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UMG CEO Lucian Grainge shares advice for artists in the age of smart speakers

The CEO of the world’s largest record label has some words of wisdom to share in the ever-changing tech of the modern music industry.

The latest reports from December 2018 revealed that 66 million households in the US now have smart speakers. That’s almost double the year before when it was around 37 million. The smart speaker revolution is having an effect on the way that people listen to music.

So much so that Universal Music Group CEO and chairman Lucian Grainge is advising his artists on how to make music in the changing industry. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Grainge says: “The amount of traffic there is with them is incredible compelling.”

He warns however that discovery can be difficult on a smart speaker, saying: “Our experience is people can’t ask for a song when they don’t know what the title is.” So he recommends that you keep your track title prominent in your lyrics to ensure you can be remembered and found.

He uses an analogy involving ‘How Much Is That Doggy In The Window’ to explain it. He explains: “If you’ve got something that is a brand, is a soundtrack, is a song where the title is in the chorus and the melodies, we’re seeing really explosive data and activity.

“That helps us in the creative process because it enables us, with the data and with consumption, to use the technology to say to the talent, you need to have something as basic as the song title… in the chorus.”

So there you have it from one of music’s highest authorities, to thrive on smart speaker music streaming make sure your catchy chorus says the track title so people can find it easily.

YouTube Music are opening a new studio for UK’s emerging talent

YouTube Music want to help boost fresh, new artists in the UK by funding a new studios at the BRIT School.

The BRIT Trust have gained the support of YouTube Music to fund a new music studio and give opportunities to up-and-coming talent to the UK. It comes after YouTube sponsored the BRIT Awards ceremony this year showing a deep partnership between the BRIT Trust and the video streaming giant.

The YouTube Music Studios will be built at The BRIT School in the hopes of helping the next generation of young creatives from London. They will open later this year and allow students to use the space, facilities and equipment to create videos. YouTube Music will also offer mentoring and masterclasses in the studio.

They will completely renovate the current TV, film and media production suite at The BRIT School. They will implement state-of-the-art equipment including a 16-channel audio desk, three studio cameras, playback screens, and monitors.

The head of music content partnerships for YouTube in the UK and Ireland, Azi Eftekhari says: “We’re passionate about the work that The BRIT School does, and we’ve been lucky to be able to support them for a number of years across several partnerships at Google. YouTube Music has seen first-hand the power that video can have in transforming the lives of emerging musical artists. We are committed to fostering the next generation of talent in the UK and are so pleased to be working with The BRIT Trust on the launch of the YouTube Music BRIT Studios. We look forward to seeing the success of future students from the programme and the impact they have on the world of music in the UK and beyond.”

The BRIT School’s principal, Stuart Worden said: “This is an exciting opportunity to have world class facilities that will help train our students to work in a creative sector that is growing at a rapid rate. The BRIT School has always celebrated new voices in music, performing arts, TV, film and digital arts. This major refurbishment will allow us to develop the talent of thousands of creative artists for years to come.”

The teaming up meant that YouTube became the BRIT’s official international livestream partner and YouTube Music the official app. They use the BRIT Awards to raise money for the BRIT Trust.

Chairman of The BRIT Trust, John Craig OBE says: “One of the challenges of running The BRIT School is ensuring that the students have access to the latest equipment and technology. This incredible support from YouTube ensures that our TV studios and radio suites on the School’s site in Croydon can now replicate the professional world as this is critical for them if they are to succeed when they leave and go onto jobs in the industry.”

Every winner at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards

Another Grammy Awards show has come and gone, giving 84 awards out to the greatest musicians and artist of the year – in the opinions of the Recording Academy anyway.

Here are all of the nominees for awards at the 61st Grammy Awards Ceremony and who took the award for each category this year.

GENERAL FIELD

1. Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

  • I LIKE IT
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
    Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie Brathwaite, Kuk Harrell, Evan LaRay & Simone Torres, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
     
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA – WINNER
    Childish Gambino
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, Riley Mackin & Shaan Singh, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • GOD’S PLAN
    Drake
    Boi-1Da, Cardo & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
     
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Lady Gaga & Benjamin Rice, producers; Brandon Bost & Tom Elmhirst, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
     
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    Al Shux & Sounwave, producers; Sam Ricci & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
    Louis Bell & Tank God, producers; Louis Bell, Lorenzo Cardona, Manny Marroquin & Ethan Stevens, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
    Grey, Monsters & Strangerz & Zedd, producers; Grey, Tom Norris, Ryan Shanahan & Zedd, engineers/mixers; Mike Marsh, mastering engineer

2. Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY
    Cardi B
    Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Belcalis Almanzar & Jorden Thorpe, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
     
  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Dave Cobb & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
     
  • SCORPION
    Drake
    Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
     
  • H.E.R.
    H.E.R.
    Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper Jr, David ‘Swagg R’Celious’ Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Darhyl Camper Jr & H.E.R., songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
     
  • BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS
    Post Malone
    Louis Bell & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell & Austin Post, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • DIRTY COMPUTER
    Janelle Monáe
    Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
     
  • GOLDEN HOUR – WINNER
    Kacey Musgraves
    Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Craig Alvin & Shawn Everett, engineers/mixers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
     
  • BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY
    (Various Artists)
    Kendrick Lamar, featured artist; Kendrick Duckworth & Sounwave, producers; Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer; Kendrick Duckworth & Mark Spears, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

3. Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
     
  • BOO’D UP
    Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
     
  • GOD’S PLAN
    Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
     
  • IN MY BLOOD
    Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)
     
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
     
  • THE MIDDLE
    Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)
     
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA – WINNER
    Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson & Jeffery Lamar Williams, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

4. Best New Artist
An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

  • CHLOE X HALLE
     
  • LUKE COMBS
     
  • GRETA VAN FLEET
     
  • H.E.R. 
     
  • DUA LIPA – WINNER
     
  • MARGO PRICE
     
  • BEBE REXHA
     
  • JORJA SMITH

POP

5. Best Pop Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

  • COLORS
    Beck
     
  • HAVANA (LIVE)
    Camila Cabello
     
  • GOD IS A WOMAN
    Ariana Grande
     
  • JOANNE (WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOIN’?) – WINNER
    Lady Gaga
     
  • BETTER NOW
    Post Malone

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

  • FALL IN LINE
    Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
     
  • DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART
    Backstreet Boys
     
  • ‘S WONDERFUL
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
     
  • SHALLOW – WINNER
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
     
  • GIRLS LIKE YOU
    Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
     
  • SAY SOMETHING
    Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
     
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.

  • LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
     
  • MY WAY – WINNER
    Willie Nelson
     
  • NAT “KING” COLE & ME
    Gregory Porter
     
  • STANDARDS (DELUXE)
    Seal
     
  • THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC!
    Barbra Streisand

8. Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal pop recordings.

