Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Kanye West among 2022 Grammy nominees

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Nominees for the 64th annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday. The leading nominee for this year is bandleader, pianist and composer Jon Batiste, who was nominated in 11 dizzyingly wide-flung categories, including Album of the Year (for his album We Are), Record of the Year (for the song “Freedom”), Best R&B Album (also for We Are), Best Jazz Instrumental Album (for his album of music from and inspired by the Disney/Pixar film Soul), Best American Roots Song (“Cry”) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition, for his piece Movement 11′.

This year’s roster is the first since the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards, made significant alterations to the nominations process. The group had come under heavy criticism for an insular, secretive process of specialist committees that pared down huge fields of potential nominees to a final, select few in most of the Grammys’ dozens of categories. (NPR correspondent Anastasia Tsioulcas, one of the reporters for this story, is a former Grammy voter and judge.)

Getty Images, Jon Batiste, shown performing at Global Citizen Live: New York earlier this year, was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards |
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Additionally, a host of well-known Black artists, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator have spoken out about concerns that Black performers are frequently overlooked in the most prominent award categories, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

The “big four” awards — Record of the Year, Song of the Year (a songwriting prize), Album of the Year and Best New Artist — now include 10 nominees apiece, up from eight slots in 2020 and only five in 2016.

The nominations announcements were, for the first time, simply livestreamed on the Recording Academy’s website, and did not earn any broadcast airtime on CBS as in previous years. The awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 31 — shifted from its traditional Sunday night perch to a Monday evening. Last year’s broadcast ceremony television audience shrunk 53% from its 2020 numbers to 8.8 million viewers, the lowest broadcast audience the awards ever received.

Read the full list of nominees below.

The 2022 Grammy Award Nominations

Record Of The Year

  • “I Still Have Faith In You” — ABBA
  • “Freedom” — Jon Batiste
  • “I Get A Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • “Peaches” — Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon
  • “Right On Time” — Brandi Carlile
  • “Kiss Me More” — Doja Cat feat. SZA
  • “Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish
  • “Montero” (Call Me By Your Name) — Lil Nas X
  • “drivers license” — Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic

Album Of The Year

  • We Are — Jon Batiste
  • Love For Sale — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber
  • Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
  • Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
  • Back Of My Mind — H.E.R.
  • MONTERO — Lil Nas X
  • SOUR — Olivia Rodrigo
  • evermore — Taylor Swift
  • Donda — Kanye West

Song Of The Year

  • “Bad Habits” — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
  • “A Beautiful Noise” — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys And Brandi Carlile)
  • “drivers license” — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • “Fight For You” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
  • “Kiss Me More” — Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat feat. SZA)
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
  • “Peaches” — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)

Best New Artist

  • Arooj Aftab
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem
  • Glass Animals
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • The Kid LAROI
  • Arlo Parks
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Anyone” — Justin Bieber
  • “Right On Time” — Brandi Carlile
  • “Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish
  • “Positions” — Ariana Grand
  • “drivers license” — Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “I Get A Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga 
  • “Lonely” — Justin Bieber & benny blanco 
  • “Butter” — BTS 
  • “Higher Power” — Coldplay 
  • “Kiss Me More” — Doja Cat feat. SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Love For Sale — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • ‘Til We Meet Again (Live) — Norah Jones
  • A Tori Kelly Christmas — Tori Kelly
  • Ledisi Sings Nina — Ledisi
  • That’s Life — Willie Nelson
  • A Holly Dolly Christmas — Dolly Parton

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber
  • Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
  • Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
  • Positions — Ariana Grande
  • SOUR — Olivia Rodrigo

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

  • “Hero” — Afrojack & David Guetta 
  • “Loom” — Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo
  • “Before” — James Blake 
  • “Heartbreak” — Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs 
  • “You Can Do It” — Caribou
  • “Alive” — Rüfüs Du Sol
  • “The Business” — Tiësto

Best Dance/Electronic Album

  • Subconsciously — Black Coffee
  • Fallen Embers — Illenium
  • Music Is The Weapon (Reloaded) — Major Lazer
  • Shockwave — Marshmello
  • Free Love — Sylvan Esso
  • Judgement — Ten City

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Double Dealin’ — Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal
  • The Garden — Rachel Eckroth
  • Tree Falls — Taylor Eigsti
  • At Blue Note Tokyo — Steve Gadd Band 
  • Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2 —Mark Lettieri

