Three people with Nebraska ties got Grammy nominations this year. We talked to them about what was nominated, what they're doing for the ceremony and where they'll put the little golden gramophone statue if they win.
Ware House Productions recording studio
Nomination: Ware is one of 17 people nominated for Album of the Year for his work on "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga.
When Lady Gaga was recording vocals for her hit "Yoü and I" at Tom Ware's Ware House Productions in Omaha, he knew something special was happening.
"There was just some electricity going on. It continued on for the whole session," he said. "There was something going on there that was truly — I hate to overuse the term — magical."
Though Gaga intended to use the piano and vocals recorded at Ware House as a demo, they were so good that producer Mutt Lange kept them in the final version of "Yoü and I."
And now Ware is nominated for a Grammy. He and his wife, Terri, will travel to Los Angeles for the ceremony on Sunday.
The day nominations came out, Ware fielded a call from someone on the nominating committee. Then his other line rang and he quickly switched over. It was Gaga's assistant, also calling to congratulate him.
"She said, 'Tom, you got nominated for a Grammy.' I said, 'What do you mean me?" he told us. "I was absolutely floored. It's terribly exciting. I feel truly honored."
Ware and his wife will attend the entire awards ceremony, both the non-telecast and telecast portions. They will be sitting in the broadcast section, so you might spot them on TV. They're also invited to a Grammy after-party as well as the after-after-party.
The Wares already know what they'll be wearing: Tom picked out a classic black suit (with help from his wife, of course) and Terri has a black dress.
If he wins, Ware said he'll put the Grammy somewhere in the studio.
What does he think of his chances (and Gaga's, of course)?
"She's up against some real hard competition with Adele and Katy Perry," he said. "All three are worthy. It will be interesting to see."
And what about changing his website and other business materials to say "Grammy-winner Tom Ware?"
"I welcome the problem."
CHIARA STRING QUARTET
Artists-in-residence at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nomination: The quartet recorded Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 3. The piece is nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Technically, the Chiara String Quartet isn't nominated for a Grammy Award. But a piece of music they performed and recorded is nominated.
"Since the recording is our recording and our production, it's like a film having a best screenplay nomination," said violist Jonah Sirota. "We don't win that, but as part of the team, we like to take some credit."
Only one of the quartet was allotted a ticket to the awards ceremony and he or she would have to pay all expenses, so they all opted out of going. And even though their category won't be on TV, they'll still watch the ceremony together.
Was the nomination a surprise?
"Are you kidding?" Sirota said, laughing. "It came out of left field for us. We're thrilled."
Nomination: Allyson's album, "'Round Midnight," is nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
The singer, an Omaha native, left New York City on Friday to attend the awards ceremony. It will be her fourth time there, though she hasn't taken home a trophy. Yet.
Her biggest memory so far: "It's loud. The ceremony is very loud. I'm telling you."
If Allyson wins a Grammy, she doesn't know where she'll put it, but probably in "some place of honor."
"You just never know," she told us earlier in the week. "If it happens, it would be wonderful. If it doesn't ... You just keep moving forward with the music. There are so many people who deserve a nod that don't get it. It's just a great thing to be nominated. We'll see what happens."
Allyson recently mingled with other nominees at a party in New York City.
"We congratulated one another," she said. "I'm in great company."