  • CAMILA
    Camila Cabello
     
  • MEANING OF LIFE
    Kelly Clarkson
     
  • SWEETENER – WINNER
    Ariana Grande
     
  • SHAWN MENDES
    Shawn Mendes
     
  • BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA
    P!nk
     
  • REPUTATION
    Taylor Swift

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC

9. Best Dance Recording
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.

  • NORTHERN SOUL
    Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
    Above & Beyond & Andrew Bayer, producers; Above & Beyond, mixers
     
  • ULTIMATUM
    Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
    Guy Lawrence & Howard Lawrence, producers; Guy Lawrence, mixer
     
  • LOSING IT
    Fisher
    Paul Nicholas Fisher, producer; Kevin Grainger, mixer
     
  • ELECTRICITY – WINNER
    Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
    Jarami, Alex Metric, Riton & Silk City, producers; Josh Gudwin, mixer
     
  • GHOST VOICES
    Virtual Self
    Porter Robinson, producer; Porter Robinson, mixer

10. Best Dance/Electronic Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.

CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

  • THE EMANCIPATION PROCRASTINATION
    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
     
  • STEVE GADD BAND – WINNER
    Steve Gadd Band
     
  • MODERN LORE
    Julian Lage
     
  • LAID BLACK
    Marcus Miller
     
  • PROTOCOL 4
    Simon Phillips

ROCK

12. Best Rock Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.

  • FOUR OUT OF FIVE
    Arctic Monkeys
     
  • WHEN BAD DOES GOOD – WINNER
    Chris Cornell
     
  • MADE AN AMERICA
    THE FEVER 333
     
  • HIGHWAY TUNE
    Greta Van Fleet
     
  • UNCOMFORTABLE
    Halestorm

13. Best Metal Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.

  • CONDEMNED TO THE GALLOWS
    Between The Buried And Me
     
  • HONEYCOMB
    Deafheaven
     
  • ELECTRIC MESSIAH – WINNER
    High On Fire
     
  • BETRAYER
    Trivium
     
  • ON MY TEETH
    Underoath

14. Best Rock Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BLACK SMOKE RISING
    Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
     
  • JUMPSUIT
    Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
     
  • MANTRA
    Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)
     
  • MASSEDUCTION – WINNER
    Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
     
  • RATS
    Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

15. Best Rock Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.

  • RAINIER FOG
    Alice In Chains
     
  • M A N I A
    Fall Out Boy
     
  • PREQUELLE
    Ghost
     
  • FROM THE FIRES – WINNER
    Greta Van Fleet
     
  • PACIFIC DAYDREAM
    Weezer

ALTERNATIVE

16. Best Alternative Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

  • TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO
    Arctic Monkeys
     
  • COLORS – WINNER
    Beck
     
  • UTOPIA
    Björk
     
  • AMERICAN UTOPIA
    David Byrne
     
  • MASSEDUCTION
    St. Vincent

R&B

17. Best R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.

  • LONG AS I LIVE
    Toni Braxton
     
  • SUMMER
    The Carters
     
  • Y O Y
    Lalah Hathaway
     
  • BEST PART – WINNER
    H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
     
  • FIRST BEGAN
    PJ Morton

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.

  • BET AIN’T WORTH THE HAND – WINNER (TIE)
    Leon Bridges
     
  • DON’T FALL APART ON ME TONIGHT
    Bettye LaVette
     
  • HONEST
    MAJOR.
     
  • HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE – WINNER (TIE)
    PJ Morton Featuring Yebba
     
  • MADE FOR LOVE
    Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway

19. Best R&B Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BOO’D UP – WINNER
    Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
     
  • COME THROUGH AND CHILL
    Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)
     
  • FEELS LIKE SUMMER
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
     
  • FOCUS
    Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)
     
  • LONG AS I LIVE
    Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.

  • EVERYTHING IS LOVE – WINNER
    The Carters
     
  • THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
    Chloe x Halle
     
  • CHRIS DAVE AND THE DRUMHEDZ
    Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
     
  • WAR & LEISURE
    Miguel
     
  • VENTRILOQUISM
    Meshell Ndegeocello

21. Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.

  • SEX & CIGARETTES
    Toni Braxton
     
  • GOOD THING
    Leon Bridges
     
  • HONESTLY
    Lalah Hathaway
     
  • H.E.R. – WINNER
    H.E.R.
     
  • GUMBO UNPLUGGED (LIVE)
    PJ Morton

RAP

22. Best Rap Performance
For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.

  • BE CAREFUL
    Cardi B
     
  • NICE FOR WHAT
    Drake
     
  • KING’S DEAD – WINNER (TIE)
    Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
     
  • BUBBLIN – WINNER (TIE)
    Anderson .Paak
     
  • SICKO MODE
    Travis Scott, Drake, (Big Hawk) & Swae Lee

23. Best Rap/Sung Performance
For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.

  • LIKE I DO
    Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink
     
  • PRETTY LITTLE FEARS
    6lack Featuring J. Cole
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA – WINNER
    Childish Gambino
     
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar & SZA
     
  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

24. Best Rap Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • GOD’S PLAN – WINNER
    Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
     
  • KING’S DEAD
    Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Axel Morgan, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)
     
  • LUCKY YOU
    R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)
     
  • SICKO MODE
    Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, (Big Hawk) & Swae Lee)
     
  • WIN
    K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

25. Best Rap Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY – WINNER
    Cardi B
     
  • SWIMMING
    Mac Miller
     
  • VICTORY LAP
    Nipsey Hussle
     
  • DAYTONA
    Pusha T
     
  • ASTROWORLD
    Travis Scott

COUNTRY

26. Best Country Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.

  • WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT?
    Loretta Lynn
     
  • MONA LISAS AND MAD HATTERS
    Maren Morris
     
  • BUTTERFLIES – WINNER
    Kacey Musgraves
     
  • MILLIONAIRE
    Chris Stapleton
     
  • PARALLEL LINE
    Keith Urban

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.

  • SHOOT ME STRAIGHT
    Brothers Osborne
     
  • TEQUILA – WINNER
    Dan + Shay
     
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Little Big Town
     
  • DEAR HATE
    Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
     
  • MEANT TO BE
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

28. Best Country Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BREAK UP IN THE END
    Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
     
  • DEAR HATE
    Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
     
  • I LIVED IT
    Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
     
  • SPACE COWBOY – WINNER
    Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
     
  • TEQUILA
    Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
     
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

29. Best Country Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.

  • UNAPOLOGETICALLY
    Kelsea Ballerini
     
  • PORT SAINT JOE
    Brothers Osborne
     
  • GIRL GOING NOWHERE
    Ashley McBryde
     
  • GOLDEN HOUR – WINNER
    Kacey Musgraves
     
  • FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2
    Chris Stapleton

NEW AGE

30. Best New Age Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.

  • HIRAETH
    Lisa Gerrard & David Kuckhermann
     
  • BELOVED
    Snatam Kaur
     
  • OPIUM MOON – WINNER
    Opium Moon
     
  • MOLECULES OF MOTION
    Steve Roach
     
  • MOKU MALUHIA – PEACEFUL ISLAND
    Jim Kimo West

JAZZ

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

  • SOME OF THAT SUNSHINE
    Regina Carter, soloist
    Track from: Some Of That Sunshine (Karrin Allyson)
     
  • DON’T FENCE ME IN – WINNER
    John Daversa, soloist
    Track from: American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)
     
  • WE SEE
    Fred Hersch, soloists
     
  • DE-DAH
    Brad Mehldau, soloist
    Track from: Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Brad Mehldau Trio)
     
  • CADENAS
    Miguel Zenón, soloist
    Track from: Yo Soy La Tradición (Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet)

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.

