60th GRAMMY NOMINEES LIST

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60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List
Find out who is nominated for the 60th GRAMMY Awards in New York on Jan. 28
GRAMMYs
Nov 28, 2017 – 5:36 am

The nominations for the 60th GRAMMY Awards are here! Find out who has been nominated in each of the 84 categories below (use the links to jump to a desired field).

General Field

Pop

Dance/ Electronic Music

Contemporary Instrumental Music

Rock

Alternative

R&B

Rap

Country

New Age

Jazz

Gospel/ Contemporary Christian Music

Latin

American Roots Music

Reggae

World Music

Children’s

Spoken Word

Comedy

Musical Theater

Music For Visual Media

Composing/ Arranging

Package

Notes

Historical

Production, Non-Classical

Surround Sound

Production, Classical

Classical

Music Video/Film

General Field

  1. Record Of The Year
    (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

• Redbone
Childish Gambino
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, Riley Mackin & Ruben Rivera, engineers/mixers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer

• Despacito
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
Josh Gudwin, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, producers; Josh Gudwin, Jaycen Joshua, Chris ‘TEK’ O’Ryan, Mauricio Rengifo, Juan G Rivera “Gaby Music,” Luis “Salda” Saldarriaga & Andrés Torres, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer

• The Story Of O.J.
JAY-Z
JAY-Z & No I.D., producers; Jimmy Douglass & Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer

• HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar
Asheton Hogan & Mike Will Made It, producers; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, James Hunt & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

• 24K Magic
Bruno Mars
Shampoo Press & Curl, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer

  1. Album Of The Year
    (Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.)

• “Awaken, My Love!”
Childish Gambino
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Bryan Carrigan, Chris Fogel, Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, Riley Mackin & Ruben Rivera, engineers/mixers; Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer

• 4:44
JAY-Z
JAY-Z & No I.D., producers; Jimmy Douglass & Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, engineers/mixers; Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer

• DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar
DJ Dahi, Sounwave & Anthony Tiffith, producers; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, James Hunt & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; K. Duckworth, D. Natche, M. Spears & A. Tiffith, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

• Melodrama
Lorde
Jack Antonoff & Lorde, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Ella Yelich-O’Connor, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

• 24K Magic
Bruno Mars
Shampoo Press & Curl, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers/mixers; Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer

  1. Song Of The Year
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Despacito
Ramon Ayala Rodriguez, Justin Bieber, Jason Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton Jr, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)

• 4:44
Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

• Issues
Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

• 1-800-273-8255
Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson & Andrew Taggart, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

• That’s What I Like
Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

  1. Best New Artist
    (An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.)

• Alessia Cara

• Khalid

• Lil Uzi Vert

• Julia Michaels

• SZA
Pop

  1. Best Pop Solo Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Love So Soft
Kelly Clarkson

• Praying
Kesha

• Million Reasons
Lady Gaga

• What About Us
P!nk

• Shape Of You
Ed Sheeran

  1. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Something Just Like This
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

• Despacito
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

• Thunder
Imagine Dragons

• Feel It Still
Portugal. The Man

• Stay
Zedd & Alessia Cara

  1. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.)

• Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)
Michael Bublé

• Triplicate
Bob Dylan

• In Full Swing
Seth MacFarlane

• Wonderland
Sarah McLachlan

• Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
(Various Artists)
Dae Bennett, Producer

  1. Best Pop Vocal Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal pop recordings.)

• Kaleidoscope EP
Coldplay

• Lust For Life
Lana Del Rey

• Evolve
Imagine Dragons

• Rainbow
Kesha

• Joanne
Lady Gaga

• ÷ (Divide)
Ed Sheeran

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Dance/Electronic Music

  1. Best Dance Recording
    (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

• Bambro Koyo Ganda
Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa
Bonobo, producer; Bonobo, mixer

• Cola
CamelPhat & Elderbrook
CamelPhat & Elderbrook, producers; CamelPhat, mixer

• Andromeda
Gorillaz Featuring DRAM
Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, Remi Kabaka & Anthony Khan, producers; Stephen Sedgwick, mixer

• Tonite
LCD Soundsystem
James Murphy, producer; James Murphy, mixer

• Line Of Sight
ODESZA Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair
Clayton Knight & Harrison Mills, producers; Eric J Dubowsky, mixer

  1. Best Dance/Electronic Album
    (For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

• Migration
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• 3-D The Catalogue
Kraftwerk

• Mura Masa
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• A Moment Apart
ODESZA

• What Now
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Contemporary Instrumental Music

  1. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
    (For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.)

• What If
The Jerry Douglas Band

• Spirit
Alex Han

• Mount Royal
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

• Prototype
Jeff Lorber Fusion

• Bad Hombre
Antonio Sanchez
Rock

  1. Best Rock Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.)

• You Want It Darker
Leonard Cohen

• The Promise
Chris Cornell

• Run
Foo Fighters

• No Good
Kaleo

• Go To War
Nothing More

  1. Best Metal Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.)

• Invisible Enemy
August Burns Red

• Black Hoodie
Body Count

• Forever
Code Orange

• Sultan’s Curse
Mastodon

• Clockworks
Meshuggah

  1. Best Rock Song
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Atlas, Rise!
James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)

• Blood In The Cut
JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters (K.Flay)

• Go To War
Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters (Nothing More)

• Run
Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

• The Stage
Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold)

  1. Best Rock Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.)

• Emperor Of Sand
Mastodon

• Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Metallica

• The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Nothing More

• Villains
Queens Of The Stone Age

• A Deeper Understanding
The War On Drugs
Alternative

  1. Best Alternative Music Album
    (Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Everything Now
Arcade Fire

• Humanz
Gorillaz

• American Dream
LCD Soundsystem

• Pure Comedy
Father John Misty

• Sleep Well Beast
The National
R&B

  1. Best R&B Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)

• Get You
Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis

• Distraction
Kehlani

• High
Ledisi

• That’s What I Like
Bruno Mars

• The Weekend
SZA

  1. Best Traditional R&B Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

• Laugh And Move On
The Baylor Project

• Redbone
Childish Gambino

• What I’m Feelin’
Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones

• All The Way
Ledisi

• Still
Mali Music

  1. Best R&B Song
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• First Began
PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

• Location
Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

• Redbone
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

• Supermodel
Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Carter Lang & Solana Rowe, songwriters (SZA)

• That’s What I Like
Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

  1. Best Urban Contemporary Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

• Free 6LACK
6LACK

• “Awaken, My Love!”
Childish Gambino

• American Teen
Khalid

• Ctrl
SZA

• Starboy
The Weeknd

  1. Best R&B Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)

• Freudian
Daniel Caesar

• Let Love Rule
Ledisi

• 24K Magic
Bruno Mars

• Gumbo
PJ Morton

• Feel The Real
Musiq Soulchild
Rap

  1. Best Rap Performance
    (For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Bounce Back
Big Sean

• Bodak Yellow
Cardi B

• 4:44
JAY-Z

• HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar

• Bad And Boujee
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

  1. Best Rap/Sung Performance
    (For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)

• PRBLMS
6LACK

• Crew
Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

• Family Feud
JAY-Z Featuring Beyoncé

• LOYALTY.
Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

• Love Galore
SZA Featuring Travis Scott

  1. Best Rap Song
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Bodak Yellow
Belcalis Almanzar, Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)

• Chase Me
Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton & Michael Render, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)

• HUMBLE.
K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

• Sassy
Marlanna Evans, E. Gabouer, Jason Martin & Wyann Vaughn, songwriters (Rapsody)

