It would be really awesome if the metro had a legitimate claim on any of the artists nominated in the popular Grammy categories this year. Alas, even cheesy and puzzling candidates Lady Antebellum (Album of the Year??!!) and Michael Buble (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) hail from hamlets other than Kansas City and its surrounding areas.
Thankfully, the Recording Academy recognizes the stars of all kinds of music scenes, even opera. And that's where the metro comes in.
Daniel Belcher, who lives in Liberty, Missouri, and is an alumnus of William Jewell College, happens to have world-famous baritone pipes. He's nominated in the Best Opera Recording category for his work on Saariaho: L'Amour de Loin.
Chances are, we won't get to see Belcher's acceptance speech (should he need to make one) when the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are televised on February 13. But we'll be rooting for him, anyway.