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Lady Gaga: Announces Release Date for her New Single — Perfect Illusion!

gagaAfter taking a brief hiatus from the world of pop, Mother Monster is back and ready to dominate the charts with her new single ‘Perfect Illusion‘. The track is set to arrive this Friday, September 9th.

This is the star’s first attempt at reclaiming her pop throne, after almost three years. Gaga released ‘Applause’ the lead single from her third album ‘ARTPOP’ August 12th 2013. While the track was well relieved by critics, the single was overlooked by the general public and struggled to make an impact on the charts. So say it was because the single was too much of a departure from her previous efforts, some say it was because ‘Katy Perry’ released her lead single ‘Roar’ and the exact same day.

The universe of pop is anxiously waiting to see which musical direction the single will take — and furthermore how the single will fair on the charts.

We at the Golden Grenade can’t wait to hear the Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) assisted track. Are you excited? *Paws Up*

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Winners List


Now that the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are over, all of the winners have been announced.

Aired live from The Forum in Los Angeles, California, the action-packed extravaganza boasted many memorable moments.

With everyone wondering who won what – see if your favorite artist won a moonman of their own last night. Check out the full list of winners below:

VMA Winners 2014

Best Lyric Video “Don’t Stop” – 5 Seconds of Summer

Best Female Video “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry & Juicy J

Best Male Video “Sing” – Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Video “Problem” – Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea

Best Hip Hop Song “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake

Best Rock Song “Royals” – Lorde

Artist to Watch Fifth Harmony

Video of the Year “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Best Collaboration: Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Video With A Social Message: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Best Cinematography: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Iggy Azalea: Unleashes Rita Ora Assisted Black Widow (Video)


After taking over the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Fancy‘ at number 1 and ‘Problem‘ at number 2 for seven consecutive weeks, it seems Iggy may have another hit on her hands.

Black Widow‘ is another catchy tune that has seemed to capture the heart of the masses. Since, being released on July 8th, the track has managed to crack the Top 20 – without the assistance of a video.

But, what else can you expect from a track written by the goddess of catchy tunes, Ms. Katy Perry.

Although, ‘This Is How We Do‘ has yet to crack the Top 20, Katy can laugh all the way to the bank with residuals coming from ‘Black Widow‘.

Another thing worth mentioning in regardless to our new pop princess Iggy Azalea, is that the star has yet to garner a SOLO hit.

All of her hits thus far have been as a featured artist, or having a guest feature on her song. With her re-release coming this fourth-quarter, it will be interesting to see if she nabs a bunch a features again…  Or finally become a stand alone act.

Watch the official video for her latest hit ‘Black Widow‘ below:

2014 GRAMMY Winners


Take a look at some of the top winners below:

Record of the year
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — WINNER
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

Album of the year
“The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” — Taylor Swift

Song of the year

“Just Give Me a Reason” — P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Locked Out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Royals” — Lorde — WINNER
“Same Love” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best new artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best pop solo performance
Sara Bareilles — “Brave”
Lorde — “Royals” — WINNER
Bruno Mars — “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry — “Roar”
Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors”

Best pop duo/group performance
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky” — WINNER
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess — “Just Give Me a Reason”
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko — “Stay”
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell — “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z — “Suit & Tie”

Best pop instrumental album
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out” — WINNER
Boney James — “The Beat”
Earl Klugh — “Handpicked”
Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot — “Summer Horns”
Jeff Lorber Fusion — “Hacienda”

Best pop vocal album
Lana Del Rey — “Paradise”
Lorde — “Pure Heroine”
Bruno Mars — “Unorthodox Jukebox” — WINNER
Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake — “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience”

Best dance recording
“Need U (100%)” — Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade
“The is What it Feels Like” — Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” — Zedd featuring Foxes — WINNER

Best dance/electronica album
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER
“Settle” — Disclosure
“18 Months” — Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun” — Pretty Lights

Best traditional pop vocal album
“Viva Duets” — Tony Bennett and various artists
“To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé — WINNER
“The Standards” — Gloria Estefan
“Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” — Cee Lo Green
“Now” — Dionne Warwick

Best rock performance
Alabama Shakes — “Always Alright”
David Bowie — “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive” — WINNER
Led Zeppelin — “Kashmir”
Queens of the Stone Age — “My God is the Sun”
Jack White — “I’m Shakin’ “

Best metal performances
Anthrax — “T.N.T.”
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?” — WINNER
Dream Theater — “The Enemy Inside”
Killswitch Engage — “In Due Time”
Volbeat featuring King Diamond — “Room 24”

Best rock song
“Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” — Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear — WINNER
“Doom and Gloom” — The Rolling Stones
“God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath
“Panic Station” — Muse

Best rock album
Black Sabbath — “13”
David Bowie — “The Next Day”
Kings of Leon — “Mechanical Bull”
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day” — WINNER
Queens of the Stone Age — “… Like Clockwork”
Neil Young with Crazy Horse — “Psychedelic Pill”

Best alternative music album
Neko Case — “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”
The National — “Trouble Will Find Me”
Nine Inch Nails — “Hesitation Marks”
Tame Impala — “Lonerism”
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City” — WINNER

Best R&B performance
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War”
Anthony Hamilton — “Best of Me”
Hiatus Kaiytoe featuring Q-Tip — “Nakamarra”
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar — “How Many Drinks?”
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something” — WINNER

Best traditional R&B performance
Gary Clark Jr. — “Please Come Home” — WINNER
Fantasia — “Get It Right”
Maysa — “Quiet Fire”
Gregory Porter — “Hey Laura”
Ryan Shaw — “Yesterday”

Best R&B song
“Best of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Love and War” — Tamar Braxton
“Only One” — PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
“Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake — WINNER
“Without Me” — Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott

Best urban contemporary album
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War”
Fantasia — “Side Effects of You”
Salaam Remi — “One: In the Chamber”
Rihanna — “Unapologetic” — WINNER
Mack Wilds — “New York: A Love Story”

Best R&B album
Faith Evans — “R&B Divas”
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire” — WINNER
John Legend — “Love in the Future”
Chrisette Michele — “Better”
TGT — “Three Kings”

Best rap performance
Drake — “Started From the Bottom”
Eminem — “Berserk”
Jay Z — “Tom Ford”
Kendrick Lamar — “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop” — WINNER

Best rap/sung collaboration
J. Cole featuring Miguel — “Power Trip”
Jay Z featuring Beyoncé — “Part II (On the Run)”
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail” — WINNER
Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige — “Now or Never”
Wiz Khalifa featuring the Weeknd — “Remember You”

Best rap song
“F***in’ Problems” — A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“New Slaves” — Kanye West
“Started From the Bottom” — Drake
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER

Best rap album
Drake — “Nothing Was the Same”
Jay Z — “Magna Carta … Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar — “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist” — WINNER
Kanye West — “Yeezus”

Best country solo performance
Lee Brice — “I Drive Your Truck”
Hunter Hayes — “I Want Crazy”
Miranda Lambert — “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Mine Would Be You”

Best country duo/group performance
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley” — WINNER
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill — “Don’t Rush”
Little Big Town — “Your Side of the Bed”
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban — “Highway Don’t Care”
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton — “You Can’t Make Old Friends”

Best country song
“Begin Again” — Taylor Swift
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Kacey Musgraves — WINNER
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best country album
Jason Aldean — “Night Train”
Tim McGraw — “Two Lanes of Freedom”
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Based on a True Story”
Taylor Swift — “Red”

Best Latin pop album
Frankie J — “Faith, Hope y Amor”
Ricardo Montaner — “Viajero Frecuente”
Draco Rosa — “Vida” — WINNER
Aleks Syntek — “Syntek”
Tommy Torres — “12 Historias”

Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album
Café Tacvba — “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco”
El Tri — “Ojo Por Ojo”
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas — “Chances”
La Santa Cecilia — “Treinta Dias” — WINNER
Los Amigos Invisibles — “Repeat After Me”

Producer of the year, nonclassical
Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams — WINNER

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media
“Django Unchained”
“The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition)
“Les Miserables” (deluxe edition
“Muscle Shoals”
“Sound City: Real to Reel” — WINNER

Best score soundtrack for visual media
“The Great Gatsby”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall” — WINNER
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best song written for visual media
Coldplay — “Atlas” — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Jessie J — “Silver Lining” — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Adele — “Skyfall” — “Skyfall” — WINNER
Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw — “We Both Know” — “Safe Haven”
Lana Del Rey — “Young and Beautiful” — “The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition)
Regina Spektor — “You’ve Got Time” — “Orange is the New Black”

Best music video
Captial Cities — “Safe and Sound”
Jay Z — “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton — “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z — “Suit & Tie” — WINNER
Jack White — “I’m Shakin'”

Best music film
Coldplay — “Live 2012”
Green Day — “¡Cuatro!”
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite — “I’m in I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!”
Paul McCartney — “Live Kisses” — WINNER
Mumford & Sons — “The Road to Red Rocks”

Katy Perry’s Dark Horse Gallops to Top of The Charts


Although, “Unconditionally” made a soft impact on the charts. Katy‘s third single “Dark Horse” has already made it’s way to the top of the iTunes chart.

