2019 Grammy Awards Nominees


The Recording Academy™ announced the 2019 Grammy nominees on December 7. The complete list across 84 categories is available at the link.

Below are items of genre interest I recognized (and if you spot others, call them out in comments.) That also means non-genre nominees have been omitted here — for example, the Album of the Year category has eight finalists.

The awards will be presented Sunday, February 10.

General Field

  1. Record of the Year
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    Al Shux & Sounwave, producers; Sam Ricci & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  1. Album Of The Year
  • DIRTY COMPUTER
    Janelle Monáe
    Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
  • BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY(Various Artists) Kendrick Lamar, featured artist; Kendrick Duckworth & Sounwave, producers; Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer; Kendrick Duckworth & Mark Spears, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

Spoken Word

  1. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
  • ACCESSORY TO WAR (NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON & AVIS LANG)
    Courtney B. Vance

Music for Visual Media

  1. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
  • DEADPOOL 2
    (Various Artists)
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
    (Various Artists)
  • STRANGER THINGS
    (Various Artists)
  1. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
  • BLACK PANTHER
    Ludwig Göransson, composer
  • BLADE RUNNER 2049
    Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer, composers
  • COCO
    Michael Giacchino, composer
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
    John Williams, composer
  1. Best Song Written For Visual Media
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
    Track from: Black Panther
  • REMEMBER ME
    Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)
    Track from: Coco
  • THIS IS ME
    Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble)
    Track from: The Greatest Showman

Composing/Arranging

  1. Best Instrumental Composition
  • INFINITY WAR
    Alan Silverstri, composer (Alan Silvestri)
  • MINE MISSION
    John Powell & John Williams, composers (John Powell & John Williams)
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)

  1. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
  • BATMAN THEME (TV)
    Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Wynton Marsalis)
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, arranger (Alexandre Desplat)
  1. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
  • SPIDERMAN THEME
    Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)

Production, Classical

  1. Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • JOHN WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES
    Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Jerry Junkin & Dallas Winds)

6 thoughts on “2019 Grammy Awards Nominees

  1. ALL THE STARS from Black Panther is also up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

    BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY is up for Album of the Year.

    CAROUSEL and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND are up for Best Musical Theater Album.

    EYE IN THE SKY – 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is up for Best Immersive Audio Album

    Also, Donald Glover, who has several nominees, is that Steely-Eyed Missile Man Rich Purnell from The Martian.

    I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this:

  2. JJ: I added the Black Panther entries.

    You may be right about the others, however, I can’t stretch my own definition of sff to include Rogers & Hammerstein or the Alan Parsons Project. (Let the stoning begin!)

  3. Hey, it’s your post, you get to decide what goes in it.

    Carousel is a ghost story; Once on this Island is mythical fantasy.

    With regard to the Alan Parsons album, I’ll quote an online reviewer who is more articulate about the album’s lyrics than I would be:
    The album’s theme revolves around a cautionary tale about the loss of individualism. It’s all about the emergence of the ‘Big Brother’ idea, previously touched upon in works such as George Orwell’s famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

  4. JJ: Carousel is a ghost story;

    Nobody can deny that a dead person is one of the protagonists, and I think a lot of people will agree with you. I classify it as a religious romance, in a box along with It’s A Wonderful Life. (Another film people lately have defended as a fantasy film — sure, but what more is it?)

  5. Suppose the Alan Parsons Project album had been a rerelease of their first one, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, where all the songs were based on Poe?

  6. Weird Al Yankovic was nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for his Squeeze Box collection. Does that count?

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