Best Rock Performance

  • “Shot In The Dark” — AC/DC
  • “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)” — Black Pumas
  • “Nothing Compares 2 U” — Chris Cornell
  • “Ohms” — Deftones
  • “Making A Fire” — Foo Fighters

Best Metal Performance

  • “Genesis” — Deftones
  • “The Alien” — Dream Theater
  • “Amazonia” — Gojira
  • “Pushing The Tides” — Mastodon
  • “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)” — Rob Zombie

Best Rock Song

  • “All My Favorite Songs” — Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson & Ilsey Juber, songwriters (Weezer)
  • “The Bandit” — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
  • “Distance” — Wolfgang Van Halen, songwriter (Mammoth WVH)
  • “Find My Way” — Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney)
  • “Waiting On A War” — Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album

  • Power Up — AC/DC
  • Capitol Cuts – Live From Studio A — Black Pumas
  • No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1 — Chris Cornell
  • Medicine At Midnight — Foo Fighters
  • McCartney III — Paul McCartney

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Shore — Fleet Foxes
  • If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power — Halsey
  • Jubilee — Japanese Breakfast
  • Collapsed In Sunbeams — Arlo Parks
  • Daddy’s Home — St. Vincent

Best R&B Performance

  • “Lost You” — Snoh Aalegra
  • “Peaches” — Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon
  • “Damage” — H.E.R.
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings” — Jazmine Sullivan

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “I Need You” — Jon Batiste
  • “Bring It On Home To Me” — BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton & Kenyon Dixon feat. Charlie Bereal
  • “Born Again” — Leon Bridges feat. Robert Glasper
  • “Fight For You” — H.E.R.
  • “How Much Can A Heart Take” Lucky Daye feat. Yebba

Best R&B Song

  • “Damage” — Anthony Clemons Jr., Jeff Gitelman, H.E.R., Carl McCormick & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Good Days” — Jacob Collier, Carter Lang, Carlos Munoz, Solána Rowe & Christopher Ruelas, songwriters (SZA)
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” — Giveon Evans, Maneesh, Sevn Thomas & Varren Wade, songwriters (Giveon)
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings” — Denisia “Blue June” Andrews, Audra Mae Butts, Kyle Coleman, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Michael Holmes & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

Best Progressive R&B Album

  • New Light — Eric Bellinger
  • Something To Say — Cory Henry
  • Mood Valiant — Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Table For Two — Lucky Daye
  • Dinner Party: Dessert — Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington
  • Studying Abroad: Extended Stay — Masego

Best R&B Album

  • Temporary Highs In The Violet Skies — Snoh Aalegra
  • We Are — Jon Batiste
  • Gold-Diggers Sound — Leon Bridges
  • Back Of My Mind — H.E.R.
  • Heaux Tales — Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Performance

  • “Family Ties” — Baby Keem Feat. Kendrick Lamar
  • “Up” — Cardi B
  • “My Life” — J. Cole Feat. 21 Savage & Morray
  • “Way 2 Sexy” — Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
  • “Thot S***” — Megan Thee Stallion

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • “Pride Is The Devil” — J. Cole feat. Lil Baby
  • “Need To Know” — Doja Cat
  • “INDUSTRY BABY” — Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow
  • “WUSYANAME” — Tyler, The Creator feat. Youngboy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $Ign
  • “Hurricane” — Kanye West feat. The Weeknd & Lil Baby

Best Rap Song

  • “Bath Salts” — Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Michael Forno, Nasir Jones & Earl Simmons, Songwriters (Dmx Featuring Jay-Z & Nas)
  • “Best Friend” — Amala Zandelie Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas & Rocco Valdes, Songwriters (Saweetie Featuring Doja Cat)
  • “Family Ties” — Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour & Dominik Patrzek, Songwriters (Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Jail” — Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West & Mark Williams, Songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z)
  • “M Y . L I F E” — Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole, Songwriters (J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray)

Best Rap Album

  • The Off-Season – J Cole
  • Certified Lover Boy – Drake
  • King’s Disease II – Nas
  • Call Me If You Get Lost – Tyler, The Creator
  • Donda – Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “Forever After All” — Luke Combs
  • “Remember Her Name” — Mickey Guyton
  • “All I Do Is Drive” — Jason Isbell 
  • “camera roll” — Kacey Musgraves 
  • “You Should Probably Leave” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “If I Didn’t Love You” — Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
  • “Younger Me” — Brothers Osborne”Glad You Exist” — Dan + Shay
  • “Chasing After You” — Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris 
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” — Elle King & Miranda Lambert

