59th Grammy Award Nominations

I was going to post my Grammy predictions for yesterday’s announcement, but then I remembered that there are like 50 categories. Ain’t nobody got time for that. At any rate, the 59th Grammy Awards announced their nominees yesterday, and as expected, we’re looking at a death match between the best album of 2015 and the best album of 2016, Adele’s 25 and Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

Each album received nominations in the three biggest fields: Record of the Year (the best sounding song), Song of the Year (the best written/sung song) and Album of the Year. They will compete in the individual song categories with “Hello” and “Formation,” and Beyoncé is also competing elsewhere with the many different genres her album covered. They will be competing against “7 Years” (which I hate), “Work” (which I like), “Stressed Out” (which I love), “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” (also hate), and “Love Yourself” (ok) in the individual categories, and Views (a great album), Purpose (an ok album), and A Sailor’s Guide To The Earth (never heard of it) in the album category. Notable snubs include David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon, Green Day, and Beck, as well as “Closer” by The Chainsmokers (although some of these people and songs received nominations elsewhere.

A couple of notes on the non-major categories. First, I find the New Artist category the most interesting by far. The battle between Chance the Rapper and The Chainsmokers is going to be a great one. The battle between “Hello,” “Hold Up,” and “Cheap Thrils” for Best Pop Solo might be my favorite category overall, and the Rap branch is strong featuring Kanye West (even if I’d take “Fade” over “Famous” any day of the week), Drake, and “Broccoli.” And in terms of musicals/movies, things are…weird. Best Musical Theater Soundtrack will be boring with Hamilton winning last year, leaving Bright Star to compete with Waitress. However, nothing compares to the soundtracks. Score-wise, things are sharp, with Stranger Things competing with Star Wars, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight and Bridge of Spies (five scores I absolutely adore). However, when you move into original songs and soundtracks, things get messy. Suicide Squad got three nominations (one for Soundtrack, two for terrible songs). And while I’m fine with the nominations for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and “Try Everything,” WHO THE HELL NOMINATED “THE VEIL” FOR BEST SONG? Seriously, that song from Snowden is the worst f*cking thing I’ve heard all year. Ok, fine, I digress. At any rate, we get to skip those awards this year.

The Grammy Awards will be held February 12th, 2017. I might post some predictions closer to the date, but we’ll see. You can find the whole list of nominees below, and if you haven’t yet, go listen to 25 and Lemonade. They’re both great albums.

Record of the Year:

  • “Hello” — Adele
  • “Formation” — Beyoncé
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Graham
  • “Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
  • “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Album of The Year:

  • 25 — Adele
  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Purpose — Justin Bieber
  • Views — Drake
  • A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Song of The Year:

  • “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles; Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin; Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Best Pop Solo Performance:

  • “Hello” — Adele
  • “Hold Up” — Beyoncé
  • “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber
  • “Piece By Piece” (Idol Version) — Kelly Clarkson
  • “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

  • “Closer” —  The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Graham
  • “Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
  • “Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
  • “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

  • Cinema — Andrea Bocelli
  • Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan
  • Stages Live — Josh Groban
  • Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson
  • Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway ­— Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album:

  • 25 — Adele
  • Purpose  — Justin Bieber
  • Dangerous Woman  — Ariana Grande
  • Confident — Demi Lovato
  • This Is Acting — Sia

Best Dance Recording:

  • “Tearing Me Up” — Bob Moses
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
  • “Never Be Like You” — Flume Featuring Kai
  • “Rinse & Repeat” — Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
  • “Drinkee” — Sofi Tukker

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

  • Skin — Flume
  • Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre
  • Epoch — Tycho
  • Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld
  • Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:

  • Human Nature — Herb Alpert
  • When You Wish Upon A Star — Bill Frisell
  • Way Back Home Live From Rochester, NY — Steve Gadd Band
  • Unspoken — Chuck Loeb
  • Culcha Vulcha — Snarky Puppy

Best Rock Performance:

  • “Joe” (Live From Austin City Limits) — Alabama Shakes
  • “Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
  • “Blackstar” — David Bowie
  • “The Sound Of Silence” (Live On Conan) — Disturbed
  • “Heathens” —  Twenty One Pilots

