I write this as I am on the plane headed back from the GRAMMYS to the Mayor’s State of the City address. I’ve had the good fortune to go to the GRAMMYS three years in a row. My husband works for the Recording Academy, so amazingly, get to be his +1 to the GRAMMYS. It is always so exciting to be there with the nominees from the Seattle area. The intensity of the anticipation is palpable.
One of the crazy thrills of my GRAMMY +1 perk is that I get to go to the nominees’ reception at the gorgeous Wilshire Ebell.
Seattle was seriously representing!
One of the things I only fully realized about the GRAMMYS once I went is that there is a giant premiere show where many awards are presented in advance of the telecast. It all starts at noon.
Eight nominations are Seattle nominations, so of course, we were rooting for them. It is agonizing to be sitting with excited nominees as they realize they haven’t won. And it is thrilling to be there when they win. Seattle brought home one GRAMMY this year for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Seattle Symphony Board Chair Leslie Chihuly jumped out of her seat when it was announced. Huge congratulations to Seattle Symphony conductor Ludovic Morlot and violinist Augustin Hadelich for winning a GRAMMY for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes. Amazing! Thanks for making our City of Music(TM) shine!
Two years in a row, the Seattle Symphony has brought home a GRAMMY.
Here are a few photos from this extraordinary evening….