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Several Grammy-Nominated Artists Have Arizona Ties

Sunday night is the 62nd Grammy Awards. R&B artist Alicia Keys is hosting again this year after having a successful award show last year.

Artists like Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers and Bonnie Raitt will perform throughout the night, and there is set to be a Prince tribute during the show as well.

But if you’re watching the annual music award show this weekend, you might notice a few Arizona names. Several artists with local ties are nominated for multiple awards this year.

The band Tool and their lead singer, Maynard James Keenan, who lives in Jerome and owns the local winery Merkin Vineyards, is nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for the title track of their fifth studio album "Fear Inoculum."

Country star Tanya Tucker, who got her start in Willcox and credits an early performance at the Arizona State Fair for launching her career, is up for four nominations including Song of the Year and Best Country Solo Performance.

Tiny Desert Concert alumni Calexico from Tucson are nominated for their collaboration with folk artist Iron & Wine. 

And even two artists who have moved to Arizona since becoming successful might take home a Grammy on Sunday for Best Jazz Instrumental Album or Best Contemporary Blues Album.

The Grammys air Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS.

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Amanda Luberto was born in California but considers herself a native to the Valley of the Sun. She started as a producer at KJZZ in October 2017, but also interned in the newsroom as a student. She is a proud alumna of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.She has been interested in radio since starting school in 2013. She spent two years as the music director for ASU’s college station, Blaze Radio, and one year as station manager. She spent time as a music programming intern in Washington, D.C., at Sirius XM and as a tech broadcaster for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. Luberto is dedicated and passionate about quality local storytelling and original content broadcasting.Luberto also spent years as the co-founder and chapter leader of Arizona State University’s chapter of I Am That Girl, an international women’s empowerment organization focused on the collaboration of women and building self-love. She believes in the strength of women supporting women.Her favorite podcast episode is This American Life’s “Fermi’s Paradox,” and she highly suggests you listen to it. Off air, you can find Luberto adding to her list of concerts attended, sipping at a local coffee shop or cheering on the Arizona Coyotes.