BMI Writers Continue Their Trend With Multiple GRAMMY Nominations

Posted in News on December 10, 2012
Pictured:  Fun.
Pictured: Fun.

Live from Nashville and televised on CBS, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations were announced at a star-studded concert Wednesday evening, December 5th.  This is the first time that the nominations have been announced in Music City, confirming the town’s validity as a vibrant music center for all genres of music. The voting members of The Recording Academy also had some reaffirming news for BMI writers who claimed the most nominations for some of the biggest awards. In fact all five of the Best New Artist nominees: Alabama Shakes, Fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers, and Frank Ocean are BMI writers.  And accordingly, 5 of the 6 Record of the Year nominees: The Black Keys, Fun., Gotye, Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift are BMI writers; 4 of the 5 nominations for Album of the Year: The Black Keys, Fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White are BMI writers; and in the Song of the Year category BMI writers are credited on 4 of the 5 nominations: Ed Sheeran for “The A Team;” Josh Ramsay (SOCAN/BMI) for “Call Me Maybe;” Jörgen Elofsson (STIM) and Ali Tamposi for “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You;)” and Jack Antonoff and Jeff Bhasker for “We Are Young.”

That translates to 6 nods each to BMI members Dan Auerbach, Fun., Frank Ocean, and Kanye West; five nods each to The Black Keys and Chick Corea; and four nods each to Jeff Bhasker and Nas.

2013 BMI GRAMMY Nominee List

Album Of The Year
Channel Orange” - Philip Scott, Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean
Some Nights” – fun., Jeff Bhasker
Blunderbuss” - Jack White
El Camino” - The Black Keys

Best Alternative Music Album
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” - M83
Making Mirrors” - Gotye

Best Americana Album
The Lumineers” - The Lumineers

Best Bluegrass Album
Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail” - Noam Pikelny
Life Finds A Way” - The Grascals
Scratch Gravel Road” - Special Consensus
The Gospel Side Of” - Dailey & Vicent

Best Blues Album
33 1/3” - Shemekia Copeland
Bring It On Home” - Joan Osborne
Let It Burn” - Ruthie Foster
Locked Down” - Dr. John

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Americana” - Modern Mandolin Quartet
Rupa-Khandha” - Los Angeles Percussion Quartet

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Eye On It” - TobyMac
Where I Find You” - Kari Jobe

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
“10,000 Reasons” (Bless The Lord) - Jonas Myrin
Jesus, Friend Of Sinners” - Mark Hall, Casting Crowns
White Flag” - Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin
Your Presence Is Heaven” - Israel Houghton, Israel & New Breed

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays” - Stephen Hartke
August 4, 1964” - Steven Stucky

Best Country Album
Four The Record” - Miranda Lambert
Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran” - Jamey Johnson
Uncaged” - Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes” - Hunter Hayes
The Time Jumpers” - The Time Jumpers

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Even If It Breaks Your Heart” - Eli Young Band
I Just Come Here For The Music” - Alison Krauss
Pontoon” - Little Big Town
Safe & Sound” - The Civil Wars, Taylor Swift
The Time Jumpers” - The Time Jumpers

Best Country Solo Performance
Blown Away” - Carrie Underwood
Cost Of Livin’” - Ronnie Dunn
Over” - Blake Shelton
Springsteen” - Eric Church
Wanted” - Hunter Hayes

Best Country Song
Even If It Breaks Your Heart” - Will Hoge
So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” - Jay Knowles, Adam Wright
Springsteen” - Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Eric Church
Cost Of Livin’” - Ronnie Dunn

Best Dance Recording
Don’t You Worry Child” - Swedish House Mafia
Levels” – Avicii, Ash Pournouri

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Fire & Ice” - Kaskade

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Love Is A Four Letter Word” - Lars Fox

