BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees

Posted in News on November 28, 2017
Pictured (L-R): Childish Gambino, SZA, Khalid
Pictured (L-R): Childish Gambino, SZA, Khalid

BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of BMI songwriters and composers recognized for their contributions to the year’s most celebrated music.

Several BMI affiliates made strong showings with multiple nominations. Iconoclastic rapper Childish Gambino earned five nods, including Record of the Year for “Redbone,” Album of the Year for “Awaken, My Love!”, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone,” Best R&B Song for “Redbone” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Awaken, My Love!”. Also in the running for five awards is rising star Khalid, who is nominated for Song of the Year for co-writing “1-800-273-8255” by Logic, Best New Artist, Best R&B Song for his song “Location,” Best Urban Contemporary Album for American Teen and Best Music Video for Logic’s “1-800-273-8255.” R&B siren SZA rounds out the triad of BMI affiliates nominated for five GRAMMYs with her nods for Best New Artist, Best R&B Performance for “The Weekend,” Best R&B Song for her track “Supermodel,” Best R&B Contemporary Album for her album Ctrl and Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Love Galore.”

One of the year’s most ubiquitous, record-breaking songs, “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee* made its presence felt, snagging nods for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Alessia Cara (SOCAN) was nominated for Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Stay” (with Zedd), and both Best Music Video and Song of the Year for Logic’s “1-800-273-8255.” For his work with Childish Gambino, composer/producer Ludwig Goransson earned nominations for both Record of the Year and Best R&B Song for “Redbone,” and Album of the Year for “Awaken, My Love!” The production team known as Stereotypes – a.k.a. Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip – is nominated for the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical award, while, at the same time, Romulus & Yip are also nonimated for their songwriting contributions to Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” as both Song of the Year and Best R&B song. From the field of music for visual media, composer Justin Hurwitz earned nominations for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for La La Land, Best Song Written for Visual Media for “City of Stars,” and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for “Another Day of Sun.”

Also recognized with multiple nods is Jack Antonoff, nominated for Album of the Year for his work on Lorde’s* Melodrama and Best Song Written for Visual Media for co-writing “I Don’t Want to Live Forever (ZAYN & Taylor Swift). As co-writer of that song, Taylor Swift also earned the nomination for that award, as well as a nod for prestigious GRAMMY gold in another category, Best Country Song for writing “Better Man,” which appears on Little Big Town’s The Breaker. Logic earned two nominations for “1-800-273-8255” for Song of the Year and Best Music Video. Imagine Dragons were nominated for both Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Thunder,” as well as Best Pop Vocal Album for Evolve. GRAMMY first-timer Julia Michaels was also recognized with nominations for Song of the Year for “Issues,” as well as Best New Artist.

Representing rock, Foo Fighters earned nods for both Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for their track “Run.” Late rock legend Gregg Allman received a Best American Roots Song nomination for “My Only True Friend” and Best Americana Album nod for Southern Blood. Jason Isbell is also nominated for Best American Album for The Nashville Sound, as well as a nod for Best American Roots Song for “If We Were Vampires.” On the country front, two nods went to Little Big Town for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Better Man” and Best Country Album for The Breaker. From the field of classical music, composer Adam Schoenberg received nominations for Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Contemporary Classic Composition, both for his work on Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs (Thomas Hampson, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony*).  From the field of contemporary Christian music, Tauren Wells received nods for Best Contemporary Music Album for Hills And Valleys, and Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song for “Hills And Valleys.”

Notably, the strength of BMI’s trailblazing roster was demonstrated in the Best New Artist category, with four of the five contenders BMI songwriters, namely Alessia Cara, Khalid, Julia Michaels and SZA.

Once again, BMI is thrilled for all of our affiliates honored with these impressive accolades. Congratulations to all!

Record Of The Year

Childish Gambino
Ludwig Goransson, producer; Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, Riley Mackin, engineers/mixers

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee* Featuring Justin Bieber*
Josh Gudwin, Andrés Torres, producers; Josh Gudwin, engineer/mixer

Album Of The Year

Awaken, My Love!
Childish Gambino
Ludwig Goransson, producer; Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, Riley Mackin, engineers/mixers; Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters

Jack Antonoff, producer/songwriter

Song Of The Year

Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee* Featuring Justin Bieber*)

Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

“That’s What I Like”
Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars*)

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara
Julia Michaels

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Million Reasons”
Lady Gaga

“What About Us”

“Shape Of You”
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Something Just Like This”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay*

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee* Featuring Justin Bieber*