  • MY MOOD IS YOU
    Freddy Cole
     
  • THE QUESTIONS
    Kurt Elling
     
  • THE SUBJECT TONIGHT IS LOVE
    Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, Gary Versace
     
  • IF YOU REALLY WANT
    Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza
     
  • THE WINDOW – WINNER
    Cécile McLorin Salvant

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.

  • DIAMOND CUT
    Tia Fuller
     
  • LIVE IN EUROPE
    Fred Hersch Trio
     
  • SEYMOUR READS THE CONSTITUTION!
    Brad Mehldau Trio
     
  • STILL DREAMING
    Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade
     
  • EMANON – WINNER
    The Wayne Shorter Quartet

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.

  • ALL ABOUT THAT BASIE
    The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart
     
  • AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICES OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM – WINNER
    John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists
     
  • PRESENCE
    Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
     
  • ALL CAN WORK
    John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
     
  • BAREFOOT DANCES AND OTHER VISIONS
    Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

35. Best Latin Jazz Album
For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.

  • HEART OF BRAZIL
    Eddie Daniels
     
  • BACK TO THE SUNSET – WINNER
    Dafnis Prieto Big Band
     
  • WEST SIDE STORY REIMAGINED
    Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
     
  • CINQUE
    Elio Villafranca
     
  • YO SOY LA TRADICIÓN
    Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

36. Best Gospel Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.

  • YOU WILL WIN
    Jekalyn Carr; Allen Carr & Jekalyn Carr, songwriters
     
  • WON’T HE DO IT
    Koryn Hawthorne
     
  • NEVER ALONE – WINNER
    Tori Kelly Featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin & Victoria Kelly, songwriters
     
  • CYCLES
    Jonathan McReynolds Featuring DOE; Jonathan McReynolds & Will Reagan, songwriters
     
  • A GREAT WORK
    Brian Courtney Wilson; Aaron W. Lindsey, Alvin Richardson & Brian Courtney Wilson, songwriters

37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.

  • RECKLESS LOVE
    Cory Asbury; Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver & Ran Jackson, songwriters
     
  • YOU SAY – WINNER
    Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury, songwriters
     
  • JOY.
    for KING & COUNTRY; Ben Glover, Matt Hales, Stephen Blake Kanicka, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
     
  • GRACE GOT YOU
    MercyMe Featuring John Reuben; David Garcia, Ben Glover, MercyMe, Solomon Olds & John Reuben, songwriters
     
  • KNOWN
    Tauren Wells; Ethan Hulse, Jordan Sapp & Tauren Wells, songwriters

38. Best Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.

  • ONE NATION UNDER GOD
    Jekalyn Carr
     
  • HIDING PLACE – WINNER
    Tori Kelly
     
  • MAKE ROOM
    Jonathan McReynolds
     
  • THE OTHER SIDE
    The Walls Group
     
  • A GREAT WORK
    Brian Courtney Wilson

39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, or rock recordings.

  • LOOK UP CHILD – WINNER
    Lauren Daigle
     
  • HALLELUJAH HERE BELOW
    Elevation Worship
     
  • LIVING WITH A FIRE
    Jesus Culture
     
  • SURROUNDED
    Michael W. Smith
     
  • SURVIVOR: LIVE FROM HARDING PRISON
    Zach Williams

40. Best Roots Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.

  • UNEXPECTED – WINNER
    Jason Crabb
     
  • CLEAR SKIES
    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
     
  • FAVORITES: REVISITED BY REQUEST
    The Isaacs
     
  • STILL STANDING
    The Martins
     
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE
    Gordon Mote

LATIN

41. Best Latin Pop Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop recordings.

  • PROMETO
    Pablo Alboran
     
  • SINCERA – WINNER
    Claudia Brant
     
  • MUSAS (UN HOMENAJE AL FOLCLORE LATINOAMERICANO EN MANOS DE LOS MACORINOS), VOL. 2
    Natalia Lafourcade
     
  • 2:00 AM
    Raquel Sofía
     
  • VIVES
    Carlos Vives

42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock, urban or alternative recordings.

  • CLAROSCURA
    Aterciopelados
     
  • COASTCITY
    COASTCITY
     
  • ENCANTO TROPICAL
    Monsieur Periné
     
  • GOURMET
    Orishas
     
  • AZTLÁN – WINNER
    Zoé

43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.

  • PRIMERO SOY MEXICANA
    Angela Aguilar
     
  • MITAD Y MITAD
    Calibre 50
     
  • TOTALMENTE JUAN GABRIEL VOL. II
    Aida Cuevas
     
  • CRUZANDO BORDERS
    Los Texmaniacs
     
  • LEYENDAS DE MI PUEBLO
    Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez
     
  • ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE! – WINNER
    Luis Miguel

44. Best Tropical Latin Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.

  • PA’ MI GENTE
    Charlie Aponte
     
  • LEGADO
    Formell Y Los Van Van
     
  • ORQUESTA AKOKÁN
    Orquesta Akokán
     
  • PONLE ACTITUD
    Felipe Peláez
     
  • ANNIVERSARY – WINNER
    Spanish Harlem Orchestra

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC

45. Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

  • KICK ROCKS
    Sean Ardoin
     
  • SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES
    Jon Batiste
     
  • THE JOKE – WINNER
    Brandi Carlile
     
  • ALL ON MY MIND
    Anderson East
     
  • LAST MAN STANDING
    Willie Nelson

46. Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE TROUBLE
    Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)
     
  • BUILD A BRIDGE
    Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)
     
  • THE JOKE – WINNER
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
     
  • KNOCKIN’ ON YOUR SCREEN DOOR
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)
     
  • SUMMER’S END
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

47. Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU – WINNER
    Brandi Carlile
     
  • THINGS HAVE CHANGED
    Bettye LaVette
     
  • THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS
    John Prine
     
  • THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE
    Lee Ann Womack
     
  • ONE DROP OF TRUTH
    The Wood Brothers

48. Best Bluegrass Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.

  • PORTRAITS IN FIDDLES
    Mike Barnett
     
  • SISTER SADIE II
    Sister Sadie
     
  • RIVERS AND ROADS
    Special Consensus
     
  • THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS – WINNER
    The Travelin’ McCourys
     
  • NORTH OF DESPAIR
    Wood & Wire

49. Best Traditional Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.

  • SOMETHING SMELLS FUNKY ‘ROUND HERE
    Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
     
  • BENTON COUNTY RELIC
    Cedric Burnside
     
  • THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL – WINNER
    Buddy Guy
     
