The 63rd GRAMMY Awards ceremony will air January 31, on CBS.
These are the nominees I recognized as being of genre interest. If you sift through the music you may recognize more than I did.
56. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
CHARLOTTE’S WEB (E.B. WHITE) Meryl Streep (& Full cast)
58. Best Musical Theater Album
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Tammy Blanchard, Jonathan Groff & Tom Alan Robbins, principal soloists; Will Van Dyke, Michael Mayer, Alan Menken & Frank Wolf, producers (Alan Menken, composer; Howard Ashman, lyricist) (The New Off-Broadway Cast)
59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (Various Artists)
FROZEN 2 (Various Artists)
JOJO RABBIT (Various Artists)
60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
AD ASTRA Max Richter, composer
JOKER Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams, composer
61. Best Song Written For Visual Media
BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS [FROM CATS] Andrew Lloyd Webber & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
CARRIED ME WITH YOU [FROM ONWARD] Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
INTO THE UNKNOWN [FROM FROZEN 2] Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel & AURORA)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a
companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series,
video games or other visual media.
CHERNOBYL Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer
Best Instrumental Composition A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first
released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.
STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE SYMPHONIC SUITE John Williams, composer (John Williams)
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.
Record of the Year
ALL THE STARS
Kendrick Lamar & SZA
Al Shux & Sounwave, producers; Sam Ricci & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
Album Of The Year
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
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
ACCESSORY TO WAR (NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON & AVIS LANG)
Courtney B. Vance
Music for Visual Media
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Ludwig Göransson, composer
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer, composers
Michael Giacchino, composer
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Alexandre Desplat, composer
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
John Williams, composer
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
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
Best Instrumental Composition
Alan Silverstri, composer (Alan Silvestri)
John Powell & John Williams, composers (John Powell & John Williams)
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)
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)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)
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)
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.