At the 53rd Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday night, B’z member Tak Matsumoto earned the prize for Best Pop Instrumental Album, together with American guitarist Larry Carlton. The pair were chosen from the five nominees for their collaborative album "Take Your Pick," which was released worldwide last June.
It was also announced that pianist Mitsuko Uchida won in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) for her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24 with The Cleveland Orchestra.
Kitaro, who has won a Grammy before, was nominated for Best New Age Album, but he lost in the end to Paul Winter Consort.
The nominees for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and B’z member Tak Matsumoto (49) is on the list. His collaborative album with American guitarist Larry Carlton, titled "Take Your Pick," is one of the five works nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
"Take Your Pick" was released worldwide in June, and it charted at #2 in Japan in its first week. Carlton and Matsumoto also conducted a Japan tour together.
The album will be competing against entries from Gerard Albright, Kenny G, Robby Krieger, and Kirk Whalum.
Two other Japanese artists also received nominations. World-renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida is in the running for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) for her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24 with The Cleveland Orchestra. Meanwhile, Kitaro is up for Best New Age Album with his "Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai, Volume 4." He previously won a Grammy Award in the same category in 2001.
The Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 13, 2011.