Known for their unique blend of traditional Cajun music with other genres, such as zydeco, jazz, and blues, BeauSoleil is a Grammy Award-winning Cajun band hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana. The band was formed in 1975 by Michael Doucet, who over the years mastered the fiddle and other traditional Cajun instruments. Only released in France, their first studio album La Nuit saw the light in 1976 and was followed by their US debut The Spirit of Cajun Music in 1977. Over the following decades, BeauSoleil embarked on an incredibly prolific streak, releasing over a dozen albums and performing at numerous folk and jazz festivals throughout the United States. In 1998, the band won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for their 1997 release L' Amour ou la Folie, becoming one of the few Cajun acts to receive that honor. The group would earn two more Grammy nominations in 1999 and 2005 for the albums Cajunization and Gitane Cajun, respectively. In 2008, their album Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival won a Grammy for the then newly created Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category. In 2011, BeauSoleil were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for their extensive contributions to the preservation of Cajun heritage.