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U of M Music Prof up for 5 Grammy Awards

UM Composer Michael Daugherty is nominated for 5 Grammy Awards
Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan
UM Composer Michael Daugherty is nominated for 5 Grammy Awards

Michigan artists will be well-represented at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13. Here's a brief list:

  • Detroit rap star Eminem has been nominated for a record 10 Grammy Awards this year, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

We caught up with Michael Daugherty before he boarded his plane to Los Angeles. He realizes the odds are good that he'll take home a Grammy statue, but, he says, you never know:

"I think there have been years where a film has been nominated for seven Oscars and walks away empty handed. But, like I said, it’s just great to be recognized."

You can listen to excerpts of his work here

NPRtalked to Daugherty back in December about his two nominated works, "Deux ex Machina" and "Metropolis Symphony." Here's an excerpt:

Though Metropolis Symphony is inspired by Superman, it doesn't focus exclusively on the man himself. "It's about the people around him, the environment around him," the composer says. "Only at the end, the 'Red Cape Tango' — the death of the Man of Steel — do we look directly at him." The fourth movement, "O, Lois!" is a reference to Lois Lane, Superman's love interest and fellow reporter. It's the fastest of the movements — in fact, the tempo marking at the beginning reads, "faster than a speeding bullet." It's also perhaps the most overtly cartoonlike music in the composition. Daugherty says he drew inspiration from pop art and television shows such as Batman. "There would be a crash, bang, boom — and there would be a cartoon spelling of that word," Daugherty says. "I do that in the percussion."

The classical Grammy Awards are given out Sunday afternoon before the live, TV broadcast at 8 p.m.

Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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