Berklee College of Music alumni up for dozens of Grammy awards tonight

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Members of the Berklee College of Music community have a lot to root for during Sunday night’s Grammy awards show. 

More than two dozen Berklee alumni have been nominated for Grammy awards this year, including three of the four members of the band Imagine Dragons. A total of 30 alumni were nominated by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a total of 36 Grammy awards, according to the college.

Also, for the third year in a row, Berklee alumni are nominated in the top three categories: album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.

Before Sunday night’s award show, Berklee alumni have already won 231 Grammy awards.

The Berklee nominations are:

Record of the Year
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons; Berklee nominees: Imagine Dragons members – guitarist Wayne Sermon, class of ’08, drummer Daniel Platzman, class of ’09, bassist Ben McKee, class of ’09; Josh Mosser, class of ’05, engineer/mixer.
“Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars; Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker ’99, co-producer; Josh Blair ’99, engineer/mixer.
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell; Berklee nominees: Tony Maserati ’86, engineer/mixer.

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, artist: Kendrick Lamar; Berklee nominees: Anna Wise ’10, featured artist; Dawaun Parker ’05, co-producer.

Song of the Year
“Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink featuring Nate Ruess; Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker ’99, co-songwriter.

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.

Best Rock Performance
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons; Berklee nominees: Imagine Dragons members – guitarist Wayne Sermon ’08, drummer Daniel Platzman ’09, bassist Ben McKee ’09.

Best Metal Performance
“The Enemy Inside” by Dream Theater; Berklee nominees: Dream Theater members – guitarist John Petrucci ’86, John Myung ’86.
“In Due Time,” by Killswitch Engage; Berklee nominees: Killswitch Engage member Adam Dutkiewicz ’99.

Best R&B Performance
“Something” by Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway; Berklee nominees: Lalah Hathaway ’94.

Best R&B Song
“Love and War” by Tamar Braxton; Berklee nominees: Makeba Riddick ’99, co-songwriter.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“Stadium Jazz” by Donny McCaslin; Berklee nominees: Donny McCaslin ’88, soloist.

Best Jazz Vocal Album
After Blue, artist: Tierney Sutton; Berklee nominees: Tierney Sutton ’87.

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, artist: Terri Lyne Carrington; Berklee nominees: Terri Lyne Carrington ’83.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Wild Beauty, artist: Brussels Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano; Berklee nominee: Joe Lovano ’72.

Best Latin Pop Album
12 Historias, artist: Tommy Torres; Berklee nominee: Tommy Torres ’94.

Best Bluegrass Album
This World Oft Can Be, artist: Della Mae; Berklee nominee: Della Mae member Courtney Hartman ’12.

Best Musical Theater Album
Kinky Boots, artist: Original Broadway Cast; Berklee nominee: Stephen Oremus ’92, co-producer.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Wild Beauty, artist: Brussels Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano; Berklee nominee: Gil Goldstein ’70, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Swing Low, artist: Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding; Berklee nominee: Gil Goldstein ’70, arranger.

Best Recording Package
Automatic Music Can Be Fun, artist: Geneseo; Berklee nominee: Mike Brown ’99, art director.

Best Engineered Album, non-classical
…Like Clockwork, artist: Queens of the Stone Age; Berklee nominee: Gavin Lurssen ’91, mastering engineer.

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