Russ Hewitt, reviewed here a while back, has made the first cut for the 52nd Grammy Awards in 5 categories for his fine release, Bajo El Sol: Best Pop Instrumental Performance (�Lydia�); Best Pop Instrumental Album, Best Instrumental Composition, Best Instrumental Arrangement, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical . His new single, �Lydia,� has hit the top 25 on the Smooth Indie chart and # 34 on the Smooth AC charts. Hewitt is also currently the # 1 Smooth Jazz artist played on Music Choice Satellite/Cable TV for 14 weeks and counting.
Also, the smooth R&B vocal group, Kloud 9, also reviewed here much earlier, has been nominated for a Nashville Music Award for Urban Recording of The Year for their Enjoy the Ride album. They�re also on the Grammy Ballot in 3 categories: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group ("Can't Be Love"); Best R&B song ("Can't Be Love"); and Best R&B Album (Enjoy The Ride).