Best Folk Album
Election Special” - Ry Cooder
Hambone’s Meditations” - Luther Dickinson
Leaving Eden” - Stuart Duncan
The Goat Rodeo Sessions” - Edgar Meyer
This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark” - Shawn Camp

Best Gospel Album
Gravity” - Lecrae
Worship Soul” - Anita Wilson
“I Win” - Marvin Sapp

Best Gospel Song
I Feel Good” - Phillip Feaster, Fred Hammond, Calvin Rodgers
My Testimony” - Aaron Lindsey, Marvin Sapp
Released” - Donald Lawrence

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Take Me To The King” - Tamela Mann
Jesus, Friend Of Sinners” - Casting Crowns
My Testimony” - Marvin Sapp

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Blood Brothers” - Iron Maiden
Ghost Walking” - Lamb of God
Love Bites” (So Do I) - Halestorm
No Reflection” - Marilyn Manson
Whose Life” (Is It Anyways?) - Megadeth

Best Historical Album
The Smile Sessions” (Deluxe Box Set) - Brian Wilson

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Alice In Wonderland” - Eddie Gomez
Cross Roads” - Ravi Coltrane
Ode” - Brad Mehldau
Alice In Wonderland” - Chick Corea
Hot House” - Gary Burton, Chick Corea
J. Mac” - Kenny Garrett

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington” - Michael Philip Mossman
How About You” - Gil Evans

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
City Of Roses” - Thara Memory
Wild Is The Wind” - Nan Schwartz
Look To The Rainbow” - Gil Evans

Best Instrumental Composition
Music Of Ansel Adams: America” - Chris Brubeck, Dave Brubeck
Overture, Waltz And Rondo” - Bill Cunliffe
Mozart Goes Dancing” - Chick Corea

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Blue Moon” - Ahmad Jamal
Further Explorations” - Paul Motian
Unity Band” - Pat Metheny
Further Explorations” - Chick Corea
Hot House” - Gary Burton, Chick Corea
Seeds From The Underground” - Kenny Garrett

Best Jazz Vocal Album
1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project” - Kurt Elling
Live” - Al Jarreau
The Book Of Chet” - Luciana Souza

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans” - Gil Evans

Best Latin Jazz Album
¡Ritmo!” -  The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band
Multiverse” -  Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Duos III” - Luciana Souza

Best Latin Pop Album
MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition” - Juanes

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Déjenme Llorar” - Carla Morrison
Imaginaries” - Quetzal
La Bala” - Ana Tijoux

Best Long Form Music Video
Bring Me Home” - Live 2011 - Sade

Best Musical Theater Album
Newsies” - Jack Feldman, Alan Menken

Best New Age Album
Deep Alpha” - Steven Halpern
Light Body” - Peter Kater
Live Ananda” - Krishna Das

Best New Artist
Frank Ocean
Hunter Hayes
Alabama Shakes
The Lumineers

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Payphone” - Wiz Khalifa, Maroon 5
Shake It Out” - Florence & The Machine
Somebody That I Used To Know” - Gotye
We Are Young” – fun.

Best Pop Instrumental Album
24/7” - Norman Brown
Four Hands & A Heart Volume One” - Larry Carlton
Live At The Blue Note Tokyo” - Dave Koz
Rumbadoodle” - Arun Shenoy

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Set Fire To The Rain” [Live] - Adele
Where Have You Been” - Rihanna

Best Pop Vocal Album
The Truth About Love” - Pink
Overexposed” - Maroon 5
Some Nights” – fun.
Ceremonials” - Florence & The Machine

Best R&B Album
Write Me Back” - R. Kelly
Back To Love” - Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Performance
I Want You” - Luke James
Thank You” - Estelle

Best R&B Song
Beautiful Surprise” - Claude Kelly, Salaam Remi
Heart Attack” - Benjamin Levin, Tremaine Neverson
Pray For Me” - Kenny Edmonds, Patrick “jQue” Smith, Anthony Hamilton
Refill” - Elle Varner, Andrew “pop” Wansel