Katy continually shows why she’s the reigning queen of singles. While only having two singles at the time, the star had a total of four songs charting from her LP (Roar, Dark Horse, Unconditionally, Walking On Air).

Unlike its predecessor,”Dark Horse” offers something for everyone bringing the perfect mixture of pop and trap music. Juicy J spits a fiery verse while Katy tosses a ton of pop fairy dust on the track, ensuring its success on the charts.

Although, the song has been charting since Katy’s release of “PRISM” the song has never been an official single, until now.

Last week, the single made its way into the top ten of Billboard, gaining its highest peak of No. 6.  The song has already sold 1.7M units and is nearing a double platinum certification.


So, it’s conquering of iTunes is only a taste of what the single is sure to do on the Billboard charts.


All of this just days after Katy‘s “PRISM” crossed the 1M sales mark, becoming only the second female to have a album cross the 1M mark.



As I predicted the single did in fact top the Billboard Hot 100 and has spent a total of (4weeks) at the top. ‘Dark Horse‘ has already surpassed the two weeksRoar‘ spent at No.1 — the record has also sold 3M+ copies.

Congrats Katy Cat!


Bow Down! Beyonce Album Sales Surpass 550K


Via Billboard:

“Beyonce’s surprise self-titled album is all but guaranteed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart this week. Industry sources suggest its sales have grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday (14) night. The album may sell 600,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15.

“Beyonce’s” expected debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, along with its official Nielsen SoundScan sales figure (through the end of the tracking week on Dec. 15), will be revealed mid-week.

The album bowed — without any pre-release announcement — in the iTunes Store at midnight EST on Friday morning, Dec. 13. None of its songs are available a la carte (which is likely helping encourage full album purchases). The 14-song set is selling for $15.99 and additionally comes with 18 music videos. 14 of those are for each of the album’s songs.

“Beyonce,” which is exclusively available through the iTunes Store until Dec. 20, sold 430,000 through Friday night, and then another 120,000 or so on Saturday.”

Analysis Of: Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry And Lady Gaga Sales


The sale figures for Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP‘ has been a constant topic of conversation.

Gaga wasn’t the only pop diva to release an album this quarter, so there’s been quite a lot of comparisons.

Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry have given Gaga a run for her money, this time around. This era hasn’t been the best for Gaga; her sales aren’t quite measuring up to the other ladies.

So, the term “FLOP” has been tossed around loosely in reference to her latest offering ‘ARTPOP‘.

In order to evaluate whether or not the album was a commercial failure I will first compare it to her previous release first — then compare it against the other ladies.


Album Sales:

– 660K debut (Without Amazon)

– 1.1M debut (With Amazon)

Total Album Sales: 2.3M

Single Sales:

  • Born This Way3.8M copies sold. *Number 1
  • The Edge Of Glory: 2.8M copies sold. *Number 3
  • You And I: 2.1M copies sold. *Number 6
  • Judas: 900K copies sold. *Number 10
  • Marry The Night: 500K copies sold. *Number 29

(*Peak positions on Billboard Hot 100)


Gaga‘s last release sold 1.1Milion first week, partially due to a hefty boost from Amazon. Amazon sold the album for 99cents and roughly 440K units were sold through the deal.

Even so, the album would have opened with 660K units sold, double the amount of  ‘ARTPOP‘s first week.

The sad thing is that although ‘Born This Way‘ opened with 1.1M the album only managed to sell 2.3M total. No where near a “Flop” in today’s standards, but the effort did show that Gaga has a problem with longevity.

Her first week sales always boosts her overall sales, so for ‘ARTPOP‘ to open so low is what concerns fans and critics alike in terms of how much the album will eventually go on to sale.


Single sales

  • Miley’s ‘Wrecking Ball‘: 3M copies. *Number 1 (Three Weeks)
  • Katy’s ‘Roar‘: 5M copies. *Number 1 (Four Weeks)
  • Gaga‘s ‘Applause‘: 2.3M sold. *Number 4

Single Sales Synopsis:

Each artist has released a total of two singles. I’ve displayed their highest charting and or best selling single above.

Of the three, Gaga remains the only artist not to have a single cross the 2M mark or have it top Billboard Hot 100.

Katy and Gaga released their singles on the same day but, within the first tracking week Katy Perry‘s ‘Roar‘ had already outsold Gaga‘s ‘Applause‘.’Roar‘ sold a whomping  550K units while ‘Applause‘ only sold 220K units.

To date ‘Applause‘ struggles behind ‘Roar‘ and ‘Wrecking Ball‘, failing to sell 2M units while falling out of the Billboard top ten, before any of the mentioned singles.

Album Sales:

MileyBangerz‘: 270K debut

KatyPRISM‘: 286K debut

Gaga ARTPOP‘: 258K debut

Black Friday Sales Increase:

Bangerz: 79K (+224% after 8 Weeks)

PRISM: 136K (+2376% after 6 Weeks)

ARTPOP: 116K (130% after 3 Weeks)

Total Album Sales:

Bangerz: 1.o5M

PRISM: 1.79M



Overall, Katy is winning. Her album is currently outselling both ‘Bangerz‘ and ‘ARTPOP‘, while her tune ‘Roar‘ has become the fastest selling single of the digital age. So, Congrats to you Katy you deserve it!


Message To Gaga:

Gaga’s sales aren’t bad, but the reason many are pointing the finger is because Interscope tried to push the album and it’s single’s down our throats. The label inked a magnitude of  deals in order to promote your latest offering but the public isn’t buying into it (literally).

No, Gaga your career isn’t over– but we hope the latest blow will knock your ego down a few pegs. Hopefully, one day soon your gimmicks won’t overshadow your true artistry.

You’re a great artist; you can sing live, dance and write — something the other two divas lack.

But, the public is fed up with your gimmicks. Your weird wigs, crazy clothes and silly antics have become dull.  Gaga you need to find yourself again, instead of trying to be “different” you need to be “Stefani Joanne Angelina” — the pop star the world fell in love with, and maybe the public will find interest in you again.

We wish you the best!

