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New York International Automobile Show Announces Dates for 2023 @ Javits Center

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The Press Release:
The New York International Automobile Show announces the dates for 2023 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from April 7-16 (Press Days are April 5 & 6). The annual automobile spectacular is doubling its electrification effort with an expanded multi-brand Electric Vehicle Test Track with more vehicles, industry participation, sponsors, and more elaborate automaker EV tracks on Level 3.

This year’s Show also includes more OEM and specially curated displays and an even bigger aftermarket showcase called ‘Never Ride Stock’ featuring the biggest names in the specialty equipment industry, the latest custom vehicle trends, and some of the most extreme tuner cars.
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Presenting The 65th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations Full Rundown

The nominations for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards were recently announced and I’ve secured the full rundown for you down below. As you might expect, its one hell of a lengthy list so please find yourself a snack of some kind and sit back and relax while you peruse this. I’ll return with some very brief closing thoughts at the end. Most of this music isn’t listened to by me at all and we just provide the rundown for those fans who are avid followers of these artists. Enjoy.


Record Of The Year:
Don’t Shut Me Down – ABBA – Benny Andersson, producer; Benny Andersson & Bernard Löhr, engineers/mixers; Björn Engelmann, mastering engineer

Easy On Me – Adele – Greg Kurstin, producer; Julian Burg, Tom Elmhirst & Greg Kurstin, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé – Beyoncé, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, Jens Christian Isaksen & Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, producers; Brandon Harding, Chris McLaughlin & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

Good Morning Gorgeous – Mary J. Blige – D’Mile & H.E.R., producers; Bryce Bordone, Serban Ghenea & Pat Kelly, engineers/mixers

You And Me On The Rock – Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius – Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Brandon Bell, Tom Elmhirst & Michael Harris, engineers/mixers; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer

Woman – Doja Cat – Crate Classics, Linden Jay, Aynzli Jones & Yeti Beats, producers; Jesse Ray Ernster & Rian Lewis, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

Bad Habit – Steve Lacy – Steve Lacy, producer; Neal Pogue & Karl Wingate, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar – Beach Noise, producer; Beach Noise, Rob Bisel, Ray Charles Brown Jr., James Hunt, Johnny Kosich, Matt Schaeffer & Johnathan Turner, engineers/mixers; Michelle Mancini, mastering engineer

About Damn Time – Lizzo – Ricky Reed & Blake Slatkin, producers; Patrick Kehrier, Bill Malina & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Michelle Mancini, mastering engineer

As It Was – Harry Styles – Tyler Johnson & Kid Harpoon, producers; Jeremy Hatcher & Spike Stent, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Album Of The Year:
Voyage – ABBA – Benny Andersson, producer; Benny Andersson & Bernard Löhr, engineers/mixers; Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, songwriters; Björn Engelmann, mastering engineer

30 – Adele – Shawn Everett, Ludwig Göransson, Inflo, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Joey Pecoraro & Shellback, producers; Julian Burg, Steve Churchyard, Tom Elmhirst, Shawn Everett, Serban Ghenea, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Inflo, Greg Kurstin, Riley Mackin & Lasse Mårtén, engineers/mixers; Adele Adkins, Ludwig Göransson, Dean Josiah Cover, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Greg Kurstin, Max Martin & Shellback, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Un Verano Sin Ti – Bad Bunny – Rauw Alejandro, Buscabulla, Chencho Corleone, Jhay Cortez, Tony Dize, Bomba Estéreo & The Marías, featured artists; Demy & Clipz, Elikai, HAZE, La Paciencia, Cheo Legendary, MAG, MagicEnElBeat, Mora, Jota Rosa, Subelo Neo & Tainy, producers; Josh Gudwin & Roberto Rosado, engineers/mixers; Raul Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz, Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, Raquel Berrios, Joshua Conway, Mick Coogan, Orlando Javier Valle Vega, Jesus Nieves Cortes, Luis Del Valle, Marcos Masis, Gabriel Mora, Elena Rose, Liliana Margarita Saumet & Maria Zardoya, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

RENAISSANCE – Beyoncé – Beam, Grace Jones & Tems, featured artists; Jameil Aossey, Bah, Beam, Beyoncé, Bloodpop, Boi-1Da, Cadenza, Al Cres, Mike Dean, Honey Dijon, Kelman Duran, Harry Edwards, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, Ivor Guest, Guiltybeatz, Hit-Boy, Jens Christian Isaksen, Leven Kali, Lil Ju, MeLo-X, No I.D., NovaWav, Chris Penny, P2J, Rissi, S1a0, Raphael Saadiq, Neenyo, Skrillex, Luke Solomon, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Jahaan Sweet, Syd, Sevn Thomas, Sol Was & Stuart White, producers; Chi Coney, Russell Graham, Guiltybeatz, Brandon Harding, Hotae Alexander Jang, Chris McLaughlin, Delroy “Phatta” Pottinger, Andrea Roberts, Steve Rusch, Jabbar Stevens & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Denisia “@Blu June” Andrews, Danielle Balbuena, Tyshane Thompson, Kevin Marquis Bellmon, Sydney Bennett, Beyoncé, Jerel Black, Michael Tucker, Atia Boggs p/k/a Ink, Dustin Bowie, David Debrandon Brown, S. Carter, Nija Charles, Sabrina Claudio, Solomon Fagenson Cole, Brittany “@Chi_Coney” Coney, Alexander Guy Cook, Lavar Coppin, Almando Cresso, Mike Dean, Saliou Diagne, Darius Dixson, Jocelyn Donald, Jordan Douglas, Aubrey Drake Graham, Kelman Duran, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, Dave Giles II, Derrick Carrington Gray, Nick Green, Larry Griffin Jr, Ronald Banful, Dave Hamelin, Aviel Calev Hirschfield, Chauncey Hollis, Jr., Ariowa Irosogie, Leven Kali, Ricky Lawson, Tizita Makuria, Julian Martrel Mason, Daniel Memmi, Cherdericka Nichols, Ernest “No I.D.” Wilson, Temilade Openiyi, Patrick Paige II From The Internet, Jimi Stephen Payton, Christopher Lawrence Penny, Michael Pollack, Richard Isong, Honey Redmond, Derek Renfroe, Andrew Richardson, Morten Ristorp, Nile Rodgers, Oliver Rodigan, Freddie Ross, Raphael Saadiq, Matthew Samuels, Sean Seaton, Skrillex, Corece Smith, Luke Francis Matthew Solomon, Jabbar Stevens, Christopher A. Stewart, Jahaan Sweet, Rupert Thomas, Jr. & Jesse Wilson, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) – Mary J. Blige – DJ Khaled, Dave East, Fabolous, Fivio Foreign, Griselda, H.E.R., Jadakiss, Moneybagg Yo, Ne-Yo, Anderson .Paak, Remy Ma & Usher, featured artists; Alissia, Tarik Azzouz, Bengineer, Blacka Din Me, Rogét Chahayed, Cool & Dre, Ben Billions, DJ Cassidy, DJ Khaled, D’Mile, Wonda, Bongo Bytheway, H.E.R., Hostile Beats, Eric Hudson, London On Da Track, Leon Michels, Nova Wav, Anderson.Paak, Sl!Mwav, Streetrunner, Swizz Beatz & J White Did It, producers; Derek Ali, Ben Chang, Luis Bordeaux, Bryce Bordone, Lauren D’Elia, Chris Galland, Serban Ghenea, Akeel Henry, Jaycen Joshua, Pat Kelly, Jhair Lazo, Shamele Mackie, Manny Marroquin, Dave Medrano, Ari Morris, Parks, Juan Peña, Ben Sedano, Kev Spencer, Julio Ulloa & Jodie Grayson Williams, engineers/mixers; Alissia Beneviste, Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Archer, Bianca Atterberry, Tarik Azzouz, Mary J. Blige, David Brewster, David Brown, Shawn Butler, Rogét Chahayed, Ant Clemons, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Kasseem Dean, Benjamin Diehl, DJ Cassidy, Jocelyn Donald, Jerry Duplessis, Uforo Ebong, Dernst Emile II, John Jackson, Adriana Flores, Gabriella Wilson, Shawn Hibbler, Charles A. Hinshaw, Jamie Hurton, Eric Hudson, Jason Phillips, Khaled Khaled, London Holmes, Andre “Dre” Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie, Leon Michels, Jerome Monroe, Jr., Kim Owens, Brandon Anderson, Jeremie “Benny The Butcher” Pennick, Bryan Ponce, Demond “Conway The Machine” Price, Peter Skellern, Shaffer Smith, Nicholas Warwar, Deforrest Taylor, Tiara Thomas, Marcello “Cool” Valenzano, Alvin “Westside Gunn” Worthy, Anthony Jermaine White & Leon Youngblood, songwriters

