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Foo Fighters, Jerry Douglas win early Grammys

February 12, 2012 - Andy Gray
The televised Grammy Awards don’t start until 8 p.m., but most of the awards are presented in ceremonies before the cameras go on. And performers with local ties are cleaning up.

Foo Fighters, led by Warren-born Dave Grohl, already have won four Grammys: Best Rock Album, Best Long Form Music Video, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance and Best Rock Song. Grohl and the band still are in the running for two other awards, including Album of the Year.

Alison Krauss and Union Station, featuring Leavittsburg native and LaBrae High Schol graduate Jerry Douglas, won Best Bluegrass Album for its 2011 release, “Paper Airplane.” It’s the group’s only Grammy nomination this year.

UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: Turns out the nominees weren’t the only ones representing for Trumbull County. Warren G. Harding High School grad Mario Manningham, wide receiver for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, presented the Best Rock Performance Grammy to “Walk” by the Foo Fighters.

The band performed the song outside the Staples Center a few minutes before the award was announced.


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