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UNIVERSAL MUSIC’S GLOBAL CLASSICS & JAZZ LABELS ACHIEVE 26 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2022 AWARDS

 

VERVE ARTIST JON BATISTE LEADS ALL NOMINEES WITH 11 NODS – INCLUDING ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND RECORD OF THE YEAR

 

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS RECOGNISED WITH HIS FIRST EVER GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

 

PLUS NODS FOR NORAH JONES, JACOB COLLIER, ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO, HARRY CONNICK, JR., GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, MADISON CUNNINGHAM, YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN AND MORE…

 

24 NOVEMBER 2021 (TORONTO, ON)Universal Music’s Global Classics & Jazz labels have scooped 26 nominations for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Album of the Year for Jon Batiste.

 

Jon Batiste leads all nominees with 11 nominations, eight of which are for his critically-acclaimed album and cultural touchstone, WE ARE (Verve Records). His nominations show the wide scope of his talent and the diversity of his music, as he is shortlisted across multiple fields: jazz, classical, R&B, American Roots, score, music video, as well as in two of the highly competitive general categories. It is the first time Batiste has been nominated in the prestigious Record and Album of the Year categories (for “FREEDOM” and WE ARE, respectively) and the most nominations ever received by a Verve artist in a single year.

 

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds lands his first ever GRAMMY nominations with Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Loom” (feat. Bonobo) and Best Arrangement, Instrumentals and Vocals for “The Bottom Line” (feat. Josin) both from his breakout 2020 release, some kind of peace (Mercury KX).

 

Nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, pianist Norah Jones, receives a further nomination in the Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for her first full live album ‘Til We Meet Again (Blue Note). Meanwhile, fellow singer and entertainer Harry Connick, Jr. is nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album for his deeply personal and reflective album Alone With My Faith (Verve Records/Capitol CMG).

 

27 year-old Jacob Collier, who already has five GRAMMYs, is nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” (Hajanga/Decca Records/Interscope). Meanwhile, four-time GRAMMY winner Angélique Kidjo is nominated for Best Global Music Album for the Pan-African collaborative effort Mother Nature (Decca Records France) and Best Global Performance for the standout track with Burna Boy “Do Yourself”.

 

Burgeoning musicians within Verve Label Group are also making their mark.  Nominated for a GRAMMY in 2020, singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham scores another nod for Best Folk Album for Wednesday (Extended Edition) (Verve Forecast). Recent signee Arooj Aftab garners a coveted Best New Artist nomination as well as Best Global Music Performance for the intensely emotional “Mohabbat” from her album Vulture Prince, and harpist extraordinaire Brandee Younger garners Best Instrumental Composition for “Beautiful is Black” from her major label debut Somewhere Different (Impulse! Records).

 

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, receives a nomination for Best Choral Performance for his exhilarating rendition of Mahler: Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand” (Deutsche Grammophon), which is also up for Best Engineered Album, Classical. Also on the Yellow Label, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is nominated for Best Orchestral Performance for the critically acclaimed recording Florence Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (Deutsche Grammophon) with the Philadelphia Orchestra, of which he is the Music Director.

 

On Blue Note Records, acclaimed trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s Absence (featuring The E-Collective and The Turtle Island Quartet) is nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Improvised Jazz Solo for the title track. Meanwhile, composer, bandleader, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill is shortlisted in the Instrumental Composition category for Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions from his album of the same name.

 

Elsewhere, distinguished musicians Blake Mills and Pino Palladino receive a nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for their well-received collaborative effort Notes With Attachments (Impulse! Records/New Deal Records).

 

Commenting on the nominations, Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics and Jazz said: “The staggering breadth of artistry recognised by the Recording Academy showcases the exceptional talent of the artists we represent worldwide. We are honoured by the acknowledgement and congratulate our artists on their stellar achievements.”

 

The 64th GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network on Monday, January 31 and streamed live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT.

 

FULL LIST OF GLOBAL CLASSICS & JAZZ NOMINATIONS:

 

VERVE LABEL GROUP

 

Category 1 - Record of the Year

FREEDOM

Jon Batiste

 

Category 2 - Album of the Year

WE ARE

Jon Batiste

 

Category 4 - Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab

 

Category 18 - Best Traditional R&B Performance

I Need You

Jon Batiste

 

Category 21 - Best R&B Album

WE ARE

Jon Batiste

 

Category 40 - Best Roots Gospel Album

Alone With My Faith

Harry Connick, Jr.

 

Category 46 – Best American Roots Performance

CRY

Jon Batiste

 

Category 47 – Best American Roots Song

CRY

Jon Batiste

 

Category 52 – Best Folk Album 

Wednesday (Extended Edition)

Madison Cunningham

 

Category 55 – Best Global Music Performance

Do Yourself

Angélique Kidjo & Burna Boy

 

Category 55 – Best Global Music Performance

Mohabbat

Arooj Aftab

 

Category 56 - Best Global Music Album

Mother Nature

Angélique Kidjo

 

Category 64 - Best Instrumental Composition

Beautiful Is Black

Brandee Younger, composer (Brandee Younger)

 

Category 71 – Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Notes With Attachments 

Joseph Lorge & Blake Mills, engineers; Greg Koller, mastering engineer (Pino Palladino & Blake Mills)

 

Category 84 - Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Batiste: Movement 11'

Jon Batiste, composer (Jon Batiste)

 

Category 85 – Best Music Video

FREEDOM

Jon Batiste

 

BLUE NOTE RECORDS

 

Category 7 - Traditional Pop Vocal Album

‘Til We Meet Again

Norah Jones

 

Category 31 – Improvised Jazz Solo

Absence

Terence Blanchard

 

Category 33 – Jazz Instrumental Album

Absence

Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective and The Turtle Island Quartet

 

Category 64 - Instrumental Composition

Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions

Arturo O’Farrill

 

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

 

Category 75 - Best Engineered Album, Classical

Mahler: Symphony No. 8, 'Symphony Of A Thousand'

Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers; Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineers (Gustavo Dudamel, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Luke McEndarfer, Robert Istad, Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children's Chorus, Pacific Chorale & Los Angeles Philharmonic)

 

Category 77 - Best Orchestral Performance

Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)

 

Category 79 – Best Choral Performance

Mahler: Symphony No. 8, 'Symphony of a Thousand’

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic)

 

DECCA RECORDS

 

Category 66 – Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

 

MERCURY KX

 

Category 9 – Best Dance/Electronic Recording

Loom

Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo

 

Category 66 – Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

The Bottom Line

Ólafur Arnalds, arranger (Ólafur Arnalds & Josin)