Noah Kahan didn’t win Best New Artist, but fellow Vermonter got Grammy

Noah Kahan’s ascendency into the upper echelons of the music industry didn’t translate to a Grammy Award at Sunday’s ceremony, but another Vermont musician did receive her first golden gramophone statuette.

Jericho native Erin Bentlage and members of her jazz vocal group, säje, won Sunday for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, for their song “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” Bentlage and her fellow members of säje – Amanda Taylor, Johnaye Kendrick and Sara Gazarek – shared the honor with guest arranger Jacob Collier.

Bentlage and her West Coast-based group were nominated for a Grammy in 2021, but this year represents their first win. They edged out competitors who worked on songs by Patti Austin, Maria Mendes, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Samara Joy.

Higher Ground in South Burlington will host a performance by säje on March 31.

The jazz-inspired vocal group säje, including, from left, Jericho native Erin Bentlage, Johnaye Kendrick, Amanda Taylor and Sara Gazarek

Recent Vermont Grammy winners include Addison County native Anais Mitchell, a five-time nominee, who won in 2020 for Best Musical Theater Album for her Tony Award-winning, Vermont-born musical “Hadestown.” Record producer and engineer Rich Costey, a Waterbury native, has won two Grammy Awards for Rock Album of the Year, for his work on “Drones” by Muse and “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” by Foo Fighters.

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