Best Country Song

  • “Better Than We Found It” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
  • “camera roll” — Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)”Cold” — Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
  • “Country Again” — Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
  • “Fancy Like” — Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins & Shane Stevens, songwriters (Walker Hayes)
  • “Remember Her Name” Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram & Parker Welling, songwriters (Mickey Guyton)

Best Country Album

  • Skeletons — Brothers Osborne
  • Remember Her Name — Mickey Guyton
  • The Marfa Tapes — Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram
  • The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita — Sturgill Simpson
  • Starting Over — Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album

  • Brothers — Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster & Tom Eaton
  • Divine Tides — Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej
  • Pangaea — Wouter Kellerman & David Arkenstone
  • Night + Day — Opium Moon
  • Pieces Of Forever — Laura Sullivan

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • “Sackodougou” — Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, soloist 
  • “Kick Those Feet” — Kenny Barron, soloist
  • “Bigger Than Us” — Jon Batiste, soloist
  • “Absence” — Terence Blanchard, soloist
  • “Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)” — Chick Corea, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • Generations — The Baylor Project
  • SuperBlue — Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter
  • Time Traveler — Nnenna Freelon
  • Flor — Gretchen Parlato
  • Songwrights Apothecary Lab — Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Jazz Selections: Music From And Inspired By Soul — Jon Batiste
  • Absence — Terence Blanchard feat. The E Collective And The Turtle Island Quartet
  • Skyline — Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
  • Akoustic Band LIVE — Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl
  • Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) — Pat Metheny

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Live At Birdland! — The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart
  • Dear Love — Jazzmeia Horn And Her Noble Force
  • For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver — Christian McBride Big Band
  • Swirling — Sun Ra Arkestra
  • Jackets XL — Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Mirror Mirror —Eliane Elias With Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés
  • The South Bronx Story — Carlos Henriquez
  • Virtual Birdland — Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Transparency — Dafnis Prieto Sextet
  • El Arte Del Bolero — Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • “Voice Of God” — Dante Bowe Featuring Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore
  • “Joyful” — Dante Bowe
  • “Help” — Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
  • “Never Lost” — CeCe Winans
  • “Wait On You” — Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “We Win” — Kirk Franklin & Lil Baby; Kirk Franklin, Dominique Jones, Cynthia Nunn & Justin Smith, songwriters
  • “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)” — H.E.R. & Tauren Wells; Josiah Bassey, Dernst Emile & H.E.R., songwriters”Man Of Your Word” — Chandler Moore & KJ Scriven; Jonathan Jay, Nathan Jess & Chandler Moore, songwriters
  • “Believe For It”— CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans & Mitch Wong, songwriters
  • “Jireh” — Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine; Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

  • Changing Your Story — Jekalyn Carr
  • Royalty: Live At The Ryman — Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition — Maverick City Music
  • Jonny X Mali: Live In LA — Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music
  • Believe For It — CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • No Stranger —Natalie Grant
  • Feels Like Home Vol. 2 — Israel & New Breed
  • The Blessing (Live) — Kari Jobe
  • Citizen Of Heaven (Live) — Tauren Wells
  • Old Church Basement — Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • Alone With My Faith —Harry Connick, Jr.
  • That’s Gospel, Brother — Gaither Vocal Band 
  • Keeping On — Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Songs For The Times — The Isaacs
  • My Savior — Carrie Underwood

Best Latin Pop Album

  • Vértigo — Pablo Alborán 
  • Mis Amores — Paula Arenas 
  • Hecho A La Antigua — Ricardo Arjona 
  • Mis Manos — Camilo 
  • Mendó — Alex Cuba 
  • Revelación — Selena Gomez

Best Música Urbana Album

  • Afrodisíaco — Rauw Alejandro 
  • El Último Tour Del Mundo — Bad Bunny 
  • Jose — J Balvin
  • KG0516 — KAROL G
  • Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) 8 — Kali Uchis

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

  • Deja — Bomba Estéreo
  • Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer (Deluxe Edition) — Diamante Eléctrico 
  • Origen — Juanes
  • Calambre — Nathy Peluso
  • El Madrileño — C. Tangana 
  • Sonidos De Karmática Resonancia — Zoé

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

  • Antología De La Musica Ranchera, Vol. 2 — Aida Cuevas 
  • A Mis 80’s — Vicente Fernández 
  • Seis — Mon Laferte
  • Un Canto Por México, Vol. II — Natalia Lafourcade
  • Ayayay! (Súper Deluxe) — Christian Nodal