  • NO MERCY IN THIS LAND
    Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite
     
  • DON’T YOU FEEL MY LEG (THE NAUGHTY BAWDY BLUES OF BLUE LU BARKER)
    Maria Muldaur

50. Best Contemporary Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.

  • PLEASE DON’T BE DEAD – WINNER
    Fantastic Negrito
     
  • HERE IN BABYLON
    Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps
     
  • CRY NO MORE
    Danielle Nicole
     
  • OUT OF THE BLUES
    Boz Scaggs
     
  • VICTOR WAINWRIGHT AND THE TRAIN
    Victor Wainwright And The Train

51. Best Folk Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.

  • WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND
    Joan Baez
     
  • BLACK COWBOYS
    Dom Flemons
     
  • RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS
    Mary Gauthier
     
  • WEED GARDEN
    Iron & Wine
     
  • ALL ASHORE – WINNER
    Punch Brothers

52. Best Regional Roots Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.

  • KREOLE ROCK AND SOUL
    Sean Ardoin
     
  • SPYBOY
    Cha Wa
     
  • ALOHA FROM NA HOA
    Na Hoa
     
  • NO ‘ANE’I – WINNER
    Kalani Pe’a
     
  • MEWASINSATIONAL – CREE ROUND DANCE SONGS
    Young Spirit

REGGAE

53. Best Reggae Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.

  • AS THE WORLD TURNS
    Black Uhuru
     
  • REGGAE FOREVER
    Etana
     
  • REBELLION RISES
    Ziggy Marley
     
  • A MATTER OF TIME
    Protoje
     
  • 44/876 – WINNER
    Sting & Shaggy

WORLD MUSIC

54. Best World Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

  • DERAN
    Bombino
     
  • FENFO
    Fatoumata Diawara
     
  • BLACK TIMES
    Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
     
  • FREEDOM – WINNER
    Soweto Gospel Choir
     
  • THE LOST SONGS OF WORLD WAR II
    Yiddish Glory

CHILDREN’S

55. Best Children’s Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new musical or spoken word recordings that are created and intended specifically for children.

  • ALL THE SOUNDS – WINNER
    Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats
     
  • BUILDING BLOCKS
    Tim Kubart
     
  • FALU’S BAZAAR
    Falu
     
  • GIANTS OF SCIENCE
    The Pop Ups
     
  • THE NATION OF IMAGINE
    Frank & Deane

SPOKEN WORD

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

  • ACCESSORY TO WAR (NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON & AVIS LANG)
    Courtney B. Vance
     
  • CALYPSO
    David Sedaris
     
  • CREATIVE QUEST
    Questlove
     
  • FAITH – A JOURNEY FOR ALL – WINNER
    Jimmy Carter
     
  • THE LAST BLACK UNICORN
    Tiffany Haddish

COMEDY

57. Best Comedy Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

  • ANNIHILATION
    Patton Oswalt
     
  • EQUANIMITY & THE BIRD REVELATION – WINNER
    Dave Chappelle
     
  • NOBLE APE
    Jim Gaffigan
     
  • STANDUP FOR DRUMMERS
    Fred Armisen
     
  • TAMBORINE
    Chris Rock

MUSICAL THEATER

58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

  • THE BAND’S VISIT – WINNER
    Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’el Stachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & David Yazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
     
  • CAROUSEL
    Renée Fleming, Alexander Gemignani, Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez & Jessie Mueller, principal soloists; Steven Epstein, producer (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)
     
  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT
    Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Ben Daniels, Brandon Victor Dixon, Erik Grönwall, Jin Ha, John Legend, Norm Lewis & Jason Tam, principal soloists; Andrew Lloyd Webber & Harvey Mason, Jr., producers (Andrew Lloyd-Webber, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist) (Original Television Cast)
     
  • MY FAIR LADY
    Lauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz & Harry Hadden-Paton, principal soloists; Van Dean, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Frederick Loewe, composer; Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)
     
  • ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
    Phillip Boykin, Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Kenita R. Miller, Alex Newell, Isaac Powell & Lea Salonga, principal soloists; Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty & Elliot Scheiner, producers (Stephen Flaherty, composer; Lynn Ahrens, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast)

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).

  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
    (Various Artists)
    Luca Guadagnino, compilation producer; Robin Urdang, music supervisor
     
  • DEADPOOL 2
    (Various Artists)
    David Leitch & Ryan Reynolds, compilation producers; John Houlihan, music supervisor
     
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN – WINNER
    Hugh Jackman (& Various Artists)
    Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Greg Wells, compilation producers
     
  • LADY BIRD
    (Various Artists)
    Timothy J. Smith, compilation producer; Michael Hill & Brian Ross, music supervisors
     
  • STRANGER THINGS
    (Various Artists)
    Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer & Timothy J. Smith, compilation producers; Nora Felder, music supervisor

60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

  • BLACK PANTHER – WINNER
    Ludwig Göransson, composer
     
  • BLADE RUNNER 2049
    Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer, composers
     
  • COCO
    Michael Giacchino, composer
     
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, composer
     
  • STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
    John Williams, composer

61. Best Song Written For Visual Media
A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
    Track from: Black Panther
     
  • MYSTERY OF LOVE
    Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens)
    Track from: Call Me By Your Name
     
  • REMEMBER ME
    Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)
    Track from: Coco
     
  • SHALLOW – WINNER
    Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
    Track from: A Star Is Born
     
  • THIS IS ME
    Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble)
    Track from: The Greatest Showman

COMPOSING/ARRANGING

62. Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.

  • BLUT UND BODEN (BLOOD AND SOIL) – WINNER
    Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard)
     
  • CHRYSALIS
    Jeremy Kittel, composer (Kittel & Co.)
     
  • INFINITY WAR
    Alan Silverstri, composer (Alan Silvestri)
     
  • MINE MISSION
    John Powell & John Williams, composers (John Powell & John Williams)
     
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)

63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BATMAN THEME (TV)
    Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Wynton Marsalis)
     
  • CHANGE THE WORLD
    Mark Kibble, arranger (Take 6)
     
  • MADRID FINALE
    John Powell, arranger (John Powell)
     
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, arranger (Alexandre Desplat)
     
  • STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER – WINNER
    John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)

64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
    Matt Rollings & Kristin Wilkinson, arrangers (Willie Nelson)
     
  • JOLENE
    Dan Pugach & Nicole Zuraitis, arrangers (Dan Pugach)
     
  • MONA LISA
    Vince Mendoza, arranger (Gregory Porter)
     
  • NIÑA
    Gonzalo Grau, arranger (Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider)
     
  • SPIDERMAN THEME – WINNER
    Mark Kibble, Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)

PACKAGE

65. Best Recording Package

  • BE THE COWBOY
    Mary Banas, art director (Mitski)
     
  • LOVE YOURSELF: TEAR
    Doohee Lee, art director (BTS)
     
  • MASSEDUCTION – WINNER
    Willo Perron, art director (St. Vincent)
     
