CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is nominated for a Grammy Award for best historical album.
History professor and folklorist William Ferris is nominated for "Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris." The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the four-disc box set has discs devoted to blues, gospel and storytelling, as well as a DVD of some of Ferris' films.
The 76-year-old Ferris grew up on a farm in Mississippi. Long before he became a professor, he was photographing and recording vernacular artists. Ferris says he did so "for no reason other than love."
He says he believes the artists were significant and deserved to be heard and seen.
The Grammy Awards show air Sunday on CBS.
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