By CLINT FOSTER
LOS ANGELES – It was “Music’s Biggest Night.”
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night at the Los Angeles Staples Center, proved as memorable a ceremony as ever with many newcomers to the big-time music scene taking top honors. As usual, many of music’s biggest names graced the stage. A national television audience watched as former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage, Metallica performed a duet with concert pianist Lang Lang and two silent, robot-headed frenchmen – better known as Daft Punk – took home Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
But 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 Index. “I’ve wanted to win a Grammy since I can remember. I wrote songs when I was seven 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.