It was a quiet night at the 64th Grammy Awards for the local scene, and perhaps for the national scene as well. Unlike last week’s Oscars, no one was slapped.
The Osborne brothers’ song “Younger Me” won Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Rochester native Pete Sternberg is the duo’s touring bassist.
Sternberg is also on the band’s 2020 album “Skeleton,” which was nominated for Best Country Album. But that award went to Chris Stapleton and “Starting Over.”
With the exception of Best Country Album, all categories involving local musicians were announced in the hours leading up to Sunday night’s celebration in Las Vegas.
Drummer Steve Gadd, a Rochester native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, was up for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his “At Blue Note Tokyo.” This category was won by Taylor Eigsti for “Tree Falls”.
Mastodon, whose drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher hail from Rochester, had their song “Pushing the Tides” nominated for Best Metal Performance. This category went to “The Alien” by Dream Theater.
According to the Eastman School of Music’s estimate, a dozen Grammy categories had ties to the school. This included musicians with multiple nominations and some categories with more than one Eastman connection.
Bassist Ron Carter, a 1959 Eastman graduate, teamed up with percussionist Jack DeJohnette and Gonzalo Rubalcaba for “Skyline”, named Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Carter was the first African American to perform as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
And soprano Erin Morley, who earned her undergraduate degree in voice at Eastman, can be heard on Mahler: Symphony No. 8, “Symphony Of A Thousand,” winner for Best Choral Performance.