Several natives of WNY took home GRAMMYs last weekend at the 61st annual GRAMMY awards.
Conductor Michael Christie, a graduate of West Seneca East, and art director/designer Annie Stoll both took home awards, for Best Opera Recording and Best Boxed or Limited Edition Packaging, respectively.
Christie won for his work on the premier recording of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with the Santa Fe Opera.
Christie said that the subject of Jobs’ life made for an interesting production.
“While he enabled billions of us to communicate so seamlessly, in his own personal life he had such challenges in communicating with the people in his life,” Christie said. “That seemed very operatic to us.”
Christie, who now lives in Minneapolis, is currently in Chicago for a new production and wasn’t able to attend the award ceremony.
“I was there in spirit and watched in real time,” Christie said.
Christie has conducted for nearly 20 years. He said that some of his experiences growing up in Buffalo helped to shape his career.
“As a high schooler, sitting at Kleinhans and watching the Buffalo Philharmonic, going to Shea’s- all of those experiences came together to the life that I live now,” Christie said.
Christie still has plenty of family and friends in Buffalo, and visits the Queen City with his wife and children.
“I visit family, make sure I get beef and weck,” Christie said. “I’m still deciding between Anchor Bar and Duff’s.”
Annie Stoll, a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Daemen College, won a GRAMMY for her work on “Squeeze Box: The Complete Work of Weird Al Yankovic”.
“We were given this unprecented access to [Yankovic’s] archives- it was a very collaborative effort, it was just a joy to work on,” Stoll said. “For all of this GRAMMY stuff to happen, it’s just the icing on the cake.
Through Sony Music Entertainment, Stoll has worked on CD and music packaging for many groups and artists, including Adele and Pearl Jam.
She was previously nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Recording Package” in 2014.
Stoll attended the Feb. 10 award ceremony in Los Angeles with Yankovic and fellow art director Meghan Foley.
“It was surreal,” Stoll said.
Stoll also has friends and family in Western New York.
“I come back all the time,” she said.