Best Metal Performance:

  • “Shock Me” —  Baroness
  • “Silvera” — Gojira
  • “Rotting In Vain” — Korn
  • “Dystopia” — Megadeth
  • “The Price Is Wrong” — Periphery

Best Rock Song:

  • “Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
  • “Burn The Witch” — Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
  • “Hardwired” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
  • “Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
  • “My Name Is Human” — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer; Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect) 

Best Rock Album:

  • California —  Blink-182
  • Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
  • Magma —  Gojira
  • Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
  • Weezer — Weezer

Best Alternative Music Album:

  • 22, A Million — Bon Iver
  • Blackstar — David Bowie
  • The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
  • Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
  • A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

Best R&B Performance:

  • “Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • “Permission” — Ro James
  • “I Do” — Musiq Soulchild
  • “Needed Me” — Rihanna
  • “Cranes In The Sky” — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

  • “The Three Of Me” — William Bell
  • “Woman’s World” — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • “Sleeping With The One I Love” — Fantasia
  • “Angel” — Lalah Hathaway
  • “Can’t Wait” — Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:

  • “Come See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
  • “Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
  • “Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass; Teddy Sinclair, songwriters (Rihanna)
  • “Lake By The Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
  • “Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin; Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Ology — Gallant
  • We Are King — KING
  • Malibu — Anderson .Paak
  • Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:

  • In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
  • Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
  • Healing Season — Mint Condition
  • Smoove Jones — Mya

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

  • “Freedom” — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Hotline Bling” — Drake
  • “Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
  • “Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
  • “Famous” — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:

  • “All The Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie &  Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
  • “Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
  • “Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
  • “No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
  • “Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album:

  • Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
  • And The Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
  • Major Key — DJ Khaled
  • Views — Drake
  • Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
  • The Life Of Pablo — Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance:

  • “Love Can Go To Hell” — Brandy Clark
  • “Vice” — Miranda Lambert
  • “My Church” — Maren Morris
  • “Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

  • “Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
  • “21 Summer” — Brothers Osborne
  • “Setting The World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney & P!nk
  • “Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
  • “Think Of You” — Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

Best Country Song:

  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” —  Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
  • “Die A Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
  • “Humble And Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
  • “My Church” — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
  • “Vice” — Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album:

  • Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark
  • Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
  • Hero — Maren Morris
  • A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
  • Ripcord — Keith Urban

Best New Age Album:

  • Orogen — John Burke
  • Dark Sky Island — Enya
  • Inner Passion — Peter Kater & Tina Guo
  • Rosetta — Vangelis
  • White Sun II — White Sun

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:

  • “Countdown” — Joey Alexander, soloist
  • “In Movement” — Ravi Coltrane, soloist
  • “We See” — Fred Hersch, soloist
  • “I Concentrate On You” — Brad Mehldau, soloist
  • “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

  • Sound Of Red —  René Marie
  • Upward Spiral — Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
  • Take Me To The Alley — Gregory Porter
  • Harlem On My Mind — Catherine Russell
  • The Sting Variations — The Tierney Sutton Band

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

  • Book Of Intuition — Kenny Barron Trio
  • Um — Peter Erskine
  • Sunday Night At The Vanguard — The Fred Hersch Trio
  • Nearness — Joshua Redman; Brad Mehldau
  • Country For Old Men —  John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

  • Real Enemies — Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
  • Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1 — John Beasley
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles — John Daversa
  • All L.A. Band — Bob Mintzer
  • Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom — Ted Nash Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Entre Colegas — Andy González
  • Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw — Brian Lynch & Various Artists
  • Canto América — Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta
  • 30 — Trio Da Paz
  • Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac — Chucho Valdés

Best Gospel Performance/Song:

  • “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” — Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton
  • “You’re Bigger” [Live] — Jekalyn Carr
  • “Made A Way” [Live] — Travis Greene
  • “God Provides” — Tamela Mann
  • “Better” — Hezekiah Walker

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “Trust In You — Lauren Daigle
  • “Priceless” — For King & Country
  • “King Of The World” — Natalie Grant
  • “Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
  • “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams 

Best Gospel Album:

