Joyce DiDonato giving her acceptance speech for Best Classical Vocal Solo at yesterday's Grammy Awards.
KC natives Joyce DiDonato and Pat Metheny won Grammy awards Sunday afternoon. The awards were part of the Grammy Pre-Telecast, available on the web at grammy.com.
DiDonato won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her album Diva, Divo.
Metheny won his 19th Grammy (by my count, not confirmed) for his album “What’s It All About,” in the Best New Age Album category. This also is the fourth genre in which he’s won an award. The bulk of Metheny’s awards have been for jazz, but in addition to New Age, he’s won Grammys in rock and Americana.
The Grammy Awards have announced that KC resident Joyce DiDonato will perform on the Pre-Telecast Ceremony Sunday afternoon, which will stream live at 3 p.m. Central time at grammy.com/live and cbs.com.
A mezzo-soprano, DiDonato grew up in the KC suburb of Prairie Village, Kan. and still lives in the area. She has performed in recital and in operas around the world, and has been called “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker.
At this year’s Grammys, DiDonato was nominated for Best Classical Vocal Solo for the album Diva, Divo, her recording with Orchestre De L’Opéra National De Lyon, conducted by Kazushi Ono.
In this clip, she discusses the album, which features a mix of female and male roles from a variety of operas.
Jazz pianist/vocalist Karrin Allyson was born in Great Bend, Kan., about 250 miles west of Kansas City. She lived in Kansas City in the 1990s and early aughts before relocating to New York.
She’s been nominated for a Grammy four times, including a nomination at this year’s Grammy Awards. Her album ‘Round Midnight was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
In this promotional clip from her label, Concord Records, Allyson discusses making the album.
Guitarist Pat Metheny has won 18 Grammy Awards, the most of any Kansas City-connected artist. Metheny grew up in Lee’s Summit, Mo., a suburb in the southeast part of the metropolitan area.
On Sunday’s Grammy Awards, he’s nominated for Best New Age Album, for What’s It All About.
Here’s a track from that album, a really nice version of the Beatles’ And I Love Her.
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.
In honor of the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Another Verse presents a breakdown on Grammy winners with a Kansas City-area connection.
As you might expect, KC Grammy winners are heavily weighted toward jazz. But there are winners in other categories, including rock, Broadway and folk.
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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.