The Recording Academy recently named Washington, D.C. native Carolyn Malachi, R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn and go-go music founder Chuck Brown as 2011 Grammy nominees for their hit 2010 singles.  

Malachi has been nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single “Orion” from the Lions, Tigers & Squares EP. 

Similarly, DeVaughn’s 2010 smash “Customer” garnered him a Grammy nod for Best R&B song.

The Recording Academy also recognized the godfather of go-go, Chuck Brown, for his single “Love,” which features singers Jill Scott, Ledisi and jazz musician Marcus Miller, for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. This is the first Grammy nod for the District’s 74-year-old musical ambassador.

All three stars enjoyed stellar success in 2010 – particularly Brown – who made a nationwide appearance with the Roots on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” released a three-disc album We Got This and had his breakout hit “Bustin Loose” featured in a TV commercial.

Meanwhile, this is DeVaughn’s second Grammy stint. In 2008, the Recording Academy recognized the Newark, N.J.-born, Prince George’s County, Md.-raised singer for his popular hit “Woman.”

Also sending a powerful message through music is Malachi, whose genre-blending songs frequently serve as a rally call for women in the arts. She is founder of Smart Chicks, a philanthropic organization which seeks to develop visibility and leadership opportunities for women in the arts community.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center and will air live on CBS. For more information and a full listing of the 2011 nominees, visit grammy.com.