  • THE OFFERING
    Qing-Yang Xiao, art director (The Chairman)
     
  • WELL KEPT THING
    Adam Moore, art director (Foxhole)

66. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (LOCKED N’ LOADED BOX)
    Arian Buhler, Charles Dooher, Jeff Fura, Scott Sandler & Matt Taylor, art directors (Guns N’ Roses)
     
  • I’LL BE YOUR GIRL
    Carson Ellis, Jeri Heiden & Glen Nakasako, art directors (The Decemberists)
     
  • PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-74′: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS
    Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson & Roy Henry Vickers, art directors (Grateful Dead)
     
  • SQUEEZE BOX: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC – WINNER
    Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll & Al Yankovic, art directors (“Weird Al” Yankovic)
     
  • TOO MANY BAD HABITS
    Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Johnny Nicholas)

NOTES

67. Best Album Notes

  • ALPINE DREAMING: THE HELVETIA RECORDS STORY, 1920-1924
    James P. Leary, album notes writer (Various Artists)
     
  • 4 BANJO SONGS, 1891-1897: FOUNDATIONAL RECORDINGS OF AMERICA’S ICONIC INSTRUMENT
    Richard Martin & Ted Olson, album notes writers (Charles A. Asbury)
     
  • THE 1960 TIME SESSIONS
    Ben Ratliff, album notes writer (Sonny Clark Trio)
     
  • THE PRODUCT OF OUR SOULS: THE SOUND AND SWAY OF JAMES REESE EUROPE’S SOCIETY ORCHESTRA
    David Gilbert, album notes writer (Various Artists)
     
  • TROUBLE NO MORE: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 13 / 1979-1981 (DELUXE EDITION)
    Amanda Petrusich, album notes writer (Bob Dylan)
     
  • VOICES OF MISSISSIPPI: ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS DOCUMENTED BY WILLIAM FERRIS – WINNER
    David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists)

HISTORICAL

68. Best Historical Album

  • ANY OTHER WAY
    Rob Bowman, Douglas Mcgowan, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Jackie Shane)
     
  • AT THE LOUISIANA HAYRIDE TONIGHT…
    Martin Hawkins, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
     
  • BATTLEGROUND KOREA: SONGS AND SOUNDS OF AMERICA’S FORGOTTEN WAR
    Hugo Keesing, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
     
  • A RHAPSODY IN BLUE – THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF OSCAR LEVANT
    Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Rebekah Wineman, mastering engineers (Oscar Levant)
     
  • VOICES OF MISSISSIPPI: ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS DOCUMENTED BY WILLIAM FERRIS – WINNER
    William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL

69. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

  • ALL THE THINGS THAT I DID AND ALL THE THINGS THAT I DIDN’T DO
    Ryan Freeland & Kenneth Pattengale, engineers; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (The Milk Carton Kids)
     
  • COLORS – WINNER
    Julian Burg, Serban Ghenea, David “Elevator” Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Florian Lagatta, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco, Jesse Shatkin, Darrell Thorp & Cassidy Turbin, engineers; Chris Bellman, Tom Coyne, Emily Lazar & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers (Beck)
     
  • EARTHTONES
    Robbie Lackritz, engineer; Philip Shaw Bova, mastering engineer (Bahamas)
     
  • HEAD OVER HEELS
    Nathaniel Alford, Jason Evigan, Chris Galland, Tom Gardner, Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Tony Hoffer, Derek Keota, Ian Kirkpatrick, David Macklovitch, Amber Mark, Manny Marroquin, Vaughn Oliver, Chris “TEK” O’Ryan, Morgan Taylor Reid & Gian Stone, engineers; Chris Gehringer & Michelle Mancini, mastering engineers (Chromeo)
     
  • VOICENOTES
    Manny Marroquin & Charlie Puth, engineers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer (Charlie Puth)

70. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

  • BOI-1DA

  • Be Careful (Cardi B) (T)
  • Diplomatic Immunity (Drake) (S)
  • Friends (The Carters) (T)
  • God’s Plan (Drake) (S)
  • Heard About Us (The Carters) (T)
  • Lucky You (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) (T)
  • Mob Ties (Drake) (T)
  • No Limit (G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) (S)

  • LARRY KLEIN

  • All These Things (Thomas Dybdahl) (S)
  • Anthem (Madeleine Peyroux) (A)
  • The Book Of Longing (Luciana Souza) (A)
  • Can I Have It All (Thomas Dybdahl) (S)
  • Junk (Hailey Tuck) (A)
  • Look At What We’ve Done (Thomas Dybdahl) (S)
  • Meaning To Tell Ya (Molly Johnson) (A)

  • LINDA PERRY

  • Harder Better Faster Stronger (Willa Amai) (S)
  • Served Like A Girl (Music From And Inspired By The Documentary Film) (Various Artists) (A)
  • 28 Days In The Valley (Dorothy) (A)

  • KANYE WEST

  • Daytona (Pusha T) (A)
  • Kids See Ghosts (Kids See Ghosts) (A)
  • K.T.S.E. (Teyana Taylor) (A)
  • Nasir (Nas) (A)
  • Ye (Kanye West) (A)

  • PHARRELL WILLIAMS – WINNER

  • Apes*** (The Carters) (T)
  • Man Of The Woods (Justin Timberlake) (A)
  • No One Ever Really Dies (N.E.R.D) (A)
  • Stir Fry (Migos) (T)
  • Sweetener (Ariana Grande) (A)

71. Best Remixed Recording
A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • AUDIO (CID REMIX)
    CID, remixer (LSD)
     
  • HOW LONG (EDX’S DUBAI SKYLINE REMIX)
    Maurizio Colella & Christian Hirt, remixers (Charlie Puth)
     
  • ONLY ROAD (COSMIC GATE REMIX)
    Olaf Diekmann & Claus Terhoeven, remixers (Gabriel & Dresden Featuring Sub Teal)
     
  • STARGAZING (KASKADE REMIX)
    Kaskade, remixer (Kygo Featuring Justin Jesso)
     
  • WALKING AWAY (MURA MASA REMIX) – WINNER
    Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)

PRODUCTION, IMMERSIVE AUDIO

72. Best Immersive Audio Album
For vocal or instrumental albums in any genre. Must be commercially released on DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, Blu-Ray, or burned download-only/streaming-only copies and must provide a new surround mix of four or more channels. Award to the surround mix engineer, surround producer (if any) and surround mastering engineer (if any).

