Portland-Based Reissue Label Omnivore Recordings Won a Grammy Last Night

“It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers” beat out archival releases by Bela Fleck, Nat King Cole and Prince.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, particularly the Portland neighborhood that’s home to Omnivore Recordings.

The reissue label, founded by Cheryl Pawelski, wife of Reed College president Audrey Bilger, won a Grammy last night in the Best Historical Album category for It's Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers, a compilation of songs performed by Fred Rogers on his iconic children's television show.

The collection beat out a remarkably crowded field that included Bela Fleck's Throw Down Your Heart: The Complete Africa Sessions, Nat King Cole's Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) and the "super-deluxe" edition of Prince's 1999.

Pawelski accepted the award alongside Bilger from their home in Southeast Portland. Watch their acceptance speech below:

Omnivore Recording’s next release is an unearthed artifact of 20th century history that’s also a piece of Portland history specifically: the earliest known recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his epic poem “Howl” at Reed College in 1956.

Willamette Week’s reporting has concrete impacts that change laws, force action from civic leaders, and drive compromised politicians from public office. Support WW's journalism today.