Navajo singer heads to Grammys this weekend

By Noel Lyn Smith
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Feb. 8, 2013

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Navajo singer and former Miss Navajo Nation Radmilla Cody could fulfill a life dream this weekend, if she wins a Grammy.

Cody received a nomination for her album "Shi Kéyah: Songs for the People" in the Best Regional Roots category.

When the Times interviewed Cody in December, she said she did not know why "Shi Kéyah" caught the attention of the Grammy judges but described the album as a tribute to Mother Earth, to Dinétah and to the veterans.

Cody's nomination is the first by a Native American since the Recording Academy eliminated 30 categories, including Best Native American Music Album, in 2011.

She will also be presenting 10 categories at the 55th annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast ceremony Feb. 10 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The pre-telecast ceremony is where the first Grammy awards will be presented including the category Cody is nominated.

The pre-telecast ceremony will air Feb. 10 from 1-3:30 p.m. (PST) and will be streamed live at and at

That evening Cody will attend the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, she told the Los Angeles Times that she would be dress in traditional Navajo attire, designed by her aunt, including moccasins made by her late grandmother, Dorothy Cody.

The awards show will air Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. on CBS.

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