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Philly Reps Hard At The GRAMMYS Tonight.

February 15, 2016


The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards is tonight and our city is well represented. While some of the nominees are no surprise, there may be a few either up for awards or who worked on projects up for the trophy that you may not be aware of.

In service to the nominees, the city and to you, here is a condensed list of categories and nominees to pay attention to Monday night when you tune in.

**UPDATED with winners!

Album of the Year
Andrew “Pop” Wansel, producer, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Best Dance Recording
Diplo, “Where Are Ü Now”

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Best Dance/Electronic Album
Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn”

Best R&B Song
Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn”

Best R&B Album
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

Best Rap Song
Rennard East, writer, Kanye West’s “All Day

Best Musical Theater Album
Tariq Trotter and Ahmir Thompson, producers, Hamilton


Best Opera Recording
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, musical director, Mozart’s Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Even though they aren’t mentioned or up for the GRAMMY themselves, many local music industry folk were a part of productions that are up for an award. Matt Campy played trumpet on Alejandro Sanz’s Sirope up for Best Latin Pop Album.

James Taylor’s Best Pop Vocal Album nominee Before This World has tracks Milkboy worked on. The Philadelphia Orchestra was led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and backed pianist Daniil Trifonov who tries to snag the award in Best Classical Instrumental Solo with Rachmaninoff Variations. Questlove was highly involved with D’Angelo’s album Black Messiah which is up for Record of the Year and Best R&B Album.

And while Andrew “Pop” Wansel was named for an award, he also contributed to other works nominated including Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly (all up for Best Rap Album), as well as Miguel’s “Coffee” (Best R&B Song) and Wildheart (Best Urban Contemporary Album).

Having a viewing party?

Let us know. Maybe we will crash it with some beer and celebrate the winners.

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