• The Story Of O.J.
Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

  1. Best Rap Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.)

• 4:44
JAY-Z

• DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar

• Culture
Migos

• Laila’s Wisdom
Rapsody

• Flower Boy
Tyler, The Creator
Country

  1. Best Country Solo Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.)

• Body Like A Back Road
Sam Hunt

• Losing You
Alison Krauss

• Tin Man
Miranda Lambert

• I Could Use A Love Song
Maren Morris

• Either Way
Chris Stapleton

  1. Best Country Duo/Group Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.)

• It Ain’t My Fault
Brothers Osborne

• My Old Man
Zac Brown Band

• You Look Good
Lady Antebellum

• Better Man
Little Big Town

• Drinkin’ Problem
Midland

  1. Best Country Song
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Better Man
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)

• Body Like A Back Road
Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)

• Broken Halos
Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

• Drinkin’ Problem
Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)

• Tin Man
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

  1. Best Country Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.)

• Cosmic Hallelujah
Kenny Chesney

• Heart Break
Lady Antebellum

• The Breaker
Little Big Town

• Life Changes
Thomas Rhett

• From A Room: Volume 1
Chris Stapleton
New Age

  1. Best New Age Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.)

• Reflection
Brian Eno

• SongVersation: Medicine
India.Arie

• Dancing On Water
Peter Kater

• Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai, Volume 5
Kitaro

• Spiral Revelation
Steve Roach
Jazz

  1. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
    (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Can’t Remember Why
Sara Caswell, soloist
Track from: Whispers On The Wind (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)

• Dance Of Shiva
Billy Childs, soloist
Track from: Rebirth

• Whisper Not
Fred Hersch, soloist
Track from: Open Book

• Miles Beyond
John McLaughlin, soloist
Track from: Live @ Ronnie Scott’s (John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension)

• Ilimba
Chris Potter, soloist
Track from: The Dreamer Is The Dream

  1. Best Jazz Vocal Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.)

• The Journey
The Baylor Project

• A Social Call
Jazzmeia Horn

• Bad Ass And Blind
Raul Midón

• Porter Plays Porter
Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King

• Dreams And Daggers
Cécile McLorin Salvant

  1. Best Jazz Instrumental Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.)

• Uptown, Downtown
Bill Charlap Trio

• Rebirth
Billy Childs

• Project Freedom
Joey DeFrancesco & The People

• Open Book
Fred Hersch

• The Dreamer Is The Dream
Chris Potter

  1. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.)

• MONK’estra Vol. 2
John Beasley

• Jigsaw
Alan Ferber Big Band

• Bringin’ It
Christian McBride Big Band

• Homecoming
Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne

• Whispers On The Wind
Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge

  1. Best Latin Jazz Album
    (For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.)

• Hybrido – From Rio To Wayne Shorter
Antonio Adolfo

• Oddara
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

• Outra Coisa – The Music Of Moacir Santos
Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves

• Típico
Miguel Zenón

• Jazz Tango
Pablo Ziegler Trio
Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

  1. Best Gospel Performance/Song
    (This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.)

• Too Hard Not To
Tina Campbell; Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters

• You Deserve It
JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn; David Bloom, JJ Hairston, Phontane Demond Reed & Cortez Vaughn, songwriters

• Better Days
Le’Andria

• My Life
The Walls Group; Warryn Campbell, Eric Dawkins, Damien Farmer, Damon Thomas, Ahjah Walls & Darrel Walls, songwriters

• Never Have To Be Alone
CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters

  1. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
    (This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.)

• Oh My Soul
Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Bernie Herms & Nichole Nordeman, songwriters

• Clean
Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant, songwriter

• What A Beautiful Name
Hillsong Worship; Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood, songwriters

• Even If
MercyMe; David Garcia, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis, MercyMe & Tim Timmons, songwriters

• Hills And Valleys
Tauren Wells; Chuck Butler, Jonathan Smith & Tauren Wells, songwriters

  1. Best Gospel Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.)

• Crossover: Live From Music City
Travis Greene

• Bigger Than Me
Le’Andria

• Close
Marvin Sapp

• Sunday Song
Anita Wilson

• Let Them Fall In Love
CeCe Winans

  1. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, or rock recordings.)

• Rise
Danny Gokey

• Echoes (Deluxe Edition)
Matt Maher

• Lifer
MercyMe

• Hills And Valleys
Tauren Wells

• Chain Breaker
Zach Williams

  1. Best Roots Gospel Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.)

• The Best Of The Collingsworth Family – Volume 1
The Collingsworth Family

• Give Me Jesus
Larry Cordle

• Resurrection
Joseph Habedank

• Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope
Reba McEntire

• Hope For All Nations
Karen Peck & New River
Latin

  1. Best Latin Pop Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop recordings.)

• Lo Único Constante
Alex Cuba

• Mis Planes Son Amarte
Juanes

• Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017
La Santa Cecilia

• Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos)
Natalia Lafourcade

• El Dorado
Shakira

  1. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock, urban or alternative recordings.)

• Ayo
Bomba Estéreo

• Pa’ Fuera
C4 Trío & Desorden Público

• Salvavidas De Hielo
Jorge Drexler

• El Paradise
Los Amigos Invisibles

• Residente
Residente

  1. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.)

• Ni Diablo Ni Santo
Julión Álvarez Y Su Norteño Banda

• Ayer Y Hoy
Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga

• Momentos
Alex Campos

• Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas
Aida Cuevas

• Zapateando En El Norte
Humberto Novoa, producer (Various Artists)

  1. Best Tropical Latin Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.)

• Albita
Albita

• Art Of The Arrangement
Doug Beavers

• Salsa Big Band
Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

• Gente Valiente
Silvestre Dangond

• Indestructible
Diego El Cigala
American Roots Music

  1. Best American Roots Performance
    (For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).)

• Killer Diller Blues
Alabama Shakes

• Let My Mother Live
Blind Boys Of Alabama

• Arkansas Farmboy
Glen Campbell

• Steer Your Way
Leonard Cohen

• I Never Cared For You
Alison Krauss

  1. Best American Roots Song
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Cumberland Gap
David Rawlings & Gillian Welch, songwriters (David Rawlings)

• I Wish You Well
Raul Malo & Alan Miller, songwriters (The Mavericks)

• If We Were Vampires
Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)

• It Ain’t Over Yet
Rodney Crowell, songwriter (Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)

• My Only True Friend
Gregg Allman & Scott Sharrard, songwriters (Gregg Allman)

  1. Best Americana Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.)

• Southern Blood
Gregg Allman

• Shine On Rainy Day
Brent Cobb

• Beast Epic
Iron & Wine

• The Nashville Sound
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

• Brand New Day
The Mavericks

  1. Best Bluegrass Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.)

• Fiddler’s Dream
Michael Cleveland

• Laws Of Gravity
The Infamous Stringdusters

• Original
Bobby Osborne

• Universal Favorite
Noam Pikelny

• All The Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live]
Rhonda Vincent And The Rage

  1. Best Traditional Blues Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.)

• Migration Blues
Eric Bibb

• Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

• Roll And Tumble
R.L. Boyce

• Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi

• Blue & Lonesome
The Rolling Stones

  1. Best Contemporary Blues Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.)

• Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

• Recorded Live In Lafayette
Sonny Landreth

• TajMo
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

• Got Soul
Robert Randolph & The Family Band

• Live From The Fox Oakland
Tedeschi Trucks Band

  1. Best Folk Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.)

• Mental Illness
Aimee Mann

• Semper Femina
Laura Marling

• The Queen Of Hearts
Offa Rex

• You Don’t Own Me Anymore
The Secret Sisters

• The Laughing Apple
Yusuf / Cat Stevens

  1. Best Regional Roots Music Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.)

• Top Of The Mountain
Dwayne Dopsie And The Zydeco Hellraisers

• Ho’okena 3.0
Ho’okena

• Kalenda
Lost Bayou Ramblers

• Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand [Live]
Northern Cree

• Pua Kiele
Josh Tatofi
Reggae

  1. Best Reggae Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.)

• Chronology
Chronixx

• Lost In Paradise
Common Kings

• Wash House Ting
J Boog

• Stony Hill
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

• Avrakedabra
Morgan Heritage
World Music

  1. Best World Music Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.)

• Memoria De Los Sentidos
Vicente Amigo

• Para Mi
Buika

• Rosa Dos Ventos
Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro

• Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

• Elwan
Tinariwen
Children’s

  1. Best Children’s Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new musical or spoken word recordings that are created and intended specifically for children.)

