Berklee Alumni, Faculty Earn 33 Grammy Nominations
|Makeba Riddick '99 is nominated for Record of the Year and Album of the Year for her work as a songwriter for Eminem.|
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated 28 Berklee alumni, faculty, and one current student for a total of 33 Grammy Awards. The nominees were recognized for their outstanding contributions across the spectrum of music, including pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica/dance, alternative, jazz, and Latin. Producers, engineers, arrangers, and video directors were also nominated. To date, Berklee alumni have won a total of 192 Grammy Awards. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2011, and will be broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m.
Faculty members Danilo Perez '88, artistic director for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Eugene Friesen, associate string professor, are each nominated for an award. Perez's new album, Providencia, is nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. If he wins, this will be his second Grammy Award. Current Berklee film scoring student Amparo Edo Biol joins Perez on Providencia, along with Berklee faculty members Margaret Phillips, Barbara LaFitte, and dean of professional performance Matt Marvuglio. Friesen, cellist in the Paul Winter Consort, is nominated for Best New Age Album for Miho: Journey to the Mountain. If Friesen wins, this will be his fourth Grammy.
Esperanza Spalding '04, a high-profile jazz bassist and recording artist, is nominated for Best New Artist. She's competing against newcomer heavyweights Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Spalding has been a Berklee faculty member, and she stays in touch with students by making campus visits.
Hit songwriter and producer Makeba Riddick '99 is nominated for two awards. Riddick is nominated for Record of the Year for her work on Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie." She's also nominated for Album of the Year for her work on Eminem's Recovery. Riddick is competing against two other alumni for Album of the Year—Lewis (Luke) Tozour '03 and Miles Walker '04 were engineers on Katy Perry's album Teenage Dream. Since graduating, Riddick has been back on campus to share with students her experiences in the business of hip-hop and pop music.
Other nominees include John Mayer '98 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance; BT (Brian Transeau) '89 for Best Electronic/Dance Album; Clay Cook '98, member of the Zac Brown Band, for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals; and Jeff Lorber '71 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. In the category of Best Hawaiian Music Album, Music Production and Engineering alumnus Shawn Moseley '97 of Haleiwa, Hawaii, produced and engineered the nominated Amy Hanaiali'i and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii. Berklee alumni also worked on albums nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album, Best Musical Album for Children, and Best Latin Pop Album.
A complete list for the Berklee alumni and faculty nominees for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards follows.
Category 1—Record of the Year
- "Love the Way You Lie"
Makeba Riddick '99, producer
Category 2—Album of the Year
Makeba Riddick '99, producer, Brent Kolatalo '03, engineer/mixer, Ken Lewis '91, engineer/mixer
- Teenage Dream
Katy Perry Lewis (Luke) Tozour '03, engineer, Miles Walker '04, engineer
Category 4—Best New Artist
- Esperanza Spalding '04
Category 6—Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
- "Half of My Heart"
John Mayer '98
Category 11—Best Pop Vocal Album
- Battle Studies
John Mayer '98
Category 13—Best Electronic/Dance Album
- These Hopeful Machines
BT (Brian Transeau) '89
Category 15—Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
John Mayer '98
Category 28—Best R&B Song
Claude Kelly '02, songwriter
Category 39—Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
- "As She's Walking Away"
Clay Cook '98 (Zac Brown Band)
Category 40—Best Country Instrumental Performance
- "Magic #9"
Chris Pandolfi '03 and Andy Hall '97 (Infamous Stringdusters)
Category 43—Best New Age Album
- Miho: Journey to the Mountain
Eugene Friesen, Berklee faculty (Paul Winter Consort)
Category 44—Best Contemporary Jazz Album
- Now is the Time
Jeff Lorber '71 (Jeff Lorber Fusion)
Category 46—Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Alan Broadbent '69
Category 47—Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Danilo Perez '88, faculty; Margaret Phillips, faculty; Barbara LaFitte, faculty; Matt Marvuglio, dean of professional performance; and Amparo Edo Biol, current Berklee student
Category 48—Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
John Scofield '73
Category 50—Best Gospel Performance
- "He's Been Just That Good"
Lalah Hathaway '90
Category 59—Best Tropical Latin Album
Juan Luis Guerra '82 (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40)
Category 76—Best Musical Album for Children
- Here Comes Science
Danny Weinkauf '84 (member of They Might Be Giants)
Category 85—Best Instrumental Arrangement
- "Itsbynne Reel"
Gil Goldstein, arranger
- "Skip to my Lou"
Frank Macchia '80
Category 86—Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- "Don't Explain"
Geoffrey Keezer '89
Category 96—Best Orchestral Performance
- "Dreamhouse," Steven Mackey
Conducted by Gil Rose
Margaret Phillips and Barbara LaFitte, both Berklee faculty members and members of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Category 109—Best Long Form Music Video
- The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story
Joe Mardin '85, video director