For the last five years, Simien has been lobbying the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences which puts on the Grammy Awards to honor cajun-oriented performers with their own category.
Simiens request goes up before Grammy officials next month and hes hopeful because hes done a lot of groundwork to make his case, including increasing the number of Grammy voters who are also zydeco musicians from six to 100.
He says its important for zydeco to get credit because the music reminds people of New Orleans.
But the zydeco Grammy isnt the only thing on Simiens plate: Hell be playing the New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 28 for the 20th consecutive time but admits this performance will be extra special.
As he puts it, If the world ever needed Jazz Fest, it was now. Were bringing it to the people.
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