BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees

Posted in News on December 13, 2018

BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In the ensuing celebration of the past year’s most acclaimed music, several BMI songwriters and composers are poised take home GRAMMY gold.

Among this year’s distinguished class of hopeful contenders, three prominent names return from last year’s list of nominees, notably Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga and Maren Morris, each receiving five separate nods, and each in the running for the Record of the Year award. Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This Is America,” Lady Gaga’s “Shallow,” her duet with Bradley Cooper from A Star is Born, and Maren Morris’ vocal contribution to “The Middle” with Zedd* & Grey all vie for that coveted prize. Gambino’s “This is America” is also up for Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video, while his single “Feels Like Summer” is nominated for Best R&B Song. Gaga’s “Shallow” is also up for Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media, while her recording of “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. Beyond Record of the Year, Maren Morris’ contribution to “The Middle” is also up for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance, while she is also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song for “Dear Hate,” featuring Vince Gill.

Other notable multiple-nominees include Post Malone and Kacey Musgraves. Post Malone earned nods for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Rockstar,” Best Pop Solo Performance for “Better Now” and Album of the Year for beerbongs & bentleys, while Musgraves received nods for Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Golden Hour, as well as Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies” and Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy.” In addition, BMI composer David Yazbek has been honored with a GRAMMY nom for his original new score to The Band’s Visit, the only non-revival show in the Best Cast Album category. BMI affiliates also made a strong showing in the Best New Artist category, with Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith (PRS) all receiving nods.

Once again, BMI is thrilled for all of our nominated affiliates. Congratulations to all!

Record Of The Year
“I Like It”
Cardi B*, Bad Bunny* & J Balvin
JWhiteDidIt &Tainy, producers; Evan LaRay, engineer/mixer

“The Joke”
Brandi Carlile*
Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers

“This is America”
Childish Gambino
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Riley Mackin, engineer/mixer

“God’s Plan”
Young Exclusive, producer

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Lady Gaga, producer

“All the Stars”
Kendrick Lamar* & SZA
Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer

Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage*

“The Middle”
Zedd*, Maren Morris & Grey
Grey, Monsters & Strangerz, producers; Grey, Tom Norris, engineers/mixers

Album Of The Year

Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B*
Evan LaRay, engineer/mixer; Jorden Thorpe, songwriter

By the Way, I Forgive You
Brandi Carlile*
Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Dave Cobb, engineer/mixer

beerbongs & bentleys
Post Malone
Post Malone, producer; Austin Post, songwriter 

Dirty Computer
Janelle Monáe*
Taylor Parks, songwriter

Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves
Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters

Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By
(Various Artists)
Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer

Song Of The Year

“All the Stars”
Solána Rowe & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)

“Boo’d Up”
Larrance Dopson, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

“God’s Plan”
Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, songwriters (Drake)

“In My Blood”
Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes (SOCAN) & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)

“The Joke”
Dave Cobb, songwriter (Brandi Carlile)

“The Middle”
Sarah Aarons (APRA), Jordan K. Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha & Michael Trewartha, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)

Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

“This is America”
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best New Artist

Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith (PRS)

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Havana” (Live)
Camila Cabello

“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”
Lady Gaga

“Better Now”
Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fall in Line”
Christina Aguilera

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“Girls Like You”
Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B*

“The Middle”
Zedd*, Maren Morris & Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

My Way
Willie Nelson

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila Cabello

Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes (SOCAN)

Beautiful Trauma

Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording

Disclosure* (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara [SACEM])

“Losing It”
Paul Nicholas Fisher, producer

Silk City & Dua Lipa* Featuring Diplo* & Mark Ronson
Silk City, producers; Josh Gudwin, mixer

“Ghost Voices”
Virtual Self
Porter Robinson, producer; Porter Robinson, mixer

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Woman Worldwide
Justice (SACEM)

Sofi Tukker

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Steve Gadd Band
Steve Gadd Band

