Memphis wins big at 2016 Grammy Awards

Memphis wins big at 2016 Grammy Awards
Uptown Funk music video (Source: YouTube)
Uptown Funk music video (Source: YouTube)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Grammy Awards certainly recognized which city has the most "Uptown Funk."

Monday night, the smash hit by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won Record of the Year.

The single was recorded in the Mid-South, at Royal Studios in Memphis, and Memphian Kameron Whalum played trombone on the track.

Click here to watch Whalum's interview after winning Grammy.

Royal Studios opened in 1957 in South Memphis. Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, the studio's current owner and its founder's son, couldn't have been happier as he beamed on stage in his gold, multi-colored blazer.

"We've all been working hard together in the studio trying to get Royal to the next level," Mitchell said.

"Uptown Funk" is the first number one pop hit recorded in Memphis since 1982.

Blues pioneer BB King, as well as Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White were also honored during the Grammy Awards.

Mitchell said the Bluff City created the blue print for soul music around the world and he's proud to call Memphis home.

"It makes me feel so good for Memphis to be recognized, because modern music started in Memphis," Mitchell said. "It just lets people know we're still on the map. We're not only on the map, but we kind of are the map!"

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