How Did Pittsburgh Do at the Grammy Awards?
Dan + Shay, as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, represent the city at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
The Grammy awards are one of the biggest nights in the music industry for any artist nominated, but for Wexford native and country musician Dan Smyers, it was especially sweet.
The singer, who makes up music duo Dan + Shay with partner Shay Mooney, took home the award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at Sunday’s Grammys. The group was nominated for the song “Speechless,” which comes from its third studio album, “Dan + Shay.”
This is the group’s second Grammy. The duo took home the award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance last year for “Tequila.” The song also earned accolades at the 2019 Country Music Awards, where Dan + Shay took home Best Single and Song of the Year awards.
A North Allegheny High School graduate, Smyers’ career started in the sixth grade when he got his first guitar. He then played with local rock bands such as Transition and Bonaventure, making a name for himself. After meeting Mooney at a house party in Nashville in 2012, the two clicked and began writing songs together.
Dan + Shay aren’t the only 2020 Grammy nominees with local ties. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album Classical. The track also earned producer Dirk Sobotka a Producer of the Year nomination.
While the orchestra went home empty-handed Sunday, it is a past winner. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has won four Grammy awards through the years, including Best Engineered Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance in 2012 for its recordings of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Barber’s Adagio for Strings.