The 61st annual Grammy Awards turned out to be especially kind to Buffalo artists. By the time the dust settled, artists from our region had claimed top honors in fields as far-flung as opera, hip-hop, classical and graphic design.
In total, five talented Buffalo artists were nominated and four took home a Grammy. Here is the list of Grammy-honored local heroes.
James Foye III. The local producer, songwriter and 2009 Sweet Home High School graduate, who works beneath the moniker Keyz, won a Grammy on Sunday for his work on Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy.”
That album took home the honor for Best Rap Album during Sunday’s awards presentation, and in the process, made Cardi B the first solo female artist to claim the prize in that category.
Michael Christie. The 1992 graduate of West Seneca East High School won the Best Opera Recording for his work on “Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” by composer Mason Bates.
JoAnn Falletta. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director took home her third Grammy, this time for a recording of works by the American composer Kenneth Fuchs with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Annie Stoll. The Buffalo-born art director and designer won the Grammy for Best Box Set or Special Limited Edition Package for her work as one of three designers responsible for “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of Weird Al Yankovic.” That box must be seen to be believed, housed in a replica of Yankovic’s signature accordion, which opens in puzzle box fashion to reveal a treasure trove of memorabilia, photos and liner notes.
Tom Hambridge. The producer/drummer/songwriter and Hamburg native grabbed his third Grammy, this time for his work on Buddy Guy's "Blues Is Alive and Well" album, which took the Best Traditional Blues Album trophy.
Also nominated was Patrick Harrington, a 27-year-old blues guitar wunderkind from Gasport, who has been a member of the spirited soul-blues collective Victor Wainwright & the Train for the past several years. His work with Wainwright and the band on their 2018 eponymous effort earned a nomination for the Best Contemporary Blues Album.
The Grammy ultimately went to Fantastic Negrito’s “Please Don’t Be Dead,” but the bump to Wainwright and the band’s profile will be notable. Wainwright, Harrington and the band will perform March 28 at the Tralf Music Hall.