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Salswing! — Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
  • En Cuarentena — El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico
  • Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso — Aymée Nuviola 
  • Colegas — Gilberto Santa Rosa 
  • Live In Peru — Tony Succar

Best American Roots Performance

  • “Cry” — Jon Batiste
  • “Love And Regret” — Billy Strings
  • “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” — The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Béla Fleck
  • “Same Devil” — Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile
  • “Nightflyer” — Allison Russell

Best American Roots Song

  • “Avalon” — Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson & Francesco Turrisi, songwriters (Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi) 
  • “Call Me A Fool” — Valerie June, songwriter (Valerie June Featuring Carla Thomas)
  • “Cry” — Jon Batiste & Steve McEwan, songwriters (Jon Batiste) 
  • “Diamond Studded Shoes” — Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan & Yola, songwriters (Yola) 
  • “Nightflyer” — Jeremy Lindsay & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)

Best Americana Album

  • Downhill From Everywhere — Jackson Browne
  • Leftover Feelings — John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
  • Native Sons — Los Lobos
  • Outside Child — Allison Russell
  • Stand For Myself — Yola

Best Bluegrass Album

  • Renewal — Billy Strings 
  • My Bluegrass Heart — Béla Fleck
  • A Tribute To Bill Monroe — The Infamous Stringdusters 
  • Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) — Sturgill Simpson 
  • Music Is What I See — Rhonda Vincent

Best Traditional Blues Album

  • 100 Years Of Blues — Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite 
  • Traveler’s Blues — Blues Traveler
  • I Be Trying — Cedric Burnside 
  • Be Ready When I Call You — Guy Davis
  • Take Me Back — Kim Wilson

Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • Delta Kream — The Black Keys Featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown 
  • Royal Tea — Joe Bonamassa 
  • Uncivil War — Shemekia Copeland
  • Fire It Up — Steve Cropper 
  • 662 — Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Best Folk Album

  • One Night Lonely [Live] — Mary Chapin Carpenter 
  • Long Violent History — Tyler Childers 
  • Wednesday (Extended Edition) — Madison Cunningham
  • They’re Calling Me Home — Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi 
  • Blue Heron Suite — Sarah Jarosz

Best Regional Roots Music Album

  • Live In New Orleans! — Sean Ardoin And Kreole Rock And Soul
  • Bloodstains & Teardrops — Big Chief Monk Boudreaux 
  • My People — Cha Wa
  • Corey Ledet Zydeco — Corey Ledet Zydeco
  • Kau Ka Pe’a — Kalani Pe’a

Best Reggae Album

  • Pamoja — Etana
  • Positive Vibration — Gramps Morgan
  • Live N Livin — Sean Paul
  • Royal — Jesse Royal 
  • Beauty In The Silence — Soja 
  • 10 — Spice

Best Global Music Performance

  • “Mohabbat” — Arooj Aftab
  • “Do Yourself” — Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy 
  • “Pà Pá Pà” — Femi Kuti
  • “Blewu” — Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo
  • “Essence” — WizKid Featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

  • Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1 — Rocky Dawuni
  • East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho & Friends Live In Concert — Daniel Ho & Friends 
  • Mother Nature — Angelique Kidjo
  • Legacy + — Femi Kuti And Made Kuti
  • Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition — WizKid

Best Children’s Music Album

  • Actívate — 123 Andrés 
  • All One Tribe — 1 Tribe Collective 
  • Black To The Future — Pierce Freelon 
  • A Colorful World — Falu
  • Crayon Kids — Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band

Best Spoken Word Album

  • Aftermath — LeVar Burton
  • Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis — Don Cheadle
  • Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago —  J. Ivy
  • 8:46  — Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman 
  • A Promised Land — Barack Obama 

Best Comedy Album

  • The Comedy Vaccine —  Lavell Crawford 
  • Evolution — Chelsea Handler
  • Sincerely Louis CK —  Louis C.K.  
  • Thanks For Risking Your Life — Lewis Black
  • The Greatest Average American — Nate Bargatze
  • Zero F***s Given — Kevin Hart

