And The GRAMMY Went To ... Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse picks up the award for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
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    Danger Mouse
March 31, 2011 -- 6:00 am PDT

(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)

Recordings: Broken Bells, Broken Bells (iTunes>); Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse, Dark Night Of The Soul (iTunes>); the Black Keys, "Tighten Up" (iTunes>)

Artist:
Danger Mouse

Won for: Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Previous wins: Best Alternative Music Album for St. Elsewhere and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Crazy" as a member of Gnarls Barkley


Did you know?:
In 2009 Danger Mouse joined with the Shins' James Mercer to form the alternative rock project Broken Bells. A year later the duo released their self-titled debut album on Columbia Records, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. "The High Road" was the first single released off the album. In 2010 Danger Mouse collaborated with the late indie rock singer/songwriter Mark Linkous, aka Sparklehorse, for Dark Night Of The Soul, which features an all-star cast of guest vocalists, including the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, the Cardigans' Nina Persson, Iggy Pop, and Suzanne Vega, among others. The album was first announced in spring 2009 but its release was delayed until July 2010 due to a dispute between Danger Mouse and EMI Records. Before producing the track "Tighten Up," Danger Mouse produced the Black Keys' 2008 album, Attack & Release. He teamed with Cee Lo Green in 2006 to form Gnarls Barkley, and the duo recorded two albums: St. Elsewhere (2006) and The Odd Couple (2008). In 2001 he moved to London to further his recording career, one class shy of graduating from college. Soon thereafter he took on the name Danger Mouse, after the cartoon character of the same name. Danger Mouse was born Brian Burton in White Plains, N.Y. The producer first made a name for himself when he recorded The Grey Album in 2004, a mashup of The Beatles (the white album) and Jay-Z's The Black Album. Because the Beatles' tracks weren't cleared, the album never saw a formal release.

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