Pair of Rhode Island natives soak in Grammy Awards


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The sights. The sounds. The Grammys. It’s music’s biggest night and at least two Rhode Islanders were there for it all, including one who was nominated for an award.

Rhode Island native and professional trumpeter Doug Woolverton, was nominated for a Grammy as part of the band “Victor Wainwright and The Train.”

Portsmouth Rhode Island native Margeaux Sippell, a singer and musician herself, was also at the awards ceremony. She got tickets through her internship with a popular magazine.

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“I can’t imagine all of those famous people in one spot. It’s going to be crazy,” Sippell said when she spoke with Eyewitness News before the show via Facetime. “It’s nice to just sit back and enjoy the show and not have to do the red carpet so I have a dress picked out. They’re letting me bring my boyfriend too so we’re both going.”

Her appreciation for music is in her bones. Margeaux’s father, John Sippell, is an accomplished professional musician and was excited his daughter could be there.

“I think the Grammys as a concept is just wild. I just never thought that I would ever go to them, so they were like, ‘oh my gosh. So cool,” Sippell said.

If that’s not cool enough already, she’s actually family friends with nominee Woolverton.

“I’ve known him for forever. He plays in a band the fifth element on Monday nights in Newport and I’ve been singing with them off and on when I can since high school,” Sippell said.

They found each other at the Grammys and took a photo together.

“It’s cool to say I once sang with a Grammy-nominated person,” Sippell said.

Woolverton’s band was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album.  It was not televised, but Eyewitness News learned they did not win that category.

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