Full 2014 GRAMMY Nominations List



Record Of The Year

Get Lucky
Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Track from: Random Access Memories
Label: Columbia Records

Imagine Dragons
Alex Da Kid, producer; Manny Marroquin & Josh Mosser, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer
Track from: Night Visions
Label: Kidinakorner/ Interscope

Joel Little, producer; Joel Little, engineer/mixer; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer
Track from: Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Music

Locked Out Of Heaven
Bruno Mars
Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson & The Smeezingtons, producers; Alalal, Josh Blair, Wayne Gordon, Ari Levine, Manny Marroquin & Mark Ronson, engineers/mixers; David Kutch, mastering engineer
Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox
Label: Atlantic

Blurred Lines
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Pharrell, producer; Andrew Coleman & Tony Maserati, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Blurred Lines
Label: Star Trak/ Interscope

Album Of The Year

The Blessed Unrest
Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, producers; Jeremy Darby, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer
Label: Epic Records
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Columbia Records

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Kendrick Lamar
Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock, Jay Z, MC Eiht & Anna Wise, featured artists; DJ Dahi, Hit-Boy, Skhye Hutch, Just Blaze, Like, Terrace Martin, Dawaun Parker, Pharrell, Rahki, Scoop DeVille, Sounwave, Jack Splash, Tabu, Tha Bizness & T-Minus, producers; Derek Ali, Dee Brown, Dr. Dre, James Hunt, Mauricio ‘Veto”” Iragorri, Mike Larson, Jared Scott, Jack Splash & Andrew Wright, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi & Brian ‘Big Bass”” Gardner, mastering engineers
Label: TDE/Aftermath/Interscope

The Heist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ab-Soul, Ben Bridwell, Ray Dalton, Eighty4 Fly, Hollis, Mary Lambert, Baffalo Madonna, Evan Roman, Schoolboy Q, Allen Stone, The Teaching & Wanz, featured artists; Ryan Lewis, producer; Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Amos Miller, Reed Ruddy & Pete Stewart, engineers/mixers; Brian Gardner, mastering engineer
Label: Macklemore LLC

Taylor Swift
Gary Lightbody & Ed Sheeran, featured artists; Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker & Dan Wilson, producers; Joe Baldridge, Sam Bell, Matt Bishop, Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Taylor Johnson, Jacknife Lee, Steve Marcantonio, Manny Marroquin, Justin Niebank, John Rausch, Eric Robinson, Pawel Sek, Jake Sinclair, Mark “”Spike”” Stent & Andy Thompson, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Hank Williams, mastering engineers
Label: Big Machine Records

Song Of The Year

Just Give Me A Reason
Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
Track from: The Truth About Love
Label: RCA Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./P!nk Inside Publishing/Way Above Music/Sony/ATV Songs LLC/WB Music Corp./FBR Music/Bearvon Music

Locked Out Of Heaven
Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox
Label: Atlantic; Publishers: Mars Force Songs, LLC/BMG Rights Management (US) LLC/BMG/Roc Nation Music/Music Famamanem LP/EMI April Music Inc./Toy Plane Music – Universal Music/Universal Music Corp.

Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
Label: Capitol; Publishers: When I’m Rich You’ll Be My Bitch/Kasz Money Publishing/MXM/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, Inc./Bonnie McKee Music/Where Da Kasz At?/Songs Of Pulse Recording/Oneirology Publishing/Prescription Songs

Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Track from: Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Music; Publishers: Copyright Control/Sony ATV

Same Love
Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Track from: The Heist
Label: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC; Publishers: Macklemore Publishing/Ryan Lewis Publishing

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

Sara Bareilles
Track from: The Blessed Unrest
Label: Epic Records

Track from: Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Republic

When I Was Your Man
Bruno Mars
Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox
Label: Atlantic

Katy Perry
Label: Capitol

Justin Timberlake
Track from: The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience
Label: RCA Records

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Get Lucky
Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Track from: Random Access Memories
Label: Columbia Records

Just Give Me A Reason
Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
Track from: The Truth About Love
Label: RCA Records

Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
Label: Def Jam Records

Blurred Lines
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Track from: Blurred Lines
Label: Star Trak/ Interscope

Suit & Tie
Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Track from: The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience
Label: RCA Records

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Steppin’ Out
Herb Alpert
Label: Shout! Factory

The Beat
Boney James
Label: Concord Records

Earl Klugh
Label: Heads Up International

Summer Horns
Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair & Richard Elliot
Label: Concord Records

Jeff Lorber Fusion
Label: Heads Up International

Best Pop Vocal Album

Lana Del Rey
Label: Polydor UK / Interscope

Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Republic

Unorthodox Jukebox
Bruno Mars
Label: Atlantic

Blurred Lines
Robin Thicke
Label: Star Trak / Interscope

The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience
Justin Timberlake
Label: RCA Records

Best Dance Recording

Need U (100%)
Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
Adam Dyment & Tommy Forrest, producers; Adam Dyment & Tommy Forrest, mixers
Label: Downtown Records / Win Records

Sweet Nothing
Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
Calvin Harris, producer; Calvin Harris, mixer
Track from: 18 Months
Label: Columbia Records/Ultra Music

Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon, producers; Ryan Raddon, mixer
Label: Ultra Records

This Is What It Feels Like
Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
Armin Van Buuren & Benno De Goeij, producers; Armin Van Buuren & Benno De Goeij, mixers
Label: Armada Music

Zedd Featuring Foxes
Zedd, producer; Zedd, mixer
Track from: Clarity
Label: Interscope Records

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Label: Columbia Records

Label: Cherrytree/Interscope Records

18 Months
Calvin Harris
Label: Columbia Records/Ultra Music

Label: Ultra Records

A Color Map Of The Sun
Pretty Lights
Label: 8 Minutes 20 Seconds Records

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Viva Duets
Tony Bennett & Various Artists
Label: Columbia Records

To Be Loved
Michael Bublé
Label: 143/Reprise

The Standards
Gloria Estefan
Label: Masterworks

Cee Lo’s Magic Moment
Cee Lo Green
Label: Elektra

Dionne Warwick
Label: Blue Horizon

Best Rock Performance

Always Alright
Alabama Shakes
Track from: Silver Linings Playbook Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Sony Classical

The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
David Bowie
Track from: The Next Day
Label: Columbia Records

Imagine Dragons
Track from: Night Visions
Label: Kidinakorner/ Interscope

Led Zeppelin
Track from: Celebration Day
Label: Swan Song/Atlantic

My God Is The Sun
Queens Of The Stone Age
Track from: …Like Clockwork
Label: Matador

I’m Shakin’
Jack White
Label: Columbia Records/ Third Man

Best Metal Performance

Track from: Anthems
Label: Megaforce

God Is Dead?
Black Sabbath
Track from: 13
Label: Vertigo/Republic

The Enemy Inside
Dream Theater
Track from: Dream Theater
Label: Roadrunner Records

In Due Time
Killswitch Engage
Track from: Disarm The Descent
Label: Roadrunner Records

Room 24
Volbeat Featuring King Diamond
Track from: Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
Label: Republic Records

Best Rock Song

Ain’t Messin ‘Round
Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publisher: Hotwire Unlimited LLC

Cut Me Some Slack
Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Track from: Sound City – Real To Reel
Label: RCA Records / Roswell Records; Publishers: MPL Communications, Inc./M.J.-Twelve Music/Murky Slough Music/Kobalt Music/Ruthensmear Music/Bug Music

Doom And Gloom
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The Rolling Stones)
Label: Universal Music Enterprises; Publisher: Promopub B.V.

God Is Dead?
Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)
Track from: 13
Label: Vertigo/Republic; Publishers: Aston Music/Blizzard Music Limited/Valallen Music

Panic Station
Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publisher: Warner Chappell

Best Rock Album

Black Sabbath
Label: Vertigo/Republic

The Next Day
David Bowie
Label: Columbia Records

Mechanical Bull
Kings Of Leon
Label: RCA Records

Celebration Day
Led Zeppelin
Label: Swan Song/Atlantic

…Like Clockwork
Queens Of The Stone Age
Label: Matador

Psychedelic Pill
Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Label: Reprise

Best Alternative Music Album

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Neko Case
Label: Anti Records

Trouble Will Find Me
The National
Label: 4Ad

Hesitation Marks
Nine Inch Nails
Label: Columbia Records

Tame Impala
Label: Modular/Interscope

Modern Vampires Of The City
Vampire Weekend
Label: Xl Recordings

Best R&B Performance

Love And War
Tamar Braxton
Label: Epic Records/Streamline Records

Best Of Me
Anthony Hamilton
Track from: Back To Love
Label: RCA Records

Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
Track from: Tawk Tomahawk
Label: Sony Music Ent./Flying Buddha

How Many Drinks?
Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Label: RCA Records / Bystorm Entertainment

Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Track from: Family Dinner Volume One
Label: Ropeadope Records

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Please Come Home
Gary Clark Jr.
Track from: Blak And Blu
Label: Warner Bros Records

Get It Right
Track from: Side Effects Of You
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