  • EYE IN THE SKY – 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION – WINNER
    Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, PJ Olsson & Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project)
     
  • FOLKETONER
    Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)
     
  • SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS
    Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Dan Merceruio, surround producer (Matthew Guard & Skylark)
     
  • SOMMERRO: UJAMAA & THE ICEBERG
    Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Ingar Heine Bergby, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Choir)
     
  • SYMBOL
    Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround mix engineers; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround producers (Engine-Earz Experiment)

PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL

73. Best Engineered Album, Classical
An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

  • BATES: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS
    Mark Donahue & Dirk Sobotka, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edward Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
     
  • BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 3; STRAUSS: HORN CONCERTO NO. 1
    Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
     
  • JOHN WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES
    Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Jerry Junkin & Dallas Winds)
     
  • LIQUID MELANCHOLY – CLARINET MUSIC OF JAMES M. STEPHENSON
    Bill Maylone & Mary Mazurek, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (John Bruce Yeh)
     
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMPHONIES NOS. 4 & 11 – WINNER
    Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
     
  • VISIONS AND VARIATIONS
    Tom Caulfield, engineer; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (A Far Cry)

74. Producer Of The Year, Classical
A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

  • BLANTON ALSPAUGH – WINNER

  • Arnesen: Infinity – Choral Works (Joel Rinsema & Kantorei)
  • Aspects Of America (Carlos Kalmar & Oregon Symphony)
  • Chesnokov: Teach Me Thy Statutes (Vladimir Gorbik & PaTRAM Institute Male Choir)
  • Gordon, R.: The House Without A Christmas Tree (Bradley Moore, Elisabeth Leone, Maximillian Macias, Megan Mikailovna Samarin, Patricia Schuman, Lauren Snouffer, Heidi Stober, Daniel Belcher, Houston Gran Opera Juvenile Chorus & Houston Grand Opera Orchestra)
  • Haydn: The Creation (Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Betsy Cook Weber, Houston Symphony & Houston Symphony Chorus)
  • Heggie: Great Scott (Patrick Summers, Manuel Palazzo, Mark Hancock, Michael Mayes, Rodell Rosel, Kevin Burdette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Chorus & Orchestra)
  • Music Of Fauré, Buide & Zemlinsky (Trio Séléné)
  • Paterson: Three Way – A Trio Of One-Act Operas (Dean Williamson, Daniele Pastin, Courtney Ruckman, Eliza Bonet, Melisa Bonetti, Jordan Rutter, Samuel Levine, Wes Mason, Matthew Treviño & Nashville Opera Orchestra)
  • Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade To Music; Flos Campi (Peter Oundjian & Toronto Symphony Orchestra)

  • DAVID FROST

  • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 (Jonathan Biss)
  • Mirror In Mirror (Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristjan Järvi & Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • Mozart: Idomeneo (James Levine, Alan Opie, Matthew Polenzani, Alice Coote, Nadine Sierra, Elza van den Heever, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)
  • Presentiment (Orion Weiss)
  • Strauss, R.: Der Rosenkavalier (Sebastian Weigle, Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley, Günther Groissböck, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)

  • ELIZABETH OSTROW

  • Bates: The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edward Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
  • The Road Home (Joshua Habermann & Santa Fe Desert Chorale)

  • JUDITH SHERMAN

  • Beethoven Unbound (Llŷr Williams)
  • Black Manhattan Volume 3 (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
  • Bolcom: Piano Music (Various Artists)
  • Del Tredici: March To Tonality (Mark Peskanov & Various Artists)
  • Love Comes In At The Eye (Timothy Jones, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Jeffrey Sykes, Anthony Ross, Carol Cook, Beth Rapier & Stephanie Jutt)
  • Meltzer: Variations On A Summer Day & Piano Quartet (Abigail Fischer, Jayce Ogren & Sequitur)
  • Mendelssohn: Complete Works For Cello And Piano (Marcy Rosen & Lydia Artymiw)
  • New Music For Violin And Piano (Julie Rosenfeld & Peter Miyamoto)
  • Reich: Pulse/Quartet (Colin Currie Group & International Contemporary Ensemble)

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Lippencott: Frontier Symphony (Jeff Lippencott & Ligonier Festival Orchestra)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Thierry Fischer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Utah Symphony)
  • Music Of The Americas (Andrés Orozco-Estrada & Houston Symphony)

CLASSICAL

75. Best Orchestral Performance
Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.

  • BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 3; STRAUSS: HORN CONCERTO NO. 1
    Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
     
  • NIELSEN: SYMPHONY NO. 3 & SYMPHONY NO. 4
    Thomas Dausgaard, conductor (Seattle Symphony)
     
  • RUGGLES, STUCKY & HARBISON: ORCHESTRAL WORKS
    David Alan Miller, conductor (National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic)
     
  • SCHUMANN: SYMPHONIES NOS. 1-4
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
     
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMPHONIES NOS. 4 & 11 – WINNER
    Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

76. Best Opera Recording
Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.

  • ADAMS: DOCTOR ATOMIC
    John Adams, conductor; Aubrey Allicock, Julia Bullock, Gerald Finley & Brindley Sherratt; Friedemann Engelbrecht, producer (BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers)
     
  • BATES: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS – WINNER
    Michael Christie, conductor; Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edward Parks, Garrett Sorenson & Wei Wu; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
     
  • LULLY: ALCESTE
    Christophe Rousset, conductor; Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro & Judith Van Wanroij; Maximilien Ciup, producer (Les Talens Lyriques; Choeur De Chambre De Namur)
     
  • STRAUSS, R.: DER ROSENKAVALIER
    Sebastian Weigle, conductor; Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Günther Groissböck & Erin Morley; David Frost, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
     
  • VERDI: RIGOLETTO
    Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Francesco Demuro, Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Nadine Sierra; Vilius Keras & Aleksandra Keriene, producers (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra; Men Of The Kaunas State Choir)

77. Best Choral Performance
Award to the Conductor, and to the Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.

  • CHESNOKOV: TEACH ME THY STATUTES
    Vladimir Gorbik, conductor (Mikhail Davydov & Vladimir Krasov; PaTRAM Institute Male Choir)
     
  • KASTALSKY: MEMORY ETERNAL
    Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)
     
  • MCLOSKEY: ZEALOT CANTICLES – WINNER
    Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing)
     
  • RACHMANINOV: THE BELLS
    Mariss Jansons, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Oleg Dolgov, Alexey Markov & Tatiana Pavlovskaya; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
     
  • SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS
    Matthew Guard, conductor (Skylark)

78. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.

  • ANDERSON, LAURIE: LANDFALL – WINNER
    Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
     
  • BEETHOVEN, SHOSTAKOVICH & BACH
    The Danish String Quartet
     
  • BLUEPRINTING
    Aizuri Quartet
     
  • STRAVINSKY: THE RITE OF SPRING CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS
    Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin
     
  • VISIONS AND VARIATIONS
    A Far Cry

79. Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.

  • BARTÓK: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2
    Yuja Wang; Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)
     
  • BIBER: THE MYSTERY SONATAS
    Christina Day Martinson; Martin Pearlman, conductor (Boston Baroque)
     
  • BRUCH: SCOTTISH FANTASY, OP. 46; VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 26
    Joshua Bell (The Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields)
     
  • GLASS: THREE PIECES IN THE SHAPE OF A SQUARE
    Craig Morris
     
  • KERNIS: VIOLIN CONCERTO – WINNER
    James Ehnes; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)

80. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Award to: Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups) Producer(s), Recording Engineers/Mixers with 51% or more playing time of new material.

