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January 28, 2014

Local ties to music’s top prize

Mineral Wells country music artist, former WC students awarded Grammys

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LOS ANGELES – It was “Music’s Biggest Night.”

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night at the Staples Center, proved as memorable a ceremony as ever with many newcomers to the big-time music scene taking top honors.

Stuck in among all the celebrities was a familiar face that has continued to make his hometown proud since he first left in 1993. Between crossover performances and a mass wedding officiated by former rapper Queen Latifah, Mineral Wells’ own Shane McAnally won the first two Grammys of his career, turning “Music’s Biggest Night” into arguably one of McAnally’s biggest nights.

Along with popular country music newcomer Kacey Musgraves, McAnally captured miniature golden gramophones for Best Country Song, for Musgraves’ hit “Merry Go Round,” and Best Country Album, for Musgraves’ “Same Trailer, Different Park.”

The Nashville-based songwriter and producer – who was double-nominated for Best Country Song with Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” – will add his Grammys to what is sure to become a growing collection of awards in the near future, having garnered four Country Music Association Award nominations last year.

“It’s a dream,” McAnally told the Mineral Wells Index. “I’ve wanted to win a Grammy since I can remember. I wrote songs when I was 7 years old and watched the Grammys and all the award shows for so long. It is a huge honor just to be nominated. That’s sort of a cliche, but it’s the truth. Just to see your name on those lists was a huge honor. But when you get nominated, you want to win.

“There’s a certain bit of relief that comes with it. Because that is something that, I think, for most musicians is sort of the pinnacle: to have a Grammy. So, there’s a bit of relief in it that now I do.”

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