In These Silent Days – Brandi Carlile – Lucius, featured artist; Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Brandon Bell, Dave Cobb, Tom Elmhirst, Michael Harris & Shooter Jennings, engineers/mixers; Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer

Music Of The Spheres – Coldplay – BTS, Jacob Collier, Selena Gomez & We Are KING, featured artists; Jacob Collier, Daniel Green, Oscar Holter, Jon Hopkins, Max Martin, Metro Boomin, Kang Hyo-Won, Bill Rahko, Bart Schoudel, Rik Simpson, Paris Strother & We Are KING, producers; Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Jacob Collier, The Dream Team, Duncan Fuller, Serban Ghenea, Daniel Green, John Hanes, Jon Hopkins, Michael Ilbert, Max Martin, Bill Rahko, Bart Schoudel, Rik Simpson & Paris Strother, engineers/mixers; Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Denise Carite, Will Champion, Jacob Collier, Derek Dixie, Sam Falson, Stephen Fry, Daniel Green, Oscar Holter, Jon Hopkins, Jung Ho-Seok, Chris Martin, Max Martin, John Metcalfe, Leland Tyler Wayne, Bill Rahko, Kim Nam-Joon, Jesse Rogg, Davide Rossi, Rik Simpson, Amber Strother, Paris Strother, Min Yoon-Gi, Federico Vindver & Olivia Waithe, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar – Baby Keem, Blxst, Sam Dew, Ghostface Killah, Beth Gibbons, Kodak Black, Tanna Leone, Taylour Paige, Amanda Reifer, Sampha & Summer Walker, featured artists; The Alchemist, Baby Keem, Craig Balmoris, Beach Noise, Bekon, Boi-1da, Cardo, Dahi, DJ Khalil, The Donuts, FNZ, Frano, Sergiu Gherman, Emile Haynie, J.LBS, Mario Luciano, Tyler Mehlenbacher, OKLAMA, Rascal, Sounwave, Jahaan Sweet, Tae Beast, Duval Timothy & Pharrell Williams, producers; Derek Ali, Matt Anthony, Beach Noise, Rob Bisel, David Bishop, Troy Bourgeois, Andrew Boyd, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Derek Garcia, Chad Gordon, James Hunt, Johnny Kosich, Manny Marroquin, Erwing Olivares, Raymond J Scavo III, Matt Schaeffer, Cyrus Taghipour, Johnathan Turner & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Hykeem Carter, Craig Balmoris, Beach Noise, Daniel Tannenbaum, Daniel Tannenbaum, Stephen Lee Bruner, Matthew Burdette, Isaac John De Boni, Sam Dew, Anthony Dixon, Victor Ekpo, Sergiu Gherman, Dennis Coles, Beth Gibbons, Frano Huett, Stuart Johnson, Bill K. Kapri, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Daniel Krieger, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald LaTour, Mario Luciano, Daniel Alan Maman, Timothy Maxey, Tyler Mehlenbacher, Michael John Mulé, D. Natche, OKLAMA, Jason Pounds, Rascal, Amanda Reifer, Matthew Samuels, Avante Santana, Matt Schaeffer, Sampha Sisay, Mark Spears, Homer Steinweiss, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Donte Lamar Perkins, Duval Timothy, Summer Walker & Pharrell Williams, songwriters; Michelle Mancini, mastering engineer

Special – Lizzo – Benny Blanco, Quelle Chris, Daoud, Omer Fedi, ILYA, Kid Harpoon, Ian Kirkpatrick, Max Martin, Nate Mercereau, The Monsters & Strangerz, Phoelix, Ricky Reed, Mark Ronson, Blake Slatkin & Pop Wansel, producers; Benny Blanco, Bryce Bordone, Jeff Chestek, Jacob Ferguson, Serban Ghenea, Jeremy Hatcher, Andrew Hey, Sam Holland, ILYA, Stefan Johnson, Jens Jungkurth, Patrick Kehrier, Ian Kirkpatrick, Damien Lewis, Bill Malina, Manny Marroquin & Ricky Reed, engineers/mixers; Amy Allen, Daoud Anthony, Jonathan Bellion, Benjamin Levin, Thomas Brenneck, Christian Devivo, Omer Fedi, Eric Frederic, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Melissa Jefferson, Jordan K Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Kid Harpoon, Ian Kirkpatrick, Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Nate Mercereau, Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Michael Neil, Michael Pollack, Mark Ronson, Blake Slatkin, Peter Svensson, Gavin Chris Tennille, Theron Makiel Thomas, Andrew Wansel & Emily Warren, songwriters; Michelle Mancini, mastering engineer