• Brighter Side
Gustafer Yellowgold

• Feel What U Feel
Lisa Loeb

• Lemonade
Justin Roberts

• Rise Shine #Woke
Alphabet Rockers

• Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Spoken Word

  1. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

• Astrophysics For People In A Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson

• Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen

• Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter
Shelly Peiken

• Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders)
Bernie Sanders And Mark Ruffalo

• The Princess Diarist
Carrie Fisher
Comedy

  1. Best Comedy Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.)

• The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas
Dave Chappelle

• Cinco
Jim Gaffigan

• Jerry Before Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld

• A Speck Of Dust
Sarah Silverman

• What Now?
Kevin Hart
Musical Theater

  1. Best Musical Theater Album
    (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.)

• Come From Away
Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, David Hein, David Lai & Irene Sankoff, producers; David Hein & Irene Sankoff, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

• Dear Evan Hansen
Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Rachel Bay Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Park, Ben Platt, Will Roland & Jennifer Laura Thompson, principal soloists; Pete Ganbarg, Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

• Hello, Dolly!
Bette Midler, principal soloist; Steven Epstein, producer (Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording)
Music for Visual Media

  1. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
    (Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).)

• Baby Driver
(Various Artists)
Edgar Wright, compilation producer

• Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
(Various Artists)
James Gunn, compilation producer

• Hidden Figures: The Album
(Various Artists)
Pharrell Williams; Pharrell Williams, compilation producer

• La La Land
(Various Artists)
Marius de Vries & Justin Hurwitz, compilation producer

• Moana: The Songs
(Various Artists)
Opetaia Foa’i, Tom MacDougall, Mark Mancina & Lin-Manuel Miranda, compilation producers

  1. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
    (Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.)

• Arrival
Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer

• Dunkirk
Hans Zimmer, composer

• Game Of Thrones: Season 7
Ramin Djawadi, composer

• Hidden Figures
Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers

• La La Land
Justin Hurwitz, composer

  1. Best Song Written For Visual Media
    (A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• City Of Stars
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone)
Track from: La La Land

• How Far I’ll Go
Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)
Track from: Moana: The Songs

• I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)
Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (ZAYN & Taylor Swift)
Track from: Fifty Shades Darker

• Never Give Up
Sia Furler & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia)
Track from: Lion

• Stand Up For Something
Common, Andra Day & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day Featuring Common)
Track from: Marshall
Composing/Arranging

  1. Best Instrumental Composition
    (A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Alkaline
Pascal Le Boeuf, composer (Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet)

• Choros #3
Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne)

• Home Free (For Peter Joe)
Nate Smith, composer (Nate Smith)

• Three Revolutions
Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés)

• Warped Cowboy
Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)

  1. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
    (An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• All Hat, No Saddle
Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)

• Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can
John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

• Home Free (For Peter Joe)
Nate Smith, arranger (Nate Smith)

• Ugly Beauty/Pannonica
John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)

• White Christmas
Chris Walden, arranger (Herb Alpert)

  1. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
    (An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Another Day Of Sun
Justin Hurwitz, arranger (La La Land Cast)

• Every Time We Say Goodbye
Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Clint Holmes Featuring Jane Monheit)

• I Like Myself
Joel McNeely, arranger (Seth MacFarlane)

• I Loves You Porgy/There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York
Shelly Berg, Gregg Field, Gordon Goodwin & Clint Holmes, arrangers (Clint Holmes Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater And The Count Basie Orchestra)

• Putin
Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)
Package

  1. Best Recording Package

• El Orisha De La Rosa
Carlos Dussan, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Martinez & Claudio Roncoli, art directors (Magín Díaz)

• Mura Masa
Alex Crossan & Matt De Jong, art directors (Mura Masa)

• Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)
Sasha Barr, Ed Steed & Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty)

• Sleep Well Beast
Elyanna Blaser-Gould, Luke Hayman & Andrea Trabucco-Campos, art directors (The National)

• Solid State
Gail Marowitz, art director (Jonathan Coulton)

  1. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

• Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque In Upper Volta
Tim Breen, art director (Various Artists)

• Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984 – 2014)
Tom Hingston, art director (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds)

• May 1977: Get Shown The Light
Masaki Koike, art director (Grateful Dead)

• The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly & David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)

• Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares
Tim Breen, Benjamin Marra & Ken Shipley, art directors (Various Artists)
Notes

  1. Best Album Notes

• Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble With The Truth
Wayne Bledsoe & Bradley Reeves, album notes writers (Various Artists)

• Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition
Ted Olson, album notes writer (Various Artists)

• The Complete Piano Works Of Scott Joplin
Bryan S. Wright, album notes writer (Richard Dowling)

• Edouard-Léon Scott De Martinville, Inventor Of Sound Recording: A Bicentennial Tribute
David Giovannoni, album notes writer (Various Artists)

• Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings
Lynell George, album notes writer (Otis Redding)

• Washington Phillips And His Manzarene Dreams
Michael Corcoran, album notes writer (Washington Phillips)
Historical

  1. Best Historical Album

• Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque In Upper Volta
Jon Kirby, Florent Mazzoleni, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

• The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955
Robert Russ, compilation producer; Matthias Erb, Martin Kistner & Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Glenn Gould)

• Leonard Bernstein – The Composer
Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner & Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)

• Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa
Nicolas Sheikholeslami & Vik Sohonie, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

• Washington Phillips And His Manzarene Dreams
Michael Corcoran, April G. Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Washington Phillips)
Production, Non-Classical

  1. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
    (An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

• Every Where Is Some Where
Brent Arrowood, Miles Comaskey, JT Daly, Tommy English, Kristine Flaherty, Adam Hawkins, Chad Howat & Tony Maserati, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (K.Flay)

• Is This The Life We Really Want?
Nigel Godrich, Sam Petts-Davies & Darrell Thorp, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Roger Waters)

• Natural Conclusion
Ryan Freeland, engineer; Joao Carvalho, mastering engineer (Rose Cousins)

• No Shape
Shawn Everett & Joseph Lorge, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (Perfume Genius)

• 24K Magic
Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)

  1. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
    (A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

• Calvin Harris

• Don’t Quit (DJ Khaled & Calvin Harris Featuring Travis Scott & Jeremih) (T)
• Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (Calvin Harris Featuring Various Artists) (A)

• Greg Kurstin

• Concrete And Gold (Foo Fighters) (A)
• Dear Life (Beck) (S)
• Dusk Till Dawn (ZAYN Featuring Sia) (S)
• LOVE. (Kendrick Lamar Featuring Zacari) (T)
• Strangers (Halsey Featuring Lauren Jauregui) (T)
• Wall Of Glass (Liam Gallagher) (S)

• Blake Mills

• Darkness And Light (John Legend) (A)
• Eternally Even (Jim James) (A)
• God Only Knows (John Legend & Cynthia Erivo Featuring yMusic) (S)
• Memories Are Now (Jesca Hoop) (A)
• No Shape (Perfume Genius) (A)
• Semper Femina (Laura Marling) (A)

• No I.D.

