Cynthia Simien has been re-elected to serve a second two-year term as a trustee of The Recording Academy, which is responsible for the annual Grammy Awards. Simien represents Louisiana music and the state recording industry in the Memphis chapter, the first person serve in the role since the Memphis chapter was formed 35 years ago. A member of the Louisiana Music Commission, Simien is the business partner and wife of Grammy-winning zydeco musician Terrance Simien and long led the charge to establish Cajun/Zydeco as a Grammy category. The "Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album" category was established two years ago.

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