Quiet Fire
Label: Shanachie Entertainment

Hey Laura
Gregory Porter
Track from: Liquid Spirit
Label: Blue Note Records

Ryan Shaw
Track from: Real Love
Label: Dynotone Records

Best R&B Song

Best Of Me
Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
Track from: Back To Love
Label: RCA Records; Publishers: Tappy Whyte’s Music LLC/Songs Of Universal, Inc./Spuggy Bug Music

Love And War
Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
Label: Epic Records/Streamline Records; Publishers: EMI April Music Inc./Miserable Girl Inc./Campstar Music/The Book Productions/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Janice Combs Publishing/Yoga Flames Music

Only One
PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
Label: Cash Money/Universal Republic; Publisher: Fly Nerd Music

Pusher Love Girl
James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
Track from: The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience
Label: RCA Records; Publishers: Tennman Tunes/Universal Music- Z – Tunes/Virginia Beach Music/WB Music Corp./Jerome Harmon Publishing/Warner-Chappell Music, Inc./James Fauntleroy Music/Almo Music

Without Me
Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)
Track from: Side Effects Of You
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited; Publishers: H-Money Music/RJ Productions/EMI April Music, Inc./Aristocratic Destiny Music/Penmanship Publishing/Songs Of Universal, Inc./Jogloe Music Publishing/Mass Confusion Productions, Inc.

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Love And War
Tamar Braxton
Label: Epic Records/Streamline Records

Side Effects Of You
Label: RCA Records /19 Recordings Limited

One: In The Chamber
Salaam Remi
Label: Flying Buddha / Masterworks

Label: Def Jam Records

New York: A Love Story
Mack Wilds
Label: Louder Than Life / Sony Music

Best R&B Album

R&B Divas
Faith Evans
Label: Prolific Music Group/Eone Music

Girl On Fire
Alicia Keys
Label: RCA Records

Love In The Future
John Legend
Label: Columbia Records

Chrisette Michele
Label: Motown Records

Three Kings
Label: Atlantic Records

Best Rap Performance

Started From The Bottom
Label: Young Money/Cash Money

Label: Aftermath/Interscope/Shady Records

Tom Ford
Jay Z
Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Label: Roc Nation

Swimming Pools (Drank)
Kendrick Lamar
Track from: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Label: TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records

Thrift Shop
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
Track from: The Heist
Label: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Power Trip
J. Cole Featuring Miguel
Track from: Born Sinner
Label: Roc Nation/Columbia Records

Part II (On The Run)
Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Label: Roc Nation

Holy Grail
Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Label: Roc Nation

Now Or Never
Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
Track from: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Label: Aftermath Records

Remember You
Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Track from: O.N.I.F.C.
Label: Rostrum/Atlantic

Best Rap Song

F***in’ Problems
Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
Track from: Long.Live.ASAP
Label: RCA Records / Polo Grounds Music; Publishers: ASAP Rocky Music Publishing LLC/Sony/ATV Songs LLC/Mavor & Moses LLC/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, Inc./Herbilicious Music/Black Fountain Music/Livewrite/EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./Ty Epps Music/Top Dawg Music/Hard Working Black Folks, Inc./WB Music Corp

Holy Grail
Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)
Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Label: Roc Nation; Publishers: Carter Boys/Warner Chappell/WB Music Corp./2082 Music Publishing/Tennmann Tunes/Universal Music Z Tunes/VB Rising/ole/Jerome Harmon Publishing/Chrysalis Music/Let The Story Begin Publishing/EMI Virgin Songs Inc./Primary Wave Tunes/The End Of Music/MJ Twelve M

New Slaves
Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
Track from: Yeezus
Label: Def Jam

Started From The Bottom
W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
Label: Young Money/Cash Money; Publishers: Sandra Gale/EMI Music Publishing/Mavor & Moses Inc./Kobalt

Thrift Shop
Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
Track from: The Heist
Label: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC; Publishers: Macklemore Publishing/Ryan Lewis Publishing

Best Rap Album

Nothing Was The Same
Label: Young Money/Cash Money

Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Jay Z
Label: Roc Nation

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Kendrick Lamar
Label: TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records

The Heist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Label: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC

Kanye West
Label: Def Jam

Best Country Solo Performance

I Drive Your Truck
Lee Brice
Track from: Hard 2 Love
Label: Curb Records

I Want Crazy
Hunter Hayes
Track from: Hunter Hayes (Encore)
Label: Atlantic

Mama’s Broken Heart
Miranda Lambert
Label: RCA Records Label Nashville

Wagon Wheel
Darius Rucker
Track from: True Believers
Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Mine Would Be You
Blake Shelton
Track from: Based On A True Story
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

From This Valley
The Civil Wars
Track from: The Civil Wars
Label: Sensibility Recordings / Columbia Records

Don’t Rush
Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill
Track from: Greatest Hits: Chapter One
Label: RCA Records / 19 Recordings Limited

Your Side Of The Bed
Little Big Town
Track from: Tornado
Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Highway Don’t Care
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Label: Big Machine Records

You Can’t Make Old Friends
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton
Label: Warner Music Nashville

Best Country Song

Begin Again
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
Label: Big Machine Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Taylor Swift Music

I Drive Your Truck
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
Track from: Hard 2 Love
Label: Curb Records; Publishers: Vistaville Music/Happy Tears Music/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Watch This Girl Publishing/Great Day At This Music/Beattyville Music

Mama’s Broken Heart
Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Label: RCA Records Label Nashville; Publishers: Tunes Of Bigger Picture/Vista Loma Music/Crazy Water Music/Little Blue Egg/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp/351 Music

Merry Go ‘Round
Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Track from: Same Trailer Different Park
Label: Mercury Records

Mine Would Be You
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
Track from: Based On A True Story
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publishers: WB Music Corp/Doc And Maggie Music/Get A Load Of This Music/Vistaville Music/Happy Tears Music

Best Country Album

Night Train
Jason Aldean
Label: Broken Bow Records

Two Lanes Of Freedom
Tim McGraw
Label: Big Machine Records

Same Trailer Different Park
Kacey Musgraves
Label: Mercury Records

Based On A True Story
Blake Shelton
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Taylor Swift
Label: Big Machine Records

Best New Age Album

Brian Eno
Label: Warp Records

Peter Kater
Label: Mysterium Music

Final Call
Label: Domo Records, Inc

Awakening The Fire
R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman
Label: Canyon Records

Love’s River
Laura Sullivan
Label: Sentient Spirit Records

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Don’t Run
Terence Blanchard, soloist
Track from: Magnetic
Label: Blue Note Records

Song For Maura
Paquito D’Rivera, soloist
Track from: Song For Maura (Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente)
Label: Sunnyside Records/Paquito Records

Song Without Words #4: Duet
Fred Hersch, soloist
Track from: Free Flying (Fred Hersch And Julian Lage)
Label: Palmetto Records

Stadium Jazz
Donny McCaslin, soloist
Track from: Casting For Gravity
Label: Greenleaf Music

Wayne Shorter, soloist
Track from: Without A Net (The Wayne Shorter Quartet)
Label: Blue Note Records

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The World According To Andy Bey
Andy Bey
Label: HighNote Records

Lorraine Feather
Label: Jazzed Media

Liquid Spirit
Gregory Porter
Label: Blue Note Records

Cécile McLorin Salvant
Label: Mack Avenue Records

After Blue
Tierney Sutton
Label: BFM Jazz

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Guided Tour
The New Gary Burton Quartet
Label: Mack Avenue Records

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue
Terri Lyne Carrington
Label: Concord Jazz

Life Forum
Gerald Clayton
Label: Concord Jazz

Pushing The World Away
Kenny Garrett
Label: Mack Avenue Records

Out Here
Christian McBride Trio
Label: Mack Avenue Records

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Brooklyn Babylon
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Label: New Amsterdam Records

Night In Calisia
Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
Label: Summit Records

Wild Beauty
Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano
Label: Half Note

March Sublime
Alan Ferber
Label: Sunnyside Records

Dave Slonaker Big Band
Label: Origin Records

Best Latin Jazz Album

La Noche Más Larga
Label: Warner Music Spain S.L.

