Berklee Alumni Win 11 Grammy Awards

By
Nick Balkin
February 2, 2010
Dawaun Parker '05

Berklee alumni were honored with 11 Grammy Awards on music's biggest night for their outstanding contributions to some of last year's top releases. The winners were recognized for their work in varied categories and fields, including pop, hip-hop, rock, jazz, Latin, and Americana, performing, producing, and mixing/engineering. With last night's wins, Berklee alumni have now received a total of 187 Grammy Awards.

  • Songwriter/producer Dawaun Parker '05 won in two categories: Best Rap Album for Relapse by Eminem and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the Relapse track "Crack a Bottle." 
  • Miles Walker '03 won in the Best Contemporary R&B Album category for mixing/engineering Beyoncé's I Am. . . Sasha Fierce.
  • Drummer/producer Keith Harris '99 won in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for The E.N.D., by the Black Eyed Peas. 
  • Diana Krall '83 won in the Best Classical Crossover Album category for performing on Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace.
  • Vinnie Colaiuta '75 won in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual, or Group category for performing on Five Peace Band—Live, by Chick Corea and John McLaughlin Five Peace Band.
  • The late Joe Zawinul '59 won in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category for the Zawinul Syndicate's 75.
  • Omar Vivoni '03 won in the Best Latin Rock, Alternative, or Urban Album category for engineering Calle 13's Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo.
  • Jonathan Crone '05 won in the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album category for engineering Audience of One, by Heather Headley.
  • Alex Venguer '02 won in the Best Traditional Folk Album category for engineering High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, by Loudon Wainwright III.
  • Levon Helm, who attended Berklee for one semester in 1972, won in the Best Americana Album category for Electric Dirt.