Harry’s House – Harry Styles – Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon & Sammy Witte, producers; Jeremy Hatcher, Oli Jacobs, Nick Lobel, Spike Stent & Sammy Witte, engineers/mixers; Amy Allen, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, Mitch Rowland, Harry Styles & Sammy Witte, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Song Of The Year:
abcdefu – Sara Davis, GAYLE & Dave Pittenger, songwriters (GAYLE)
About Damn Time – Melissa “Lizzo” Jefferson, Eric Frederic, Blake Slatkin & Theron Makiel Thomas, songwriters (Lizzo)
All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film) – Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
As It Was – Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon & Harry Styles, songwriters (Harry Styles)
Bad Habit – Matthew Castellanos, Brittany Fousheé, Diana Gordon, John Carroll Kirby & Steve Lacy, songwriters (Steve Lacy)
BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé, S. Carter, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant & Christopher A. Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Easy On Me – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
GOD DID – Tarik Azzouz, E. Blackmon, Khaled Khaled, F. LeBlanc, Shawn Carter, John Stephens, Dwayne Carter, William Roberts & Nicholas Warwar, songwriters (DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy)
The Heart Part 5 = Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar & Matt Schaeffer, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
Just Like That – Bonnie Raitt, songwriter (Bonnie Raitt)

Best New Artist:
Omar Apollo
DOMi & JD Beck
Muni Long
Samara Joy
Tobe Nwigwe
Molly Tuttle
Wet Leg


Best Pop Solo Performance:
Easy On Me – Adele
Moscow Mule – Bad Bunny
Woman – Doja Cat
Bad Habit – Steve Lacy
About Damn Time – Lizzo
As It Was – Harry Styles

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Don’t Shut Me Down – ABBA
Bam Bam – Camila Cabello Featuring Ed Sheeran
My Universe – Coldplay & BTS
I Like You (A Happier Song) – Post Malone & Doja Cat
Unholy – Sam Smith & Kim Petras

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Higher -Michael Bublé
When Christmas Comes Around… – Kelly Clarkson
I Dream Of Christmas (Extended) – Norah Jones
Evergreen – Pentatonix
Thank You – Diana Ross

Best Pop Vocal Album:
Voyage – ABBA
30 – Adele
Music Of The Spheres – Coldplay
Special – Lizzo
Harry’s House – Harry Styles

Dance/Electronic Music
Best Dance/Electronic Recording:
BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé – Beyoncé, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, Jens Christian Isaksen & Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, producers; Stuart White, mixer
Rosewood – Bonobo – Simon Green, producer; Simon Green, mixer
Don’t Forget My Love – Diplo & Miguel – Diplo & Maximilian Jaeger, producers; Luca Pretolesi, mixer
I’m Good (Blue) – David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – David Guetta & Timofey Reznikov, producers; David Guetta & Timofey Reznikov, mixers
Intimidated – KAYTRANADA Featuring H.E.R. – H.E.R. & KAYTRANADA, producers; KAYTRANADA, mixer
On My Knees – RÜFÜS DU SOL – Jason Evigan & RÜFÜS DU SOL, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album:
Renaissance – Beyoncé
Fragments – Bonobo
Diplo – Diplo
The Last Goodbye – ODESZA
Surrender – RÜFÜS DU SOL


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
Between Dreaming And Joy – Jeff Coffin
Not Tight – DOMi & JD Beck
Blooz – Grant Geissman
Jacob’s Ladder – Brad Mehldau
Empire Central – Snarky Puppy


Best Rock Performance:
So Happy It Hurts – Bryan Adams
Old Man – Beck
Wild Child – The Black Keys
Broken Horses – Brandi Carlile
Crawl! – Idles
Patient Number 9 – Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck
Holiday – Turnstile

Best Metal Performance:
Call Me Little Sunshine – Ghost
We’ll Be Back – Megadeth
Kill Or Be Killed – Muse
Degradation Rules – Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi
Blackout – Turnstile

Best Rock Song:
Black Summer – Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis & Chad Smith, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Blackout – Brady Ebert, Daniel Fang, Franz Lyons, Pat McCrory & Brendan Yates, songwriters (Turnstile)
Broken Horses – Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
Harmonia’s Dream – Robbie Bennett & Adam Granduciel, songwriters (The War On Drugs)
Patient Number 9 – John Osbourne, Chad Smith, Ali Tamposi, Robert Trujillo & Andrew Wotman, songwriters (Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck)

Best Rock Album:
Dropout Boogie – The Black Keys
The Boy Named If – Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Crawler – Idles
Mainstream Sellout – Machine Gun Kelly
Patient Number 9 – Ozzy Osbourne
Lucifer On The Sofa – Spoon


Best Alternative Music Performance:
There’d Better Be A Mirrorball – Arctic Monkeys
Certainty – Big Thief
King – Florence + The Machine
Chaise Longue – Wet Leg
Spitting Off The Edge Of The World – Yeah Yeah Yeahs Featuring Perfume Genius

Best Alternative Music Album:
WE – Arcade Fire
Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You – Big Thief
Fossora – Björk
Wet Leg – Wet Leg
Cool It Down – Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Best R&B Performance:
Here With Me – Mary J. Blige Featuring Anderson .Paak
Hrs & Hrs – Muni Long
Over – Lucky Daye
Hurt Me So Good – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
Do 4 Love – Snoh Aalegra
Keeps On Fallin’ – Babyface Featuring Ella Mai
‘Round Midnight – Adam Blackstone Featuring Jazmine Sullivan
Good Morning Gorgeous – Mary J. Blige

Best R&B Song:
CUFF IT – Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Beyoncé, Mary Christine Brockert, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, Morten Ristorp, Nile Rodgers & Raphael Saadiq, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Good Morning Gorgeous – Mary J. Blige, David Brown, Dernst Emile II, Gabriella Wilson & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)

Hrs & Hrs – Hamadi Aaabi, Dylan Graham, Priscilla Renea, Thaddis “Kuk” Harrell, Brandon John-Baptiste, Isaac Wriston & Justin Nathaniel Zim, songwriters (Muni Long)

Hurt Me So Good – Akeel Henry, Michael Holmes, Luca Mauti, Jazmine Sullivan & Elliott Trent, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

Please Don’t Walk Away – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

Best Progressive R&B Album:
Operation Funk – Cory Henry
Gemini Rights – Steve Lacy
Drones – Terrace Martin
Starfruit – Moonchild
Red Balloon – Tank And The Bangas

Best R&B Album:
Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) – Mary J. Blige
Breezy (Deluxe) – Chris Brown
Black Radio III – Robert Glasper
Candydrip – Lucky Daye
Watch The Sun – PJ Morton


Best Rap Performance:
GOD DID – DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy
Vegas – Doja Cat
pushin P – Gunna & Future Featuring Young Thug
F.N.F. (Let’s Go) – Hitkidd & GloRilla
The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar

Best Melodic Rap Performance:
BEAUTIFUL – DJ Khaled Featuring Future & SZA
WAIT FOR U – Future Featuring Drake & Tems
First Class – Jack Harlow
Die Hard – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Blxst & Amanda Reifer
Big Energy (Live) – Latto