Song For Maura
Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente
Label: Sunnyside Records/Paquito Records

Roberto Fonseca
Label: Concord Jazz

Omar Sosa
Label: Otá Records

Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
Label: Patois Records

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Break Every Chain [Live]
Tasha Cobbs
Track from: Grace [Live]
Label: EMI Gospel/ Motown Gospel

Natalie Grant
Label: Curb Records

Lord, I Need You
Matt Maher
Track from: All The People Said Amen (Live)
Label: Essential Records

Track from: Overcomer
Label: Sparrow Records

If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]
Tye Tribbett
Track from: Greater Than [Live]
Label: Motown Gospel

Best Gospel Song

Have Your Way
Calvin Frazier & Deitrick Haddon, songwriters (Deitrick Haddon)
Label: RCA Inspiration; Publishers: Deitrick Vaughn Haddon Publishing/Calvin Frazier Publishing

If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]
Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
Track from: Greater Than [Live]
Label: Motown Gospel; Publisher: Everything Fresh Entertainment LLC

If I Believe
Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson)
Track from: Love, Charlie
Label: RCA Records / P Music Group Inc.; Publishers: Nephew Wirlie Music/EMI Music Publishing/Pacific Coast Pirate Publishing/Mamas Pebbly Publishing

A Little More Jesus
Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Erica Campbell)
Label: My Block Inc / Eone Music; Publishers: That’s Plum Song-EMI April/It’s Tea Tyme-EMI April/Campbell Kids

Percy Bady, songwriter (Percy Bady Featuring Lowell Pye)
Track from: Kingdom Inspirations
Label: Maranatha! Music/K-Bizz Ent.; Publisher: Kingdom Bizz Songs BMI

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant & Cindy Morgan, songwriters (Natalie Grant)
Label: Curb Records; Publisher: Razor & Tie Music Publishing

Love Take Me Over
Steven Curtis Chapman, songwriter (Steven Curtis Chapman)
Track from: The Glorious Unfolding
Label: Reunion Records

David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
Track from: Overcomer
Label: Sparrow Records; Publishers: Ariose Music/9T One Songs/Meaux Mercy/LarryDavid Music/Capitol CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/D Soul Music

Speak Life
Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Ryan Stevenson, songwriters (Tobymac)
Track from: Eye On It
Label: Forefront Records; Publishers: Achtober Songs/EMI CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/Songs Of Emack/Jamnu Music/Hole-Steen Music

Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)
Ed Cash, Scott Cash & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
Track from: Burning Lights
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: Sixsteps Songs/Worship Together Music/A Thousand Generations Publishing/EMI CMG Publishing/Alletrop Music/McTyeire Music

Best Gospel Album

Grace [Live]
Tasha Cobbs
Label: EMI Gospel/ Motown Gospel

Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 [Live]
Donald Lawrence
Label: Quietwater Entertainment/EOne

Best Days Yet
Bishop Paul S. Morton
Label: Tehillah Music Group/EOne

God Chaser [Live]
William Murphy
Label: RCA Inspiration/ Verity Gospel Music Group

Greater Than [Live]
Tye Tribbett
Label: Motown Gospel

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

We Won’t Be Shaken
Building 429
Label: Essential Records

All The People Said Amen [Live]
Matt Maher
Label: Essential Records

Label: Sparrow Records

Your Grace Finds Me (Live)
Matt Redman
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Burning Lights
Chris Tomlin
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Best Latin Pop Album

Faith, Hope Y Amor
Frankie J
Label: Universal Music Latino

Viajero Frecuente
Ricardo Montaner
Label: Sony Music Latin

Draco Rosa
Label: Sony Music Latin

Aleks Syntek
Label: Sony Music Latin

12 Historias
Tommy Torres
Label: Warner Music Latina

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco
Café Tacvba
Label: Universal Music Latino

Ojo Por Ojo
El Tri
Label: Warner Music Latina

Illya Kuryaki And The Valderramas
Label: Sony Music Latin

Treinta Días
La Santa Cecilia
Label: Universal Music Latino Y Arju Productions, Inc.

Repeat After Me
Los Amigos Invisibles
Label: Nacional Records

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

El Free
Banda Los Recoditos
Label: Disa

En Peligro De Extinción
Label: Universal Music Latin

A Mi Manera
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Label: East Side Records/Shea Records

Romeo Y Su Nieta
Paquita La Del Barrio
Label: Balboa Records, Co./Musart

13 Celebrando El 13
Joan Sebastian
Label: Fonovisa

Best Tropical Latin Album

Marc Anthony
Label: Sony Music Latin

Como Te Voy A Olvidar
Los Angeles Azules
Label: Sony Music Latin

Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Label: Tumalanmusic / Stefrecords

Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants
Various Artists
Label: Top Stop Music

Corazón Profundo
Carlos Vives
Label: Sony Music Latin

Best American Roots Song

Build Me Up From Bones
Sarah Jarosz, songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
Label: Sugar Hill Records

Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses))
Label: New West Records; Publisher: Exile On Jones St. Music

Keep Your Dirty Lights On
Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, songwriters (Tim O’Brien And Darrell Scott)
Track from: Memories And Moments
Label: Full Skies Records

Love Has Come For You
Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
Track from: Love Has Come For You
Label: Rounder; Publishers: LA Films Music/Brick Elephant Music

Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed
Allen Toussaint, songwriter (Allen Toussaint)
Track from: Songbook
Label: Rounder; Publishers: Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc/Marsaint Music, Inc.

Best Americana Album

Old Yellow Moon
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Label: Nonesuch Records

Love Has Come For You
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Label: Rounder

Buddy And Jim
Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
Label: New West Records

One True Vine
Mavis Staples
Label: Anti Records

Allen Toussaint
Label: Rounder

Best Bluegrass Album

It’s Just A Road
The Boxcars
Label: Mountain Home Music Company

Brothers Of The Highway
Dailey & Vincent
Label: Rounder

This World Oft Can Be
Della Mae
Label: Rounder

Three Chords And The Truth
James King
Label: Rounder

The Streets Of Baltimore
Del McCoury Band
Label: McCoury Music

Best Blues Album

Remembering Little Walter
Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Label: Blind Pig Records

Cotton Mouth Man
James Cotton
Label: Alligator

Get Up!
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Label: Stax

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
Label: J&R Adventures

Down In Louisiana
Bobby Rush
Label: Deep Rush Records

Best Folk Album

My Favorite Picture Of You
Guy Clark
Label: Dualtone

Sweetheart Of The Sun
The Greencards
Label: Darling Street Records

Build Me Up From Bones
Sarah Jarosz
Label: Sugar Hill Records

The Ash & Clay
The Milk Carton Kids
Label: Anti Records

They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration
(Various Artists)
Chris Strachwitz, producer
Label: Arhoolie Records

Best Regional Roots Music Album

The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
Label: Tru Thoughts

Hula Ku’i
Label: Palm Records

Le Fou
Zachary Richard
Label: Avalanche Productions

Dockside Sessions
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Label: Musicmatters Records

Apache Blessing & Crown Dance Songs
Joe Tohonnie Jr.
Label: Cool Runnings Music

Best Reggae Album

One Love, One Life
Beres Hammond
Label: VP Records

Ziggy Marley In Concert
Ziggy Marley
Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide

The Messiah
Label: VP Records

Reggae Connection
Sly & Robbie And The Jam Masters
Label: K’z Records

Snoop Lion
Label: RCA Records/Berhane Sound System/Boss Lady Ent

Best World Music Album

Savor Flamenco
Gipsy Kings
Label: Knitting Factory Records

No Place For My Dream
Femi Kuti
Label: Knitting Factory Records

Live: Singing For Peace Around The World
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Label: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The Living Room Sessions Part 2
Ravi Shankar
Label: East Meets West Music, Inc.

