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Berklee alumni and faculty nominated for 27 Grammy Awards

Posted by Your Town  January 22, 2013 01:29 PM

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Berklee College of Music has announced that 19 of its alumni and faculty have been nominated for a total of 27 Grammy Awards.

The nominees are from a range of genres, including pop, hip-hop, musical theater, jazz, and Latin, the College said in a statement. To date, Berklee graduates have won 222 Grammy Awards.

Producer and songwriter Jeff Bhasker, ’99, is nominated for a number of categories, such as Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for his contribution on Fun’s “Some Nights,” the statement said.

John Mayer, ’98, who was featured on Frank Ocean’s album “Channel Orange,” is in the running for Album of the Year.

Esperanza Spalding, ’05, who won Best New Artist in 2011, is nominated for three Grammy’s: Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), and Best Long Form Music Video.

A number of Berklee alumni are up for performance-based awards in a variety of genres. Mark Kelley, ’03, bassist for the Roots, is in the running for Best Rap Album; Nicky Sanders, ’02, of the Steep Canyon Rangers is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album; Clay Cook ’98, a multi-instrumental member of the Zac Brown Band, could win Best Country Album.

Contemporary Writing and Production associate professor Bill Elliot is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for his work as a producer on Nice Work If You Can Get It. Jesse Lewis, ’93, is in the running for Best Engineered Album, Classical for engineering Music For A Time of War performed by the Oregon Symphony. Fernando Gonzalez’s album notes for the Pablo Aslan Quartet’s Piazzolla in Brooklyn are up for Best Album Notes. He was a member of the Class of ’84.

For a complete listing of the Berklee alumni who have been nominated for Grammy’s, click here.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. and broadcast on CBS.

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