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Covington Native Wins Oscar for Work on Short Film

While much of Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony was mired in controversy and confusion, one thing was for sure – Northern Kentucky’s own Adrian Belew took home an Oscar. Belew scored the music for Piper which won for Best Animated Short Film.

Piper is a Pixar production about a baby sandpiper who wanders from the nest in search of food, overcoming its own fears in the process.

The former front man for King Crimson and the Bears is also known for his sterling guitar work for the likes of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and, most recently, Nine Inch Nails. Belew is a Covington native who is a member of the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame for his work with the 60s garage band, the Denems. And in the past, Belew has listed his time in the Ludlow Junior High School Marching Band as his first official gig in music.


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In an interview last year with Animation World Magazine, Belew confessed his music was “very cinematic in nature,” but admitted the composing of music for Pixar was a first. “I like to joke that I'm starting at the top and working my way to the bottom,” he said.

-Rick Robinson, RCN contributor