Every recording artist dreams of winning a Grammy. I bet you didn't know that there are Colorado ties to the coveted award.

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A man by the name of John Billings has made every Grammy Award for over 30 plus years. To date, over 8,000 of the awards have been made.

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Back in the 1980's Billings moved his operation from California to a tiny town, dubbed the gateway to the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado named Ridgway. A small town that is 2 square miles, with an elevation of 6,900 ft and home to only 932 people.

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Billings describes his work as a dying art. The awards start off a a mold made by plaster, then cast in a combination of aluminum, zinc and all made by hand.

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Billings and his two apprentices will make 362 Grammy Awards this year in addition to the 230 Latin Grammys. Each Grammy takes about 15 hours each to make.

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So the next time you see your favorite artist win their Grammy Award, you know a little piece of Colorado will be sitting in their home as one of their most prized possessions!

 

Source: Fastcodesign.com