Berklee Alumni Earn 36 Grammy Award Nominations

By
Liz Lupton
December 11, 2013
Imagine Dragons

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated 30 Berklee alumni for a total of 36 Grammy Awards. For the third year in a row, Berklee alumni are nominated in the top three categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. Among the Berklee alumni nominated in these categories are three of the four members of Imagine Dragons (guitarist Wayne Sermon, drummer Daniel Platzman, and bassist Ben McKee), up for Record of the Year for their chart-topper “Radioactive.” Other Berklee alumni are nominated in the top three categories for their work on hits like “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell; "Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars; "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink featuring Nate Ruess; Taylor Swift’s album Red; and Kendrick Lamar’s album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. To date, Berklee alumni have collectively won 231 Grammy Awards.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, January 26, and will be broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST 

A full list of Berklee alumni Grammy Award nominees follows:

 

Category 1 – Record of the Year

“Radioactive,” artist: Imagine Dragons

Berklee nominees: Imagine Dragons members, guitarist Wayne Sermon ‘08, drummer Daniel Platzman ‘09, bassist Ben McKee ‘09; Josh Mosser ‘05, engineer/mixer

 

“Locked out of Heaven,” artist: Bruno Mars

Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker '99, co-producer; Josh Blair '99, engineer/mixer

 

“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

Berklee nominees: Tony Maserati '86, engineer/mixer

 

 

Category 2 – Album of the Year

Red, artist: Taylor Swift

Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker '99, co-producer; Pawel Sek '00, engineer/mixer

 

Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Kendrick Lamar

Berklee nominees: Anna Wise '10, featured artist; Dawaun Parker '05, co-producer

 

 

Category 3 – Song of the Year

“Just Give Me a Reason,” artist: Pink featuring Nate Ruess

Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker '99, co-songwriter.

 

Category 7 – Best Pop Instrumental Album

Hacienda – artist: Jeff Lorber Fusion

Berklee nominees: Jeff Lorber '71

 

Summer Horns, artist: Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot

Berklee nominees: Mindi Abair '91

 

Category 12 – Best Rock Performance

“Radioactive,” artist: Imagine Dragons

Berklee nominees: Imagine Dragons members, guitarist Wayne Sermon '08, drummer Daniel Platzman '09, bassist Ben McKee '09

 

Category 13 – Best Metal Performance

“The Enemy Inside,” artist: Dream Theater

Berklee nominees: Dream Theater members, guitarist John Petrucci '86, John Myung '86

 

“In Due Time,” artist: Killswitch Engage

Berklee nominees: Killswitch Engage member Adam Dutkiewicz '99

 

Category 17 – Best R&B Performance

“Something,” artist: Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway

Berklee nominees: Lalah Hathaway '94

 

Category 19 – Best R&B Song

“Love and War,” artist: Tamar Braxton

Berklee nominees: Makeba Riddick '99, co-songwriter

 

Category 31 – Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Stadium Jazz,” artist: Donny McCaslin

Berklee nominees: Donny McCaslin '88, soloist

 

Category 32 – Best Jazz Vocal Album

After Blue, artist: Tierney Sutton

Berklee nominees: Tierney Sutton '87

 

Category 33 – Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Guided Tour, artist: The New Gary Burton Quartet

Berklee nominees: The New Gary Burton Quartet members, vibraphonist Gary Burton '62, guitarist Julian Lage '08, and drummer Antonio Sanchez '97

 

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, Terri Lyne Carrington

Berklee nominees: Terri Lyne Carrington '83

 

Category 34 – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Wild Beauty, artist: Brussels Jazz Orchestra feat. Joe Lovano

Berklee nominee: Joe Lovano '72

 

Category 41 – Best Latin Pop Album

12 Historias, artist: Tommy Torres

Berklee nominee: Tommy Torres '94

 

Category 47 – Best Bluegrass Album

This World Oft Can Be, artist: Della Mae

Berklee nominee: Della Mae member Courtney Hartman '12

 

Category 56 – Best Musical Theater Album

Kinky Boots, artist: Original Broadway Cast

Berklee nominee: Stephen Oremus '92, co-producer

 

Category 61 – Best Instrumental Arrangement

Wild Beauty, artist: Brussels Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano

Berklee nominee: Gil Goldstein '70, arranger

 

Category 62 – Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Swing Low, artist: Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding

Berkle nominee: Gil Goldstein '70, arranger

 

Category 63 – Best Recording Package

Automatic Music Can Be Fun, artist: Geneseo

Berklee nominee: Mike Brown '99, art director

 

Category 67 – Best Engineered Album, non-classical

...Like Clockwork, artist: Queens of the Stone Age

Berklee nominee: Gavin Lurssen '91, mastering engineer