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Hoosiers win big at this year's Grammy Awards

At least three Indiana artists or groups won Grammys on Sunday.
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H.E.R., left, and Tiara Thomas accept the award for song of the year for "I Can't Breathe"at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LOS ANGELES — A number of Hoosier musicians walked away with the industry’s biggest prize over the weekend. 

At least three Indiana artists or groups won Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Lawrence North High School and Ball State University graduate Tiara Thomas won the Record of the Year Grammy for co-writing “I Can’t Breathe” for artist H.E.R.

IU’s Pacifica Quartet, the Jacobs School of Music's quartet-in-residence, won a Grammy for the ensemble's most recent album, "Contemporary Voices,” said violinist Simin Ganatra.

“I mean, we were super surprised," Ganatra said. "It’s just an honor to be nominated and to be on that short list.”

"It was surprising and exciting, and we were just super honored,” said cellist Brandon Vamos.

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Lee Lodyga of South Bend also won an award for Best Historical Album for co-producing “It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers.”

Lodyga has been in the industry for nearly 40 years and won on his first nomination.

“Stars align, and things happen at the right time," said Lodyga. "I think at this point, this record totally hit at the right time."

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