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Dan + Shay win, but no hon­ors for Mac Miller

Pitts­burgh artists went 1 for 10 at the Gram­mys Sun­day night in Los An­ge­les, the one win­ner be­ing Dan + Shay, the Nashville pop-coun­try duo that fea­tures Pitts­burgh na­tive Dan Smy­ers.

They won their first Grammy on their first nom­i­na­tion: best coun­try duo/group per­for­mance for “Tequila,” a sin­gle from their third, self-ti­tled album that they also per­formed dur­ing the prime-time show.

The post­hu­mous Grammy honor for Mac Miller, nom­i­nated for the first time, didn’t pan out as his fans hoped, as best rap album went to chart-top­ping Bronx sen­sa­tion Cardi B.

Man­fred Ho­neck and the Pitts­burgh Sym­phony Or­ches­tra swept their two Grammy cat­e­gories last year but did not repeat on Sun­day. The PSO was nom­i­nated for best or­ches­tral per­for­mance and best en­gi­neered album, clas­si­cal, for “Beethoven: Sym­phony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Con­certo No. 1.” Those awards went to the Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and its engi­neers for “Shostakovich: Sym­phonies Nos. 4 & 11.”

Two for­mer Pitts­burgh-area artists were nom­i­nated for best the­ater album: four-time Grammy win­ner Re­nee Flem­ing (for “Carousel”) and Dor­mont com­poser Stephen Fla­herty (for “Once on This Is­land”). The award went to “The Band’s Visit,” a mu­si­cal about an Egyp­tian po­lice or­ches­tra that in­ad­ver­tently ends up in a re­mote Is­raeli town. Ms. Flem­ing was also nom­i­nated for best opera record­ing (“Der Rosenkava­lier”), which went to The Santa Fe Opera Or­ches­tra and soloists for “Bates: The (R)evo­lu­tion of Steve Jobs.”

For­mer Pitts­burgher Christina Aguil­era’s “Like I Do” (with Goldlink) lost to Child­ish Gam­bino’s “This Is Amer­ica,” a heavy fa­vorite, in the best rap/sung per­for­mance cat­e­gory. In best pop duo/ group per­for­mance, her “Fall in Line” duet with Demi Lo­vato was out­matched by the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper

juggernaut “Shal­low,” from “A Star Is Born.”

Dan + Shay were the lone win­ners with lo­cal ties. Mr. Smy­ers, a North Al­legheny High School and Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity grad, fronted the Chris­tian pop­punk band Tran­si­tion as a teenager, trav­el­ing the coun­try, sleep­ing on floors and couches.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from North Al­legheny High School, he put the mu­sic ca­reer on hold for three years to earn a de­gree in fi­nance at CMU.

He put that aside in 2010 to take his shot in Ten­nessee, where he met Shay Mooney at a keg party and formed the duo.

“I loved my coun­try my whole life but was just play­ing what my friends were play­ing,” he told the PG in 2015. “I loved all kinds of mu­sic and still do, whether it’s hip-hop, punk rock, rock. I al­ways wrote [coun­try], but I never re­ally put it out. I guess it wasn’t good enough.”

They hit the coun­try chart with their first sin­gle, “19 You + Me,” in 2013 and have topped the coun­try album charts twice. The duo came to Pitts­burgh in Novem­ber to per­form a ben­e­fit for the Tree of Life fund at the By­ham and will be on the bill with Florida Ge­or­gia Line at KeyBank Pav­il­ion on Aug. 2. The other award for which they were nom­i­nated, best coun­try song, went to Kacey Mus­graves for “Space Cow­boy.”

Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Im­ages

Dan Smy­ers, left, and Shay Mooney of mu­si­cal duo Dan + Shay with their award for best coun­try duo/group per­for­mance in the press room dur­ing the 61st An­nual Grammy Awards on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les.

Jor­dan Strauss/In­vi­sion/AP

Off­set, left, and Cardi B ar­rive at the 61st an­nual Grammy Awards at the Sta­ples Cen­ter on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les. Cardi B won a grammy for best rap album.

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