  • ARC
    Anthony Roth Costanzo; Jonathan Cohen, conductor (Les Violons Du Roy)
     
  • THE HANDEL ALBUM
    Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse, ensemble
     
  • MIRAGES
    Sabine Devieilhe; François-Xavier Roth, conductor (Alexandre Tharaud; Marianne Crebassa & Jodie Devos; Les Siècles)
     
  • SCHUBERT: WINTERREISE
    Randall Scarlata; Gilbert Kalish, accompanist
     
  • SONGS OF ORPHEUS – MONTEVERDI, CACCINI, D’INDIA & LANDI – WINNER
    Karim Sulayman; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor; Apollo’s Fire, ensembles

81. Best Classical Compendium
Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.

  • FUCHS: PIANO CONCERTO ‘SPIRITUALIST’; POEMS OF LIFE; GLACIER; RUSH – WINNER
    JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
     
  • GOLD
    The King’s Singers; Nigel Short, producer
     
  • THE JOHN ADAMS EDITION
    Simon Rattle, conductor; Christoph Franke, producer
     
  • JOHN WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES
    Jerry Junkin, conductor; Donald J. McKinney, producer
     
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: PIANO CONCERTO; OBOE CONCERTO; SERENADE TO MUSIC; FLOS CAMPI
    Peter Oundjian, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer

82. Best Contemporary Classical Composition
A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.

  • BATES: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS
    Mason Bates, composer; Mark Campbell, librettist (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edward Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
     
  • DU YUN: AIR GLOW
    Du Yun, composer (International Contemporary Ensemble)
     
  • HEGGIE: GREAT SCOTT
    Jake Heggie, composer; Terrence McNally, librettist (Patrick Summers, Manuel Palazzo, Mark Hancock, Michael Mayes, Rodell Rosel, Kevin Burdette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Chorus & Orchestra)
     
  • KERNIS: VIOLIN CONCERTO – WINNER
    Aaron Jay Kernis, composer (James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
     
  • MAZZOLI: VESPERS FOR VIOLIN
    Missy Mazzoli, composer (Olivia De Prato)

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

83. Best Music Video
Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

  • APES***
    The Carters
    Ricky Saiz, video director; Mélodie Buchris, Natan Schottenfels & Erinn Williams, video producers
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA – WINNER
    Childish Gambino
    Hiro Murai, video director; Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein, video producers
     
  • I’M NOT RACIST
    Joyner Lucas
    Joyner Lucas & Ben Proulx, video directors; Joyner Lucas, video producer
     
  • PYNK
    Janelle Monáe
    Emma Westenberg, video director; Justin Benoliel & Whitney Jackson, video producers
     
  • MUMBO JUMBO
    Tierra Whack
    Marco Prestini, video director; Sara Nassim, video producer

84. Best Music Film
For concert/performance films or music documentaries. Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

  • LIFE IN 12 BARS
    Eric Clapton
    Lili Fini Zanuck, video director; John Battsek, Scooter Weintraub, Larry Yelen & Lili Fini Zanuck, video producers
     
  • WHITNEY
    (Whitney Houston)
    Kevin Macdonald, video director; Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn & Lisa Erspamer, video producers
     
  • QUINCY – WINNER
    Quincy Jones
    Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones, video directors; Paula DuPré Pesmen, video producer
     
  • ITZHAK
    Itzhak Perlman
    Alison Chernick, video director; Alison Chernick, video producer
     
  • THE KING
    (Elvis Presley)
    Eugene Jarecki, video director; Christopher Frierson, Georgina Hill, David Kuhn & Christopher St. John, video producers

The 8 powers Spotify for Artists gave to creators in the last year

In 2018 Spotify expanded their Spotify for Artists platform to give artists unparalleled power over their music and their profile. Here are all of the nifty and useful tools Spotify added last year.

Spotify for Artists gives artists control over how their profile looks, what it says and many more vital powers on the world’s favourite music streaming service. They are always expanding the service so that artists can influence their presence in new and exciting ways and engage with their fans and as we look forward to a 2019 that hopefully puts even more power in the hands of artists lets look back at all the things we gained from Spotify on their platform last year.

1). Upload Your Music

A simple way to upload your music directly to Spotify was the most frequent request we received in 2018. And in response to it, we began rolling out a new feature in the Spotify for Artists app that allows users to upload their music with directly. As of this writing, the feature is invite-only, but you can sign up to receive future updates on it here.

2). Submit Your Music for Playlist Consideration

Another request we encountered was for the ability to get your song considered for inclusion on one of Spotify’s thousands of playlists. We made fulfilling this request a top priority and unveiled a way to do so back in October. Now all artists have to do is either log into their Spotify for Artists account (or head over to Spotify Analytics) and select one unreleased song to submit to the editorial team. But when you do, be sure to include all the details about the track—what genre it belongs to, what mood it pairs with, etc.—so that our editors have all the information they need to decide where your song fits best. We even made a couple videos to show you how it works!

3). Photo Galleries

One of our main goals with the Spotify for Artists app is to allow artists to be in complete control of their presence on Spotify. That’s why, back in March, we made it possible for you to upload your own images to a personal photo gallery. They can be photos from your latest gig or behind-the-scenes shots of your life on tour. Whatever they are, you you can add up to 125 of them and edit the order however you like.

4). Sharing to Instagram Stories

It’s a truism that being a social media wiz can help your visibility and thus your career (check out our do’s and don’ts of social media here), so we set up a brand new integration with Instagram and Facebook to allow easy sharing between the two platforms. Fans and artists can now share Spotify albums, tracks, artists, and playlists directly to Instagram stories, complete with deeplinks that’ll drive followers back into the Spotify app to listen to music.

5). The Game Plan

The Game Plan is one of our original video series designed to educate artists on the most important aspects of using Spotify to manage and grow their career. It features interviews with dozens of experts, including Spotify employees, industry veterans, and a bunch of big-name artists, such as the Teflon Don himself, Rick Ross (plus Little Dragon, Mike Posner, Vérité, Sheryl Crow, and more). This is the community of committed music lovers who are helping to shape and build Spotify, and the topics we’re tackling are integral to that: playlistingroyaltiesstream sharehow to read your data, and so much more.

6). Best Advice

If you’re gonna get sound career advice, we figured you’d better hear it from savvy artists with a wealth of experience and knowledge to pull from, so we launched our second video series, Best Advice, where artists like Christina Aguilera (above), Kamasi WashingtonRick Ross, and Mary J. Blige give some great tips on everything from how to hone your craft, deal with critics, harness your emotions, and everything in between.

7). The New Free Tier

As a savvy artist who likes to stay informed on industry trends, you probably already know there are two main ways a music fan can listen to Spotify: as a premium subscriber and as a free user. This summer, we rolled out a new free version of Spotify, with a bunch of new features, and one of the key differences in the new free app is an easier way for fans to discover their next favorite song. Free users now experience better personalized playlists, designed to introduce them to new music, week in and week out. They can listen to songs on demand in playlists like Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mixes, as well as in select editorial playlists, ranging from RapCaviar and ¡Viva Latino!, to Ultimate Indieand Alternative R&B, and more, depending on their tastes. There are more than 90 million people using the free version of Spotify. That’s a massive audience of potential new fans.

