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Alison Krauss is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter specializing in country, bluegrass, folk and Americana music.
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Krauss picked up another Grammy (best pop collaboration with vocals) in 2008 for the song "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)"—part of the singer-songwriter's collaborative effort with former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and T-Bone Burnett, Raising Sand (2007),
featuring both Krauss's and Plant's vocals. The song also received a Country Music Association Award nomination for musical event of the year in 2008. (She won this award twice previously—in 2004 for "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley, and in 1995 for "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" with Shenandoah.) By 2009, Raising Sand had garnered five more Grammys, including for album of the year, best contemporary folk/Americana album and record of the year ("Please Read the Letter").
Over her extensive musical career, Krauss has earned more than 25 Grammys.
Krauss wed Nashville-based guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson in 1997. The couple parted ways in 2001.
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