D.”;) and then “;Hawaii, Hawaiian music and Grandma, for taking me to my first singing lesson.”;

Ho was accompanied onstage by his wife, photographer Lydia Miyashiro, and Stillman.

Stillman expressed her thoughts in Hawaiian and English, and thanked both the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for “;acknowledging excellence in Hawaiian music by Hawaiians no matter where our life's journeys have taken us.”;

Ho kept his comments short, thanking everyone “;for believing in our efforts.”;

On the phone moments after leaving the stage, he added that his first win as an artist was something special. “;I'm thrilled. I just started singing in Hawaiian. Tia did a beautiful job on the record, and the songs are very creative thanks to Amy (Stillman).”;

Ho said he'd added a new item to his annual Grammy ensemble: a Sig Zane “;Kai Palaoa”; shirt that was sewn and FedEx'd to Los Angeles in time for the show. The Zane design will be seen on the cover of an album Ho is releasing next month in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Stillman said the win was “;an incredible accomplishment,”; especially since all the songs are original compositions. “;It sends a strong message about the need to continue to create and to continue to put out new material and keep everybody on their toes.”;

Two additional finalists with Hawaii ties were among the also-rans in other categories. The cast recording of the Broadway revival of “;South Pacific,”; with Hawaii's Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary, lost out to “;The Heights”; for Best Musical Show Album, and Bill Harley won out over Hawaii-born Dean Pitchford for Best Children's Spoken Word Album.




Winners' List

        Winners in major categoreis at last night's Grammy Awards. For a full list visit http://www.grammy.com.

» Rap Album: “;Tha Carter III,”; Lil Wayne (Cash Money/Universal Motown)
        » Rock Album: “;Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,”; Coldplay (Capitol Records)
        » Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “;Rich Woman,”; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, track from “;Raising Sand”; (Rounder)
        » Male Pop Vocal Performance: “;Say,”; John Mayer; track from “;Continuum”; (Columbia)
        » Female Pop Vocal Performance: “;Chasing Pavements,”; Adele, track from “;19”; (Columbia/XL)
        » Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “;Stay,”; Sugarland, track from “;Enjoy the Ride”; (Mercury Records)
        » R&B Album: “;Jennifer Hudson,”; Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
        » Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin
        » Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
        » Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “;Still Unforgettable,”; Natalie Cole (DMI Records)
        » Pop Vocal Album: ”;Rockferry,”; Duffy (Mercury)
        » Pop Instrumental Performance: “;I Dreamed There Was No War,”; Eagles, track from “;Long Road Out of Eden”; (Eagles Recording Company)
        » Pop Instrumental Album: “;Jingle All the Way,”; Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (Rounder)
        » Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “;Viva La Vida,”; Coldplay, track from “;Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends”; (Capitol Records)
        » Alternative Music Album: “;In Rainbows,”; Radiohead (TBD Records)
        » Solo Rock Vocal Performance: “;Gravity,”; John Mayer, track from “;Where The Light Is: Live in Los Angeles”; (Columbia)
        » Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “;Sex on Fire,”; Kings of Leon (RCA Records)
        » Hard Rock Performance: “;Wax Simulacra,”; The Mars Volta (Universal Motown)
        » Metal Performance: “;My Apocalypse,”; Metallica, track from “;Death Magnetic”; (Warner Bros.)
        » Rock Instrumental Performance: “;Peaches En Regalia,”; Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Steve Vai and Napoleon Murphy Brock (Strobosonic/Razor & Tie Entertainment)
        » Rock Song: “;Girls in Their Summer Clothes,”; Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen), track from “;Magic”; (Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen)
        » Rap Solo Performance: “;A Milli,”; Lil Wayne, track from “;Tha Carter III”; (Cash Money/Universal Motown)
        » Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: “;Swagga Like Us,”; Jay-Z and T.I. featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne (Roc-A-Fella/Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
        » Rap/Sung Collaboration: “;American Boy,”; Estelle featuring Kanye West, track from “;Shine”; (Homeschool/Atlantic)
        » Rap Song: “;Lollipop,”; Dwayne Carter, Darius Harrison, James Scheffer, Stephen Garrett and Rex Zamor, songwriters (Lil Wayne featuring Static Major), track from “;Tha Carter III”; (Cash Money/Universal Motown; Publishers: Young Money Publishing/Warner-Chappell Music, Herbalicious Music/Blackfountain Music/EMI-April Music, JimiPub Music/EMI Blackwood, Three Nails and A Crown Publishing/Roynet Music)
        » Country Song: “;Stay,”; Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland), track from “;Enjoy the Ride”; (Mercury Records; Publisher: Jennifer Nettles Publishing)
        » Country Album: “;Troubadour,”; George Strait (MCA Nashville)
        » Female Country Vocal Performance: “;Last Name,”; Carrie Underwood, track from “;Carnival Ride”; (19/Arista/Arista Nashville)
        » Male Country Vocal Performance: “;Letter to Me,”; Brad Paisley, track from “;5th Gear”; (Arista Nashville)
        » Country Collaboration with Vocals: “;Killing the Blues,”; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, track from “;Raising Sand”; (Rounder)
        » Country Instrumental Performance: “;Cluster Pluck,”; Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner (Arista Nashville)
        » R&B Song: “;Miss Independent,”; Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Ne-Yo), track from “;Year of the Gentleman”; (Def Jam/Compound; Publishers: Pen in the Ground Publishing, Universal Music-Z Tunes)
        » Contemporary R&B Album: “;Growing Pains,”; Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
        » Female R&B Vocal Solo: “;Superwoman,”; Alicia Keys, track from “;As I Am”; (J Records)
        » Male R&B Vocal Solo: “;Miss Independent,”; Ne-Yo, track from “;Year of the Gentleman”; (Def Jam/Compound)
        » R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “;Stay With Me (By the Sea),”; Al Green featuring John Legend, track from “;Lay It Down”; (Blue Note Records)
        » Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “;You've Got the Love I Need,”; Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton, track from “;Lay It Down”; (Blue Note Records)
        » Urban/Alternative Performance: “;Be OK,”; Chrisette Michele featuring will.i.am, track from “;I Am”; (Def Jam)
        » Dance Recording: “;Harder Better Faster Stronger,”; Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, producers; Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, mixers; track from “;Alive 2007”; (Virgin Records)
        » Electronic Dance Album: “;Alive 2007,”; Daft Punk (Virgin Records)
        » Bluegrass Album: “;Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947,”; Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Skaggs Family Records)
        » Traditional Blues Album: “;One Kind Favor,”; B.B. King (Geffen Records)
        » Contemporary Blues Album: “;City That Care Forgot,”; Dr. John and The Lower 911 (429 Records)
        » New Age Album: “;Peace Time,”; Jack DeJohnette (Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm)
        » Contemporary Jazz Album: “;Randy in Brasil,”; Randy Brecker (MAMA Records)
        » Jazz Vocal Album: “;Loverly,”; Cassandra Wilson (Blue Note)
        » Jazz Instrumental Solo: “;BE-BOP,”; Terence Blanchard, soloist; track from “;Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival”; (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars) (Monterey Jazz Festival Records)
        » Jazz Instrumental Album Individual or Group: “;The New Crystal Silence,”; Chick Corea and Gary Burton (Concord Records)
        » Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “;Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard,”; The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts Recordings)