Berklee Alumni and Faculty Nominated for 29 Grammy Awards

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated 22 Berklee alumni and one faculty member for a total of 29 Grammy Awards. The nominees were recognized for their outstanding contributions across the spectrum of fields, including pop, rock, rap, alternative, jazz, Latin, country, polka, producing, engineering, arranging, and composing. To date, 58 known Berklee alumni have won a total of 168 Grammy Awards. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2009, and broadcast on CBS.

John Mayer '98, who performed with B.B. King during the TV special "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, " was nominated for five awards this year, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, for a duet with Alicia Keys. Other multiple nominees include Andrew Dawson '01, who was nominated for Album of the Year and Rap Album of the Year, for his work on Lil Wayne's top-nominated album Tha Carter III; and Gary Burton '62 who was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Assistant Professor Dave Samuels was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album for Afro Bop Alliance, hot on the heels of winning a Latin Grammy Award last month in the same category. Additional jazz nominees include Joe Lovano '72 (Gary Burton Jazz Chair at Berklee), Bill Frisell '77, Antonio Sanchez '97, and Mike Stern '75.

Other nominees include Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen '03 for Best Hard Rock Performance; Aimee Mann '80 for art direction on her album @#%&*! Smilers; Bruce Hornsby '74 for Best Country Instrumental Performance; Gavin Lurssen '91 for his work on Raising Sand, by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Tony Maserati '86 for engineering Jason Mraz's album; and Iron Man soundtrack composer Ramin Djawadi '98.

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