Move over Eminem — there’s another Michigander who could walk home with an armful of Grammy’s this year. An Ann Arbor man is up for five awards.

A very modest Michael Daugherty’s reaction to receiving not one, but five, Grammy nominations: “Well, it’s a great honor and I have a surprise, you know. I think one would be just fine for me,” Daugherty told WWJ’s Jayne Bower.

Four nominations for his symphony called “Metropolis,” the contemporary classical saga of Superman. And another nomination for:

“It’s a piano concerto … and it’s about trains. When I was a kid growing up in Iowa, late at night, I would hear the trains whistle by or rumble through the town. I’ve always liked the sound of trains. And if you think about a piano keyboard, it’s kind of like a train track,” Daugherty said.

Michael Daugherty says he is always composing. “Whatever I’m doing, whether I’m driving a car, whether I’m shopping, whether I’m doing gardening or whatever … I’m always hearing music.”

His latest is a composition for the University of Michigan symphony band.

The Grammy Awards will be handed out on February 13, 2011. You can watch the program on WWJ-TV, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Click here for a link to the official web site of the Grammy Awards.

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