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Award Winning Recordings and the Hip Hop Era

In the first two decades of the 21st century Pittsburgh musicians continue to earn national and international attention and awards.  Singer Christine Aguilera, from the North Hills, wins several Grammy awards for her multi-platinum selling CDs.  George Benson wins two Grammy awards for his 2006 album giving him a total of 10 Grammy awards. Sharon, Pa native Trent Reznor wins an Oscar for his score of the Social Network movie.  "The Code of Silence" song co-written by Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen wins a Grammy. Organist Paul Jacob wins a Grammy for classical music.  Slide Hampton is named an NEA Jazz Master. Dayne Dolphin appears on Nancy Wilson's Grammy winning CD.  Clarion's Chris Kirkpatrick as the founder of the boy band 'NSYNCH  finds success with a 10 million selling CD.    

Rusted Root and the Clarks hit the Billboard Top 200 and draw thousands to their concerts. Classical cover singer Jackie Evancho becomes an international sensation on a television talent show and hits the top of the classical music charts with 3 best selling CDs.

Pittsburgh emerges as hip hop center when Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller score number 1 hit songs on Pittsburgh's Rostrum Records label.  Electronic mixologist Girl Talk becomes a live performance sensation.





Chris Kirkpatrick is NSYNCH

Clarion's Chris Kirkpatrick has one of the fastest selling records of all time with the *NSYNCH release “No Strings Attached”.  It sold one million copies during its first day on its way to almost 10 million in sales. 


Christine Aguilera wins Grammy

Christine Aguilera wins Grammy for Best New Artist and Billboard's Female Artist of the Year


Richie Goods backs Alicia Keys

Bassist Richie Good plays on Alicia Keys Grammy award-winning platinum debut  "Songs In A Minor"


Have You Been to Jail for Justice

Peter, Paul, & Mary record Anne Feeney's song  “Have You Been to Jail for Justice” on their “In These Times,” CD and the “Carry It On,” – 5 CD boxed set. It became a staple song of their live performances.


Clarks and Rusted Root on Billboard 200

The Clarks' CD "Another Happy Ending" reaches 143 and Rusted Root's "Welcome to My Party" reaches 129 on the Billboard 200


Clarks on Billboard 200 again

The Clarks' CD "Fast Moving Cars" reaches 196 on the Billboard 200


Dayne Dolphin on a Grammy Winner

Dawyne Dolphin plays base on Nancy Wilson's Grammy Award winning R.S.V.P. CD.


Grushecky song wins Grammy

"Code of Silence" co-written by Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen is awarded a Grammy of "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance".


Christine Aguilera wins Grammy & MTV awards

Christine Aguilera wins Grammy award for "Best Female Pop Vocal" and MTV award for "Favorite Female Artist". 


Flood Aid Concert

Joe Grushecky enlists Bruce Springsteen to perform with the Houserockers and other Pittsburgh musicians at the Heinz Hall Flood Aid concert to benefit the victims of the Hurricane Ivan floods.


Clarks Top Independent CD

The Clarks' "Between Now and Then" CD reaches no. 28 on the Billboard Top Independant CDs


Slide Hampton Named Jazz Master

Trombonist Slide Hampton wins Grammy for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album"  and the National Endowment for the Arts honored awards him its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.


Christine Aguilera Strips

Christine's album "Stripped" goes mult-platinum with 4 in million sales.


Sean Jones is Best New Jazz Artist

Sean Jones is named a "Rising Star" by Downbeat Magazine in 2006 and 2007.  He won the Jazz Times Magazine Reader's Poll Best New Artist award in 2007.


Christine Anguila wins Grammy

Christine Anguila win Grammy award for "Best Female Pop Vocal" for the song "Ain't No Other Man"


Manfred Honeck Leads PSO

Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became the PSO's ninth music director.


Clarks earn top independent CD

The Clarks' "Restless Days" album reaches no 28 on the Billboard Top Independant CDs and 136 in the Billboard 200


Black & Yellow Number 1

Wiz Khalfia scores a number 1 hit


Jackie Evancho wins America's Heart

Singer Jackie Evancho captures America's attention on the America's Got Talent TV show and her Christmas CD "O Holy Night" research no 2 on the Billboard 200.


Paul Jacobs Wins Grammy

Organist Paul Jacobs wins Grammy for the best instrumental solo performance (without orchestra) in the classical category for his album of Olivier Messiaens' "Livre du Saint Sacrement" on the Naxos label.


Reznor Wins Oscar

Trent Reznor and his collaborator Atticus Ross win Oscar for Best Original Score for the movie the Social Network