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Three Grammy winners have ties to area

Three musical artists with area ties were winners at Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles.

Champaign native and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss was one of the performers in "Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy and Peace," which took home the Grammy for best classical crossover album.

Krauss had 26 Grammys altogether as a solo artist, producer or collaborator with Union Station prior to Sunday, according to her Web site.

Nathan Gunn of Champaign won a Grammy for best opera recording for his work singing the title role in "Britten: Billy Budd."

The Grammy statuettes in the category go to the conductor, album producers and principal soloists, including Gunn, who is a voice professor at the University of Illinois.

Urbana native and jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood was also in the winner's circle at the Grammys.

Hobgood arranged the title track on jazz vocalist Kurt Elling's album, "Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman," which won a Grammy for best jazz vocal album.

Champaign-based Archeophone Records was nominated for two Grammys for the company's album, "Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922."

In the best historical album category, the album lost to "The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967)."

In the best album notes category, the album lost to "The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946)."

Staff writer Melissa Merli contributed to this story.

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