Best Rap Song:
Churchill Downs – Ace G, BEDRM, Matthew Samuels, Tahrence Brown, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Jack Harlow & Jose Velazquez, songwriters (Jack Harlow Featuring Drake)
GOD DID – Tarik Azzouz, E. Blackmon, Khaled Khaled, F. LeBlanc, Shawn Carter, John Stephens, Dwayne Carter, William Roberts & Nicholas Warwar, songwriters (DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy)
The Heart Part 5 – Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar & Matt Schaeffer, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
pushin P – Lucas Depante, Nayvadius Wilburn, Sergio Kitchens, Wesley Tyler Glass & Jeffery Lamar Williams, songwriters (Gunna & Future Featuring Young Thug)
WAIT FOR U – Tejiri Akpoghene, Floyd E. Bentley III, Jacob Canady, Isaac De Boni, Aubrey Graham, Israel Ayomide Fowobaje, Nayvadius Wilburn, Michael Mule, Oluwatoroti Oke & Temilade Openiyi, songwriters (Future Featuring Drake & Tems)

Best Rap Album:
GOD DID – DJ Khaled
I Never Liked You – Future
Come Home The Kids Miss You – Jack Harlow
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar
It’s Almost Dry – Pusha T


Best Country Solo Performance:
Heartfirst – Kelsea Ballerini
Something In The Orange – Zach Bryan
In His Arms – Miranda Lambert
Circles Around This Town – Maren Morris
Live Forever – Willie Nelson

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
Wishful Drinking – Ingrid Andress & Sam Hunt
Midnight Rider’s Prayer – Brothers Osborne
Outrunnin’ Your Memory – Luke Combs & Miranda Lambert
Does He Love You – Revisited – Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton
Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde
Going Where The Lonely Go – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Country Song:
Circles Around This Town – Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Maren Morris & Jimmy Robbins, songwriters (Maren Morris)
Doin’ This – Luke Combs, Drew Parker & Robert Williford, songwriters (Luke Combs)
I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) – Lori McKenna & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
If I Was A Cowboy – Jesse Frasure & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die – Rodney Crowell & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Willie Nelson)
‘Til You Can’t – Matt Rogers & Ben Stennis, songwriters (Cody Johnson)

Best Country Album:
Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
Palomino – Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde
Humble Quest – Maren Morris
A Beautiful Time – Willie Nelson


Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album:
Positano Songs – Will Ackerman
Joy – Paul Avgerinos
Mantra Americana – Madi Das & Dave Stringer With Bhakti Without Borders
The Passenger – Cheryl B. Engelhardt
Mystic Mirror – White Sun


Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
Rounds (Live) – Ambrose Akinmusire, soloist
Keep Holding On – Gerald Albright, soloist
Falling – Melissa Aldana, soloist
Call Of The Drum – Marcus Baylor, soloist
Cherokee/Koko – John Beasley, soloist
Endangered Species – Wayne Shorter & Leo Genovese, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
The Evening : Live At APPARATUS – The Baylor Project
Linger Awhile – Samara Joy
Fade To Black – Carmen Lundy
Fifty – The Manhattan Transfer With The WDR Funkhausorchester
Ghost Song – Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
New Standards Vol. 1 – Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton & Matthew Stevens
Live In Italy – Peter Erskine Trio
LongGone – Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, And Brian Blade
Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival – Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese & esperanza spalding
Parallel Motion – Yellowjackets

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
Bird Lives – John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren & SWR Big Band
Remembering Bob Freedman – Ron Carter & The Jazzaar Festival Big Band Directed By Christian Jacob
Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra – Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson, Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra
Center Stage – Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Ronnie Cuber & WDR Big Band Conducted By Michael Abene
Architecture Of Storms – Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows

Best Latin Jazz Album:
Fandango At The Wall In New York – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring The Congra Patria Son Jarocho Collective
Crisálida – Danilo Pérez Featuring The Global Messengers
If You Will – Flora Purim
Rhythm & Soul – Arturo Sandoval
Música De Las Américas – Miguel Zenón


Best Gospel Performance/Song:
Positive – Erica Campbell; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell & Juan Winans, songwriters
When I Pray – DOE; Dominique Jones & Dewitt Jones, songwriters
Kingdom – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Jay, Chandler Moore & Jacob Poole, songwriters
The Better Benediction – PJ Morton Featuring Zacardi Cortez, Gene Moore, Samoht, Tim Rogers & Darrel Walls; PJ Morton, songwriter
Get Up – Tye Tribbett; Brandon Jones, Christopher Michael Stevens, Thaddaeus Tribbett & Tye Tribbett, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:
God Really Loves Us (Radio Version) – Crowder Featuring Dante Bowe and Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, David Crowder, Ben Glover & Jeff Sojka, songwriters
So Good – DOE; Chuck Butler, Dominique Jones & Ethan Hulse, songwriters
For God Is With Us – for KING & COUNTRY & Hillary Scott; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters
Fear Is Not My Future – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Brandon Lake & Hannah Shackelford, songwriters
Holy Forever – Chris Tomlin; Jason Ingram, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Chris Tomlin & Phil Wickham, songwriters
Hymn Of Heaven (Radio Version) – Phil Wickham; Chris Davenport, Bill Johnson, Brian Johnson & Phil Wickham, songwriters

Best Gospel Album:
Die To Live – Maranda Curtis
Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live) – Ricky Dillard
Clarity – DOE
One Deluxe – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
All Things New – Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Lion – Elevation Worship
Breathe – Maverick City Music
Life After Death – TobyMac
Always – Chris Tomlin
My Jesus – Anne Wilson

Best Roots Gospel Album:
Let’s Just Praise The Lord – Gaither Vocal Band
Confessio – Irish American Roots – Keith & Kristyn Getty
The Willie Nelson Family – Willie Nelson
2:22 – Karen Peck & New River
The Urban Hymnal – Tennessee State University Marching Band


Best Latin Pop Album:
AGUILERA – Christina Aguilera
Pasieros – Rubén Blades & Boca Livre
De Adentro Pa Afuera – Camilo
VIAJANTE – Fonseca
Dharma + – Sebastián Yatra

Best Música Urbana Album:
TRAP CAKE, VOL. 2 – Rauw Alejandro
Un Verano Sin Ti – Bad Bunny
LEGENDADDY – Daddy Yankee
La 167 – Farruko
The Love & Sex Tape – Maluma

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album:
El Alimento – Cimafunk
Tinta y Tiempo – Jorge Drexler
1940 Carmen – Mon Laferte
Alegoría – Gaby Moreno
Los Años Salvajes – Fito Paez
MOTOMAMI – Rosalía

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):
Abeja Reina – Chiquis
Un Canto por México – El Musical – Natalia Lafourcade
La Reunión (Deluxe) – Los Tigres Del Norte
EP #1 Forajido – Christian Nodal
Qué Ganas de Verte (Deluxe) – Marco Antonio Solís

