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December 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Brandy Clark, and more local names in the Grammy noms

Brandy Clark, who hails from Morton, Lewis County, is up for a Best New Artist Grammy Award/Jason Davis, Getty Images

Brandy Clark, who hails from Morton, Lewis County, is up for a Best New Artist Grammy Award/Jason Davis, Getty Images

UPDATE: Yet more local names have surfaced as Grammy nominees. Among them is Morton-bred Brandy Clark,  who’s competing against Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Haim and the ubiquitous Sam Smith. Clark is already on the industry’s radar, having won a Grammy last year for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow,” written with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves) and toured with Jennifer Nettles and Alan Jackson.

Locally made classical music is having its day at the Grammys, too. The Seattle Symphony, music director Ludovic Morlot and Seattle audio engineer Dimitriy Lipay have been nominated for five Grammy awards. The SSO commissioned and recorded a work for which the composer, John Luther Adams, was also nominated. Stephen Stubbs, founder of early-music company Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle, was nominated as part of his work with Boston Early Music Festival. In other categories, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and Portland keyboardist Jeff Lorber also picked up nominations. Seattle recording engineer David Miles Huber received a nomination, as did Seattle musicians Dave Gross, Jordan Buetow and the Seattle Pro Musica Choir.

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast on  Feb. 8 from Los Angeles.

Here’s the updated rundown:

Best New Artist: Brandy Clark

Best Country Album: Brandy Clark, “12 Stories”

Best Orchestral Performance, SSO recording on its own label of Henri Dutilleux’s Symphony No. 1, “Tout Un Monde Lointain” and “The Shadows of Time.”

Best Classical Instrumental Solo,  cellist Xavier Phillips, who performed on the track “Un Monde Lointain” from the same disc.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition, John Luther Adams’ “Become Ocean,” which the SSO commissioned and premiered. “Become Ocean” is also a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Best Engineered Album, Classical, SSO and Dimitriy Lipay, for recording of Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; “Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows Of Time” and John Luther Adams’ “Become Ocean.”

Producer of the Year, Classical, Dimitriy Lipay, for his work with the SSO.

–Best Opera Recording, Boston Early Music Festival, “La Descente D’Orphee Aux Enfers,” Stephen Stubbs, co-director.

Best Recording Package, Jeff Ament, co-designer of the Pearl Jam album, “Lightning Bolt.”

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album — Jeff Lorber, “Jazz Funk Soul” (Shanachie).

Best Surround Sound Album: “Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes.: David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer.

Best New Age Album: “Winds of Samsara,” with contributions by Dave Gross, Jordan Buetow and the Seattle Pro Musica Choir.


Major nominees:

Album Of The Year:
“Morning Phase” — Beck
“Beyoncé” — Beyoncé
“X” — Ed Sheeran
“In The Lonely Hour” — Sam Smith
“Girl” — Pharrell Williams

Record of the Year
“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea Ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” – Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year
“Take Me to Church” – Hozier
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” – Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift 
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

Best New Artist
Sam Smith
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark

Album of the Year
“Morning Phase,” Beck
“Beyoncé,” Beyoncé
“X,” Ed Sheeran
“In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith
“Girl,” Pharrell Williams


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Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories – Coldplay
Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
My Everything – Ariana Grande
PRISM – Katy Perry
X – Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
“Chandelier” – Sia
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

Best Traditional Pop Album
Cheek to Cheek – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Nostalgia – Annie Lennox
Night Songs – Barry Manilow
Partners – Barbra Streisand
Sending You a Little Christmas – Johnny Mathis

Best Country Album
“Riser” – Dierks Bentley
“The Outsiders” – Eric Church
“12 Stories” – Brandy Clark
“Platinum” – Miranda Lambert
“The Way I’m Livin’” – Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell
“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill

Best Rap Performance
“Rap God” – Eminem
“3005” – Childish Gambino
“I” – Kendrick Lamar
“0 to 100 / The Catchup” – Drake
“All I Need is You” – Lecrae

Best Urban Contemporary Album
“Sail Out” – Jhene Aiko
“Beyoncé” – Beyoncé
“X” – Chris Brown
“Mali Is …” – Mali Music
“Girl” – Pharrell Williams

Best Rock Album
“Turn Blue” – The Black Keys
“Morning Phase” – Beck
“Songs of Innocence” –  U2
“Ryan Adams” – Ryan Adams
“Hypnotic Eye” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Best Alternative Album
“This is All Yours” – Alt-J
“Lazaretto” – Jack White
“St. Vincent” –  St. Vincent
“Reflektor” – Arcade Fire
“Melophobia” – Cage the Elephant – they’ll play the 107.7 FM Deck the Hall Ball on Dec. 9.

Best Rock Song
“Fever” – The Black Keys
“Blue Moon” – Beck
“Ain’t It Fun” –  Paramore
“Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto” – Jack White

Best Americana Album
“The River and the Thread” – Roseanne Cash
“My Terms of Surrender” – John Hiatt
“Bluiesamericana” – Keb’ Mo’
“A Dotted Line” – Nickel Creek
“Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” – Sturgill Simpson

Best Reggae Album
“Fly Rasta” – Ziggy Marley
“Back on the Controls” – Lee “Scratch” Perry
“Full Frequency” – Sean Paul
“Out of Many, One Music” – Shaggy
“The Reggae Power– Sly & Robbie, Spicy Chocolate
“Amid the Noise and the Haste” – SOJA

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“American Hustle”
“Get on Up: The James Brown Story”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1”


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