Modern Lore
Julian Lage

Best Rock Performance

“Highway Tune”
Greta Van Fleet


Best Metal Performance


Best Rock Song

“Black Smoke Rising”
Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)

Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)

Jack Antonoff, songwriter (St. Vincent)

Best Rock Album

Fall Out Boy

From the Fires
Greta Van Fleet

Pacific Daydream

Best Alternative Music Album

American Utopia
David Byrne

Best R&B Performance

“Long As I Live”
Toni Braxton

“Best Part”
H.E.R.* Featuring Daniel Caesar (SOCAN)

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight”
Bettye LaVette


“Made For Love”
Charlie Wilson 

Best R&B Song

“Boo’d Up”
Larrance Dopson, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

“Come Through and Chill”
Jermaine Cole & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)

“Feels Like Summer”
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

“Long As I Live”
Toni Braxton, songwriter (Toni Braxton)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album

Sex & Cigarettes
Toni Braxton

Best Rap Performance

“King’s Dead”
Jay Rock & Future


“Sicko Mode”
Travis Scott, Big Hawk & Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Like I Do”
Christina Aguilera

“Pretty Little Fears”
6lack Featuring J. Cole

“This Is America”
Childish Gambino

“All the Stars”
Kendrick Lamar* & SZA

Post Malone

Best Rap Song

“God’s Plan
Daveon Jackson & Brock Korsan, songwriters (Drake)

“King’s Dead
Samuel Gloade, Johnny McKinzie, Travis Walton & Nayvadius Wilburn, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)

“Lucky You”
R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)

“Sicko Mode”
Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)

J. McKinzie & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best Rap Album

Mac Miller

Victory Lap
Nipsey Hussle

Pusha T

Travis Scott

Best Country Solo Performance

“Wouldn’t it Be Great?
Loretta Lynn

“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”
Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

“Parallel Line”
Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

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

Best Country Song

“Break Up in The End”
Jessie Jo Dillon & Chase McGill, songwriters (Cole Swindell)

“Dear Hate”
Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)

“I Lived It”
Rhett Akins & Ross Copperman, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

“Space Cowboy”
Kacey Musgraves, songwriter (Kacey Musgraves)

Nicolle Galyon & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

“When Someone Stops Loving You”
Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album

Girl Going Nowhere
Ashley McBryde

Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves

Best New Age Album

Opium Moon
Opium Moon

Molecules of Motion
Steve Roach

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“We See”
Fred Hersch, soloist

Brad Mehldau, soloist

Miguel Zenón, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The Questions
Kurt Elling

The Subject Tonight is Love
Kate McGarry* With Keith Ganz* & Gary Versace

The Window
Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Live in Europe
Fred Hersch Trio

Seymour Reads The Constitution!
Brad Mehldau Trio

Still Dreaming
Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley* & Brian Blade

The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

All About That Basie
The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart

Barefoot Dances And Other Visions
Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

Back to the Sunset
Dafnis Prieto Big Band

West Side Story Reimagined
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band


Elio Villafranca

Yo Soy La Tradición
Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

Best Gospel Performance/Song

“You Will Win”
Allen Carr, songwriter

“Won’t He Do It”
Koryn Hawthorne

“Never Alone”
Tori Kelly* featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

“A Great Work”
Aaron W. Lindsey & Alvin Richardson, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Reckless Love”
Ran Jackson, songwriter

for KING & COUNTRY; Stephen Blake Kanicka & Luke Smallbone, songwriters

“Grace Got You”
Solomon Olds, songwriter

Tauren Wells; Ethan Hulse, Jordan Sapp & Tauren Wells, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

The Other Side
The Walls Group

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Hallelujah Here Below
Elevation Worship

Living With A Fire
Jesus Culture

Survivor: Live From Harding Prison
Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album

Jason Crabb

Clear Skies
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Favorites: Revisited By Request
The Isaacs

