Alison Krauss wins again

The accolades just keep coming for a local musician who made good.

Champaign-Urbana continues to bask in the reflected glory of the musical majesty of Alison Krauss, who picked up two more Grammy Awards over the weekend.

Alison Krauss and Union Station won awards for Best Bluegrass Album and Best Engineered Album. The Grammys recognized Krauss' sixth album with Union Station, "Paper Airplane," which Rounder Records describes as her "fastest selling and highest charting release to date."

This breathtakingly talented musician now has won 28 Grammys, the most for a female singer, and she's not done yet.

A former student at Champaign Central, Krauss excelled early as a musician, playing the fiddle and singing. She joined Rounder Records at age 14 in the mid-1980s, and her career as a bluegrass and country singer has exploded.

But there's more to Krauss than musical talent. It was just a few months ago that she and members of her band appeared at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign to play at a fundraiser for Crisis Nursery. She also has supported the arts program at Central.

It is, of course, great to see the hometown girl excel on a national stage, and local people who knew her when take satisfaction in Krauss' vast success. She's sold over 12 million albums, bridging the gap between bluegrass, country, rock and pop music.

But for all of her talent, for all of her success, for all of her record sales and awards, what's particularly pleasing is that she's maintained ties with her hometown while becoming a giant in the highly competitive music industry. That's no small feat. Indeed, it's an accomplishment worthy of another award.

Here is a list of Krauss' Grammy awards before this year's contest, from Grammy.com:

Year

Category

Title

Winners

2008

Record Of The Year

Please Read The Letter

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists. Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

2008

Album Of The Year

Raising Sand

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists. Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer. Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

2008

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

Rich Woman

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists.

2008

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

Killing The Blues

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists.

2008

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

Raising Sand

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists. Mike Piersante, engineer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

2007

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists.

2005

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Restless

Alison Krauss + Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist.

2005

Best Country Instrumental Performance

Unionhouse Branch

Alison Krauss + Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist.

2005

Best Country Album

Lonely Runs Both Ways

Alison Krauss + Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist. Gary Paczosa, engineer/mixer.

2003

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

How's The World Treating You

Alison Krauss & James Taylor, artists.

2003

Best Country Instrumental Performance

Cluck Old Hen

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist.

2003

Best Bluegrass Album

Live

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist. Gary Paczosa, engineer/mixer.

2002

Best Contemporary Folk Album

This Side

Nickel Creek (Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins), artist. Gary Paczosa, engineer/mixer. Alison Krauss, producer.

2001

Album Of The Year

O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), Chris Sharp, Chris Thomas King, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Harley Allen, John Hartford, Mike Compton, Norman Blake, Pat Enright, Peasall Sisters (Hannah Peasall, Leah Peasall, Sarah Peasall), Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, The Cox Family (Evelyn Cox, Sidney Cox, Suzanne Cox, Willard Cox), The Fairfield Four (Nathan Best, Isaac Freeman, Robert Hamlett, James Hill, Joseph Rice, Wilson Waters, Jr.), The Whites (Buck White, Cheryl White, Sharon White) & Tim Blake Nelson, artists. Mike Piersante & Peter Kurland, engineers/mixers. Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

2001

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

The Lucky One

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist.

2001

Best Bluegrass Album

New Favorite

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist. Gary Paczosa, engineer.

1998

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

Same Old Train

Alison Krauss, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Joe Diffie, Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs & Travis Tritt, artists.

1997

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Looking In The Eyes Of Love

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski), artist.

1997

Best Country Instrumental Performance

Little Liza Jane

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski), artist.

1997

Best Bluegrass Album

So Long So Wrong

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski), artist.

1996

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

High Lonesome Sound

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski) & Vince Gill, artists.

1995

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

Baby, Now That I've Found You

Alison Krauss, artist.

1995

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart

Alison Krauss & Shenandoah (Ralph Ezell, Mike McGuire, Marty Raybon, Jim Seales, Stan Thorn), artists.

1994

Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Alison Krauss & Cox Family (Evelyn Cox, Lynn Cox, Sidney Cox, Suzanne Cox, Willard Cox), artists.

1992

Best Bluegrass Album

Every Time You Say Goodbye

Alison Krauss And Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Tim Stafford, Adam Steffey), artist.

1990

Best Bluegrass Recording

I've Got That Old Feeling

Alison Krauss, artist.

 

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