58th Grammy Award Nominations for Best Children's Album

I am of mixed mind when it comes to the Grammys.  I'm a fan, of course, of celebrating outstanding achievement in the kids' music world, but sometimes the nominees have been... interesting.  Which isn't to say that we should celebrate or denigrate a process depending on how much we personally like or dislike the results, but given the tremendous fluctuation from year to year of what type of albums are getting nominated, in the runup to this morning's announcement of Grammy nominees, I deliberately kept a low-key attitude.

But, hey, setting aside any qualms I have about the Grammys and kids music generally, the list of nominees for Best Children's Album at the 58th Grammy Awards was announced this morning, and it is a fine, fine slate of nominees, including some of the best (and nicest) folks in the kids music genre.  It features four newer artists and one legend, Jose-Luis Orozco, who, though his album tends somewhat more toward the folk/educational sound that may not catch as many modern listeners' ears as some of the other nominees here, is, as I said, a legend who I was surprised to find out earned his first Grammy nomination this morning.  It's well-deserved.

In any case, here's a list of the five nominees and some links to let you explore further.  The Grammys will be awarded Monday, February 15, with the awards in categories like Children's Album to be awarded earlier that weekend.

 Come Bien! Eat Right! cover

Come Bien! Eat Right! cover

¡Come Bien! Eat Right!

Jose-Luis Orozco

[Review]

Bilingual album celebrating healthy eating, Orozco's first album on Smithsonian Folkways

 Dark Pie Concerns cover

Dark Pie Concerns cover

Dark Pie Concerns

Gustafer Yellowgold

[Review]

Funny enough this should appear under Orozco's album -- this is all about food, too.  But about as far away as possible from that album in style, lyrics, and just about everything else.  Wonderful, but in its own way.

 Home album cover

Home album cover

Home

Tim Kubart

[Review]

Pop hooks.  So. Many. Pop. Hooks.

 How Great Can This Day Be cover

How Great Can This Day Be cover

How Great Can This Day Be

Lori Henriques

[Review]

Tickles me pink to have Henriques' jazz and jazz-inflected songs on this list of nominees.

 Trees album cover

Trees album cover

Trees

Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly

[Review]

Sui generis album about the natural world from two of kindie's most unique artists.