• America (Logic Featuring Black Thought, Chuck D & Big Lenbo & No ID) (T)
• The Autobiography (Vic Mensa) (A)
• 4:44 (JAY-Z) (A)

• The Stereotypes

• Before I Do (Sevyn Streeter) (S)
• Better (Lil Yachty Featuring Stefflon Don) (T)
• Deliver (Fifth Harmony) (T)
• Finesse (Bruno Mars) (T)
• Mo Bounce (Iggy Azalea) (S)
• Sunshine (Kyle Featuring Miguel) (S)
• That’s What I Like (Bruno Mars) (T)

  1. Best Remixed Recording
    (A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Can’t Let You Go (Louie Vega Roots Mix)
Louie Vega, remixer (Loleatta Holloway)

• Funk O’ De Funk (SMLE Remix)
SMLE, remixers (Bobby Rush)

• Undercover (Adventure Club Remix)
Leighton James & Christian Srigley, remixers (Kehlani)

• A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)
Four Tet, remixer (The xx)

• You Move (Latroit Remix)
Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)
Surround Sound

  1. Best Surround Sound Album
    (For vocal or instrumental albums in any genre. Must be commercially released on DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, Blu-Ray, or burned download-only/streaming-only copies and must provide a new surround mix of four or more channels. Award to the surround mix engineer, surround producer (if any) and surround mastering engineer (if any).)

• Early Americans
Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

• Kleiberg: Mass For Modern Man
Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Eivind Gullberg Jensen & Trondheim Symphony Orchestra And Choir)

• So Is My Love
Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Nina T. Karlsen & Ensemble 96)

• 3-D The Catalogue
Fritz Hilpert, surround mix engineer; Tom Ammermann, surround mastering engineer; Fritz Hilpert, surround producer (Kraftwerk)

• Tyberg: Masses
Jesse Brayman, surround mix engineer; Jesse Brayman, surround mastering engineer; Blanton Alspaugh, surround producer (Brian A. Schmidt, Christopher Jacobson & South Dakota Chorale)
Production, Classical

  1. Best Engineered Album, Classical
    (An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

• Danielpour: Songs Of Solitude & War Songs
Gary Call, engineer (Thomas Hampson, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

• Kleiberg: Mass For Modern Man
Morten Lindberg, engineer (Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Trondheim Vokalensemble & Trondheim Symphony Orchestra)

• Schoenberg, Adam: American Symphony; Finding Rothko; Picture Studies
Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)

• Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio
Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

• Tyberg: Masses
John Newton, engineer; Jesse Brayman, mastering engineer (Brian A. Schmidt, Christopher Jacobson & South Dakota Chorale)

  1. Producer Of The Year, Classical
    (A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

• Blanton Alspaugh

• Adamo: Becoming Santa Claus (Emmanuel Villaume, Kevin Burdette, Keith Jameson, Lucy Schaufer, Hila Plitmann, Matt Boehler, Jonathan Blalock, Jennifer Rivera & Dallas Opera Orchestra)
• Aldridge: Sister Carrie (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Matt Morgan, Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, Stephen Cunningham, Adriana Zabala, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
• Copland: Symphony No. 3; Three Latin American Sketches (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
• Death & The Maiden (Patricia Kopatchinskaja & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra)
• Handel: Messiah (Andrew Davis, Noel Edison, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
• Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 53, 64 & 96 (Carlos Kalmar & Oregon Symphony)
• Heggie: It’s A Wonderful Life (Patrick Summers, William Burden, Talise Trevigne, Andrea Carroll, Rod Gilfry & Houston Grand Opera)
• Tyberg: Masses (Brian A. Schmidt, Christopher Jacobson & South Dakota Chorale)

• Manfred Eicher

• Mansurian: Requiem (Alexander Liebreich, Florian Helgath, RIAS Kammerchor & Münchener Kammerorchester)
• Monk, M.: On Behalf Of Nature (Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble)
• Point & Line – Debussy And Hosokawa (Momo Kodama)
• Rímur (Arve Henriksen & Trio Mediaeval)
• Silvestrov: Hieroglyphen Der Nacht (Anja Lechner)

• David Frost

• Alma Española (Isabel Leonard)
• Amplified Soul (Gabriela Martinez)
• Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6 (Jonathan Biss)
• Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
• Garden Of Joys And Sorrows (Hat Trick Trio)
• Laks: Chamber Works (ARC Ensemble)
• Schoenberg, Adam: American Symphony; Finding Rothko; Picture Studies (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
• Troika (Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley)
• Verdi: Otello (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Günther Groissböck, Željko Lučić, Dimitri Pittas, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Sonya Yoncheva, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)

• Morten Lindberg

• Furatus (Ole Edvard Antonsen & Wolfgang Plagge)
• Interactions (Bård Monsen & Gunnar Flagstad)
• Kleiberg: Mass For Modern Man (Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Trondheim Vokalensemble & Trondheim Symphony Orchestra)
• Minor Major (Oslo String Quartet)
• Northern Timbre (Ragnhild Hemsing & Tor Espen Aspaas)
• So Is My Love (Nina T. Karlsen & Ensemble 96)
• Thoresen: Sea Of Names (Trond Schau)

• Judith Sherman

• American Nocturnes (Cecile Licad)
• The Birthday Party (Aki Takahashi)
• Discovering Bach (Michelle Ross)
• Foss: Pieces Of Genius (New York New Music Ensemble)
• Secret Alchemy – Chamber Works By Pierre Jalbert (Curtis Macomber & Michael Boriskin)
• Sevenfive – The John Corigliano Effect (Gaudette Brass)
• Sonic Migrations – Music Of Laurie Altman (Various Artists)
• Tribute (Dover Quartet)
• 26 (Melia Watras & Michael Jinsoo Lim)
Classical

  1. Best Orchestral Performance
    (Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)

• Concertos For Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

• Copland: Symphony No. 3; Three Latin American Sketches
Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

• Debussy: Images; Jeux & La Plus Que Lente
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

• Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)

• Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio
Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

  1. Best Opera Recording
    (Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.)

• Berg: Lulu
Lothar Koenigs, conductor; Daniel Brenna, Marlis Petersen & Johan Reuter; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)

• Berg: Wozzeck
Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms & Roman Trekel; Hans Graf & Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus Of Students And Alumni, Shepherd School Of Music, Rice University & Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)

• Bizet: Les Pêcheurs De Perles
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor; Diana Damrau, Mariusz Kwiecień, Matthew Polenzani & Nicolas Testé; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

• Handel: Ottone
George Petrou, conductor; Max Emanuel Cencic & Lauren Snouffer; Jacob Händel, producer (Il Pomo D’Oro)

• Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel
Valery Gergiev, conductor; Vladimir Feliauer, Aida Garifullina & Andrei Serov; Ilya Petrov, producer (Mariinsky Orchestra; Mariinsky Chorus)

  1. Best Choral Performance
    (Award to the Conductor, and to the Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.)

• Bryars: The Fifth Century
Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet; The Crossing)

• Handel: Messiah
Andrew Davis, conductor; Noel Edison, chorus master (Elizabeth DeShong, John Relyea, Andrew Staples & Erin Wall; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir)

• Mansurian: Requiem
Alexander Liebreich, conductor; Florian Helgath, chorus master (Anja Petersen & Andrew Redmond; Münchener Kammerorchester; RIAS Kammerchor)

• Music Of The Spheres
Nigel Short, conductor (Tenebrae)

• Tyberg: Masses
Brian A. Schmidt, conductor (Christopher Jacobson; South Dakota Chorale)

  1. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
    (For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.)

• Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1
Arcangelo

• Death & The Maiden
Patricia Kopatchinskaja & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

• Divine Theatre – Sacred Motets By Giaches De Wert
Stile Antico

• Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann
Joyce Yang & Augustin Hadelich

• Martha Argerich & Friends – Live From Lugano 2016
Martha Argerich & Various Artists

  1. Best Classical Instrumental Solo
    (Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.)

• Bach: The French Suites
Murray Perahia

• Haydn: Cello Concertos
Steven Isserlis; Florian Donderer, conductor (The Deutsch Kammerphilharmonie Bremen)

• Levina: The Piano Concertos
Maria Lettberg; Ariane Matiakh, conductor (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin)

• Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Frank Peter Zimmermann; Alan Gilbert, conductor (NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester)

• Transcendental
Daniil Trifonov

  1. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
    (Award to: Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups) Producer(s), Recording Engineers/Mixers with 51% or more playing time of new material.)

• Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas
Philippe Jaroussky; Petra Müllejans, conductor (Ann-Kathrin Brüggemann & Juan de la Rubia; Freiburger Barockorchester)

• Crazy Girl Crazy – Music By Gershwin, Berg & Berio
Barbara Hannigan (Orchestra Ludwig)

• Gods & Monsters
Nicholas Phan; Myra Huang, accompanist

• In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music
Joyce DiDonato; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor (Il Pomo D’Oro)

• Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift
Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Constantine Orbelian, conductor (St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra & Style Of Five Ensemble)

  1. Best Classical Compendium
    (Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.)

• Barbara
Alexandre Tharaud; Cécile Lenoir, producer

• Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

• Kurtág: Complete Works For Ensemble & Choir
Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; Guido Tichelman, producer

• Les Routes De L’Esclavage
Jordi Savall, conductor; Benjamin Bleton, producer

• Mademoiselle: Première Audience – Unknown Music Of Nadia Boulanger
Lucy Mauro; Lucy Mauro, producer

  1. Best Contemporary Classical Composition
    (A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.)

• Concerto For Orchestra
Zhou Tian, composer (Louis Langrée & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Concertos For Orchestra

• Picture Studies
Adam Schoenberg, composer (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
Track from: Schoenberg, Adam: American Symphony; Finding Rothko; Picture Studies

• Requiem
Tigran Mansurian, composer (Alexander Liebreich, Florian Helgath, RIAS Kammerchor & Münchener Kammerorchester)

• Songs Of Solitude
Richard Danielpour, composer (Thomas Hampson, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
Track from: Danielpour: Songs Of Solitude & War Songs

• Viola Concerto
Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
Track from: Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto
Music Video/Film

  1. Best Music Video
    (Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.)

• Up All Night
Beck
CANADA, video director; Alba Barneda, Laura Serra Estorch & Oscar Romagosa, video producers

• Makeba
Jain
Lionel Hirle & Gregory Ohrel, video directors; Yodelice, video producer

• The Story Of O.J.
JAY-Z
Shawn Carter & Mark Romanek, video directors; Daniel Midgley, Elizabeth Newman & Chaka Pilgrim, video producers

• Humble.
Kendrick Lamar
The Little Homies & Dave Meyers, video directors; Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K. Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith, video producers

• 1-800-273-8255
Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid
Andy Hines, video director; Brandon Bonfiglio, Mildred Delamota, Andrew Lerios, Luga Podesta & Alex Randall, video producers

  1. Best Music Film
    (For concert/performance films or music documentaries. Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.)

• One More Time With Feeling
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Andrew Dominik, video director; Dulcie Kellett & James Wilson, video producers

• Long Strange Trip
(The Grateful Dead)
Amir Bar-Lev, video director; Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff & Justin Kreutzmann, video producers

• The Defiant Ones
(Various Artists)
Allen Hughes, video director; Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams, video producers

• Soundbreaking
(Various Artists)
Maro Chermayeff & Jeff Dupre, video directors; Joshua Bennett, Julia Marchesi, Sam Pollard, Sally Rosenthal, Amy Schewel & Warren Zanes, video producers

• Two Trains Runnin’
(Various Artists)
Sam Pollard, video director; Benjamin Hedin, video producer
60th GRAMMY Awards Rock Field

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(L-R) Adam Granduciel (The War On Drugs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Shade Balderose (Code Orange), K.Flay, Jonny Hawkins (Nothing More), Ice-T (Body Count)
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Heavy, loud, raucous, and intense — dig into this year’s rock nominees with these crushing nuggets of knowledge
Nate Hertweck
GRAMMYs
Dec 13, 2017 – 12:35 pm

“They said rock and roll was dead,” the smooth voice of Common scoffs in the latest 60th GRAMMY Awards TV Spot as video plays of contemporary guitar god and GRAMMY winner Jack White pounding and pummeling his instrument. Rock’s not dead — and musicians such as White keep it alive.

The nominees in the Rock Field for this year’s GRAMMYs reflect a very bright — and loud — future for a genre that refuses to stay stagnant. From newcomers who are impossible to ignore such as Code Orange, Avenged Sevenfold and The War On Drugs, to prestigious rock royalty like Metallica, Foo Fighters, and the late Chris Cornell, this year’s crop of nominees are as dynamic and electrifying as the genre they represent.

The four categories up for grabs are Best Rock Performance, Best Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. Peel back the layers as we look at some under-the-surface details about this year’s Rock Field nominees.
1. Crushing It With Meshuggah & Code Orange

The competition for Best Metal Performance this year is literally brutal. The category’s heavy-hitting street cred is exemplified by two bands nominated for the first time who are about to head out on a U.S. tour together: Pittsburgh hardcore outfit Code Orange and Swedish metal goliaths Meshuggah.

“We started the band at 14. We’re 24 now,” Code Orange singer/drummer Jami Morgan told Billboard. “We’ve grinded every year, eight months a year, in a f*****’ van, just to prove our f*****’ point. … So [being nominated for a GRAMMY] feels right to me. I slept easy that night knowing that the world was correct, and that’s it.”

Across the Atlantic, Meshuggah have been unleashing extreme, punishing albums and live shows in one incarnation or another since the late 1980s, but they have really pushed the genre forward with their willingness to incorporate intricate rhythms into their crushing riffs. Meshuggah’s persistence has paid off as the band gets their first GRAMMY nod this year for Best Metal Performance for their song “Clockworks” from their eighth album, The Violent Sleep Of Reason.
2. Nothing More Score Most Noms

Who has the most rock nominations this year? Foos? ‘Tallica? Nope. Try Nothing More. The San Antonio-formed rock band features magnetic frontman Jonny Hawkins, who originally served as the band’s drummer. Now stepping squarely into the spotlight, Hawkins and Nothing More are nominated in no less than three of the four Rock Field categories — Best Rock Album for The Stories We Tell Ourselves and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for their single “Go To War” — tripling their chances of taking home their first GRAMMY.
3. Metallica: Still Hardwired …

Speaking of the Mighty Met, they’re back in the mix this year with two nominations stemming from their return-to-form Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, the thrash pioneers’ 10th studio effort. In fact, 2017 is “the best year for Metallica in probably a quarter of a century,” according to its outspoken drummer/songwriter Lars Ulrich, a fact backed by a quick look at the band’s month of August alone.

With this momentum still building, a solid 36-plus years into their career, Metallica show no signs of slowing. Now James, Lars, Kirk, and Robert can add two more GRAMMY nominations to their banner year, one for Best Rock Album for Hardwired … and another for Best Rock Song for “Atlas, Rise!”
4. The War On Drugs’ Los Angeles Masterpiece

Few albums in the rock world played as well with blogs, critics and a wide range of music fans than The War On Drugs’ dreamlike guitar-athon, A Deeper Understanding. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Adam Granduciel, the Philly-based band cut the album in Los Angeles, lending a sun-drenched sadness to its songs and arrangements. Granduciel also drew influence from one of rock and roll’s forefathers, the great Neil Young.

