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Berklee's 2022 Alumni Grammy Nominees: See the Full List


Berklee's 2022 Alumni Grammy Nominees: See the Full List Nominees include Arooj Aftab, Miguel Zen n, Esperanza Spalding, and others in categories including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.


Colette Greenstein

November 23, 2021

Arooj Aftab B.M. '10

The nominees for the 64th annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday, November 23, and Berklee will once again have a major presence at event, with 38 alumni receiving 43 nominations across 23 categories, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Metal Performance, and Best Bluegrass Album, among many others.

Pakistani-born singer and composer Arooj Aftab B.M. '10 was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Global Music Performance, for her song Mohabbat ; Esperanza Spalding B.M. '05, a four-time Grammy Award winner, received a Best Jazz Vocal Album nomination for Songwrights Apothecary Lab; and eight-time Grammy nominee Miguel Zen n B.M. '98 was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album for El Arte Del Bolero, a collaboration with Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo.

Other nominees included St. Vincent (Annie Clark '04), whose latest release, Daddy's Home, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album; Andy Hall B.M. '97 and Chris Pandolfi B.M. '03 of the Infamous Stringdusters, who received a Best Bluegrass Album nomination for A Tribute to Bill Monroe; and Charlie Rosen '12 and Emile Mosseri B.M. '07, who each received nominations in the category of Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. Berklee faculty were also represented, with bassist John Patitucci, visiting scholar in performance studies, receiving a Best Jazz Instrumental Album nomination for Chick Corea Akoustic Bands LIVE. In addition, current student Warren Pettey, a recipient of Berklees Presidential Scholarship, contributed as a keyboardist and engineer to Tony Succars Live in Peru, which was nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album.

This year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences introduced two new categories, Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field) and Best M sica Urbana Album (Latin Music Field), expanding the number of categories to 86 in total. Watch the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, January 31, 2022, on CBS or streaming on Paramount+ at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Below is a full list of Berklee alumni Grammy nominees. Please note the list is subject to change as we receive updated information.

Record of the Year

Freedom, Jon Batiste

Michelle Mancini B.M. '08, mastering engineer

Right on Time, Brandi Carlile

Brandon Bell B.M. '12, engineer/mixer

Album of the Year

We Are, Jon Batiste

Jaclyn Sanchez B.M. '12, engineer/mixer

Michelle Mancini B.M. '08, mastering engineer

Love for Sale, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Billy Cumella M.M. '15, engineer/mixer

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Justin Bieber

Amy Allen '15, producer/songwriter

Jake Torry B.M. '16, producer/songwriter

Benjamin Thomas B.M. '11, engineer/mixer

Scott Braun B.M. '06, songwriter

Back of My Mind, H.E.R.

Jeff Gitelman B.M. '03, producer

Chris Galland B.M. '07, engineer/mixer

Jaclyn Sanchez B.M. '12, engineer/mixer

Montero, Lil Nas X

Jelli Dorman B.M. '15, engineer/mixer

Sour, Olivia Rodrigo

Annie Clark '04, songwriter

Ryan Linvill B.M. '16, engineer/mixer

Donda, Kanye West

Jeff Bhasker '99, producer/songwriter

Scott McDowell '05, engineer/producer

Kaushlesh Garry Purohit '16, engineer/producer

Song of the Year

A Beautiful Noise, Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile

Ruby Amanfu '98, songwriter

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab B.M. '10

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Coldplay, Higher Power

Denise Carite B.M. '10, songwriter

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Double Dealin', Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal

Eric Marienthal '79

Best Metal Performance

The Alien, Dream Theater

John Petrucci '86

John Myung '86

Best Alternative Music Album

Daddy's Home, St. Vincent

Annie Clark '04

Best R&B Song

Damage, H.E.R.

Jeff Gitelman B.M. '03, songwriter

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah B.M. '04, Sackodougou (from Weedie Braimahs The Hands of Time)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Songwrights Apothecary Lab, Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding B.M. '05

Best Latin Jazz Album

El Arte Del Bolero, Miguel Zen n and Luis Perdomo

Miguel Zen n B.M. '98

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Feels Like Home Vol. 2, Israel & New Breed

Justin Raines '06, bassist

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

El Madrile o, C. Tangana

Lewis Pickett '09, engineer

Best Bluegrass Album

A Tribute to Bill Monroe, The Infamous Stringdusters

Andy Hall '97

Chris Pandolfi '03

Best Traditional Blues Album

Travelers Blues, Blues Traveler

Josh Gruss '97, executive producer

Best Global Music Performance

Mohabbat, Arooj Aftab B.M. '10

Best Children's Music Album

Crayon Kids, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Lucky Diaz '97

Wes Switzer '07

Best Instrumental Composition

Concerto for Orchestra: Finale, Vince Mendoza and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (feat. Antonio S nchez and Derrick Hodge)

Antonio S nchez '97

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Meta Knight's Revenge, The 8-Bit Big Band feat. Button Masher

Charlie Rosen '12, arranger

Infinite Love, Emile Mosseri

Emile Mosseri '07, arranger

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Archetypes, S rgio Assad, Clarice Assad, and Third Coast Percussion

Clarice Assad '98

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Mythologies, Sangeeta Kaur and Hila Plitmann

Nadeem Majdalany B.M. '06

Emilio D. Miler '95

Best Contemporary
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