Berklee Alumni Win Eight Grammy Awards

By
Liz Lupton
January 27, 2014
Terri Lyne Carrington
Berklee president Roger H. Brown with alumnus Daniel Platzman of Imagine Dragons.

Berklee alumni were honored with eight 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 arranging, rock, R&B, and production.

Alumna and faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington '83 becomes the first woman artist to win the Best Jazz Instrumental Album award for Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.

Imagine Dragons members Ben McKee '09, Daniel Platzman '09, and Wayne Sermon '08 took home the award for Best Rock Performance for their hit "Radioactive."

Lalah Hathaway '94 snagged Best R&B Performance for "Something" alongside Snarky Puppy.

Stephen Oremus '92, coproducer of Kinky Boots, took home the award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Arranger Gil Goldstein '70 won Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for "Swing Low."

Engineer Benny Faccone '78 is taking home an award for Best Latin Pop Album for his work on Vida.

As the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences researches the producers, engineers, and mixers who contributed to Grammy Award-winning songs and albums, the number of Berklee alumni winners is expected to grow as in years past.

Deepening Berklee's connection to this year's Grammy Awards, music legend Carole King performed at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in her honor on Friday, January 24, accompanied on one song by Egyptian Berklee student vocalist and oud player Ahmad El Haggar. They performed a Middle Eastern-style arrangement of King’s song “Home Again” written with El Haggar specifically for the event. The two connected last spring when King received an honorary doctorate at Berklee. 

Watch a video from King and Haggar's performance.

Liz Lupton is a publicist in Berklee's Office of Media Relations. She can be reached at llupton@berklee.edu.