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“We did this benefit where Neil Young played as well. He was playing his classic Gretsch White Falcon guitar with the Bigsby [tremolo bar],” Granduciel told GRAMMY.com. ” I was actually sitting on his amp rig and watching him rehearse. He was just going off with [the] bar. I was like, ‘Oh, it’s so expressive.’ I have the same guitar but mine didn’t have the bar. After that show, I put the Bigsby on that Gretsch of mine. Then, two nights later, we recorded three songs that are on the record. A lot of the inspiration [came] from that expressive quality of that Bigsby.”
5. Mastodon’s New Heavy

Continuing their evolution on their conceptually heavy seventh studio album, Emperor Of Sand, Mastodon seek their first GRAMMY win. The Atlanta-bred band scored their fourth and fifth career GRAMMY nominations for Best Rock Album for Emperor Of Sand and Best Metal Performance for “Sultan’s Curse.” Despite the band’s jovial nature and sharp sense of humor (on full display in their music video for “Show Yourself”), the dark themes of Emperor … are drawn from channeling the pain of tragedies that have touched their lives into healing.

“Some of the closest people to us were in the middle of some battles with cancer and some heavy-duty illness,” drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor told GRAMMY.com. “If we were open and honest with everyone about what the record was about, then we knew that it could maybe have a positive impact with someone else.”
6. August Burns Red, Again

The band Alternative Press calls “one of the most sophisticated metal groups operating” is back with their second-ever GRAMMY nomination, this time around for their intense track, “Invisible Enemy.”

But August Burns Red proved something more this year than their staying power — they demonstrated they have a sense of humor. The music video for “Invisible Enemy” featured puppet versions of the band performing the song, which was the first single off ABR’s eighth album, Phantom Anthem.

  1. Much Respect To Cornell, Cohen

The great landscape of rock lost two of its peak performers in the past couple of years with the deaths of Leonard Cohen and Chris Cornell. Cohen, who gave us impossibly rich and delicately dim songs, lands a nod for Best Rock Performance for his haunting work on “You Want It Darker” from his final album of the same name.

In the same category, Cornell earned a nomination for his sincere and soulful single, “The Promise.” Though the song was originally written for the ending credits of the 2016 film of the same name, it was released as a single just two months prior to his tragic death on May 18.
8. Body Count Stand Tall

One of the most recognizable names in the Rock Field is not necessarily one that the average music fan associates with metal. But Ice-T, legendary rapper, popular actor and commanding frontman, and his band Body Count, have been pumping out heavy, socially charged mayhem since 1990. This prowess is on full display in their single “Black Hoodie,” nominated for Best Metal Performance, the band’s first career nomination.
9. Meet Kaleo And K.Flay

You might have already heard Icelandic rock band Kaleo, whether you know it or not. The band’s bluesy rumbler “No Good” was featured on HBO’s 2016 show “Vinyl.” Now Kaleo receive their first GRAMMY nomination for the song that brought them into the homes and phones of millions as “No Good” is up for Best Rock Performance.

Singer/songwriter Kristine Flaherty a.k.a. K.Flay dug deeper into her inner rocker on her sophomore album, Every Where Is Some Where, adding more grinding guitars and flashes of darkness to the sound of her 2014 debut, Life As A Dog. After a decade of releasing mixtapes and making a name for herself in the underground hip-hop scene, K.Flay became the first artist signed to Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynold’s Interscope imprint label, Night Street Records. Now she’s being recognized for her work as a songwriter on “Blood In The Cut,” up for Best Rock Song, in addition to an engineering nod for Every Where … for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

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Jay-Z AOTY Oral History
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Take a look back at the making of Jay’ GRAMMY-nominated magnum opus album with key collaborators
Kathy Iandoli
GRAMMYs
Jan 25, 2018 – 2:04 pm

The legend of Jay-Z’s 13th solo studio album preceded the actual work.

Following 2014’s “Elevator Gate” and Beyoncé’s candid GRAMMY-winning project Lemonade, rumors swirled that Hova would release his own album in response.

Once the New York City buses with 4:44 emblazoned on the sides started rolling around in late spring 2017, speculation ran rampant about the title being informed by the incident — a hotel elevator camera capturing Solange attacking him as Beyoncé looked on. (The address of Le Bain, the hotel’s rooftop bar, is 444 West 13th Street. Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s favorite number is 4.)

Just how intimate was Jay-Z planning to be?

On June 30, 2017, we found out.

4:44 is much more than the sum of its parts. On one hand, it’s the quintessential one artist/one producer masterpiece, as Jay and super producer No I.D. pieced the LP together (with famed engineer Young Guru) until perfection was achieved. On another hand, it’s a coming of age project for not just Jay-Z, but hip-hop in general. 4:44 travels beyond the ageism crossroads rappers have often reached and lost their way. Jay-Z proved that grown rap music can exist and punctuated it by being an open book and stripping away his mystique. He admitted past sins, acknowledged failures (for perhaps the first time in two decades) and the result was his most personal project to date — yielding eight 60th GRAMMY nominations, including Album Of The Year.

No I.D., Jimmy Douglass, Chaka Pilgrim and other key participants revisit the making of the album and how the magnum opus came together.

*Jay-Z (artist/co-producer): Before I started this album I studied — not just hip-hop — any genre. I studied Prince, I studied Mike [Jackson], Bono had “Beautiful Day” [when] he was like 40, I think. Just like from the beginning of someone’s career, and that sort of album that really means something that touches the culture. The touchpoint that moves, that starts a conversation, and be really f***ing good. It’s a hard thing to do because you’re so removed from where you were at the beginning.

No I.D. (producer): We had discussed this type of project for a couple years. When he first came to me — two, two and a half years ago — he told me he wanted to do something that was a little more revealing. I think at the time I didn’t have a sonic direction; he didn’t have a sonic direction. It kind of led to us running back and forth into each other. I really was just trying find something sonically to do that would be different, but familiar.

*Jay-Z: No I.D. came to me with a technique. He said, “I got this thing. … I got your next Blueprint. … I know that’s a lot to say.”

No I.D.: I told him, “I got something,” and played him tons of beats that kind of had the technique, and some of the stuff we ended up using was in that batch.

*Jay-Z: We were at the Roc Nation offices here in L.A., and he played me what he was working on, and I was like, “That’s amazing.”

“4:44 was putting all of the marbles on the table on every front — between the home front, the fan front, all of it. It’s like, ‘Here it is: all or nothing.'”

No I.D.: As we began to actually hone in and work and [Jay-Z] knowing I had the specific technique, I was like, “What direction do you want to go in?” He had a playlist, and he was saying, “This is what inspires me at this moment.” I was like, “Give it to me and let me work off this template, so to speak.”

Ron Gilmore Jr. (keys/bass/vocoder): When I came in, a lot of the samples were already done — a lot of the drums were already done, and what I was doing was embellishing, maybe adding a bassline here or there.

No I.D.: For the majority of the time it was me, [Jay-Z], and [Young] Guru, and it would either be at my studio or his house, which automatically made it super intimate. No one knew that we were even doing it. So once he made an announcement — if we really got going in January, then he kind of walked in by April and told everybody “Hey, I’ve got an album.” And it was out by June.

Dave Kutch (mastering engineer): It was pretty close to the release date that we did everything. It all happened very, very fast.

Jay-Z: We kind of moved on the fly because in the beginning, I wanted to drop the title — which we did, we put the 4:44 all around on buses and on billboards.

Will Perron (creative director): We went back to the old way of doing things — billboards and posters and subways.

Jay-Z’s 4:44 album title on a bus

*Jay-Z: By the night it was like on the Channel 11 News everywhere. CNN was like, “I think Jay-Z is dropping an album.” I dropped the billboard and it got figured out in 24 hours, and I was like OK we’ve got three more weeks.

Jimmy Douglass (engineer): The nature of it was quite simple: There’s only one surprise element, one time.