Best Tropical Latin Album:
Pa’lla Voy – Marc Anthony
Quiero Verte Feliz – La Santa Cecilia
Lado A Lado B – Víctor Manuelle
Legendario – Tito Nieves
Imágenes Latinas – Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Cumbiana II – Carlos Vives


Best American Roots Performance:
Someday It’ll All Make Sense (Bluegrass Version) – Bill Anderson Featuring Dolly Parton
Life According To Raechel – Madison Cunningham
Oh Betty – Fantastic Negrito
Stompin’ Ground – Aaron Neville With The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Prodigal Daughter – Aoife O’Donovan & Allison Russell

Best Americana Performance:
Silver Moon [A Tribute To Michael Nesmith] – Eric Alexandrakis
There You Go Again – Asleep At The Wheel Featuring Lyle Lovett
The Message – Blind Boys Of Alabama Featuring Black Violin
You And Me On The Rock – Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius
Made Up Mind – Bonnie Raitt

Best American Roots Song:
Bright Star – Anaïs Mitchell, songwriter (Anaïs Mitchell)
Forever – Sheryl Crow & Jeff Trott, songwriters (Sheryl Crow)
High And Lonesome – T Bone Burnett & Robert Plant, songwriters (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss)
Just Like That – Bonnie Raitt, songwriter (Bonnie Raitt)
Prodigal Daughter – Tim O’Brien & Aoife O’Donovan, songwriters (Aoife O’Donovan & Allison Russell)
You And Me On The Rock – Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius)

Best Americana Album:
In These Silent Days – Brandi Carlile
Things Happen That Way – Dr. John
Good To Be… – Keb’ Mo’
Raise The Roof – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Just Like That… – Bonnie Raitt

Best Bluegrass Album:
Toward The Fray – The Infamous Stringdusters
Almost Proud – The Del McCoury Band
Calling You From My Mountain – Peter Rowan
Crooked Tree – Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Get Yourself Outside – Yonder Mountain String Band

Best Traditional Blues Album:
Heavy Load Blues – Gov’t Mule
The Blues Don’t Lie – Buddy Guy
Get On Board – Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder
The Sun Is Shining Down – John Mayall
Mississippi Son – Charlie Musselwhite

Best Contemporary Blues Album:
Done Come Too Far – Shemekia Copeland
Crown – Eric Gales
Bloodline Maintenance – Ben Harper
Set Sail – North Mississippi Allstars
Brother Johnny – Edgar Winter

Best Folk Album:
Spellbound – Judy Collins
Revealer – Madison Cunningham
The Light At The End Of The Line – Janis Ian
Age Of Apathy – Aoife O’Donovan
Hell On Church Street – Punch Brothers

Best Regional Roots Music Album:
Full Circle – Sean Ardoin And Kreole Rock And Soul Featuring LSU Golden Band From Tigerland
Natalie Noelani – Natalie Ai Kamauu
Halau Hula Keali’i O Nalani – Live At The Getty Center – Halau Hula Keali’i O Nalani
Lucky Man – Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
Live At The 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Ranky Tanky


Best Reggae Album:
The Kalling – Kabaka Pyramid
Gifted – Koffee
Scorcha – Sean Paul
Third Time’s The Charm – Protoje
Com Fly Wid Mi – Shaggy


Best Global Music Performance:
Udhero Na – Arooj Aftab & Anoushka Shankar
Gimme Love – Matt B & Eddy Kenzo
Last Last – Burna Boy
Neva Bow Down – Rocky Dawuni Featuring Blvk H3ro
Bayethe – Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode

Best Global Music Album:
Shuruaat – Berklee Indian Ensemble
Love, Damini – Burna Boy
Queen Of Sheba – Angélique Kidjo & Ibrahim Maalouf
Between Us… (Live) – Anoushka Shankar, Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley Featuring Manu Delago
Sakura – Masa Takumi


Best Children’s Music Album:
Into The Little Blue House – Wendy And DB
Los Fabulosos – Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band
The Movement – Alphabet Rockers
Ready Set Go! – Divinity Roxx
Space Cadet – Justin Roberts


Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording:
Act Like You Got Some Sense – Jamie Foxx
All About Me!: My Remarkable Life In Show Business By Mel Brooks – Mel Brooks
Aristotle And Dante Dive Into The Waters Of The World – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Finding Me – Viola Davis
Music Is History – Questlove

Best Spoken Word Poetry Album:
Black Men Are Precious – Ethelbert Miller
Call Us What We Carry: Poems – Amanda Gorman
Hiding In Plain View – Malcolm-Jamal Warner
The Poet Who Sat By The Door – J. Ivy
You Will Be Someone’s Ancestor. Act Accordingly. – Amir Sulaiman


Best Comedy Album:
The Closer – Dave Chappelle
Comedy Monster – Jim Gaffigan
A Little Brains, A Little Talent – Randy Rainbow
Sorry – Louis CK
We All Scream – Patton Oswalt


Best Musical Theater Album:
Caroline, Or Change – John Cariani, Sharon D Clarke, Caissie Levy & Samantha Williams, principal vocalists; Van Dean, Nigel Lilley, Lawrence Manchester, Elliot Scheiner & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; Tony Kushner, lyricist (New Broadway Cast)

Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording) – Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller & Phillipa Soo, principal vocalists; Rob Berman & Sean Patrick Flahaven, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer & lyricist) (2022 Broadway Cast)

MJ The Musical – Myles Frost & Tavon Olds-Sample, principal vocalists; David Holcenberg, Derik Lee & Jason Michael Webb, producers (Original Broadway Cast)

Mr. Saturday Night – Shoshana Bean, Billy Crystal, Randy Graff & David Paymer, principal vocalists; Jason Robert Brown, Sean Patrick Flahaven & Jeffrey Lesser, producers; Jason Robert Brown, composer; Amanda Green, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Six: Live On Opening Night – Joe Beighton, Tom Curran, Sam Featherstone, Paul Gatehouse, Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, producers; Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast)

A Strange Loop – Jaquel Spivey, principal vocalist; Michael Croiter, Michael R. Jackson, Charlie Rosen & Rona Siddiqui, producers; Michael R. Jackson, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
ELVIS – (Various Artists)
Encanto – (Various Artists)
Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 (Vol 2) – (Various Artists)
Top Gun: Maverick – Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe
West Side Story – (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (Includes Film And Television):
The Batman – Michael Giacchino, composer
Encanto – Germaine Franco, composer
No Time To Die – Hans Zimmer, composer
The Power Of The Dog – Jonny Greenwood, composer
Succession: Season 3 – Nicholas Britell, composer

Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media:
Aliens: Fireteam Elite – Austin Wintory, composer
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarok – Stephanie Economou, composer
Call Of Duty®: Vanguard – Bear McCreary, composer
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy – Richard Jacques, composer
Old World – Christopher Tin, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media:
Be Alive [From King Richard]
Beyoncé & Darius Scott Dixson, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Carolina [From Where The Crawdads Sing]
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)

