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Producers, Engineers Grab Grammy Gold

by Clive Young. Last night’s Grammy Awards mixed music and spectacle, seeing British pop singer Adele coronated with six awards; Paul McCartney further deified as he performed his new single and old classics; and Whitney Houston remembered, having died Saturday.

by Clive Young.

Los Angeles (February 13, 2012)—Last night’s Grammy Awards mixed music and spectacle, seeing British pop singer Adele coronated with six awards; Paul McCartney further deified as he performed his new single and old classics; and Whitney Houston remembered, having died Saturday.

Tying a Grammy record set two years ago by Beyonce for most awards won by a female artist in one year, Adele landed six trophies, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for “Rolling In The Deep,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”

Amidst all the hoopla, some awards were given out, too. Below, we run down a few selections of the night; from the dozens of Grammys handed out annually, here’s the ones that involve engineers, plus some of the more production-oriented awards:

Record Of The Year
Rolling In The Deep
Adele
Paul Epworth, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Mark Rankin, engineers/mixers
Track from: 21
[XL Recordings/Columbia Records]

Album Of The Year
21
Adele
Jim Abbiss, Adele, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T. Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
[XL Recordings/Columbia Records]

Best Historical Album
Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)
Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
[Hear Music]

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Paper Airplane

Neal Cappellino & Mike Shipley, engineers; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
[Rounder]

Producer of The Year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth
Call It What You Want (Foster The People) (T)
I Would Do Anything For You (Foster The People) (T)
I’ll Be Waiting (Adele) (T)
Life On The Nickel (Foster The People) (T)
No One’s Gonna Love You (Cee-Lo Green) (S)
Rolling In The Deep (Adele) (T)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
Sonny Moore, remixer (Benny Benassi)
Track from: Electroman
[Ultra Records]

Best Surround Sound Album
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner, surround producers (Derek & The Dominos)
[USM/UMe/Polydor]

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
[Naxos]

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Judith Sherman
Adams: Son Of Chamber Symphony; String Quartet
(John Adams, St. Lawrence String Quartet & International Contemporary Ensemble)
Capricho Latino (Rachel Barton Pine)
85th Birthday Celebration
(Claude Frank)
Insects & Paper Airplanes – Chamber Music Of Lawrence Dillon
(Daedalus Quartet & Benjamin Hochman)
Midnight Frolic – The Broadway Theater Music Of Louis A. Hirsch (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
Notable Women – Trios By Today’s Female Composers (Lincoln Trio)
The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1 – String Quartets By Dmitri Shostakovich & His Contemporaries (Pacifica Quartet)
Speak! (Anthony De Mare)
State Of The Art – The American Brass Quintet At 50 (The American Brass Quintet)
Steve Reich: WTC 9/11; Mallet Quartet; Dance Patterns (Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich Musicians & So Percussion)
Winging It – Piano Music Of John Corigliano (Ursula Oppens)

Recording Academy
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