Last night a local connection became a Grammy Award winner.
Josh Smith, 29, who graduated from Upper Moreland in 2001, and his band “Halestorm” took home the award for best hard rock/heavy metal performance for its song “Love Bites (So Do I)". The band beat out heavy hitters Megadeath, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson and Lamb of God.
This marks the first Grammy nomination for “Halestorm”, which formed in the early 1990s. Smith has been playing bass for the band since 2004. He also resided in Willow Grove as a child.
If you are wondering why you didn’t see Smith and the rest of his band accept the award on TV, it’s because the award was one of many handed out before the live telecast on CBS. More than 75 awards were handed out in an Internet-only broadcast, including this one.