  • Listen —  Tim Bowman Jr.
  • Fill This House — Shirley Caesar
  • A Worshipper’s Heart [Live] — Todd Dulaney
  • Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin
  • Demonstrate [Live] — William Murphy

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

  • Poets & Saints — All Sons & Daughters
  • American Prodigal — Crowder
  • Be One — Natalie Grant
  • Youth Revival [Live] — Hillsong Young & Free
  • Love Remains — Hillary Scott &The Scott Family

Best Roots Gospel Album:

  • Better Together —  Gaither Vocal Band
  • Nature’s Symphony In 432 — The Isaacs
  • Hymns — Joey+Rory
  • Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration — Gordon Mote
  • God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson — (Various Artists)

Best Latin Pop Album:

  • Un Besito Mas —  Jesse & Joy
  • Ilusión — Gaby Moreno
  • Similares — Laura Pausini
  • Seguir Latiendo — Sanalejo
  • Buena Vida — Diego Torres

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:

  • ilevitable — ile
  • H.O.N. (La Humanidad O Nosotros) — Illya Kuryaki & The Valderamas
  • Buenaventura — La Santa Cecilia
  • Los Rakas — Los Rakas
  • Amor Supremo — Carla Morrison

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):

  • Raíces — Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
  • Hecho A Mano — Joss Favela
  • Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández
  • Generación Maquinaria Est. 2006. — La Maquinaria Norteña
  • Tributo A Joan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro — Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea 

Best Tropical Latin Album:

  • Conexión — Fonseca
  • La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell — Formell Y Los Van Van
  • 35 Aniversario — Grupo Niche
  • La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario — La Sonora Santanera
  • Donde Están? —  Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

Best American Roots Performance:

  • “Ain’t No Man” — The Avett Brothers
  • “Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time” — Blind Boys Of Alabama
  • “Factory Girl” — Rhiannon Giddens
  • “House Of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz
  • “Wreck You” — Lori McKenna

Best American Roots Song:

  • “Alabama At Night” — Robbie Fulks
  • “City Lights” — Jack White
  • “Gulfstream” — Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
  • “Kid Sister” — The Time Jumpers
  • “Wreck You” — Lori McKenna

Best Americana Album:

  • True Sadness — The Avett Brothers
  • This Is Where I Live — William Bell
  • The Cedar Creek Sessions — Kris Kristofferson
  • The Bird & The Rifle — Lori McKenna
  • Kid Sister — The Time Jumpers

Best Bluegrass Album:

  • Original Traditional — Blue Highway
  • Burden Bearer — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Hazel And Alice Sessions — Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
  • North By South — Claire Lynch
  • Coming Home — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Best Traditional Blues Album:

  • Can’t Shake This Feeling — Lurrie Bell
  • Live At The Greek Theatre — Joe Bonamassa
  • Blues & Ballads — Luther Dickinson
  • The Soul Of Jimmie Rodgers — Vasti Jackson
  • Porcupine Meat — Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album:

  • The Last Days Of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito
  • Love Wins Again — Janiva Magness
  • Bloodline — Kenny Neal
  • Give It Back To You — The Record Company
  • Everybody Wants A Piece — Joe Louis Walker

Best Folk Album:

  • Silver Skies Blue — Judy Collins & Ari Hest
  • Upland Stories — Robbie Fulks
  • Factory Girl — Rhiannon Giddens
  • Weighted Mind — Sierra Hull
  • Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

Best Regional Roots Music Album:

  • Broken Promised Land — Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
  • It’s A Cree Thing — Northern Cree
  • E Walea —  Kalani Pe’a
  • Gulfstream — Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
  • I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country — (Various Artists)

Best Reggae Album:

  • Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her —  Devin Di Dakta & J.L
  • Rose Petals —  J Boog
  • Ziggy Marley —  Ziggy Marley
  • Everlasting —  Raging Fyah
  • Falling Into Place —  Rebelution
  • SOJA: Live In Virginia —  SOJA

Best World Music Album:

  • Destiny — Celtic Woman
  • Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers —  Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Sing Me Home —  Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
  • Land Of Gold —  Anoushka Shankar
  • Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live — Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

Best Children’s Album:

  • Explorer Of The World — Frances England
  • Infinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
  • Novelties — Recess Monkey
  • Press Play — Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could
  • Saddle Up — The Okee Dokee Brothers

