Congratulations To This Year’s GRAMMY® Nominated Artists

By in Music Creation

Editor’s Note: Updated February 9, 2015

Every music professional has dreamed of winning a GRAMMY, but only a select few actually get the opportunity to hold the iconic award in their hands and give their acceptance speech to a room full of music visionaries.

The first GRAMMY Awards in 1959 were originally called the Gramophone Awards, which explains the small gramophone statuettes given to winners.

This year’s ceremony held on February 8 in Los Angeles was a glittering experience loaded with mesmerizing performances from today’s newest hot artists to those beloved for decades. At its height, the new and long familiar joined forces (thank you Annie Lennox and Hozier; Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett).

And again, many of Avid’s talented customers were nominated – and were winners!  We asked some of them how it felt to be nominated and how their Avid audio solutions helped them. Here’s what they had to say:

Producer Noah “40” Shebib scored three nominations: Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beyoncé by Beyoncé, and Best Rap Song for 0 To 100 / The Catch Up by Drake. He said: “This is my first nod for Album of the Year, and I’m really proud to be among such elite company. I collaborated with Beyoncé at Jungle City Studios where we created her track Mine using their S5 Fusion. With the mobility of my laptop Pro Tools software rig, I was able to use all my sounds in tandem with their S5, giving me everything I needed to complete my session on the road with all of my favorite tools.”

Record Producer Justin Meldal-Johnson won this year’s award for Best Rock Song Ain’t It Fun by Paramore. He added: “It feels really good to produce a record that gets recognized with a Grammy nomination, but the real honor belongs to Paramore themselves. They knew what they wanted and got there with pure intention, hard work, and solid integrity. We used Pro Tools for everything from demos to mixing on this record and it really paid off—the whole process was as smooth as silk.”

Record Producer Supa Dups was nominated for Reggae Album of the Year “Amid The Noise And Haste” by Soja. Supa says: “When I got my first Grammy Nomination I felt blessed, and to be part of any project that wins a Grammy is the ultimate honor. The Soja record I produced, “Amid the Noise and Haste”, was the first album I produced in its’ entirety, and Pro Tools was there for every step of the way. Whether I’m at home, working in a studio or traveling with my mobile rig, Pro Tools integrates seamlessly with all my systems.”

Musician and President of LA chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Mindi Abair’s album “Wild Heart” was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. “Being nominating this year felt like sheer ecstasy – it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I truly believe the GRAMMYs are the highest honor one can achieve in the music business because it’s the only award that is voted on by our peers. I’ve recorded all of my solo CDs using Pro Tools. It’s a beautiful tool that lets me create anywhere, helps me to think out of the box, and enables maximum creativity in my process.”

Mastodon’s High Road was nominated for Best Metal Performance. Guitarist Bill Kelliher commented: “Being nominated for this Grammy feels great, and hopefully it means we can help pave the way for other artists in our genre. With Pro Tools on my laptop, writing and recording is always an arm’s length away, and it’s opened up a whole new creative part of me. We used Pro Tools and Avid hardware all over our latest album Once More ‘Round the Sun. Without those tools, it just wouldn’t have been the same.”

We congratulate all of our customers who were nominated, and of course all who won.

You can hear this year’s GRAMMY-nominated music by listening to Avid’s Spotify playlist.

Here’s a list of some of the other GRAMMY Award nominees that we’re proud to say were created by Avid customers:

Record of the Year: 

  • Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith *WON*
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Album of the Year:

  • Morning Phase by Beck *WON*
  • X by Ed Sheeran
  • In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
  • Girl by Pharrell Williams

Song of the Year: 

  • All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith *WON*

Best Pop Solo Performance:

  • All of Me (Live) by John Legend
  • Stay With Me by Sam Smith
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Happy (Live) by Pharrell Williams *WON*

Best Pop Vocal Album: 

  • Ghost Stories by Coldplay
  • Bangerz by Miley Cyrus
  • My Everything by Ariana Grande
  • Prism by Katy Perry
  • X by Ed Sheeran
  • In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith *WON*

Best Rock Performance:

  • Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys
  • Blue Moon by Beck
  • Fever by Black Keys
  • Lazaretto by Jack White *WON*

Best Urban Contemporary Album: 

  • Sail Out by Jhené Aiko
  • Beyoncé by Beyoncé
  • X by Chris Brown
  • Mali Is by Mali Music
  • Girl by Pharrell Williams *WON*
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