Imagine Dragons

“Feel It Still”
Portugal. The Man

Zedd* & Alessia Cara

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Sarah McLachlan

Best Pop Vocal Album

Imagine Dragons

Lady Gaga

÷ (Divide)
Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording

“Bambro Koyo Ganda”
Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa*
Bonobo, producer; Bonobo, mixer

Camelphat* & Elderbrook*
Mike Di Scala, producers/mixer

Gorillaz Featuring DRAM
Damon Albarn and Anthony Khan, producers

Best Dance/Electronic Album


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

What If
The Jerry Douglas Band

Mount Royal
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge*

Bad Hombre
Antonio Sanchez

Best Rock Performance

“You Want It Darker”
Leonard Cohen

Foo Fighters

“Go To War”
Nothing More

Best Metal Performance

“Sultan’s Curse”

Best Rock Song

“Blood In The Cut”
Kristine Flaherty, songwriter (K.Flay)

“Go To War”
Daniel Oliver and David Pramik, songwriters (Nothing More)

Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

“The Stage”
Zachary Baker, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold)

Best Rock Album

Emperor Of Sand

The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Nothing More

Queens Of The Stone Age

Best R&B Performance

The Weekend

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Childish Gambino

“What I’m Feelin’”
Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones

Best R&B Song

Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Solana Rowe, songwriter (SZA)

“That’s What I Like”
Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars*)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Free 6LACK

Awaken, My Love!
Childish Gambino

American Teen


Best Rap/Sung Performance


Kendrick Lamar* Featuring Rihanna

“Love Galore”
SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

“Bodak Yellow”
Dieuson Octave, Jordan Thorpe & J White, songwriters (Cardi B*)

“Chase Me”
Judah Bauer, Hector Delgado, Antwan Patton, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse* Featuring Run The Jewels* & Big Boi)

Asheton Hogan, songwriter (Kendrick Lamar*)

E. Gabouer, songwriter (Rapsody*)

Best Rap Album

Flower Boy
Tyler, The Creator

Best Country Solo Performance

“Losing You”
Alison Krauss

“Tin Man”
Miranda Lambert

“I Could Use A Love Song”
Maren Morris

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Better Man”
Little Big Town

“Drinkin’ Problem”

Best Country Song

“Better Man”
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)

“Broken Halos”
Mike Henderson, songwriter (Chris Stapleton*)

“Drinkin’ Problem”
Jess Carsonn & Cameron Duddy, songwriters (Midland)

“Tin Man”“
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album

Cosmic Hallelujah
Kenny Chesney

The Breaker
Little Big Town

Life Changes
Thomas Rhett

Best New Age Album

Dancing On Water
Peter Kater

Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai, Volume 5

Spiral Revelation
Steve Roach

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Dance Of Shiva”
Billy Childs, soloist

“Whisper Not”
Fred Hersch, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Dreams And Daggers
Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Billy Childs

Project Freedom
Joey DeFrancesco & The People

Open Book
Fred Hersch

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Bringin’ It
Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Miguel Zenón

Best Gospel Performance/Song

“You Deserve It”
David Bloom and Phontane Demond Reed, songwriters (JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn*)

“Better Days”

“My Life”
The Walls Group
Eric Dawkins, Damon Thomas, Ahjah Walls & Darrel Walls, songwriters

“Never Have To Be Alone”
CeCe Winans & Alvin Love III, songwriters (CeCe Winans)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Oh My Soul”
Casting Crowns; Mark Hall & Bernie Herms, songwriters

“Hills And Valleys”
Tauren Wells & Chuck Butler, songwriters (Tauren Wells)

Best Gospel Album

Crossover: Live From Music City
Travis Greene

Bigger Than Me

Marvin Sapp

Sunday Song
Anita Wilson

Let Them Fall In Love
CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Danny Gokey

Echoes (Deluxe Edition)
Matt Maher

Hills And Valleys
Tauren Wells

Chain Breaker
Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album

The Best Of The Collingsworth Family - Volume 1
The Collingsworth Family

Give Me Jesus
Larry Cordle

Joseph Habedank

Hope For All Nations
Karen Peck & New River

Best Latin Pop Album

Lo Único Constante
Alex Cuba

Mis Planes Son Amarte

Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017
La Santa Cecilia

El Dorado

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Bomba Estéreo


Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Ni Diablo Ni Santo
Julión Álvarez Y Su Norteño Banda

