Akron Proud After The Black Keys’ Grammy Wins

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AKRON, Ohio -- Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney, Akron's own 'Black Keys', were among the big winners in Sunday's 55th Grammy Awards, and on Monday their success was spilling over into their hometown.

Auerbach and Carney won collectively for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for "Lonely Boy" and Best Rock Album, for "El Camino."

By phone from California on Monday, Auerbach's father, Chuch Auerbach, told Fox 8 News that for him it was "very gratifying."

"They have worked really hard. They have stuck to their guns. They did it their way. They played 113 gigs last year," said Auerbach, adding that they have "worked their buns off for their success."

Auerbach and Carney are both graduates of Akron Firestone High School, where they have been added to the school's Wall of Fame.

Jim Dauphin had both of them as students in his art class.

"They were both really decent visual artists," said Dauphin. "I knew they had this band that they performed in outside of school, and I think it's just a real nice success story about how far somebody can really go."

For students currently at the school, the duo's success is inspirational.

"It's a huge impact to see somebody who came from where you came from," said Jada Langston, a senior who plans to study performing arts. "It gives it a sense of realism you know that they came from where you came from and they had to start somewhere too so it makes you want to push even harder."

"I'm another musician, and I know that Dan Auerbach was in the band program here. It shows me that anyone can do it, especially them going to my high school," said Jake Mansfield.

"To know that they came from my high school, and I'm going to their school, I'm like wow, makes me feel like I can do it, too," said Kevin Billups.

During the Sunday night performance, Auerbach and Carney offered a shout-out to Akron.

Auerbach's father said although they have enjoyed their blossoming success, they have not forgotten their roots.

"Akron was the base. Akron was where it started, and they are just kind of blue-collar kids still," said Auerbach. "They are very successful. They have gotten material things along the way, but they are still two guys from Akron, and they haven't forgotten it."