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Alison Krauss
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Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss, born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois, is a bluegrass singer and virtuoso fiddle player who grew up in Champaign, Illinois. Almost certainly the most successful bluegrass musician ever, Krauss has had several platinum-selling albums, has received seventeen Grammy Awards (more than any other woman in the history of country music), and been a featured performer in the Oscars. In 1995 she was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association. A protégé of Bill Monroe, her music has wide appeal, beyond its traditional popularity within country and folk circles. Best known for her work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou movie soundtrack, as well as its companion album, Down from the Mountain, Krauss's music is also featured prominently on the Cold Mountain soundtrack, for which she was nomintated for an Oscar. Her band, Union Station, is a traditional bluegrass ensemble but Krauss is not a complete purist, having covered songs by, among others, the Beatles.