Alison Krauss, the Quiet Grammy Queen
Fri, 10 Feb 2006 13:14:27
With most of the morning-after fuss focusing on U2, who strutted off with five golden gramophones following this year’s Grammys at Los Angeles' Staples Center, Alison Krauss was allowed to largely slip under the overexposure radar, as she’s been doing for much of her illustrious career.
The three new statues for Krauss and her Union Station bandmates -- “Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals,” “Best Country Instrumental Performance,” and “Best Country Album” for Lonely Runs Both Ways -- means that the fiddler can now call herself a “twenty-time Grammy winner.” This impressive feat ranks Krauss as Grammy's most-lauded female artist and seventh on the all-time list, right behind Bono and the boys of U2 (with 22). The really amazing part: Krauss is only 34. If she sticks around, it’s realistic to think that she will dethrone the current all-time master of the Grammys, the late Sir Georgi Solti (31 wins).
Others ahead of Krauss in the Grammy gold haul are Vladimir Horowitz, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Pierre Boulez, and Stevie Wonder. On the other hand, Krauss is about twenty victories ahead of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Who, and The Beach Boys -- some of whom have collected after-the-fact “achievement” awards, but never won a Grammy as contemporary artists.
Krauss helped launch bluegrass back into mainstream consciousness with 2002’s O Brother, Where Are Thou? soundtrack, which, helped by its Grammy win for “Album of the Year,” went platinum seven times over. Krauss signed to Rounder Records in 1985 --at the age of 14 -- and has been with the label ever since.
-- The ARTISTdirect Staff