Kurt Elling on the Red Carpet at the Grammys

Again this year, Kurt was nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album — this time for The Gate. Every one of Kurt’s recordings has been nominated, and he won two years ago for Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman.
Alas, he didn’t win this year, but he did cut a fine figure on the Red Carpet.

Watch Kurt’s short Grammy Red Carpet interview here.

Kurt commented later:

I had a great time! I’ve been fortunate because I’ve been able to go several times, and I was a volunteer before, and I’ve got so many friends to see that I don’t otherwise get to connect with.

And the Grammys have updated the pre-telecast so remarkably since I was first involved that you really have a sense of an occasion as opposed to feeling like second or third class citizens, as it used to. They do the full red carpet treatment and you feel like it’s a real occasion. So it’s worth doing.