BMI Songwriter/Artists Win 68% of Grammys; Adele Takes Home Six

Posted in News on February 13, 2012
Pictured: Adele wins big at 2012 Grammys.
Pictured: Adele wins big at 2012 Grammys.

The 54th annual Grammy Awards belonged to BMI songwriters, who earned almost 70% of the year’s 78 trophies – resounding proof of the strength of the BMI repertoire.

Adele took home Grammy gold in every category in which she was nominated. She won six trophies in all, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. Adele is a member of British performing right society PRS for Music, and chooses BMI to represent her in the U.S.

From Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Cee Lo Green, to the Civil Wars, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Chris Brown and Lady Antebellum, trophy after trophy went to BMI members. Kirk Franklin, Booker T. Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae (PRS), Rihanna, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Chris Tomlin, Maná, Pepe Aguilar, Los Tigres Del Norte and composer Alexandre Desplat (SACEM) also numbered the among the year’s best.

Tributes to legends the Beach Boys and Glen Campbell were among the live-music-stacked show’s high points. Maroon 5 and Foster the People each performed classics before being joined by the Beach Boys themselves; the Band Perry and Blake Shelton did the same before Campbell took the stage to deliver “Rhinestone Cowboy” to a crowd who sang and danced along. All of the performers in the two tributes, from the honorees to the new stars paying homage, are BMI songwriters.

Campbell was among the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients, the majority of whom are BMI giants. In addition to Campbell, honorees included Diana Ross, the Memphis Horns, George Jones, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Allman Brothers Band, while iconic New Orleans songwriter, producer and musician Dave Bartholomew received the Trustees Award. The prestigious awards were presented during the Special Merit Awards ceremony, held Saturday afternoon.

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2012 Grammy Awards
BMI winners

Record of the Year
“Rolling in the Deep”

Album of the Year
Adele, Fraser T. Smith, producers; Fraser T. Smith, engineer/mixer

Song of the Year
“Rolling in the Deep”
Co-written by Adele Adkins

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You”

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Body and Soul
With Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Instrumental Album
The Road from Memphis
Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album

Best Rock Performance
Foo Fighters

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
“White Limo”
Foo Fighters

Best Rock Song
Co-written by Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear
Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album
Wasting Light
Foo Fighters

Best R&B Performance
“Is This Love”
Corinne Bailey Rae (PRS)

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Fool for You”
Cee Lo Green

Best R&B Song
“Fool for You”
Co-written by Cee Lo Green and Jack Splash
Cee Lo Green

Best R&B Album
Chris Brown

Best Rap Performance
Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“All of the Lights”
Kanye West and Rihanna

Best Rap Song
“All of the Lights”
Co-written by Jeff Bhasker, Warren Trotter and Kanye West
Kanye West and Rihanna

Best Rap Album
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West

Best Country Album
Own the Night
Lady Antebellum

Best Country Solo Performance
Taylor Swift

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Barton Hollow”
The Civil Wars

Best Country Song
Written by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Best Bluegrass Album
Paper Airplane
Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Rebirth of New Orleans
Rebirth Brass Band

Best Children’s Album
All About Bullies…Big and Small
Kevin Mackie

Best Folk Album
Barton Hollow
The Civil Wars

Best Gospel Song
“Hello Fear”
Written by Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin

Best Gospel Album
Hello Fear
Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
And If Our God Is For Us…
Chris Tomlin

Best New Age Album
What’s It All About
Pat Metheny

Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Mosaic Project
Terri Lynne Carrington

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“500 Miles High”
Chick Corea

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Good Feeling
Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album
Drama Y Luz

Best Tropical Latin Album
The Last Mambo

Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album
Pepe Aguilar

Best Banda or Norteño Album
Los Tigres del Norte and Friends
Los Tigres del Norte

Best Blues Album
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best World Music Album
Tinariwen (SACEM)

Best Musical Theater Album
The Book of Mormon
Robert Lopez

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Visual Media
Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1
Stewart Lerman

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The King’s Speech
Alexandre Desplat (SACEM)

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“I See the Light” from Tangled
Alan Menken

Best Instrumental Composition
Life in Eleven
Béla Fleck and Howard Levy

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Paper Airplane
Mike Shipley
Alison Krauss and Union Station

Best Small Ensemble Performance
Lonely Motel: Music from Slide
Rinde Eckert and Steven Mackey

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
“Elmer Gantry”
Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein

Best Short Form Music Video
“Rolling in the Deep”

Best Long Form Music Video
“Back and Forth”
Foo Fighters


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