Hold My Hand [From Top Gun: Maverick]
Bloodpop® & Stefani Germanotta, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

Keep Rising (The Woman King) [From The Woman King]
Angelique Kidjo, Jeremy Lutito & Jessy Wilson, songwriters (Jessy Wilson Featuring Angelique Kidjo)

Nobody Like U [From Turning Red]
Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (4*Town, Jordan Fisher, Finneas O’Connell, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo, Grayson Villanueva)

We Don’t Talk About Bruno [From Encanto]
Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Carolina Gaitán – La Gaita, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto – Cast)


Best Instrumental Composition:
African Tales
Paquito D’Rivera, composer (Tasha Warren & Dave Eggar)

El País Invisible
Miguel Zenón, composer (Miguel Zenón, José Antonio Zayas Cabán, Ryan Smith & Casey Rafn)

Fronteras (Borders) Suite: Al-Musafir Blues
Danilo Pérez, composer (Danilo Pérez Featuring The Global Messengers)

Geoffrey Keezer, composer (Geoffrey Keezer)

Pascal Le Boeuf, composer (Tasha Warren & Dave Eggar)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:
As Days Go By (An Arrangement Of The Family Matters Theme Song)
Armand Hutton, arranger (Armand Hutton Featuring Terrell Hunt & Just 6)

How Deep Is Your Love
Matt Cusson, arranger (Kings Return)

Main Titles (Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness)
Danny Elfman, arranger (Danny Elfman)

Minnesota, WI
Remy Le Boeuf, arranger (Remy Le Boeuf)

Scrapple From The Apple
John Beasley, arranger (Magnus Lindgren, John Beasley & The SWR Big Band Featuring Martin Aeur)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:
Let It Happen
Louis Cole, arranger (Louis Cole)

Never Gonna Be Alone
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Lizzy McAlpine & John Mayer)

Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying
Cécile McLorin Salvant, arranger (Cécile McLorin Salvant)

Songbird (Orchestral Version)
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Christine McVie)

2 + 2 = 5 (Arr. Nathan Schram)
Nathan Schram & Becca Stevens, arrangers (Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet)


Best Recording Package:
Beginningless Beginning
Chun-Tien Hsia & Qing-Yang Xiao, art directors (Tamsui-Kavalan Chinese Orchestra)

William Stichter, art director (Soporus)

Everything Was Beautiful
Mark Farrow, art director (Spiritualized)

Ming Liu, art director (Fann)

Tnsn Dvsn, art director (Underoath)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:
Artists Inspired By Music: Interscope Reimagined
Josh Abraham, Steve Berman, Jimmy Iovine, John Janick & Jason Sangerman, art directors (Various Artists)

Big Mess
Berit Gwendolyn Gilma, art director (Danny Elfman)

Black Pumas (Collector’s Edition Box Set)
Jenna Krackenberger, Anna McCaleb & Preacher, art directors (Black Pumas)

Paul Sahre, art director (They Might Be Giants)

In And Out Of The Garden: Madison Square Garden ’81 ’82 ’83
Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson & Dave Van Patten, art directors (The Grateful Dead)

Best Album Notes:
The American Clavé Recordings
Fernando González, album notes writer (Astor Piazzolla)

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
Gareth Murphy, album notes writer (Andy Irvine & Paul Brady)

Harry Partch, 1942
John Schneider, album notes writer (Harry Partch)

Life’s Work: A Retrospective
Ted Olson, album notes writer (Doc Watson)

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)
Bob Mehr, album notes writer (Wilco)

Best Historical Album:
Against The Odds: 1974-1982
Tommy Manzi, Steve Rosenthal & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer; Tom Camuso, restoration engineer (Blondie)

The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased 1981 Studio Sessions
Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner, mastering engineer (Glenn Gould)

Life’s Work: A Retrospective
Scott Billington, Ted Olson & Mason Williams, compilation producers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Doc Watson)

To Whom It May Concern…
Jonathan Sklute, compilation producer; Kevin Marques Moo, mastering engineer (Freestyle Fellowship)

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)
Cheryl Pawelski & Jeff Tweedy, compilation producers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Wilco)


Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical:
Amy Allen

For My Friends (King Princess) (S)

The Hardest Part (Alexander23) (S)

If We Were A Party (Alexander23) (S)

If You Love Me (Lizzo) (T)

Magic Wand (Alexander23) (T)

Matilda (Harry Styles) (T)

Move Me (Charli XCX) (T)

Too Bad (King Princess) (S)

Vicious (Sabrina Carpenter) (S)

Nija Charles

Cozy (Beyonce?) (T)

Ex For A Reason (Summer Walker With JT From City Girls) (T)

Good Love (City Girls Featuring Usher) (S)

Iykyk (Lil Durk Featuring Ella Mai & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) (T)

Lobby (Anitta & Missy Elliott) (S)

Ride For You (Meek Mill Featuring Kehlani) (T)

Sweetest Pie (Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa) (S)

Tangerine (Kehlani) (T)

Throw It Away (Summer Walker) (T)

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Boyfriends (Harry Styles) (T)

Can I Get It (Adele) (T)

Careless (FKA Twigs Featuring Daniel Caesar) (T)

C’mon Baby Cry (Orville Peck) (T)

Dotted Lines (King Princess) (T)

Let You Go (Diplo & TSHA) (S)

No Good Reason (Omar Apollo) (T)

Thank You Song (FKA Twigs) (T)

To Be Loved (Adele) (T)


Break My Soul (Beyoncé) (S)

Church Girl (Beyoncé) (T)

Energy (Beyoncé) (T)

I’m That Girl (Beyoncé) (T)

Mercedes (Brent Faiyaz) (S)

Rock N Roll (Pusha T Featuring Kanye West and Kid Cudi) (T)

Rolling Stone (Brent Faiyaz) (T)

Summer Renaissance (Beyoncé) (T)

Thique (Beyoncé) (T)

Laura Veltz

Background Music (Maren Morris) (T)

Feed (Demi Lovato) (T)

Humble Quest (Maren Morris) (T)

Pain (Ingrid Andress) (T)

29 (Demi Lovato) (T)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:
George Nicholas & Ryan Schwabe, engineers; Ryan Schwabe, mastering engineer (Baynk)

Black Radio III
Daniel Farris, Tiffany Gouché, Keith Lewis, Musiq Soulchild, Reginald Nicholas, Q-Tip, Amir Sulaiman, Michael Law Thomas & Jon Zacks, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer (Robert Glasper)

Chloë and the Next 20th Century
Dave Cerminara & Jonathan Wilson, engineers; Adam Ayan, mastering engineer (Father John Misty)

Harry’s House
Jeremy Hatcher, Oli Jacobs, Nick Lobel, Mark “Spike” Stent & Sammy Witte, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Harry Styles)