Chaka Pilgrim (video producer): Jay came up with the deeper meaning of the songs on the project overall, and we kind of figured what was the visual accompaniment to it. We wanted to do something that was non-traditional, not music videos but a little more esoteric that allowed you to put yourself in the place of [Jay-Z] in being honest and open on where that can lead.

Kutch: The first song I worked on was “Kill Jay-Z,” and I was like “Oh my god.” It was similar to the first time I got to listen to Lemonade entirely when I mastered that. When you heard the full lyric, and you heard the full storyline. It hits you like a ton of bricks. This much honesty. This much difficult honesty coming through in a project. It shows you why Jay-Z is Jay-Z.

Douglass: At first I was like, “This is an amazing piece of work. It’s amazing that he can actually be able to bare his soul and be able to apologize to his wife for his ill behavior. This was a really unique way of doing that, and it’s amazing that he’s in a position to have a platform like this to do that instead of bringing roses and chocolate home.” That was my first impression. As I listened more, I was like, “He’s saying some real s***.” I was blown away.

Jay-Z: I’ve never been so open for so long; usually it’s been one song, two songs, three songs on an album — then it’s sprinkled in other songs. But for an entire album, to make 10 “You Must Love Mes” is new and kinda makes people uncomfortable.

Pilgrim: It’s like the song [“Kill Jay-Z”] says, “You can’t heal what you never reveal.”

Perron: Originally, we’d thrown some ideas around about what the album was going to be called. It was meant to be this really stripped away record, very didactic and super honest. We threw around ideas of doing like these grotesquely honest photos, and throughout the exploration of this — and the record was getting closer and closer to being done — it seemed obvious that “4:44 was the lead song on the record and what the record was anchored on. We landed on that being the title.”

Douglass: I was awestruck by what he was doing and the courage that he had. It was putting all of the marbles on the table on every front — between the home front, the fan front, all of it. It’s like, “Here it is: all or nothing.”

*As told to Rap Radar podcast

(Kathy Iandoli has penned pieces for Pitchfork, VICE, Maxim, O, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and more. She co-authored the book Commissary Kitchen with Mobb Deep’s late Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, and is a professor of music business at select universities throughout New York and New Jersey.)

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Julian Ring
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Jan 25, 2018 – 2:03 pm

Arriving in New York to record her sophomore album, Lorde faced what seemed like an impossible task: to somehow create a musical statement as honest as her first. The New Zealand native — real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor — was just 16 when she released Pure Heroine, a widely acclaimed pop culture critique and snapshot of suburban youth. But after a dizzying rise to fame and a painful breakup, she knew her next album had to come from closer to the heart.

With the help of producer Jack Antonoff and a team of studio veterans, Lorde channeled heartbreak and loneliness into the deeply personal LP Melodrama. The album earned Lorde her fifth GRAMMY nomination and her first for Album Of The Year.

Here, Lorde and key collaborators recount the making of Melodrama.

*Lorde (artist): It kind of takes a second, I learned, to write your way out of the record you just made. There was a real hit of, like, “I just don’t have another one. It could never be good enough.”

** It wasn’t until I went through heartbreak, and moved out of [my parents’] home into my own house and spent a lot of time totally alone, that I realized I do have very serious, vivid feelings I needed to get out. Working with [producer Jack Antonoff] opened me up to feeling a lot; he was the perfect person to help me do that.

*Jack Antonoff (producer): I was like, “Let’s just gather around a piano and see how you’re feeling, and see what has happened to you since your last album that’s really worth sharing.” That was very important. It opened up a big space, which was, “OK, there’s a way that you can talk about all of these things that have changed, and it’s not going to put you on an island.”

***Lorde: The first record was “we” and “us.” And this record is “I.” The focus does close in. I think that was necessary to get to the level of frankness that’s in there.

*Antonoff: [On Pure Heroine], Ella had these electronic sensibilities. But there are guitars on this album, there are all these analog-based instruments. It’s not about minimalism anymore; it’s this bigger, broader thing. It’s a very different album in terms of the palette of sounds. I think that started by the fact that we wrote the album sitting around a piano.

“It wasn’t until I went through heartbreak, and moved out of [my parents’] home into my own house and spent a lot of time totally alone, that I realized I do have very serious, vivid feelings I needed to get out.”

Tom Elmhirst (mixing): It’s my piano. I bought it from an NYU professor. … It’s a really beautiful upright that was made here in New York.

Because they were working literally next door to me — upstairs at [Electric Lady Studios] — the proximity was obviously really close. … [They were in] a really nice live room with plenty of daylight, and it’s got the piano and a few other instruments set up for vocals.

They would set up a Pro Tools setup in there, and [mixer/engineer Laura Sisk], Jack and Ella would be in there doing their thing all day, all night.

****Laura Sisk (mixer/engineer): One of the coolest parts of working on this album was watching the songs come into existence. Jack and Ella are both super creative and very honest songwriters and it was thrilling to watch stories or conversations turn into songs that I absolutely love.

*****Lorde: [“Sober II (Melodrama)” is] the second part of one of the first songs that we wrote where I really started to understand what the album would be, which was “Sober.” The two of them kind of came around the same time, this was April [2016] — I remember Jack and I went out to Coachella and we got a studio in Palm Springs.

In the first part, it’s very much like the party’s in full swing, and maybe sort of tipping over into that area where it might be a little too much, and then [“Sober II (Melodrama)”] is sort of singing from the perspective of the deflated room. There’s such a sadness to the lights being on after a party, you know, this whole room has sort of been washed in this dark, and to see the corners of the room again can always be a little bit heartbreaking.

Elmhirst: The title song is really simple. It’s not complex, and it wasn’t a huge mixing process. But the clarity of the vocals and the simplicity of the track — you need a great artist to do that. I think [Lorde] did it really well.

******Antonoff: “Green Light” became a very important song to the album. It was a big moment.

*Lorde: [“Green Light” is] me shouting at the universe, wanting to let go, wanting to go forward, to get the green light from life.

******Antonoff: There was a night that we really cracked the code on “Green Light.” We had these parts. We went and saw someone play at the Barclays Center, and there was all this jangly piano going on. It sounded like someone banging on a piano. We went home and started to put that in, and that’s when it started to make sense.

****Sisk: [Jack and I] often work on different aspects of the same song in separate rooms and that ability to tag-team the work lets us move at a very fast pace, which is super important given the amount of projects we collaborate on.

Randy Merrill (mastering engineer): The album was mixed by a few different engineers, all with very different styles, so tying it all together to feel like an album was a bit challenging.

Elmhirst: There was a lot of forwards and backwards on the album. I would finish mixes, and then productions would change. So it was a tricky balance of being flexible while remaining creative.

***Lorde: We labored over every little sound, every word. To a level that I think people would never even pick up on.

Merrill: On the mastering side, it was all about tapering the sounds of each of the songs to that they felt cohesive as an album, with one song flowing into another with a feeling of consistency.

*Antonoff: It was a hard album to make. If you change a breath on a vocal take, [Lorde will] notice, and she’ll like it or she’ll hate it. It’s a meticulous process with her, and this particular album was an intense journey. I think that’s what it had to be.

***Lorde: [Melodrama is] about contrast: really big and grand, and really tiny and intimate. Going from the personal, emotional stuff to the headlines and the web. It goes from the world to my bedroom.

We finished it… and I said to Jack, “You realize, I can go anywhere I want now.”

