Berklee Alumni Win Nine Grammy Awards

Liz Lupton
February 11, 2013
Press release
Clay Cook
Jeff Bhasker crosses his fingers for good luck at the Pre-Grammy Awards brunch in Los Angeles on February 9, 2013.
Pawel Sek, Jeff Bhasker, and Andrew Dawson, three alumni who were nominated for their behind-the-scenes work with Fun., are all smiles at a Pre-Grammy Awards brunch in Los Angeles on February 9, 2013.
Esperanza Spalding performs at Berklee in 2011.
Gary Burton performs at the Berklee Performance Center.
Ron Lyon
Ron Lyon
Ron Lyon
Phil Farnsworth
Phil Farnsworth

Berklee alumni and faculty were honored with nine 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 songwriting, jazz, and country. With Sunday night’s wins, Berklee alumni have now won a total of 231 Grammy Awards.

This announcement provides updated figures on Berklee alumni Grammy winners. The total number of Berklee alumni Grammy winners this year rose from seven to nine after the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released its latest information about additional award winners.

Jeff Bhasker ’99 won Song of the Year for his work as a songwriter on Fun.’s hugely popular “We are Young.”


Clay Cook ’98, member of the Zac Brown Band, took home a gramophone for the group’s album Uncaged, which won Best Country Album.


In jazz, Gary Burton ’62, was awarded Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Hot House,” which he recorded with Chick Corea.


Esperanza Spalding ’05 took home two Grammy Awards: Best Jazz Vocal Album for Radio Music Society and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for arranging “City of Roses” with Thara Memory.


Antonio Sanchez ’97 was part of the Best Jazz Instrumental Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Unity Band, which won for their album Unity Band.


Nicky Sanders ’02, a member of the Steep Canyon Rangers, was awarded Best Bluegrass Album for the group’s Nobody Knows You.


Fernando Lodeiro '07 was a recording engineer for Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society, earning a Best Jazz Vocal Album award.


Gustavo Borner '89 won in the Best Latin Pop Album category for engineering and mixing Juanes' MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition.


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. Visit for the most up-to-date information.



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