Since 2001, the Best Native American Album category had been presented to pow wow groups, flutists and other Native musicians; winners have included Bill Miller, Mary Youngblood, and artists captured live at the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. The restructuring, though, eliminates the Native American category and groups albums from it with those from also-eliminated categories Hawaiian, Cajun/Zydeco, and Polka.
How does this shake out in the first go-round? Visit the “Americana” nominees page and scroll down to the Best Regional Roots Music Album, here’s what you’ll find in terms of nominees by former category:
Native American: 0