Ayer Y Hoy
Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga

Alex Campos

Best Tropical Latin Album


Best American Roots Performance

“Killer Diller Blues”
Alabama Shakes

“Let My Mother Live”
Blind Boys Of Alabama

“Arkansas Farmboy”
Glen Campbell

“Steer Your Way”
Leonard Cohen

“I Never Cared For You”
Alison Krauss

Best American Roots Song

“Cumberland Gap”
David Rawlings, songwriter

“I Wish You Well”
Raul Malo & Alan Miller, songwriters (The Mavericks)

“If We Were Vampires”
Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)

“It Ain’t Over Yet”
John Paul White, songwriter (Rodney Crowell* Featuring Rosanne Cash* & John Paul White)

“My Only True Friend”
Gregg Allman & Scott Sharrard, songwriters (Gregg Allman)

Best Americana Album

Southern Blood
Gregg Allman

Shine On Rainy Day
Brent Cobb

Beast Epic
Iron & Wine

The Nashville Sound
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Brand New Day
The Mavericks

Best Bluegrass Album

Fiddler’s Dream
Michael Cleveland

Laws Of Gravity
The Infamous Stringdusters

Bobby Osborne

Universal Favorite
Noam Pikelny

All The Rage - In Concert Volume One [Live]
Rhonda Vincent And The Rage

Best Traditional Blues Album

Migration Blues
Eric Bibb

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Taj Mahal* & Keb’ Mo’

Got Soul
Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Live From The Fox Oakland
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album

Semper Femina
Laura Marling

The Queen Of Hearts
Offa Rex

You Don’t Own Me Anymore
The Secret Sisters

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Top Of The Mountain
Dwayne Dopsie And The Zydeco Hellraisers

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Reggae Album


Lost In Paradise
Common Kings

Best Children’s Album

Feel What U Feel
Lisa Loeb

Justin Roberts

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

Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter
Shelly Peiken

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In
Bernie Sanders* and Mark Ruffalo (Bernie Sanders*)

The Princess Diarist
Carrie Fisher

Best Comedy Album

What Now?
Kevin Hart

Best Musical Theater Album

Dear Evan Hansen
Alex Lacamoire, producers (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Hello, Dolly!
Bette Midler, principal soloist;(New Broadway Cast Recording)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Game Of Thrones: Season 7
Ramin Djawadi, composer

La La Land
Justin Hurwitz, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media

“City Of Stars”
Justin Hurwitz, songwriter (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone)

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (ZAYN & Taylor Swift)

“Stand Up For Something”
Common, songwriter (Andra Day* Featuring Common)

Best Instrumental Composition

“Three Revolutions”
Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés*)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

“Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can”
John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

“Another Day Of Sun”
Justin Hurwitz, arranger (La La Land Cast)

“I Like Myself”
Joel McNeely, arranger (Seth MacFarlane*)

“I Loves You Porgy/There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York”
Clint Holmes, arranger (Clint Holmes Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater* And The Count Basie Orchestra*)

Best Album Notes

Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble With The Truth
Wayne Bledsoe, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album

Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque In Upper Volta
Rob Sevier, compilation producer (Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Every Where Is Some Where
Miles Comaskey, Tommy English, Kristine Flaherty, engineers (K.Flay)

No Shape
Joseph Lorge, engineer (Perfume Genius*)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Blake Mills

The Stereotypes

Best Remixed Recording

“Can’t Let You Go” (Louie Vega Roots Mix)
Louie Vega, remixer (Loleatta Holloway*)

“Undercover” (Adventure Club Remix)
Christian Srigley, remixer (Kehlani*)

“You Move” (Latroit Remix)
Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode*)

Best Surround Sound Album

Early Americans
Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

Tyberg: Masses
Jesse Brayman, surround mix engineer; Jesse Brayman, surround mastering engineer; (Brian A. Schmidt*, Christopher Jacobson* & South Dakota Chorale*)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Tyberg: Masses
Jesse Brayman, mastering engineer (Brian A. Schmidt*, Christopher Jacobson* & South Dakota Chorale*)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

“Picture Studies”
Adam Schoenberg, composer (Michael Stern* & Kansas City Symphony*)

“Songs Of Solitude”
Richard Danielpour, composer (Thomas Hampson*, Giancarlo Guerrero* & Nashville Symphony*)

Best Music Video

Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid

Best Music Film

One More Time With Feeling
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Long Strange Trip
(The Grateful Dead*)
Eric Eisner, video producer

The Defiant Ones
(Various Artists)
Michael Lombardo & Steven Williams, video producers


*Not affiliated with BMI.


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