Best Children’s Album

Blue Clouds
Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

The Mighty Sky
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Label: BNC Records

Justin Roberts
Label: Carpet Square Records

Singing Our Way Through: Songs For The World’s Bravest Kids
Alastair Moock & Friends
Label: Moockshake Music

Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well
Jennifer Gasoi
Label: Sparkling Productions

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

America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t
Stephen Colbert
Label: Hachette Audio

Carrie And Me
Carol Burnett
Label: Simon & Schuster Audio

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls
David Sedaris
Label: Hachette Audio

Still Foolin’ ‘Em
Billy Crystal
Label: Macmillan Audio

The Storm King
Pete Seeger
Label: Hachette Audio

Best Comedy Album

Calm Down Gurrl
Kathy Griffin
Label: Back Lot Music

I’m Here To Help
Craig Ferguson
Label: New Wave Dynamics

A Little Unprofessional
Ron White
Label: Organica Music Group

Tig Notaro
Label: Secretly Canadian

That’s What I’m Talkin’ About
Bob Saget
Label: New Wave Dynamics

Best Musical Theater Album

Kinky Boots
Billy Porter & Stark Sands, principal soloists; Sammy James Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers; Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Stark Sands, Billy Porter & Others)
Label: Masterworks Broadway

Matilda: The Musical
Bertie Carvel, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, Miley Shapiro & Lauren Ward, principal soloists; Michael Croiter, Van Dean & Chris Nightingale, producers; Tim Minchin, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Broadway Records / Yellow Sound Label

Motown The Musical
Brandon Victor Dixon & Valisia Lakae, principal soloists; Frank Filipetti & Ethan Popp, producers (Robert Bateman, Al Cleveland, Georgia Dobbins, Lamont Dozier, Wiliam Garrett, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Freddie Gorman, Cornelius Grant, Brian Holland, Ivy Jo Hunter, Michael Lovesmith, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, William Stevenson, Norman Whitfield & Stevie Wonder, composers; Nickolas Ashford, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Lula Mae Hardaway, Edward Holland Jr., Michael Lovesmith, Deke Richards, William Robinson, Barrett Strong, Ronald White, Stevie Wonder & Syreeta Wright, lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast With Brandon Victor Dixon, Valisia LeKae, Charl Brown, Bryan Terrell Clark, & Others)
Label: Universal Music Enterprises

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Django Unchained
(Various Artists)
Label: Loma Vista/Universal Republic

The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
(Various Artists)
Label: WaterTower Music/ Interscope

Les Misérables (Deluxe Edition)
(Various Artists)
Label: Universal Republic

Muscle Shoals
(Various Artists)
Label: Universal Republic

Sound City: Real To Reel
Dave Grohl & Various Artists
Label: RCA Records/Roswell Records

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Alexandre Desplat, composer
Label: WaterTower Music

The Great Gatsby
Craig Armstrong, composer
Label: WaterTower Music/Interscope

Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna, composer
Label: Sony Classical/Fox Music

John Williams, composer
Label: Sony Classical

Thomas Newman, composer
Label: Sony Classical

Zero Dark Thirty
Alexandre Desplat, composer
Label: Madison Gate Records

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
Track from: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Label: Universal Republic; Publisher: Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.

Silver Lining
Diane Warren, songwriter (Jessie J)
Track from: Silver Linings Playbook
Label: Sony Classical; Publisher: Realsongs

Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Track from: Skyfall
Label: Columbia Records/ XL Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd.

We Both Know
Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw, songwriters (Colbie Caillat Featuring Gavin DeGraw)
Track from: Safe Haven
Label: Relativity Music Group/RCA/Universal Republic; Publishers: G Degraw Music Inc./Plummy Lou Music

Young And Beautiful
Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
Track from: The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
Label: WaterTower Music/Interscope; Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Ltd./R-Rated Music/EMI April Music, Inc.

You’ve Got Time
Regina Spektor, songwriter (Regina Spektor)
Track from: Orange Is The New Black
Label: Sire; Publishers: Soviet Kitsch Music/EMI Blackwood Music Inc.

Best Instrumental Composition

Bound Away
Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
Track from: River Runs: A Concerto For Jazz Guitar, Saxophone & Orchestra
Label: Mama Records

California Pictures For String Quartet
Gordon Goodwin, composer (Quartet San Francisco)
Track from: Pacific Premieres: New Works By California Composers
Label: Violinjazz Recordings

Koko On The Boulevard
Scott Healy, composer (Scott Healy Ensemble)
Track from: Hudson City Suite
Label: Hudson City Records

Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra
Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)
Label: Clavo Records

String Quartet No. 1: Funky Diversion In Three Parts
Vince Mendoza, composer (Quartet San Francisco)
Track from: Pacific Premieres: New Works By California Composers
Label: Violinjazz Recordings

Best Instrumental Arrangement

Kim Richmond, arranger (The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra)
Track from: Artistry: A Tribute To Stan Kenton
Label: Mama Records

On Green Dolphin Street
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: NA
Label: Telarc International

Side Hikes – A Ridge Away
Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
Track from: River Runs: A Concerto For Jazz Guitar, Saxophone & Orchestra
Label: Mama Records

Nan Schwartz, arranger (Amy Dickson)
Track from: Dusk & Dawn
Label: Sony Classical

Wild Beauty
Gil Goldstein, arranger (Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano)
Label: Half Note

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

La Vida Nos Espera
Nan Schwartz, arranger (Gian Marco)
Track from: Versiones
Label: E35 Music & Caracola Records

Let’s Fall In Love
Chris Walden, arranger (Calabria Foti Featuring Seth MacFarlane)
Label: Moco Records

The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress
John Hollenbeck, arranger (John Hollenbeck)
Track from: Songs I Like A Lot
Label: Sunnyside

Swing Low
Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
Label: Masterworks

What A Wonderful World
Shelly Berg, arranger (Gloria Estefan)
Track from: The Standards
Label: Masterworks

Best Recording Package

Automatic Music Can Be Fun
Mike Brown, Zac Decamp, Brian Grunert & Annie Stoll, art directors (Geneseo)
Label: Temperamental Recordings

Long Night Moon
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
Label: No Big Deal Records

Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Brian Roettinger, art director (Jay Z)
Label: Roc Nation

Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)
Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat & David Turner, art directors (Metallica)
Label: Blackened Recordings

The Next Day
Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
Label: Columbia Records

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

The Brussels Affair
Charles Dooher & Scott Sandler, art directors (The Rolling Stones)
Label: Rolling Stones Records

How Do You Do (Limited Edition Box Set)
Mayer Hawthorne, art director (Mayer Hawthorne)
Label: Universal Republic

The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)
Ross Stirling, art director (Mumford & Sons)
Label: Glassnote Records

The Smith Tapes
Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)
Label: The Smith Tapes

Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
Label: Hear Music

Best Album Notes

Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded)
Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
Label: Pablo/Concord Music Group

Call It Art 1964-1965
Ben Young, album notes writer (New York Art Quartet)
Label: Triple Point Records

Electric Music For The Mind & Body
Alec Palao, album notes writer (Country Joe & The Fish)
Label: Ace/Vanguard

Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps
Jonathan Cott, album notes writer (Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic)
Label: Sony Classical

360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story
Sean Wilentz, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Columbia Records

Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936
Nathan Salsburg, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Tompkins Square

Best Historical Album

Call It Art 1964-1965
Joe Lizzi & Ben Young, compilation producers; Steve Fallone, Joe Lizzi & Ben Young, mastering engineers (New York Art Quartet)
Label: Triple Point Records

Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965
Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham & Steve Rosenthal, compilation producers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (The Rolling Stones)
Label: ABKCO

The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums
Leo Sacks, compilation producer; Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Bill Withers)
Label: Columbia/Legacy Recordings

Pictures Of Sound: One Thousand Years Of Educed Audio: 980–1980
Patrick Feaster & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Label: Dust-To-Digital

Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Deluxe Edition)
Philip Siney, compilation producer; Ben Turner, mastering engineer (Sir Georg Solti)
Label: Decca

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Annie Up
Chuck Ainlay, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Pistol Annies)
Label: RCA/Sony

The Blue Room
Helik Hadar & Leslie Ann Jones, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Madeleine Peyroux)
Label: Decca/Universal

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Paul Figueroa & Randy Staub, engineers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer (Alice In Chains)
Label: Capitol Records

