Seattle-area musicians honored at 2019 Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES - Musicians from the Seattle area racked up one award after another at Sunday night's 61st Grammy Awards show.
Brandi Carlile walked away with three Grammys, the Seattle Symphony won two and Quincy Jones took home one. One Grammy also went to Chris Cornell.
Carlile, who grew up outside Seattle and was this year's most nominated woman, said it was great being part of an award night in which women commanded the spotlight after several years of feeling shunned.
"I'm a kid from the '90s and Lilith Fair, you know, and those women were just dominating those platforms," she said backstage after the show.
"They were dominating those arena and amphitheater stages. They were getting record deals. They were becoming record executives themselves. They completely controlled the airwaves. They were on the radio. And to watch that backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking. Tonight, it gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters."
Before this year, Carlile’s only other nomination as an artist came in 2016 when her previous record, “The Firewatcher’s Daughter,” was up for best Americana album.
Former Soundgarden lead vocalist Chris Cornell also earned the best rock performance award for the solo single "When Bad Does Good," released after his death.
Here is the full list of Grammy awards won by artists with local ties:
- Best American Roots Performance: "The Joke," Brandi Carlile
- Best American Roots Song: "The Joke," Brandi Carlile
- Best Americana Album: "By The Way, I Forgive You," Brandi Carlile
- Best Music Film: "Quincy," Quincy Jones
- Best Rock Performance: "When Bad Does Good," Chris Cornell
- Best Contemporary Classical Composition: "Kernis: Violin Concerto," James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony
- Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Seattle Symphony and violinist James Ehnes