Nashville’s biggest victories from this year’s Grammy Awards, a 50th anniversary celebration, involved some significant Belmont connections in both the classical and country categories.
With participation from a number of Belmont School of Music faculty members, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s recording, Joan Tower: Made in America, won Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance. In addition, Tower, who will be speaking at Belmont March 10, won a 2008 Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for Made in America. Tower’s visit will include a morning lecture and an evening performance of her works by Belmont Camerata Musicale, in celebration of her 70th birthday.
In addition, alumnus Brad Paisley (‘95) won Best Country Instrumental Performance for his song “Throttleneck” and performed his hit song “Ticks” on the Grammy live telecast. Long-time Belmont Bruins basketball supporter Vince Gill, who has a room named in his honor at the Curb Event Center, won the Grammy for Best Country Album for his highly-acclaimed, four-disc set These Days.