Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Winner Waged 10-Year Campaign.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Tracy Dingmann Journal Staff Writer

Native American musician and producer Tom Bee of Albuquerque says he spent 10 years lobbying the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to add a category for Native American music.

The academy finally got around to presenting the first Grammy for Native American music Feb. 21 and guess who won?

Tom Bee.

The win is immensely gratifying for Bee, who as president of SOAR, or Sound of America Records, has had a hand in recording many of the nation's top Native American artists. SOAR's extensive catalog of Native recordings includes traditional musicians as well as hip-hop, world beat and country artists. …

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