Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, who goes by the stage name Taj Mahal, is an internationally recognized blues musician who folds various forms of world music into his offerings. A self-taught singer-songwriter who plays the guitar, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments), Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music during his 40+ year career by fusing it with nontraditional forms, including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific. Taj Mahal has received three Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations over his career. In 2006, Taj Mahal was designated the official Blues Artist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2014, Taj Mahal received the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.