  • As told to Rolling Stone
    ** As told to Vanity Fair
    *** As told to NME
    **** As told to Vice
    ***** As told to NPR
    ****** As told to Billboard

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Kendrick Lamar, Pluss, Terrace Martin & More On Making ‘DAMN.’ | Album Of The Year
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Go behind the scenes for the making of Kendrick Lamar’s Album Of The Year GRAMMY-nominated LP with the creative team who was there in the studio supporting him
Andreas Hale
GRAMMYs
Jan 25, 2018 – 2:02 pm

After releasing good kid, m.A.A.d City and To Pimp A Butterfly to critical acclaim and multiple GRAMMY nominations, Kendrick Lamar made it a point with his next album to create something markedly different from his previous two efforts. With GK:MC being about the challenges a young man faced growing up in Compton, Calif., and the latter encompassing the sounds of black power and pride, the artist formerly known as K-Dot decided to explore the complexities of spirituality with DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar wins Best Rap Album GRAMMY

What initially sounds like his most accessible album to date turns out to be far more complex upon multiple listens. From the rambunctious “DNA” to the jaw-dropping true story of “DUCKWORTH.,” DAMN. is layered with deft lyricism, stellar production and multiple meanings that are made all the more significant once the listener realizes that the album was also designed to be played in reverse.

The acclaim swiftly piled up on social media as both fans and critics hailed DAMN. as the third consecutive instant classic in the 30-year-old’s catalog. To get a better insight into the mind of an artist who has mastered the art of secrecy surrounding his projects, a few of the individuals who were behind the shaping of DAMN. paint an intriguing picture of how Lamar’s spiritual journey was captured in musical form.

Terrace Martin (producer/songwriter): He initially shared the idea about DAMN. to me during the To Pimp A Butterfly sessions but it was really vague. But I knew that whatever we did next couldn’t sound anything like what we just did. We needed to do the opposite of what our opposite thoughts were.

*Sounwave (producer): Literally as soon as [To Pimp A Butterfly] was done we started [working on DAMN.]. He goes into these phases where basically his mind is this big storyboard and he’s picking ideas: “What if we did this? What if we did that?”

**Lamar: The initial goal was to make a hybrid of my first two commercial albums. That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody – and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head. … It’s all pieces of me.

“Kendrick is the type to not let anybody know what he’s doing. It’ll come out of nowhere.” — Pluss

*Sounwave: Once he got his whole brainstorming thing down and we knew the direction we were going, we locked down the studio for months. [I] never left — [we] literally [had] sleeping bags in the studio.

**Lamar: I wanted it to feel like just the raw elements of hip-hop, whether I’m using 808s or boom-bap drums, the idea of Kid Capri. …The initial thought was having [Kid Capri] on some real trap 808 s***. Something I’ve never heard from him. I got in the studio and had him do a thousand takes. He’s the greatest to ever even do it.

Kid Capri (narrator/vocals): The first time I met Kendrick was when we worked together [on DAMN.]. He called to ask me if I’d work with him. … He told me the direction of the album being God and spirituality, but he already knew what he had in his head and he came up with a lot of what I needed to say.

Pluss (producer): “HUMBLE.” started when I was at the studio with Mike WiLL Made-It and we started throwing ideas together. Mike said that this song needed to be “ignorant.” He started with that piano. It was simple. And then he started throwing in bass and drum ideas. I did the arrangement. It was missing one little side and I started playing with a sound effect and threw another effect on top of it. That’s how that siren sound came out and it put the beat on another level. We knocked it out in 30 minutes. I didn’t know what was going to happen to it.

***Lamar: Mike Will sent the beat over. All I could think of was [Marley Marl’s] “The Symphony” and the earliest moments of hip-hop, where it’s complex simplicity, but it’s also somebody making moves. That beat feels like my generation, right now. The first thing that came to my head was, “Be humble.”

Pluss: I didn’t even know “HUMBLE.” was happening until I heard it. I was riding in the car a few months after we did the beat and I got a phone call from my friend at Live Mixtapes and he said, “I know you have something to do with Kendrick’s new record!” I didn’t know what he was talking about. “HUMBLE.” was a surprise for me and it was all over the radio. I listened to it like “This is the beat that we made!”

Terrace Martin: I got the call to work on “LOYALTY.” while I was working with 9th Wonder and Rapsody on Laila’s Wisdom. I heard something with Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.” The original talk-box player on that record is a genius by the name of Mr. Talkbox. He had a sound that I loved. I just wanted to reverse it, tweak it and give it a new edge. I got with DJ Dahi and Sounwave to put it together. I thought this would be dope for my album. But then I thought that nah, this would be for Kendrick and I called him and told him “I got some s***.” He had mentioned the idea that very day that he wanted Rihanna on it.

**Lamar: I’ve always wanted to work with Rihanna. I love everything about her, her artistry, how she represents women to not only be themselves but to express themselves the way she expresses herself through music and how she carries herself. I love everything about her, so I always wanted to work with her. I did the record and immediately, her name popped up. Reached out, we locked in a studio, and made it happen.

9th Wonder (producer/mixer): I was in Los Angeles in December of 2015 and I went to see Kendrick. We were at the beginning stages of Rapsody’s album, so I had a bunch of beats on me. I played him 20 beats and he said, “Let me get those.” I didn’t find out that there were at least two beats on one song [“DUCKWORTH.”] until he sent me a video snippet of him playing an MP3 off his computer. It was a 9-second clip that played right when the beat changed. After it was over, I hit him back saying, “Yo man, what the hell?” and he put “LOL” and that was it. I gave him the beats in December of 2015 and he sent that video in June of 2016. I hadn’t talked to him in six months and that came out of the blue. I noticed on the MP3 that the name of the song was “Life Is Like A Box Of Chicken.” I didn’t hear anything else until it was time to clear samples.

Pluss: Kendrick is the type to not let anybody know what he’s doing. It’ll come out of nowhere.

9th Wonder: The night before I was supposed to fly out for SXSW and Kendrick calls me and says, “I need for you to mix the beat part of this record.” Khrysis and I are mixing the beat that night and I’m just listening to the beat. Khrysis is saying, “Are you listening to what he’s saying??” When I’m listening to music I’m listening for the flow pattern before I’m listening to your words. So I listened to the words and I had to sit down, man. [“DUCKWORTH.”] is making so much more sense to me. I texted him immediately after I heard it and asked if it was a true story. He said, “Yep. And I left some stuff out.”

**Lamar: It was just the right time [to tell that story]. Top Dawg himself didn’t know I was going to do it or even execute it in that fashion, to be the last song or to be anywhere. Just making it made sense. I remember playing it for him, he flipped because further than the song, when you really can hear your life in words that is so true to you and that affected your life one hundred percent through one decision, it really makes you sit back and cherish the moment. I think that’s something we all did playing that record. Like man, look where we at. We’re recording music for the world to hear and we’re taking care of our families. We’re blessed. But listen to these words, like this is what happened. This is real life. It’s amazing and since a kid I’ve always said to myself “anything is possible and it always comes around 10-fold, confirmation.” And that story is confirmation.

  • As told to GQ Magazine
    ** As told to Zane Lowe of Beats 1
    *** As told to Rolling Stone

(Andreas Hale is a former editor at BET.com and HipHopDX.com. His work has been featured on MTV, Vibe, XXL, Jay Z’s Life+Times, Black Enterprise, Ozy, and more.)

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Kendrick Lamar AOTY Oral History
The Oral History Of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’
Lorde’s Album Of The Year-nominated ‘Melodrama’
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The Oral History Of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’
The Oral History Of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’
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Kendrick Lamar AOTY Oral History
The Oral History Of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’
Lorde’s Album Of The Year-nominated ‘Melodrama’
The Oral History Of ‘Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’
The Oral History Of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’
The Oral History Of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’
The Oral History Of Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’
Oral History Of Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’
Jay-Z AOTY Oral History
The Oral History Of Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’
Kendrick Lamar AOTY Oral History
The Oral History Of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’
Lorde’s Album Of The Year-nominated ‘Melodrama’
The Oral History Of ‘Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’
The Oral History Of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’
The Oral History Of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’

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