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

  • The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer
  • In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett
  • M Train — Patti Smith
  • Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk — (John Doe With Tom Desavia) (Various Artists)
  • Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — Elvis Costello

Best Comedy Album:

  • …America…Great… — David Cross
  • American Myth — Margaret Cho
  • Boyish Girl Interrupted — Tig Notaro
  • Live At The Apollo — Amy Schumer
  • Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt

Best Musical Theater Album:

  • Bright Star —  Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una mJackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
  • The Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
  • Fiddler On The Roof — Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast)
  • Kinky Boots — Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
  • Waitress — Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist

 Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

  • “Amy” — (Various Artists)
  • “Miles Ahead” — (Miles Davis & Various Artists)
  • “Straight Outta Compton” —  (Various Artists)
  • “Suicide Squad” (Collector’s Edition) — (Various Artists)
  • “Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1” —  (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

  • “Bridge Of Spies” — Thomas Newman, composer
  • Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” — Ennio Morricone, composer
  • “The Revenant” — Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — John Williams, composer
  • “Stranger Things” Volume 1 — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
  • “Stranger Things” Volume 2 — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling! — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel)
  • “Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
  • “Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk)
  • “Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross)
  • “Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira)
  • “The Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel)

Best Instrumental Composition:

  • “Bridge Of Spies” (End Title)  — Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman)
  • “The Expensive Train Set” (An Epic Sarahnade For Double Big Band)  — Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)
  • “Flow” — Alan Ferber, composer (Alan Ferber Nonet)
  • “L’Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – Versione Integrale”  — Ennio Morricone, composer (Ennio Morricone)
  • “Spoken At Midnight”  — Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:

  • “Ask Me Now” — John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
  • Good “Swing” Wenceslas — Sammy Nestico, arranger (The Count Basie Orchestra)
  • Linus & Lucy —  Christian Jacob, arranger (The Phil Norman Tentet)
  • “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” — John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa)
  • “We Three Kings” — Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis)
  • “You And I” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier) 

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:

  • “Do You Hear What I Hear?” — Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Featuring Take 6)
  • “Do You Want To Know A Secret”  — John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Featuring Renee Olstead)
  • “Flintstones”  — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
  • “I’m A Fool To Want You”  — Alan Broadbent, arranger (Kristin Chenoweth)
  • “Somewhere” (Dirty Blvd) (Extended Version)  — Billy Childs & Larry Klein, arrangers (Lang Lang Featuring Lisa Fischer & Jeffrey Wright)

Best Recording Package:

  • Anti  — Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
  • Blackstar — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
  • Human Performance  — Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
  • Sunset Motel — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
  • 22, A Million — Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:

  • Edith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)
  • 401 Days — Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Høst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
  • I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Box Set) — Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
  • Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition) — Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
  • Tug Of War (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

Best Album Notes:

  • The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection — Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer (Kris Kristofferson)
  • The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp — Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • Ork Records: New York, New York — Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along — Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)
  • Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890-1900 — Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album:

  • The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector’s Edition) — Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)
  • Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959 — April G. Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Bill Nowlin; Philip D. Schuyler, compilation producers; Rick Fisher; Michael Graves, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • Ork Records: New York, New York — Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983 — Bernard Horowitz, Andreas K. Meyer & Robert Russ, compilation producers; Andreas K. Meyer & Jeanne Montalvo, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
  • Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism; The Phonograph, 1890-1900 — Michael Devecka, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Michael Devecka, David Giovannoni, Michael Khanchalian & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:

  • Are You Serious —  Tchad Blake & David Boucher, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Andrew Bird)
  • Blackstar — David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)
  • Dig In Deep — Ryan Freeland, engineer; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (Bonnie Raitt)
  • Hit N Run Phase Two — Booker T., Dylan Dresdow, Chris James, Prince & Justin Stanley, engineers; Dylan Dresdow, mastering engineer (Prince)
  • Undercurrent — Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Sarah Jarosz)

 Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

  • Benny Blanco
  • Greg Kurstin
  • Max Martin
  • Nineteen85
  • Ricky Reed 

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical:

