Ravi Shankar gets posthumous Grammy nomination

Los Angeles, Dec 7 : Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, who was awarded two Grammy honours earlier this year, has received a posthumous nomination in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for his album "The Living Room Sessions Part 2".

The maestro breathed his last at a US hospital Dec 11, 2012. He was 92.

A day after his death, he was named a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award recipient and then at the 55th edition of the awards ceremony he won the World Music Album award for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1".

His daughters Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones collected the awards.

Ravi Shankar's latest nomination is also in the World Music Album category. Other competitors are Gipsy Kings' "Savor Flamenco", Femi Kuti's "No Place For My Dream" and Ladysmith Black Mambazo' "Live: Singing For Peace Around The World", according to the nominations list on the official Grammy website.

Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi", a story of an Indian boy, also stands to win an award. It has received a nomination for composer Mychael Danna in the best score soundtrack for visual media category.

Overall, rapper Jay Z leads the nomination pack this year with nine nods while artists Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams have garnered seven nods each. Drake and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig will compete in five categories.

The nominations reflected one of the most diverse years with the Album Of The Year category alone representing the rap, pop, country and dance/electronic genres.

"This year's nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields," Neil Portnow, president/CEO, The Recording Academy, said in a statement.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Jan 26, 2014 at Staples Center here.

--IANS (Posted on 07-12-2013)

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