2011 Grammy Talley: One Win, One Electrifying Performance

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From a local perspective, there were two big winners at last night’s Grammy ceremony.

Kansas City Symphony
The Kansas City Symphony’s recording of Britten’s Orchestra won for Best Surround Sound Album, an award the symphony shared with Keith O. Johnson, the mix and mastering engineer, and David Frost, the album’s producer.

Although  the symphony was not the direct winner, Frost also was named Classical Producer of the Year, for his work on Britten’s Orchestra and six other recordings.

Janelle Monáe
Although Kansas City, Kan., native Janelle Monáe didn’t win in the two categories she was nominated in (Best Urban/Alternative Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Album), she gave an electrifying performance of her song Cold War. Long-term, this will probably be a better career booster than a Grammy win.

For clips of the symphony’s win and Monáe’s performance, go to Another Verse’s Facebook page.

Promises, Promises: No Repeat
The Broadway musical Promises, Promises, which won a Grammy for KC-born composer Burt Bacharach in 1969, didn’t repeat in 2011. Revived in 2010, the show was nominated for Best Musical Show Album but lost to American Idiot.

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