By now, you've probably heard that Acadiana will be well-represented at Sunday night's Grammy Awards. It won't be because there are several seats filled with Cajun spectators, although that may certainly be the case. It's because there is an impressive list of very familiar names among this year's nominees.

Breaux Bridge-native Hunter Hayes has made a lot of melodic noise this year on the country music scene. Many of us watched the tow-headed, pint-sized phenom rock festival stages in his earlier years. Now, the mention of his name has young girls swooning as he expertly belts out his chart-topping tunes.



Hunter Hayes (Facebook)


Hunter is up for not one, but three Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Country Album for his self-titled album, and Best Solo Performance for the song "Wanted" (click here to watch the official video for the song) from that album which hit the number one spot in 2012. Hunter is also one of the featured performers for the Grammy Awards show on Sunday night on CBS.






"The Band Courtbouillon" (Facebook)
"Nothin' But the Best" (Facebook)

And Hunter is keeping company with at least one of the people who shared those festival stages as he waits to find out if his name will be called: Wayne Toups. The more seasoned Acadiana favorite is nominated along with Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy as The Band Courtbouillon.  They are nominated for THEIR self-titled work for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Joining them as nominees in that category for the album "Nothin' But the Best" is Corey Ledet with Anthony Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie and Andre' Thierry.

We'd also like to give a salute to Joe Falcon’s “Allons à Lafayette” who will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.