The Orchard Lists Their Distributed 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominees

The entire music industry is buzzing as the Recording Academy announce the 2020 GRAMMY Music Nominations. The Orchard’s artists and label partners have earned upwards of 50 nominations. Congratulations to all of the nominees for your recognized talent and hard work!

The Orchard is proud to work with artists and labels across a wide range of genres and categories. Killswitch Engage (Metal Blade Records) earned a nomination for Best Metal Performance for their single “Unleashed”. These hard rockers aren’t new to The GRAMMYs though, as this is their third time being nominated for Best Metal Performance. Rock on! 

In the jazz sphere, The Orchard distributed artists earned seven total nominations. Six-time GRAMMY Award winning bassist Christian McBride (Mack Avenue) celebrates three new GRAMMY nominations, including: Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Best Improvised Jazz Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition. McBride’s album New Jawn gives homage to his hometown, Philadelphia. The album name plays with the Philly colloquialism “jawn”, an all-purpose term for a person, place, or thing.  Christian isn’t the only Mack Avenue artist to earn a spot on this year’s list of honorees, Julian Lage, Joey DeFrancesco and Cyrille Aimée have also made the ballot. 

Another multi-nominated release, Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection has been listed for both Best Historical Album and Best Liner Notes. The special six-CD collection is accompanied by a full-length book about Seeger written by the label’s archivist and curator, Jeff Place. It’s Jeff’s writing that earned the release it’s later nomination.  Additional Smithsonian Folkway nominees include Mariachi Los Camperos for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano), and Our Native Daughters for Best American Roots Song.

Music’s Biggest Night will be broadcasted on January 26th at 8PM ET on CBS live from the STAPLES Center. Tune in and cross your fingers!

Find the complete list of nominees here and those distributed by The Orchard below.

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Mark Guiliana – BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC! (Motema)

Best Metal Performance

Killswitch Engage – “Unleashed” (Metal Blade Records)

Best New Age Album

David Darling – Homage To Kindness (Valley Entertainment/MRI Entertainment)

Deva Premal – Deva (Prabhu Music)

Peter Kater – Wings (Point Of Light Records)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Melissa Aldana – “Elsewhere” (Motema)

Julian Lage – “Tomorrow Is The Question” (Mack Avenue)

Christian McBride – “Sightseeing” (Mack Avenue)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Sara Gazarek – Thirsty Ghost (MRI)

Tierney Sutton Band – Screenplay (BFM Jazz)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Joey DeFrancesco – In The Key Of The Universe (Mack Avenue)

Christian McBride – Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue)

Best Latin Jazz Album

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Rubén Blades – Una Noche Con Rubén Blades (Blue Engine)

Miguel Zenón – Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (Miel Music/MRI Entertainment)

John Finbury [Thalma de Freitas With Vitor Gonçalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca] – Sorte! The Music of John Finbury (Green Flash Music)

Best Gospel Album

Cece Winans – Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album (Pure Springs Gospel/Thirty Tigers)

Best Roots Gospel Album

Steven Curtis Chapman – Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows (SCSEE Music/New Day)

Various Artists –  Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout (Billy Blue Records/New Day)

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea –  20 Aniversario (East Side Records/Select O Hits)

Mariachi Los Camperos –  De Ayer para Siempre (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

Best Tropical Latin Album

Aymée Nuviola – A Journey Through Cuban Music ((SME US Latin) Top Stop Music)

Best Amercian Roots Song

Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters) – Black Myself (Smithsonia Folkways)

Best Bluegrass Album

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Live in Prague, Czech Republic (Billy Blue Records/New Day)

Best Traditional Blues Album

Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men – Tall, Dark, and Handsome (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers)

Bobby Rush – Sittin’ On Top Of The Blues (Deep Rush/Thirty Tigers)

Jontavious Willis – Spectacular Class (Kind Of Blue Music)

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Sugaray Rayford – Somebody Save Me (Forty Below/MRI Entertainment)

Best Folk Album

Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin (PGM/Thirty Tigers)

Joy Williams – Front Porch (Sensibility Recordings/Thirty Tigers)

Best World Music Album

Bokanté – What Heat? (Harmonia Mundi/Real World) 

Best Children’s Album

Caspar Babypants – Flying High! (Aurora Elephant Music/Burnside Distribution)

Best Comedy Album

Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time (Comedy Dynamics)

Dave Chappelle – Sticks & Stones  (Netflix)

Best Instrumental Composition

Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza) – “Begin Again” (Palmetto+/MRI Entertainment)

Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride) – “Walkin’ Funny” (Mack Avenue)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Geoff Keezer, arranger (Sara Gazarek) – “Jolene” (MRI)

Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo, arrangers (Cyrille Aimée) – ” Marry Me A Little” (Mack Avenue)

Vince Mendoza, arranger (Trisha Yearwood) – “Over The Rainbow” (Gwendolyne Records LLC)

Best Album Notes

Judy Cantor-Navas, album notes writer (Various Artists) – The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (Craft Recordings/Discos Musart S.A. de C.V.)

Jeff Place, album notes writer (Pete Seeger) – Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)

Best Historical Album

Various Artists – Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 (Light In The Attic)

Pete Seeger – Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)

Best Remixed Recording

Lincoln Barrett, remixer (Jorja Smith) –  “The One” (High Contrast Remix) (FAMM Limited)

Best Immersive Audio Album

Ken-David Masur & Stavanger Symphony Orchestra – Gisle Kverndokk Symphonic Dances (AISA/SSO Recordings)

Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jenteko – Lux  (2L/Lindberg Lyd AS)

A Bad Think – The Savior (Windmark Records)

Best Opera Recording

George Benjamin, conductor; Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare & Gyula Orendt; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House) – Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence (Nimbus Records/Wyastone Estate)

Gil Rose, conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus) – Tobias Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox (BMOP/sound)

Best Choral Performance

Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir) – Duruflé: Complete Choral Works (Signum Records)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Third Coast Percussion – Perpetulum (Harmonia Mundi) 

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Matthias Goerne; Leif Ove Andsnes, accompanist – Schumann: Liederkreis Op.24, Kerner-Lieder Op.35 (Harmonia Mundi)

Susan Narucki (Donald Berman, Curtis Macomber, Kathryn Schulmeister & Nicholas Tolle) – The Edge of Silence: Works for Voice by György Kurtág (AVIE Records/Music Company (London) Ltd.)

Producer of the Year, Classical

Morten Lindberg (Lindberg Lyd.)

*The following nominations are distributed outside of the U.S. via The Orchard

Best Metal Performance

Candlemass – AstorolousThe Great Octopus (Napalm Records)

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution (Rubyworks)

Lettuce – Elevate (Lettuce Records/Regime Music/Membran)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Thomas Dybdahl – All These Things (1micadventure)

Best Remixed Recording

Marie Davidson – ” Work It (Soulwax Remix)” (Make It Rain Records)

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