Three Detroit area expatriates brought home Grammy gold during the pre-show Premiere Ceremony on Sunday night, Jan. 28, in New York City.
Oak Park-raised Don Was, who now resides in Los Angeles, shared the Best Traditional Blues Album award for co-producing the Rolling Stones’ 2015 “Blue & Lonesome” album, while CeCe Winans, a Detroit native show now based in Nashville, won the Best Gospel Album Grammy for “Let Them Fall In Love.” A song from the album, “Never Have To Be Alone” -- co-written by her son, Alvin Love III and Dwan Hill -- was named Best Gospel Performance/Song.
Dennis White, who’s also in Los Angeles working under the moniker Latroit, took home the Best Remixed Recording trophy for his reworking of Depeche Mode’s “You Love.” A visibly surprised White accepted his award in person, noting that it “is a testament to the enduring legacy of Depeche Mode. I just happened to be lucky enough to get the part.” The former frontman of the Detroit band Charm Farm also thanked those who have helped him over the years in his career, nothing that “I’m here because you helped me...Good things happen when we help each other.”
White promised to post a full list of specific thank-yous on social media.
Bruno Mars led all Grammy winners with a sweep of six, followed by rapper Kendrick Lamar with five and country star Chris Stapleton with three. The politically charged three-and-a-half-hour ceremony spotlighted the #MeToo campaign and immigration via both speeches and performances, and there were several overt jabs at President Donald Trump, including a surprise appearance in a pre-taped skit by former Secretary of State and U.s. Senator Hillary Clinton.
A full list of Grammy winners can be found at Grammy.com.
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