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February 9, 2004
ROUNDER RECORDING ARTIST BECOMES GRAMMY'S MOST-HONORED
THREE WINS AT 2004 GRAMMY AWARDS PUT KRAUSS' CAREER TOTAL AT 17
KRAUSS RETURNS TO L.A. FEB 29 FOR OSCAR PERFORMANCE
Rounder recording artist Alison Krauss became the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' most honored female
musician yesterday, at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. She won
three awards, bringing her career total to 17. Krauss - who also performed
with Sarah McLachlin on last night's television broadast of the Grammys -
won in the following categories: Best Bluegrass album, for the Alison
Krauss + Union Station release 'Live'; Best Country Instrumental, for the
song "Cluck Old Hen" from 'Live'; and Best Country Collaboration with
Vocals, for her duet with James Taylor "How's The World Treating You" from
the album 'Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers.'
See below for a story on Krauss' career Grammy wins that ran in today's LA
Krauss will return to LA on February 29 for a performance at the 76th
annual Oscars. Two songs she recorded for the 'Cold Mountain' soundtrack -
"The Scarlet Tide" written by Elvis Costello and T Bone Burnett, and "You
Will Be My Ain True Love" written by Sting - have been nominated for an
Academy Award in the 'Best Original Song' category.
Alison Krauss + Union Station are currently recording a new studio album
scheduled to be released later this year.
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LOS ANGELES TIMES, February 9, 2004
Krauss wins Nos.15-16-17
The bluegrass singer and fiddler moves into the female career lead;
Franklin takes her 16th.
By Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
A bluegrass princess has replaced the Queen of Soul as the Grammys' top
Aretha Franklin had already collected six Grammys before Alison Krauss was
born in 1971, but on Sunday Krauss won three times to bring her total to
17. Franklin, 61, took her first since 1988, making her career tally 16.
"There's no way to really comprehend something like that," said Krauss, 32.
"I've always loved [Franklin's] voice. Hasn't everybody? I've got her
records and a biography on video. I remember going to the jukebox when I
was a kid and playing her records, [singing] 'Who's zoomin' who....' Whoa!
Isn't she great?
"I mean, I'm still at the stage of my career where I'm always pinching
myself to make sure I'm not dreaming when I think about how great it is to
be making music at all with the band ... to be able to make a living doing
what you love."
The singer and fiddler has accumulated her awards steadily since her first
one in 1990, winning in a variety of roles Ü instrumentalist, collaborator,
producer, vocalist. Her Grammys Sunday came for country instrumental and
bluegrass album, both with her band Union Station and a duet with James
Taylor on a song from an album tribute to the Louvin Brothers.
Krauss has risen to the Grammys' top echelon while resisting the lure of
commercial pop crossover.
"People in bluegrass feel that they are truly part of a tradition that is
all about being devoted to the quality of the music," she said. "The only
thing we have to do when we go into the studio is be concerned with making
the best record we can make."
Times Staff Writer Robert Hilburn contributed to this article.
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