Hannigan scores Grammy Award


WAVERLEY: A musician from Waverley, who now calls Hamburg, Germany home scored a big—and surprising—win at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 28.

Barb Hannigan, born and raised in the community near Fall River, took home the classical solo vocal album for her album “Crazy Girl Crazy.” She couldn’t attend the Grammy’s as she was coming off opening night for her latest opera in the German city.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Hannigan said she still cracked open a bottle of wine to celebrate her win.

“It’s a drag that I’m all alone, but I’m still dancing around,” the contemporary opera singer said in a phone call from her apartment in Hamburg. “I’m having a glass of wine. It’s white. It should be white and red for the Canadian flag, actually.”

She wasn’t expecting her album “Crazy Girl Crazy” to take home a golden gramophone.

Hannigan recruited Amsterdam’s Ludwig Orchestra to perform with her on “Crazy Girl Crazy.” She said the orchestra has only existed for a decade, which makes the Grammy win more meaningful.

She was one of four Canadians to score Grammys in the pre-telecast awards ceremony.

More locally, residents were showing how proud they were of her accomplishment coming from a small community by posting congratulations messages on the Waverley Community facebook page.

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