RIDGWAY, Colo. (CBS4)– An artist in Ridgway is busy making the trophies for Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

John Billings is often called the “Grammy Man.” He makes each trophy by hand, one at a time.

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John Billings makes Grammys in Ridgway (credit: CBS)

John Billings makes Grammys in Ridgway (credit: CBS)

Statues for other award shows are often carved by machine or outsourced overseas.

It takes more than 15 hours to make a single Grammy. It takes Billings about a year to make 600 trophies.

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Billings, 72, grew up in Los Angeles and apprenticed for Bob Graves, who crafted the very first Grammy statue in 1959. On his deathbed in 1983, Graves passed on his legacy.

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“He asked me to promise that I would not let another company get the Grammy awards, that I would keep them,” said Billings.

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Each Grammy starts with the base and then 650 degree molten mix of metals is hand-poured into a custom mold.

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It solidifies almost instantly into the phonograph shape that is the Grammy.

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Watch the 59th annual Grammy Awards on CBS4 at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

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