Gilliom receives Grammy nomination

It’s been a good year for Kilauea resident Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom. She gave birth to a baby girl, Madeline Austin, released a very successful CD “Generation Hawai‘i,” provided the voice for the audio CD to the children’s book “Goodnight, Hawaiian Moon” and, just yesterday, received a Grammy nod.

Her nomination for “Generation Hawai‘i” in the Best Hawaiian Music Category is her first solo nomination. She was nominated for a Grammy in the same category, in 2004, for “Amy and Willie K. Live!”

Slated for a Christmas show at the Princeville Hotel at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, Gilliom is currently on tour in California and could not be reached for comment.

Gilliom is a part of Hawai‘i entertainment royalty. Her grandmother was Jennie Napua Wood, one of the original Royal Hawaiian Girls. Her brother is musician Eric Gilliom.

Illustrator Joanna Carolan worked with her on “Goodnight Hawaiian Moon.”

“Isn’t it wonderful?” Carolan said. “We’re so lucky to have her voice in the book. She so deserves it.”

The nominations were announced yesterday in Los Angeles.

The other nominations in that category went to Henry Kapono for “Wild Hawaiian,” Ledward Ka‘apana for “Grandmaster Slack Key Guitar,” producers Chris and Milton Lau for Hawaiian Slack Key Kings” and Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser and Wayne Wong for “Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar — Live From Maui.”

Kapono, Ka‘apana and Milton Lau are frequent visitors to Kaua‘i.

“I am very excited and especially proud to receive a nomination for ‘The Wild Hawaiian’ because of all my projects over the years, ‘The Wild Hawaiian’ has been such an amazing journey of myself and pays tribute to my heritage,” Kapono said in a release. “It is by far my most important work to date.”

Hawai‘i’s Bette Midler, who made an appearance on the “Today Show” Wednesday, received a nomination for “Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook.”

Kaua‘i visitors The Red Hot Chili Peppers were nominated for six Grammys for their album “Stadium Arcadium.” Justin Timberlake, who visited the Waimea Plantation Cottages for a wedding, received several nominations for “Future Sex/Love Songs,” including Album of the Year.

Timberlake told The Associated Press that getting nominated never gets old.

“It is definitely a special thing,” he said. “I look up to people like Mary J. Blige, who’s been doing this for way longer than me.”

For a complete list of nominees, visit grammy.com.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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