Best Rap Album
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1” - Lupe Fiasco
God Forgives, I Don’t” - Rick Ross
Life Is Good” - Nas
Take Care” - Drake

Best Rap Performance
HYFR” (Hell Ya F***ing Right) - Lil’ Wayne, Drake
I Do” - Young Jeezy
Mercy” - Kanyé West, Pusha T, Big Sean
N****s In Paris” - Kanyé West
Daughters” - Nas

Best Rap Song
Lotus Flower Bomb” - Jerrin Howard
N****s In Paris” - Chauncey (Hit Boy) Hollis, Mike Dean
The Motto” - Tyler (T-Minus) Williams
Young, Wild & Free” - Ted Bluechel, Tyrone Griffin, Keenan Jackson, Nye Lee, Marquise de Angelo, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Marlon Barrow
No Church In The Wild” - Kanyé West
Daughters” – Nas, Gary DeCarloDaughters, Dale Frashuer
Mercy” - Kanyé West, Big Sean, Mike Dean, Pusha T

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Cherry Wine” - Amy Winehouse, Nas
No Church In The Wild” - Kanyé West, Frank Ocean
Talk That Talk” – Rihanna
Tonight” (Best You Ever Had) - John Legend

Best Recording Package
Love This Giant” - Noah Wall
Swing Lo Magellan” - David Longstreth

Best Reggae Album
New Legend - Jamaica 50th Edition” -  Sly & Robbie
Rebirth” - Jimmy Cliff
Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill” - Toots and the Maytals

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Días” - Los Tucanes De Tijuana
El Primer Ministro” - Gerardo Ortiz
Oye” - Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Pecados Y Milagros” - Lila Downs

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Nothin’ But The Best” - Dwayne Dopsie, Corey Ledet
Pilialoha” - Weldon Kekauoha
Shi Kéyah” – Songs For The People - Radmilla Cody
The Band Courtbouillon” - Wilson Savoy, Wayne Toups

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
“In My Mind” (Axwell Remix) - Axel Hedfors
Midnight City” (Eric Prydz Private Remix) - Eric Prydz
The Veldt” (Tommy Trash Remix) - Deadmau5

Best Rock Album
El Camino” - The Black Keys
Blunderbuss” - Jack White

Best Rock Performance
Hold On” - Alabama Shakes
Lonely Boy” - The Black Keys

Best Rock Song
Lonely Boy” - Patrick Carney, The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach
Freedom At 21” - Jack White

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Adventures Of Tintin - The Secret Of The Unicorn” - John Williams
The Artist” - Ludovic Bource
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” - Atticus Ross

Best Short Form Music Video
Houdini” - Foster the People
No Church In The Wild” - Kanyé West, Frank Ocean
We Found Love” - Rihanna

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Safe & Sound” (From The Hunger Games) - John Paul White (Civil Wars), Taylor Swift, T Bone Burnett
Abraham’s Daughter” (From The Hunger Games) - T Bone Burnett

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
A Holiday Carole” - Carole King

Best Traditional R&B Performance
If Only You Knew” - SWV
Lately” - Anita Baker

Best Tropical Latin Album
Retro” - Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Fortune” - Chris Brown

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Channel Orange” - Frank Ocean

Best World Music Album
Jabulani” - Hugh Masekela

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Dan Auerbach
Jeff Bhasker
Salaam Remi

Record Of The Year
Lonely Boy” - The Black Keys
Somebody That I Used To Know” - Gotye
Thinkin Bout You” - Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” - Taylor Swift
We Are Young” – fun., Jeff Bhasker

Song Of The Year
Call Me Maybe” - Josh Ramsay
Stronger” (What Doesn’t Kill You) - Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi
The A Team” - Ed Sheeran
We Are Young” - Jack Antonoff, fun., Jeff Bhasker

For a complete list of nominees, please visit



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