2019 Grammy Winners

The winners of the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced February 10 in Los Angeles. The complete list of winners is here.

Winners of genre interest include —  

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media

  • “The Greatest Showman,” Hugh Jackman and various artists

Best score soundtrack for visual media

  • “Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

Best arrangement, instruments and vocals

  • “Spider-Man Theme,” Randy Waldman featuring Take 6 and Chris Potter

Best boxed or special limited edition package

  • “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic,” “Weird Al” Yankovic

Best immersive audio album

  • “Eye In The Sky — 35th Anniversary Edition,” the Alan Parsons Project

Best opera recording

  • “Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” Santa Fe Opera Orchestra

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)

2018 Grammy Awards

The winners of the 60th Grammy Awards were announced at New York’s Madison Square Garden on January 28.

Here are the results in categories with nominees of genre interest:

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):

    • Astrophysics For People In A Hurry — Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Born To Run — Bruce Springsteen
    • Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter — Shelly Peiken
    • Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders) — Bernie Sanders And Mark Ruffalo
    • The Princess Diarist — Carrie Fisher — WINNER

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    • Baby Driver — (Various Artists)
    • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 — (Various Artists)
    • Hidden Figures: The Album — (Various Artists)
    • La La Land — (Various Artists) — WINNER
    • Moana: The Songs — (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    • Arrival — Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
    • Dunkirk — Hans Zimmer, composer
    • Game Of Thrones: Season 7 — Ramin Djawadi, composer
    • Hidden Figures — Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers
    • La La Land — Justin Hurwitz, composer — WINNER

PACKAGE FIELD

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:

    • Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque In Upper Volta — Tim Breen, art director (Various Artists)
    • Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984 – 2014) — Tom Hingston, art director (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds)
    • May 1977: Get Shown The Light — Masaki Koike, art director (Grateful Dead)
    • The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly & David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists) –– WINNER
    • Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares — Tim Breen, Benjamin Marra & Ken Shipley, art directors (Various Artists)

2018 Grammy Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at New York’s Madison Square Garden on January 28 and televised on CBS.

Neil Degrasse Tyson, Carrie Fisher, and the music from sff productions like ArrivalGuardians of the Galaxy 2, Game of Thrones, Hidden Figures and Moana are all up for the award.

Here are the categories with nominees of genre interest:

SPOKEN WORD FIELD 

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):

  • Astrophysics For People In A Hurry — Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Born To Run — Bruce Springsteen
  • Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter — Shelly Peiken
  • Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders) — Bernie Sanders And Mark Ruffalo
  • The Princess Diarist — Carrie Fisher

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD 

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

  • Baby Driver — (Various Artists)
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 — (Various Artists)
  • Hidden Figures: The Album — (Various Artists)
  • La La Land — (Various Artists)
  • Moana: The Songs — (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

  • Arrival — Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
  • Dunkirk — Hans Zimmer, composer
  • Game Of Thrones: Season 7 — Ramin Djawadi, composer
  • Hidden Figures — Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers
  • La La Land — Justin Hurwitz, composer

PACKAGE FIELD 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:

  • Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque In Upper Volta — Tim Breen, art director (Various Artists)
  • Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984 – 2014) — Tom Hingston, art director (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds)
  • May 1977: Get Shown The Light — Masaki Koike, art director (Grateful Dead)
  • The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly & David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)
  • Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares — Tim Breen, Benjamin Marra & Ken Shipley, art directors (Various Artists)

2017 Grammy Awards

At last night’s Grammy Awards presentation, composer John Williams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens won in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category. It’s his 23rd Grammy, and the fifth for a Star Wars film (after three for A New Hope and another for The Empire Strikes Back).

David Bowie’s Blackstar, which Chris Barkley is touting as a Hugo nominee, enjoyed a huge night. Bowie won Best Rock Performance for singing the title song and, in turn, “Blackstar” won Best Rock Song. The album was named Best Alternative Music Album, and took Grammys for Best Recording Package, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Other winners of genre interest:

Best Children’s Album

Infinity Plus One by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Includes songs about a moth flying to the moon, a girl building an infinite luck machine, a boy accessing the multiverse, and one that references Carl Sagan.

Best Comedy Album

Talking For Clapping by Patton Oswalt

One of Patton Oswalt books has a foreword by Harlan Ellison

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Flintstones by Jacob Collier

The title song is, indeed, a cover of the TV theme.