Los Angeles, CA (February 14, 2005)–The Grammy Awards were televised last night, with memorable performances by The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Green Day, U2, Melissa Etheridge, Kanye West with Mavis Staples and John Legend, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Usher and more. The night’s big winner was Ray Charles & Various Artists’ Genius Loves Company, picked for Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album, Best Surround Sound Album, and its track “Here We Go Again,” featuring Charles and Norah Jones, named Record of the Year. Engineer Al Schmitt added significantly to his Grammy collection, serving not only as engineer on Genius and co-engineer on “Here We Go Again,” but also as the album’s surround mixer.
Album Of The Year honors for Genius went to producers John Burk, Terry Howard, Don Mizell, Phil Ramone and Herbert Waltl, and engineers Robert Fernandez, John Harris, Terry Howard, Pete Karam, Joel Moss, Seth Presant, Schmitt and Ed Thacker. Robert Hadley and Doug Sax were the album’s mastering engineers. The engineers were doubly honored with the Best Engineered Album Grammy. The song Here We Go Again, performed by Ray Charles and Norah Jones was produced by John Burk, and engineered/mixed by Terry Howard and Al Schmitt.
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical went to John Shanks, who produced Ashlee Simpson’s Autobiography, Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Sheryl Crow’s “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” Hilary Duff’s “Fly,” Robbie Robertson’s “Shine Your Light,” and Alanis Morissette’s So-Called Chaos.
Winner of the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical was Jacques Lu Cont’s Thin White Duke Mix of No Doubt’s “It’s My Life.” Best Engineered Album, Classical went to Higdon: City Scape; Concerto For Orchestra, engineered by Jack Renner for Telarc. And, David Frost was named Producer Of The Year, Classical.
For a complete list of winners, visit www.grammy.com.