  • “Cali Coast” (Psionics Remix) — Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
  • “Heavy Star Movin’” (staRo Remix) — staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
  • Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix) — Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
  • Only (Kaskade x Lipless Remix) — Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
  • Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix) — André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
  • Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix) — Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)

Best Surround Sound Album:

  • Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement —Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot; Seattle Symphony)
  • Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard — Brad Michel, surround mix engineer; Brad Michel, surround mastering engineer; Robina G. Young, surround producer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
  • Maja S.K. Ratkje: And Sing … — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Maja S.K. Ratkje, Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta)
  • Primus & The Chocolate Factory (5.1 Surround Sound Edition) — Les Claypool, surround mix engineer; Stephen Marcussen, surround mastering engineer; Les Claypool, surround producer (Primus)
  • Reflections — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)

Best Engineered Album, Classical:

  • Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles — Mark Donahue; Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)
  • Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement  — Alexander Lipay; Dmitriy Lipay, engineers (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
  • Reflections — Morten Lindberg, engineer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)
  • Shadow Of Sirius — Silas Brown & David Frost, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Jerry F. Junkin & The University Of Texas Wind Ensemble)
  • Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 — Shawn Murphy; Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons; Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, Classical:

  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • David Frost
  • Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
  • Judith Sherman
  • Robina G. Young

Best Orchestral Performance:

  • Bates: Works For Orchestra — Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
  • Ibert: Orchestral Works —Neeme Järvi, conductor (Orchestre De La Suisse Romande)
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100 —Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
  • Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero’s Rooms — Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic)
  • Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording:

  • Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer; Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)
  • Handel: Giulio Cesare — Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl; Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico)
  • Higdon: Cold Mountain — Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers)
  • Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt)
  • Szymanowski: Król Roger — Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecień & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus) 

Best Choral Performance:

  • Himmelrand — Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby; Inger-Lise Ulsrud; Uranienborg Vokalensemble)
  • Janáček: Glagolitic Mass — Edward Gardner, conductor; Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gábor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton; Thomas Trotter; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir Of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor)
  • Lloyd: Bonhoeffer — Donald Nally, conductor (Malavika Godbole, John Grecia, Rebecca Harris & Thomas Mesa; The Crossing)
  • Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1 — Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis; Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)
  • Steinberg: Passion Week — Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance:

  • Fitelberg: Chamber Works — ARC Ensemble
  • Reflections — Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg; Trondheimsolistene
  • Serious Business — Spektral Quartet
  • Steve Reich — Third Coast Percussion
  • Trios From Our Homelands — Lincoln Trio

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:

  • Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2 — Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander;
  • Louis Symphony)
  • Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony) Track from: Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle
  • Dvořák: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy — Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgårds, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9 — Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • 1930’s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 — Gil Shaham; Stéphane Denève, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:

  • Monteverdi — Magdalena Kožená; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)
  • Mozart: The Weber Sisters — Sabine Devieilhe; Raphaël Pichon, conductor (Pygmalion)
  • Schumann & Berg —Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
  • Shakespeare Songs — Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)
  • Verismo — Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)

Best Classical Compendium:

  • Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
  • Gesualdo  — Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor; Manfred Eicher, producer
  • Vaughan Williams: Discoveries — Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Andrew Walton, producer
  • Wolfgang: Passing Through  — Judith Farmer; Gernot Wolfgang, producers; (Various Artists)
  • Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites  — Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Frank Filipetti & Gail Zappa, producers

Best Contemporary Classical Composition:

  • Bates: Anthology Of Fantastic Zoology — Mason Bates, composer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
  • Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
  • Higdon: Cold Mountain — Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist (Miguel Harth- Bedoya, Jay Hunter Morris, Emily Fons, Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn & The Santa Fe Opera)
  • Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto — Christopher Theofanidis, composer (Martin Kuuskmann, Barry Jekowsky & Northwest Sinfonia)
  • Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky — C. F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

Best Music Video:

  • Formation — Beyoncé
  • River — Leon Bridges
  • Up & Up — Coldplay
  • Gosh — Jamie XX
  • Upside Down & Inside Out — OK Go

Best Music Film:

  • I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead —  Steve Aoki
  • The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years —  (The Beatles)
  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • The Music Of Strangers — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
  • American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry —  (Various Artists)
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