This Month in KC’s Music History: Melissa Etheridge Wins Her First Grammy

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A track from Melissa Etheridge's third album, "Never Enough," received a Grammy Award in 1993.

Melissa Etheridge won her first Grammy Award in February 1993 with a track from her third album, Brave and Crazy.

Etheridge grew up in Leavenworth, Kan., about 35 miles northwest of Kansas City. After graduating from high school, she briefly attended the Berklee College of Music, then returned to the Midwest. She lived in Kansas City for about a year and performed in a hotel bar before moving to Los Angeles.

That track from Never Enough, Ain’t It Heavy, beat out songs from Lita Ford, Allison Moyet, Alannah Miles and Tina Turner for Best Female Rock Performance.  This was Etheridge’s third nomination; the year before, she was nominated for her second album, Brave and Crazy, and Bring Me Some Water from her debut album was nominated in 1989.

In her career, Etheridge has been nominated 15 times, winning twice. In addition to Ain’t It Heavy, Come to My Window won Best Female Rock Performance in 1995.


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