8). Co.Lab Events

As an artist, you’re part of a vast community, and in 2018, we set out to facilitate a way for you to tap further into that by offering a series of in-person, on-site events in NYC and LA. We brought together artists and industry vets to talk shop about TouringMerchRelease StrategiesRevenue Streams and networking, giving those who could join the chance to learn strategies for their careers, gain some useful resources—through presentations and one-on-one workshops—meet other artists (and, you know, have a couple drinks or have some photo opps). For those of you who couldn’t make it to the event, don’t worry—we’re publishing interviews and plenty of tips and tricks from music supervisors, label reps, brand expertstour directors, and our many other panelists over the course of the next few months, so watch this space. And of course, there will be more events to come. Here’s to 2019!


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How to find fans with Spotify’s new playlist submission feature

Spotify’s playlists are some of the biggest influencers in the music industry today with millions listening every day and artists can now submit their music to playlist curators for consideration.

In July Spotify launched their playlist submission tool so that any artist with music on Spotify could send them to the music streaming giant’s roster of curators for consideration on one of their massively influential playlists. Some playlists have millions of followers who return every week as they are updated and with so many potential listeners being included in one can make artists’ careers with one playlist inclusion as we’ve seen with artists of our own before.

Spotify have revealed more about how their new tool works so you can make sure you’re submitting right for the best chance to be featured on one of Spotify’s great playlists. They’ve made it so that you can select the metadata about your song so it gets put in front of the right people and selected for the right playlists, making it more likely to be chosen.

Here’s how it works. When you and your team submit an unreleased song—and Spotify for Artists allows you to submit one at a time—that track enters a pool alongside others from artists both unknown and unsigned, as well as superstars and major-label acts. Spotify’s teams of editors and curators comb through those pools looking for songs that could work on any of the thousands of playlists the service offers. With this change to the submission process, you can fine-tune which pools your music ends up in, helping the right editor find it in order to consider adding your tracks to, say, Chilled R&B or Infinite Indie Folk.

Spotify’s senior product manager, Steve Shirley says: “Metadata is just information about the music itself. What we’re asking is that you describe your music to help put it in front of the right team of editors. It’s detailing the genre and the specific attributes of the song that we think would get in front of the right people. Everyone who has music on Spotify is now able to get their songs in front of the people making these really impactful playlist decisions.”

What do Spotify want you to put in and how do you do it? They explain it below:

First, you’ll pick the song’s main genre. You’ll have plenty of options, and you can also choose up to three subgenres. “We’re asking you to pick one top-level genre, but then you can tag it with additional subgenres,” explains Shirley. “For example, there’s country rock, there’s folk rock, there’s hard rock. These are important distinctions.”

From there, you’ll be able to pick up to three music cultures, which encompasses both the language and cultural influence of the music, as well as the location of the artist making it. “We have editors all over the world that are looking for music for their specific market,” clarifies Shirley. “If you’re an editor in Finland, you want to make sure that the playlist that you programmed to represent Finnish music culture is highlighting the music coming out of that market, in addition to other globally relevant releases.

Next up, you can select up to two moods—say, Chill or Fierce or Sexy. What’s the mood of your song? Then, you can choose up to two song styles. Are you more of a Ballad or Beats type? You can also tell us which instruments are featured in the song.

“If you want to tell us that there was a banjo or an organ or a synthesizer or whatever, we have all those options that you can tick,” Shirley says.

Then there’s a number of yes-or-no questions as well as one more about the nature of the song:

  • Is this a cover?
  • Is this a remix?
  • Is it an instrumental?
  • How was it recorded? (The options are Studio and Live.)

Seems like a lot of boxes to tick, right? A lot of categorization when it comes to art. Shirley gets this. Prior to work for Spotify, Shirley played in bands and worked for the independent label Original Signal, which included independent artists such as Longwave, Butch Walker, and Ingrid Michaelson. He’s aware that artists don’t like to feel boxed in, and they often blanch at assigning a genre or quantifying descriptor to their music.

“We don’t want artists to think we’re asking them to label their art,” explains Shirley. “We’re just asking for information to help our editorial team figure out the listeners that might love their music.”

“As an artist, you might not feel like the music you make is straight-ahead ‘pop’ but you might select that genre because you feel the Spotify editors that make Pop playlists are best suited to determine which listeners your music is perfect for.”

Submitting all of this metadata is optional, of course. Spotify isn’t forcing anyone to pick a genre or a mood before uploading their song. But Shirley points out that Spotify has more than 5000 owned-and-operated playlists and receives huge volumes of submissions daily, and helping the editors out also helps you out.

“If you don’t submit, you’re in this sea of more than 20,00 songs that come in every single day, and the chances of an editor finding it are pretty low,” he says. “We’re not saying it’s a requirement; you can still get on a playlist even if you don’t submit,” he says. “But it definitely increases your chances if you do.”

Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K.) Teaching Boogie Woogie Piano at London Train Stations (Video)

Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K.) has been making some amazing headway of late on YouTube with teaching the London general public about Boogie Woogie piano. The Dr K. YouTube channel is now over 330,000 subscribers strong and it looks like it will be going higher even faster in 2019.

Take some time and have a listen to Dr K. Make sure you also keep an eye out in a London Tube Station near you!

How did your music do in 2018? Spotify Wrapped has you covered

2018 has been the most incredible year for music streaming ever, both for artists and for listeners. Find out how your music has done on Spotify with Wrapped 2018 for Artists.

2018 year has been an immense year for streaming with more people around the world streaming music than ever before. There’s no better time to have your music online and we’re seeing more and more artists uploading their music to Spotify and all of the other great streaming services all the time.

Spotify have an early Christmas present for artists, wrapping up their year in music. As we head towards a new year with fresh new music and opportunities Spotify have launched Wrapped for Artists in their Spotify for Artists platform. It offers up a platter of info on who’s been listening, how many people have been listening and more so you can easily see your music’s year in Spotify.

To access your own Artist Wrapped log into your Spotify for Artists account which you can access either on mobile or from a computer. If you haven’t claimed your artist profile before then what are you waiting for?! It’s free and simple and you can do it here: artists.spotify.com/c/access/artist. As long as more than three listeners have listened to your music before October 31st then your year is ready and waiting, Wrapped for you.

Spotify for Artists is a platform that allows you to see how your music is doing all year round with detailed analytics on which of your songs are working, fan hours streamed, year-over-year comparisons and more. In addition, Spotify for Artists lets you customise your artist profile like the images, biography as well as choose your Artists’ Pick – a song features at the top of your profile, and much more.

Share your Spotify Wrapped with your fans and have a Happy Holidays! Here’s to another amazing year of streaming in 2019.