Wet Leg
Jon McMullen, Joshua Mobaraki, Alan Moulder & Alexis Smith, engineers; Matt Colton, mastering engineer (Wet Leg)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Jack Antonoff

All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) (Taylor Swift) (T)

Dance Fever (Florence + The Machine) (A)

I Still Believe (Diana Ross) (T)

Minions: The Rise Of Gru (Various Artists) (A)

Part Of The Band (The 1975) (S)

Dan Auerbach

Dropout Boogie (The Black Keys) (A)

El Bueno Y El Malo (Hermanos Gutiérrez) (T)

Nightmare Daydream (The Velveteers) (A)

Rich White Honky Blues (Hank Williams Jr.) (A)

Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute To John Anderson (Various Artists) (A)

Strange Time To Be Alive (Early James) (A)

Sweet Unknown (Ceramic Animal) (A)

Tres Hermanos (Hermanos Gutiérrez) (T)

Young Blood (Marcus King) (A)


Chronicles (Cordae Featuring H.E.R. & Lil Durk) (T)

Churchill Downs (Jack Harlow Featuring Drake) (T)

Heated (Beyonce?) (T)

Mafia (Travis Scott) (S)

N95 (Kendrick Lamar) (T)

Nail Tech (Jack Harlow) (T)

Not Another Love Song (Ella Mai) (T)

Scarred (Giveon) (T)

Silent Hill (Kendrick Lamar) (T)


Buttons (Steve Lacy) (T)

Count Me Out (Kendrick Lamar) (T)

Die Hard (Kendrick Lamar) (T)

DJ Quik (Vince Staples) (T)

Father Time (Kendrick Lamar Featuring Sampha) (T)

Give You The World (Steve Lacy) (T)

Mercury (Steve Lacy) (T)

Mirror (Kendrick Lamar) (T)

Rich Spirit (Kendrick Lamar) (T)

Dernst “D’mile” Emile II

Candy Drip (Lucky Daye) (A)

An Evening With Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak And Silk Sonic) (A)

Good Morning Gorgeous (Mary J. Blige) (S)

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (Jazmine Sullivan) (S)

Best Remixed Recording:
About Damn Time (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Purple Disco Machine, remixer (Lizzo)

BREAK MY SOUL (Terry Hunter Remix)
Terry Hunter, remixer (Beyoncé)

Easy Lover (Four Tet Remix)
Four Tet, remixer (Ellie Goulding)

Slow Song (Paul Woolford Remix)
Paul Woolford, remixer (The Knocks & Dragonette)

Too Late Now (Soulwax Remix)
Soulwax, remixers (Wet Leg)

Best Immersive Audio Album:
Jaycen Joshua, immersive mix engineer; Jaycen Joshua, immersive mastering engineer (Christina Aguilera)

Divine Tides
Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineer; Stewart Copeland, Ricky Kej & Herbert Waltl, immersive producers (Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej)

Memories…Do Not Open
Mike Piacentini, immersive mix engineer; Mike Piacentini, immersive mastering engineer; Adam Alpert, Alex Pall, Jordan Stilwell & Andrew Taggart, immersive producers (The Chainsmokers)

Picturing The Invisible – Focus 1
Jim Anderson, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg & Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mastering engineers; Jane Ira Bloom & Ulrike Schwarz, immersive producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

Tuvayhun — Beatitudes For A Wounded World
Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene)

Best Engineered Album, Classical:
Bates: Philharmonia Fantastique – The Making Of The Orchestra
Shawn Murphy, Charlie Post & Gary Rydstrom, engineers; Michael Romanowski, mastering engineer (Edwin Outwater & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Stucky: Silent Spring
Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Joe Lambert, mastering engineer (Third Coast Percussion)

Tuvayhun – Beatitudes For A Wounded World
Morten Lindberg, engineer; Morten Lindberg, mastering engineer (Anita Brevik, Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene)

Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes
Bernhard Güttler, Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Christoph Stickel, mastering engineer (Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, Classical:
Jonathan Allen

Aspire (Seunghee Lee, JP Jofre, Enrico Fagone & London Symphony Orchestra) (A)

Cooper: Continuum (Jessica Cottis, Adjoah Andoh, Clio Gould & The Oculus Ensemble) (A)

Muse (Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Isata Kanneh-Mason) (A)

Origins (Lucie Horsch) (A)

Saudade (Plinio Fernandes) (A)

Schubert: Winterreise (Benjamin Appl) (A)

Secret Love Letters (Lisa Batiashvili, Yannik Nézet-Séguin & Philadelphia Orchestra) (A)

Song (Sheku Kanneh-Mason) (A)

Christoph Franke

Brahms & Berg: Violin Concertos (Christian Tetzlaff, Robin Ticciati & Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin) (A)

John Williams – The Berlin Concert (John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker) (A)

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (Lars Vogt & Orchestre De Chambre De Paris) (A)

Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas (Elisabeth Leonskaja) (A)

Mozart Y Mambo: Cuban Dances (Sarah Willis, José Antonio Méndez Padrón & Havana Lyceum Orchestra) (A)

James Ginsburg

As We Are (Julian Velasco) (A)

Avant L’Orage – French String Trios (Black Oak Ensemble) (A)

Gems From Armenia (Aznavoorian Duo) (A)

Stephenson: Symphony No. 3, ‘Visions’ (Vladimir Kulenovic & Lake Forest Symphony) (A)

Trios From Contemporary Chicago (Lincoln Trio) (A)

When There Are No Words – Revolutionary Works For Oboe And Piano (Alex Klein & Phillip Bush) (A)

Elaine Martone

Beethoven: The Last Sonatas (Gerardo Teissonnière) (A)

Big Things (Icarus Quartet) (A)

Perspectives (Third Coast Percussion) (A)

Schnittke: Concerto For Piano And Strings; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 2 (Yefim Bronfman, Franz Welser-Möst & The Cleveland Orchestra) (A)

Strauss: Three Tone Poems (Franz Welser-Möst & The Cleveland Orchestra) (A)

Upon Further Reflection (John Wilson) (A)

Judith Sherman

Akiho: Oculus (Various Artists) (A)

Bach, C.P.E.: Sonatas & Rondos (Marc-André Hamelin) (A)

Bolcom: The Complete Rags (Marc-André Hamelin) (A)

Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartets (Takács Quartet) (A)

Huang Ro’s A Dust In Time (Del Sol Quartet) (A)

It Feels Like (Eunbi Kim) (A)

León: Teclas De Mi Piano (Adam Kent) (A)

Violin Odyssey (Itamar Zorman & Ieva Jokubaviciute) (A)

Works By Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman (Michael Repper & New York Youth Symphony) (A)


Best Orchestral Performance:
Adams, John Luther: Sila – The Breath Of The World
Doug Perkins, conductor (Musicians Of The University Of Michigan Department Of Chamber Music & University Of Michigan Percussion Ensemble)

