Emmylou Harris

  • Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Was high school valedictorian and played the saxophone in the marching band.
  • Attended UNC on a drama scholarship, but dropped out to pursue a career in music. Received an honorary doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music in 2009.
  • Began singing in folk clubs in Greenwich Village.
  • The 1991 album Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers at the Ryman and the accompanying TV special were responsible for the subsequent renovation of the famed building, once home to the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Received the Billboard Century Award in 1999 and the American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
  • Was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Is a social activist, championing such causes as PETA and Campaign for a Landmine Free World.

Awards

  • 1999, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 1980, Grammy — Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Nominee
  • 1976, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1979, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2000, Grammy — Best Contemporary Folk Album: Winner
  • 2001, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1995, Grammy — Best Contemporary Folk Album: Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 1987, Grammy — Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1992, Grammy — Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2013, Grammy — Best Americana Album: Winner

Relationships

  • Paul Kennerley — Ex-husband
  • Walter Rutland Harris Jr. — Brother
  • Brian Ahern — Ex-husband
  • Tom Slocum — Ex-husband
  • Eugenia Harris — Mother
  • Mika Hallie Slocum — Daughter
  • Walter Rutland Harris — Father
  • Meghann Theresa Ahern — Daughter

College

  • Attended University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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