…Like Clockwork
Joe Barresi & Mark Rankin, engineers; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer (Queens Of The Stone Age)
Label: Matador

The Moorings
Trina Shoemaker, engineer; Eric Conn, mastering engineer (Andrew Duhon)
Label: Andrew Duhon

Random Access Memories
Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Daft Punk)
Label: Columbia Records

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Rob Cavallo
• All That Echoes (Josh Groban) (A) • Bright Lights (Gary Clark Jr.) (T) • ¡Dos! (Green Day) (A) • If I Loved You (Delta Rae Featuring Lindsey Buckingham) (S) • Love They Say (Tegan And Sara) (T) • Things Are Changin’ (Gary Clark Jr.) (T) • ¡Tré! (Green Day) (A) • When My Train Pulls In (Gary Clark Jr.) (T) • You’ve Got Time (Regina Spektor) (S)
Dr. Luke
• Bounce It (Juicy J Featuring Wale & Trey Songz) (S) • Crazy Kids (Kesha) (S) • Fall Down ( Featuring Miley Cyrus) (S) • Give It 2 U (Robin Thicke Featuring Kendrick Lamar) (S) • Play It Again (Becky G) (S) • Roar (Katy Perry) (S) • Rock Me (One Direction) (T) • Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus) (S)
Ariel Rechtshaid
• Days Are Gone (Haim) (A) • Everything Is Embarrassing (Sky Ferreira) (T) • Lost In My Bedroom (Sky Ferreira) (T) • Modern Vampires Of The City (Vampire Weekend) (A) • Reincarnated (Snoop Lion) (A) • True Romance (Charli XCX) (A) • You’re No Good (Major Lazer Featuring Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin) (T)
Jeff Tweedy
• The Invisible Way (Low) (A) • One True Vine (Mavis Staples) (A) • Wassaic Way (Sarah Lee Guthrie And Johnny Irion) (A)
Pharrell Williams
• BBC (Jay Z) (T) • Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell) (S) • Happy (Pharrell Williams) (T) • I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) (Jennifer Hudson Featuring T.I.) (S) • Nuclear (Destiny’s Child) (T) • Oceans (Jay Z Featuring Frank Ocean) (T) • Reach Out Richard (Mayer Hawthorne) (T) • The Stars Are Ours (Mayer Hawthorne) (T)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Days Turn Into Nights (Andy Caldwell Remix)
Andy Caldwell, remixer (Delerium Featuring Michael Logen)
Track from: Days Turn Into Nights Remixes
Label: Nettwerk

If I Lose Myself (Alesso Vs. OneRepublic)
Alesso, remixer (OneRepublic)
Label: Mosley Music Group/Interscope

Locked Out Of Heaven (Sultan + Ned Shepard Remix)
Ned Shepard & Sultan, remixers (Bruno Mars)
Label: Atlantic Records

One Love/People Get Ready (Photek Remix)
Rupert Parkes, remixer (Bob Marley And The Wailers)
Track from: Legend Remixed
Label: Universal Music Enterprises/Tuff Gong

Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)
Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
Label: Interscope/Polydor UK

Best Surround Sound Album

Live Kisses
Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (Deluxe Edition)
Les Claypool & Jason Mills, surround mix engineers; Stephen Marcussen, surround mastering engineer; Les Claypool & Jeff Fura, surround producers (Primus)
Label: Universal Music Enterprises

Signature Sound Opus One
Leslie Ann Jones, surround mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, surround mastering engineer; Herbert Waltl, surround producer (Various Artists)
Label: Media Hyperium 3 (Mh3)

Sixteen Sunsets
Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)
Label: Pure Audio Records

Sprung Rhythm
Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Dan Merceruio, surround producer (Richard Scerbo & Inscape)
Label: Sono Luminus

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Hymn To The Virgin
Morten Lindberg, engineer (Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl & Schola Cantorum)
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)

La Voie Triomphale
Morten Lindberg, engineer (Ole Kristian Ruud & Staff Band Of The Norwegian Armed Forces)
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)

Roomful Of Teeth
Mark Donahue & Jesse Lewis, engineers (Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth)
Label: New Amsterdam Records

Vinci: Artaserse
Hans-Martin Renz, Wolfgang Rixius & Ulrich Ruscher, engineers (Diego Fasolis, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Daniel Behle, Franco Fagioli, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Yuriy Mynenko & Concerto Köln)
Label: Virgin Classics

Winter Morning Walks
David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Label: ArtistShare

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Manfred Eicher
• Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen (András Schiff) • Canto Oscuro (Anna Gourari) • Pärt: Adam’s Lament (Tõnu Kaljuste, Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis, Sinfonietta Riga, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra) • Tabakova: String Paths (Maxim Rysanov)
David Frost
• Andres: Home Stretch (Timo Andres, Andrew Cyr & Metropolis Ensemble) • Angel Heart, A Music Storybook (Matt Haimovitz & Uccello) • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (Jonathan Biss) • Ben-Haim: Chamber Works (ARC Ensemble) • Celebrating The American Spirit (Judith Clurman & Essential Voices USA) • Elgar: Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams: The Wasps; Greensleeves (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony) • Guilty Pleasures (Renée Fleming, Sebastian Lang-Lessing & Philharmonia Orchestra) • Verdi: Otello (Riccardo Muti, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Krassimira Stoyanova, Carlo Guelfi, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Chicago Symphony Orchestra) • Winter Morning Walks (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
• Bizet: Symphony In C; Jeux D’Enfants; Variations Chromatiques (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra) • Traveling Sonata – European Music For Flute & Guitar (Viviana Guzmán & Jérémy Jouve) • Voyages (Conrad Tao) • Zia (Del Sol String Quartet)
James Mallinson
• Berlioz: Grande Messe Des Morts (Colin Davis, London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir & London Symphony Orchestra) • Bloch: Symphony In C-Sharp Minor & Poems Of The Sea (Dalia Atlas & London Symphony Orchestra) • Fauré: Requiem; Bach: Partita, Chorales & Ciaccona (Nigel Short, Tenebrae & London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble) • Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (Colin Davis & London Symphony Orchestra) • Wagner: Das Rheingold (Valery Gergiev, René Pape, Stephan Rügamer, Nikolai Putilin & Mariinsky Orchestra) • Wagner: Die Walküre (Valery Gergiev, Anja Kampe, Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Nina Stemme & Mariinsky Orchestra) • Weber: Der Freischütz (Colin Davis, Christine Brewer, Sally Matthews, Simon O’Neill, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
Jay David Saks
• Adams: Nixon In China (John Adams, Russell Braun, Ginger Costa-Jackson, James Maddalena, Janis Kelly, Richard Paul Fink, Robert Brubaker, Kathleen Kim, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra) • Adès: The Tempest (Thomas Adès, Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Alan Oke, Simon Keenlyside, Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra) • The Enchanted Island (William Christie, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Danielle De Niese, Luca Pisaroni, Lisette Oropesa, Plácido Domingo, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus) • Handel: Rodelinda (Harry Bicket, Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, Stephanie Blythe, Iestyn Davies, Shenyang & The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) • Live At Carnegie Hall (James Levine, Evgeny Kissin & The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) • Verdi: Rigoletto (Michele Mariotti, Željko Lu_i_, Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala, Oksana Volkova, Štefan Kocán, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)

Best Orchestral Performance

Atterberg: Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Neeme Järvi, conductor (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra)
Label: Chandos

Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Track from: Lutoslawski: The Symphonies
Label: Sony Classical

Schumann: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Manfred & Genoveva
Claudio Abbado, conductor (Orchestra Mozart)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)
Label: BIS Records

Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps
Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)
Label: EMI Classics

Best Opera Recording

Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna & Alan Oke; Luisa Bricetti & Victoria Warivonchick, producers (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Britten: The Rape Of Lucretia
Oliver Knussen, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Peter Coleman-Wright, Susan Gritton & Angelika Kirchschlager; John Fraser, producer (Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble)
Label: Virgin Classics

Kleiberg: David & Bathsheba
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor; Anna Einarsson & Johannes Weisser; Morten Lindberg, producer (Trondheim Symphony Orchestra; Trondheim Symphony Orchestra Vocal Ensemble)
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)

