Several days after returning from the Grammy Awards televised show Durham music teacher Phillip Riggs was still glowing.
He was chosen out of about 4,500 nominees from all 50 states to receive the Grammy for Music Educator of the Year.
The award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
“I’m truly honored and humbled!” he said.
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Riggs said one highlight was when he introduced himself to Ryan Seacrest, who was seated directly in front of him in the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Seacrest smiled and said, “I’m going to be introducing you tonight!”
Riggs is the third recipient of this award that comes with a $10,000 honorarium.
While he appeared and was recognized at the Feb. 15 televised event, he will receive his actual Grammy in April at the special merit awards program which feature winners of the Lifetime Achievement Awards including Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock and Linda Ronstadt.
Riggs has taught orchestra, band and choir in North Carolina for 27 years and currently teaches at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.