Dvo?ák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Eastman: Stay On It
Christopher Rountree, conductor (Wild Up)

John Williams – The Berlin Concert
John Williams, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)

Works By Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman
Michael Repper, conductor (New York Youth Symphony)

Best Opera Recording:
Aucoin: Eurydice
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Barry Banks, Nathan Berg, Joshua Hopkins, Erin Morley & Jakub Józef Orli?ski; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Angel Blue, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore & Walter Russell III; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Davis: X – The Life And Times Of Malcolm X
Gil Rose, conductor; Ronnita Miller, Whitney Morrison, Victor Robertson & Davóne Tines; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)

Best Choral Performance:
Bach: St. John Passion
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor (English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir)

Donald Nally, conductor (Dominic German, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Myers & James Reese; The Crossing)

Verdi: Requiem – The Met Remembers 9/11
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Donald Palumbo, chorus master (Michelle DeYoung, Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez & Matthew Polenzani; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance:
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2 – The Middle Quartets
Dover Quartet

Musical Remembrances
Neave Trio

Third Coast Percussion

Shaw: Evergreen
Attacca Quartet

What Is American

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:
Abels: Isolation Variation
Hilary Hahn

Bach: The Art Of Life
Daniil Trifonov

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations
Mitsuko Uchida

Letters For The Future
Time For Three; Xian Zhang, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)

A Night In Upper Town – The Music Of Zoran Krajacic
Mak Grgi?

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:
Joyce DiDonato, soloist; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor (Il Pomo D’Oro)

How Do I Find You
Sasha Cooke, soloist; Kirill Kuzmin, pianist

Okpebholo: Lord, How Come Me Here?
Will Liverman, soloist; Paul Sánchez, pianist (J’Nai Bridges & Caen Thomason-Redus)

Stranger – Works For Tenor By Nico Muhly
Nicholas Phan, soloist (Eric Jacobson; Brooklyn Rider & The Knights; Reginald Mobley)

Voice Of Nature – The Anthropocene
Renée Fleming, soloist; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist

Best Classical Compendium:
An Adoption Story
Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley; Jeff Fair, Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley, producers

JP Jofre & Seunghee Lee; Enrico Fagone, conductor; Jonathan Allen, producer

A Concert For Ukraine
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; David Frost, producer

The Lost Birds
Voces8; Barnaby Smith & Christopher Tin, conductors; Sean Patrick Flahaven & Christopher Tin, producers

Best Contemporary Classical Composition:
Akiho: Ligneous Suite
Andy Akiho, composer (Ian Rosenbaum & Dover Quartet)

Bermel: Intonations
Derek Bermel, composer (Jack Quartet)

Gubaidulina: The Wrath Of God
Sofia Gubaidulina, composer (Andris Nelsons & Gewandhausorchester)

Puts: Contact
Kevin Puts, composer (Xian Zhang, Time for Three & The Philadelphia Orchestra)

Simon: Requiem For The Enslaved
Carlos Simon, composer (Carlos Simon, MK Zulu, Marco Pavé & Hub New Music)


Best Music Video
“Easy On Me” by Adele (Xavier Dolan, video director; Xavier Dolan & Nancy Grant, video producers)
“Yet To Come
Yong Seok Choi, video director; Tiffany Suh, video producer

Doja Cat
Child., video director; Missy Galanida, Sam Houston, Michelle Larkin & Isaac Rice, video producers

“The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar (Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar, video directors; Jason Baum & Jamie Rabineau, video producers)
“As It Was” by Harry Styles (Tanu Muino, video director; Frank Borin, Ivanna Borin, Fred Bonham Carter & Alexa Haywood, video producers)
“All Too Well: The Short Film” by Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, video director; Saul Germaine, video producer)

Best Music Film:
Adele One Night Only – Adele – Paul Dugdale, video director
Our World – Justin Bieber – Michael D. Ratner, video director; Kfir Goldberg, Andy Mininger & Scott Ratner, video producers
Billie Eilish Live At The O2 – Billie Eilish – Sam Wrench, video director; Michelle An, Tom Colbourne, Chelsea Dodson & Billie Eilish, video producers
Motomami (Rosalía Tiktok Live Performance) – Rosalía – Ferrán Echegaray, Rosalía Vila Tobella & Stillz, video directors
Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story – (Various Artists)
Frank Marshall & Ryan Suffern, video directors; Frank Marshall, Sean Stuart & Ryan Suffern, video producers
A Band A Brotherhood A Barn
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Dhlovelife, video director; Gary Ward, video producer

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: With this lengthy a rundown there is no way that I am going to add to the mix so I will leave it as is and ask you if you are satisfied with the nominations or not. Was everyone you hoped to see getting nominated in this list? Was someone left out and finds you now hitting the keyboard of complaint on the Grammy social media profiles? Chime in down below because I’d love to hear what you think about it all. Of course you know that I am mainly about Metal and Rock and this time around I am pretty okay with the nominations. I was surprised at one inclusion for sure but that you can read about over on where I excise that segment out of this lengthy rundown and speak about it.


Presenting: Full 50th Annual American Music Awards Nominations

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Hey there my friends, so its time to share a big awards show announcement with you as the nominations for the New Artist category of the 50th Annual American Music Awards were recently revealed on Good Morning America by Becky G and the whole enchilada was broadcast over on Twitter. Voting will begin on November 1st and the ceremony will air on November 20th. Let’s take a look at the full rundown.

Artist of the Year:
Bad Bunny
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year:
Dove Cameron
Steve Lacy
Continue reading Presenting: Full 50th Annual American Music Awards Nominations

FAO Schwarz Announces “160 Years Of Toys” Celebration in Rockefeller Center

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The famed F.A.O Schwarz has announced a special event for this coming Saturday called a “Celebration of 160 Years of Toys”. I’ve shared the invite and the full details for those interested down below so do please check it out.

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WHAT: Together with Rockefeller Plaza, F.A.O Schwarz will host a free, family-friendly event to celebrate its’ 160th years of toys and inspiring awe and discovery. The celebration will include live performances from magicians, Broadway Cares, American Ballet Theatre Students, and balloonist’s; with sweet treats from Magnolia Bakery and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and others, a variety of craft activities, skating with our Toy Soldiers at Flippers, the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile and more!
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“The Chronicles” Celebrate 2nd Anniversary Of Branded YouTube Channel

Greetings my Readers and those who’ve just chanced upon this little home on the web. I’m taking a moment out of the already busy day to share another announcement about our creative endeavors. Today is the Second Anniversary of the Official Branded YouTube Channel for “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken” website. Now you might be wondering how its only year two for that after reaching the websites own 12th Anniversary this past May. If you want to learn about that anniversary milestone you can click HERE ICYMI but the main reason for such a delay was simply that I just kept putting it off and was “okay” with any videos done with this branding being posted on my original Kenny Pierce personal channel. This was truly not the best course of action.

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