Still Standing
The Martins

Love Love Love
Gordon Mote

Best Latin Pop Album

2:00 AM
Raquel Sofía

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album


Encanto Tropical
Monsieur Periné

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Leyendas De Mi Pueblo
Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez

¡México Por Siempre!
Luis Miguel

Best American Roots Performance

“Kick Rocks”
Sean Ardoin

“All On My Mind”
Anderson East

“Last Man Standing”
Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song

“All The Trouble”
Waylon Payne & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)

“Build A Bridge”
Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)

“The Joke”
Dave Cobb, songwriter (Brandi Carlile)

“Knockin’ On Your Screen Door”
Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

“Summer’s End”
Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

Best Americana Album

Things Have Changed
Bettye LaVette

The Tree of Forgiveness
John Prine

One Drop of Truth
The Wood Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album

Portraits in Fiddles
Mike Barnett

Sister Sadie II
Sister Sadie

North of Despair
Wood & Wire

Best Traditional Blues Album

The Blues is Alive and Well
Buddy Guy

No Mercy in This Land
Ben Harper* And Charlie Musselwhite

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Here in Babylon
Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps

Cry No More
Danielle Nicole

Victor Wainwright And The Train
Victor Wainwright And The Train

Best Folk Album

Weed Garden
Iron & Wine

All Ashore
Punch Brothers

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Kreole Rock and Soul
Sean Ardoin

Cha Wa

Best Reggae Album

As The World Turns
Black Uhuru

Reggae Forever

A Matter of Time

Sting (PRS) & Shaggy

Best World Music Album


Best Children’s Album

Falu’s Bazaar

Best Musical Theater Album

The Band’s Visit
David Yazbek, producer; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Call Me By Your Name
(Various Artists)

Deadpool 2
(Various Artists)

The Greatest Showman
(Various Artists)

Lady Bird
(Various Artists)

Stranger Things
(Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Black Panther
Ludwig Göransson, composer

The Shape of Water
Alexandre Desplat, composer

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
John Williams, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media

“All The Stars”
Solána Rowe & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
Track from: Black Panther

“Remember Me”
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)
Track from: Coco

Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
Track from: A Star Is Born

Best Instrumental Composition

“Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil)”
Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard)

“Infinity War”
Alan Silvestri, composer (Alan Silvestri)

“Mine Mission”
John Williams, composer (John Powell & John Williams)

“The Shape of Water”
Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

“Batman Theme” (TV)
Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Wynton Marsalis)

“The Shape of Water”
Alexandre Desplat, arranger (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

“It Was A Very Good Year”
Kristin Wilkinson, arranger (Willie Nelson)

Nicole Zuraitis, arranger (Dan Pugach)

“Spiderman Theme”
Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic
Al Yankovic, art director (“Weird Al” Yankovic)

Best Album Notes

Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris
David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album

Any Other Way
Rob Sevier, compilation producer (Jackie Shane)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Cassidy Turbin, engineer (Beck)

Head Over Heels
Nathaniel Alford, Jason Evigan, Derek Keota, Ian Kirkpatrick, Amber Mark & Morgan Taylor Reid, engineers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer (Chromeo)

Charlie Puth, engineer (Charlie Puth)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Linda Perry
Kanye West

Best Remixed Recording

“Stargazing” (Kaskade Remix)
Kaskade, remixer (Kygo Featuring Justin Jesso)

Best Immersive Audio Album

Eye in the Sky – 35th Anniversary Edition
Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineer; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project)

Best Opera Recording

Adams: Doctor Atomic
John Adams, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Anderson, Laurie: Landfall
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Concerto for Two Pianos
Leif Ove Andsnes* & Marc-André Hamelin (SOCAN)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Heggie: Great Scott
Jake Heggie, composer (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
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer (James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Best Music Video

“This is America”
Childish Gambino

“I’m Not Racist”
Joyner Lucas
Joyner Lucas, video directors; Joyner Lucas, video producer

Best Music Film
Life in 12 Bars
Eric Clapton (PRS)

*Not affiliated with BMI.


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