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Musicians with Oklahoma ties vie for Grammys

BY BRANDY McDONNELL Modified: January 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm •  Published: January 29, 2010


In the classical categories, Norman-born harpist Yolanda Kondonassis shares her first Grammy nomination with flutist Joshua Smith and violist Cynthia Phelps for best chamber music performance. The nod is for their performance of late Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s "And Then I Knew ’Twas Wind,” from their album "Air.”

Tom Paxton, a Bristow High School and University of Oklahoma graduate, has his rendition of "I Remember Loving You” featured on the compilation "Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips,” which is nominated for best traditional folk album.

Tulsa-born actress Alfre Woodard is nominated for co-producing "Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktale,” a nominee for best spoken word album for children.

Mason Williams, who grew up in Oklahoma City, is nominated for best historical album for "Woodstock — 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm.”

"My Dusty Road,” a box set chronicling the career of Okemah-born songwriting icon the late Woody Guthrie, is nominated in the best historical album and best album notes categories.

Among the performers, Tulsa Sound legend Leon Russell is planning to take the Grammys stage Sunday night, about after two weeks after undergoing surgery for a brain-fluid leak. The Lawton-born singer/musician is set to perform with country group Zac Brown Band, which is nominated for best new artist, best country album and best country performance by a duo or group with vocals.

Going into Sunday’s show, pop diva Beyonce carries a leading 10 nominations, among them, album of the year for her double CD, "I Am … Sasha Fierce,” song of the year for her hit anthem "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and record of the year for "Halo.” Contemporary country star Taylor Swift has eight nominations, including nods for album of the year for her sophomore CD "Fearless” and record and song of the year for "You Belong With Me.”

To see the nominees in all 109 Grammy categories, go online to


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