Two UNT alumni – Norah Jones and Don Henley - were among winners at the 50th annual Grammy Awards presented Feb. 10.
Jazz vocalist Jones appears on River: The Joni Letters, a tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. The album, produced by jazz pioneer Herbie Hancock, was named album of the year. Other artists performing on the album include Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza and Tina Turner.
The Eagles, including Henley, received a Grammy for How Long, a winner in Category 38, best country performance by a duo or group with vocals.
Both Jones and Henley have a successful track record at the annual Recording Academy awards presentation.
Jones was named best new artist in 2002, and her album Come Away With Me was named album of the year in 2002. Jones and Ray Charles received a Grammy for best new record of the year in 2004 for Here We Go Again.
Henley and the Eagles earned Grammys in 1975, 1977 and 1979, including record of the year for Hotel California in 1977. Henely won Grammys for best rock vocal in 1985 and 1989.
In addition, two College of Music faculty Steve Wiest, alumnus and assistant professor of jazz studies, and Joseph Banowetz, professor of music, earned Grammy nominations this year.
Wiest received a nomination in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category for his arrangement of "Besame Mucho" from the CD "The One and Only Maynard Ferguson."
Banowetz, along with pianist and UNT alumnus Alton Chung Ming Chan, received the nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance for "30 Songs of the Russian People" on the album "Balakirev and Russian Folksong." In addition, two of the album's producers, Marina A. and Victor Ledin, earned a nomination for Classical Producer of the Year.
Other Grammy nominees had UNT ties this year:
- Brave Combo - which includes several UNT alumni, including founder Carl Finch – for Best Polka Album for "Polka's Revenge."
- Bubba Hernandez, a UNT alumnus and former member of Brave Combo, and Alex Meixner, for best Polka Album, "Polka Freak."
"It's obviously one of the most prestigious international awards that I think any musician could get," Banowetz says of the Grammy Award. "It's equivalent to the Academy Awards. Just a nomination alone is an extremely high honor. I've had e-mails from friends and musicians around the world already, so it's a very high honor."
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