Vinci: Artaserse
Diego Fasolis, conductor; Valer Barna-Sabadus, Daniel Behle, Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli & Philippe Jaroussky; Ulrich Ruscher, producer (Concerto Köln; Coro Della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano)
Label: Virgin Classics

Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
Christian Thielemann, conductor; Katarina Dalayman, Albert Dohmen, Stephen Gould, Eric Halfvarson & Linda Watson; Othmar Eichinger, producer (Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper; Chor Der Wiener Staatsoper)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Best Choral Performance

Berlioz: Grande Messe Des Morts
Colin Davis, conductor (Barry Banks; London Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Choir & London Symphony Chorus)
Label: LSO Live

Palestrina: Volume 3
Harry Christophers, conductor (The Sixteen)
Label: Coro

Parry: Works For Chorus & Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor; Adrian Partington, chorus master (Amanda Roocroft; BBC National Orchestra Of Wales; BBC National Chorus Of Wales)
Label: Chandos

Pärt: Adam’s Lament
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)
Label: ECM New Series

Whitbourn: Annelies
James Jordan, conductor (Ariana Zukerman; The Lincoln Trio; Westminster Williamson Voices)
Label: Naxos

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas
Leonidas Kavakos & Enrico Pace
Label: Decca

Cage: The 10,000 Things
Vicki Ray, William Winant, Aron Kallay & Tom Peters
Label: MicroFest Records

Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Roomful Of Teeth
Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth
Label: New Amsterdam Records

Times Go By Turns
New York Polyphony
Label: BIS Records

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Bartók, Eötvös & Ligeti
Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Peter Eötvös, conductor (Ensemble Modern & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Label: Naïve

Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)
Track from: Corigliano: Conjurer; Vocalise
Label: Naxos

The Edge Of Light
Gloria Cheng (Calder Quartet)
Label: Harmonia Mundi

Lindberg: Piano Concerto No. 2
Yefim Bronfman; Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic)
Track from: Magnus Lindberg
Label: Dacapo Records

Salonen: Violin Concerto; Nyx
Leila Josefowicz; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Schubert: Piano Sonatas D. 845 & D. 960
Maria João Pires
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Drama Queens
Joyce DiDonato (Alan Curtis; Il Complesso Barocco)
Label: Virgin Classics

Cecilia Bartoli (Diego Fasolis; Philippe Jaroussky; I Barocchisti)
Label: Decca

Schubert: Winterreise
Christoph Prégardien (Michael Gees)
Label: Challenge

Jonas Kaufmann (Donald Runnicles; Markus Brück; Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin)
Label: Decca

Winter Morning Walks
Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Label: ArtistShare

Best Classical Compendium

Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Label: Ondine

Holmboe: Concertos
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor; Preben Iwan, producer
Label: Dacapo Records

Tabakova: String Paths
Maxim Rysanov; Manfred Eicher, producer
Label: ECM New Series

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Lindberg, Magnus: Piano Concerto No. 2
Magnus Lindberg, composer (Yefim Bronfman, Alan Gilbert & New York Philharmonic)
Track from: Magnus Lindberg
Label: Dacapo Records

Pärt, Arvo: Adam’s Lament
Arvo Pärt, composer (Tõnu Kaljuste, Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis & Sinfonietta Riga)
Track from: Arvo Pärt: Adam’s Lament
Label: ECM New Series

Salonen, Esa-Pekka: Violin Concerto
Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer (Leila Josefowicz, Esa-Pekka Salonen & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Out Of Nowhere
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks
Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson & Australian Chamber Orchestra)
Track from: Winter Morning Walks
Label: ArtistShare

Shaw, Caroline: Partita For 8 Voices
Caroline Shaw, composer (Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth)
Track from: Roomful Of Teeth
Label: New Amsterdam Records

Best Music Video

Safe And Sound
Capital Cities
Grady Hall, video director; Buddy Enright, video producer
Label: Capitol Records

Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film
Jay Z
Mark Romanek, video director; Shawn Carter & Aristides McGarry, video producers
Label: Roc Nation

Can’t Hold Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton
Jon Jon Augustavo, Jason Koenig & Ryan Lewis, video directors; Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer & Jenny Koenig, video producers
Label: Macklemore LLC

Suit & Tie
Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer
Label: RCA Records

I’m Shakin’
Jack White
Dori Oskowitz, video director; Raquel Costello, video producer
Label: Columbia Records

Best Music Film

Live 2012
Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer
Label: Capitol Records

Green Day
Tim Wheeler, video director; Tim Lynch, video producer
Label: Reprise

I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Danny Clinch, video director; Ben Harper, video producer
Label: Stax

Live Kisses
Paul McCartney
Jonas Akerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Road To Red Rocks
Mumford & Sons
Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer
Label: Glassnote Records

Katy Perry: Releases Video for ‘Unconditionally’


Katy Perry’s new single is a ballad called ‘Unconditionally’. The song — an ode to new boyfriend John Mayer, represents her unconditional love for him.

Mayor know for being a heart breaker, has broken the hearts of many starlets including Jessica Simspon, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift to name a few. So, Katy used the ballad to let him know all is in the past.

The video takes on a more abstract approach.

Perry stands alone in the darkness, while snow slowly covers her and the rest of the set. The video then sees the Popstar amidst dancers waltzing about in the snow.

In a recent interview with MTV Perry described the video as, “It doesn’t have a complete narrative. I do that all the time; I usually have quite a big story line…. This time I wanted to give a lot of gorgeous, beautiful looks, which I don’t usually go for. “But it’s mostly just a beautiful video that is supposed to evoke this power of love.”


Lady Gaga: Pulls Out All The Stops To Prevent Flop Album


Lady Gaga seems afraid that her new album might tank, so she’s taken the proper precautions to ensure it’s “success”.

By, inking multiple deal to promote ‘ARTFLOPOP‘ Gaga has successfully made the public aware that the album exists. But, it seems as if the masses aren’t buying into it (pun intended).

While, the album rose to number one in most countries, it fell out of the top spot just as quickly .

Things aren’t all bad in the land of Gaga though, Billboard expects the album to move around 240-250K units and debut in the number one spot.

When you consider Gaga‘s last release moved somewhat of 1.1M copies during it’s first week, these numbers are abysmal. But,her previous release only sold that much because of Amazon’s 99cent deal, which sold roughly 400K copies.

This time is no different because Gaga is back up to her old tricks, pulling multiple Gimmicks in order to increase album sales.

A list of all the schemes the ‘ARTPOP‘ era has bring upon us already:

  • Clear Channel Deal (Via this venture, the album will be spun on 150 Clear Channel Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Rhythmic CHR, and Hot AC stations around the country)
  • Google Play: Unlike Amazon Google Play didn’t sell the album for 99cents but it didn’t cut the price in half. The albums now sales for $5.99 on Google Play
  • H &M Deal: The album will now be sold at H&M with a small discount, bringing the original price down to $9.95
  • ARTPOP Stores: Gaga has open multiple stores across New York and Los Angeles that exclusively sells the Album ($16) and T-shirts ($30). The stores will close after first week sales are in.
  • Applause Kia Soul Commercial: Despite teaming up with Kia to promote her lead single ‘Applause’ the single didn’t not reach the number spot on billboard and actually peaked at number four.
  • Posting Of A Endless Link of Applause: Gaga originally publicized a link which allowed users to watch the video 150 times in a row. Gaga was immediately called out my Billboard‘s Bill Werde for her questionable practices.
  • Do What You Want Dre Beats Commercial: Gaga attempted to promote her second single the same way she did the first, through television commercials. Despite constant promotion and the approval of many music critics the single has yet to debut in Billboards top ten.

Overall, it’s quit sad that after all of her promotional gimmicks Gaga isn’t outselling the other girls. Katy who sold 286K and Miley who sold 270K didn’t do as half as much promotion for their album releases.

Originally the albums was set to mirror the sales of Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pink Friday‘, which debuted with 375K. The fact Gaga likely won’t outsell the debut effort of a female rapper is down right sad.