UC Riverside’s Stephanie Martinez often spends Sundays playing the violin and singing with her group, Mariachi Divas, at Disney California Adventure.
But this past Sunday, Martinez instead walked on stage to accept a Grammy award with her bandmates in Los Angeles.
“We were in shock,” Martinez said Monday. “It’s like, amazing. It’s a steppingstone for women. We feel, if we can accomplish that, what more can we do, and everyone else — all the women out there.”
Mariachi Divas won for Best Regional Mexican Album during Sunday’s pretelecast of the Grammys.
It was the Divas’ second Grammy; the group has been nominated five times.
“I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m going to wake up,” said Cindy Shea, who founded the group 15 years ago.
“It’s amazing. It’s the greatest honor of my life.”
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