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Grammys leave local artists little to celebrate

Dave Grohl, left, and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters accept the award for Best Rock Performance for “Walk” at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

How did local artists fare at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards?

Lousy, unless your name was Dave Grohl.

The Foo Fighters frontman calls Los Angeles home, but his band is registered with the Recording Academy as a group from Springfield, making it the local leader in nominations at last night’s Grammys. The band won Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Performance and Best Long Form Music Video. (The Foo Fighters were also up for the last prize of the evening to be handed out, Album of the Year, for “Wasting Light.”)

Other artists registered with the Washington chapter of the Recording Academy, however, were completely shut out.

Local gospel singer Richard Smallwood lost Best Gospel Song for “Trust Me” to Kirk Franklin for “Hello Fear.” Christopher C. King, producer of “The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music,” lost for Best Historical Album to a reissue of Wings’s “Band on the Run.” Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker’s “Wish Upon a Star” lost Best Pop Instrumental Album to Booker T. Jones’s “The Road From Memphis.” And J. Viewz, the Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based producer, is a Washington chapter member, and lost for Best Recording Package for his album “Rivers and Homes” to “Scenes From the Suburbs,” the deluxe edition of Arcade Fire’s 2011 Album of the Year-winning “The Suburbs.”

Nominees with local ties didn’t have any luck, either. In the Best Children’s Album category, musician — and former Washington Post nightlife reporter — Eric Brace was nominated for “I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow,” an album he co-produced with Nashville Tennessean pop music scribe Peter Cooper, but lost to another compilation disc, “All About Bullies . . . Big and Small.”

OK Go, the quirk-rock band with roots in the Washington area, and Memory Tapes, the recording project of New Jersey’s Dayve Hawk who records for the local indie label Carpark Records, both lost Best Short Form Music Video to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about Adele's sadness, Kendrick Lamar's fury, Young Thug's genius and T-Pain's vulnerability.



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