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Greta Van Fleet, Mack Avenue Records bring home Grammys for Michigan

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Frankenmuth rockers Greta Van Fleet went one-for-four in its first Grammy Awards season -- and accounted for half of Michigan's take at the 61st annual ceremony.

The quartet's 2017 release "From The Fires" took home the Grammy for Best Rock Album, presented during the pre-show Premiere Ceremony on Sunday night, Feb. 10, in Los Angeles. The group, which recently had to cancel concerts in Australia and New Zealand after frontman Josh Kiszka came down with laryngitis, was not in attendance to accept the award but was at the main Grammy ceremony and was shown during the CBS telecast during the presentation of the Best New Artist award, which was won by Dua Lipa.

GVF was also up for Best Rock Song, which was won by St. Vincent's "Masseducation," and Best Rock Performance, which went posthumously to Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell for his "When Bad Does Good."

Back in December, after the Grammy nominations were announced, Josh Kiszka said that, "I honestly did not expect that we were gonna get any nominations...So that alone was really, really cool, to have that happen."

Detroit-based Mack Avenue Records was a Grammy winner as well as singer Cecile McLorin Salvant took home the Best Jazz Vocal Album trophy for her 2018 release "The Window," also during the Premiere Ceremony. Salvant gave the label a shout-out during her acceptance speech.

Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover) and Kacey Musgraves' were the Grammys' big winners on Sunday, with four awards each. Gambino's "This is America" was named both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, while Musgrave's "Golden Hour" scored Album of the Year honors.

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