A hard fought, more than 6 year battle, singularly led by a determined Cynthia Simien, is finally won. There is now a Grammy® category for Cajun & Zydeco music. The effort was perceived by Louisiana music advocates as an obvious gap in the awards; but, the process of adding a category was overwhelming to most. Cynthia Simien, whose husband Terrance Simien is a major zydeco star and advocate, spent countless hours working the system to achieve this milestone. She not only joined the Recording Academy (NARAS), which gives the awards, but rose through the organization to become a member of its regional Board of Governors where she worked tirelessly to make this happen.
Though many people lent their names and time to this effort, it is and was the work of Cynthia Simien that deserves the most credit. She rightfully deserves accolades far beyond what I can give via this blog. Those of us who know Cynthia and shared her energy and her sometimes much-deserved wrath, are proud beyond words for her, Terrance and for Louisiana. We now have a validation long sought; and, every year, Cajun and Zydeco music will have a bright spotlight as the Grammys® honor our best.
Thank you Cynthia & Terrance Simien. You have honored Louisiana with this remarkable and permanent achievement.