Best Musical Theater Album

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella — Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nick Lloyd Webber & Greg Wells, producers; Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Zippel, composers/lyricists (Original Album Cast)
  • Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers — Burt Bacharach, Michael Croiter, Ben Hartman & Steven Sater, producers; Burt Bacharach, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (World Premiere Cast)
  • Girl From The North Country —  Simon Hale, Conor McPherson & Dean Sharenow, producers (Bob Dylan, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast) 
  • Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording) — Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephen Metcalfe, producers (Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer; Alain Boublil, John Caird, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel & Trevor Nunn, lyricists) (The 2020 Les Misérables Staged Concert Company)
  • Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots — Daniel C. Levine, Michael J Moritz Jr, Bryan Perri & Stephen Schwartz, producers (Stephen Schwartz, composer & lyricist) (World Premiere Cast)
  • The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical — Emily Bear, producer; Abigail Barlow & Emily Bear, composers/lyricists (Barlow & Bear) 

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • Cruella —  (Various Artists)
  • Dear Evan Hansen — (Various Artists) 
  • In The Heights — (Various Artists)
  • One Night In Miami… — (Various Artists)
  • Respect — Jennifer Hudson
  • Schmigadoon! Episode 1 — (Various Artists) 
  • The United States Vs. Billie Holiday — Andra Day

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • Bridgerton — Kris Bowers, composer 
  • Dune — Hans Zimmer, composer
  • The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 2 (Chapters 13-16) — Ludwig Göransson, composer
  • The Queen’s Gambit — Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer 
  • Soul — Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers

Best Song Written For Visual Media

  • “Agatha All Along” [From WandaVision: Episode 7] —  Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Featuring Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White)
  • “All Eyes On Me” [From Inside] —  Bo Burnham, songwriter (Bo Burnham)
  • “All I Know So Far” [From P!NK: All I Know So Far] —  Alecia Moore, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (P!nk)
  • “Fight For You” [From Judas And The Black Messiah] — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) 
  • “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” [From Respect] — Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson & Carole King, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
  • “Speak Now” [From One Night In Miami…] — Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom, Jr., songwriters (Leslie Odom, Jr.) 

Best Instrumental Composition

  • “Beautiful Is Black” — Brandee Younger, composer (Brandee Younger)
  • “Cat And Mouse” — Tom Nazziola, composer (Tom Nazziola)
  • “Concerto For Orchestra: Finale” —  Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & Czech National Symphony Orchestra Featuring Antonio Sánchez & Derrick Hodge)
  • Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble) 
  • Eberhard — Lyle Mays, composer (Lyle Mays)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • “Chopsticks”  — Bill O’Connell, arranger (Richard Baratta)
  • “For The Love Of A Princess (From “Braveheart”)” — Robin Smith, arranger (HAUSER, London Symphony Orchestra & Robin Smith)
  • “Infinite Love” —  Emile Mosseri, arranger (Emile Mosseri)
  • “Meta Knight’s Revenge (From “Kirby Superstar”)” —  Charlie Rosen & Jake Silverman, arrangers (The 8-Bit Big Band Featuring Button Masher)
  • “The Struggle Within” — Gabriela Quintero & Rodrigo Sanchez, arrangers (Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

  • “The Bottom Line”  — Ólafur Arnalds, arranger (Ólafur Arnalds & Josin)
  • “A Change Is Gonna Come”  — Tehillah Alphonso, arranger (Tonality & Alexander Lloyd Blake)
  • “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”  — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
  • “Eleanor Rigby”  — Cody Fry, arranger (Cody Fry)
  • “To The Edge Of Longing (Edit Version)”   — Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Julia Bullock) 

Best Recording Package

  • American Jackpot / American Girls  — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
  • Carnage  —Nick Cave & Tom Hingston, art directors (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
  • Pakelang  — Li Jheng Han & Yu, Wei, art directors (2nd Generation Falangao Singing Group & The Chairman Crossover Big Band)
  • Serpentine Prison  — Dayle Doyle, art director (Matt Berninger)
  • Zeta  — Xiao Qing Yang, art director (Soul Of Ears)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition — Darren Evans, Dhani Harrison & Olivia Harrison, art directors (George Harrison)
  • Color Theory — Lordess Foudre & Christopher Leckie, art directors (Soccer Mommy)
  • The Future Bites (Limited Edition Box Set) — Simon Moore, art director (Steven Wilson)
  • 77-81 — Dan Calderwood & Jon King, art directors (Gang Of Four)
  • Swimming In Circles — Ramón Coronado & Marshall Rake, art directors (Mac Miller)

Best Album Notes

  • Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas — Ann-Katrin Zimmermann, album notes writer (Sunwook Kim)
  • The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966 — Ricky Riccardi, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)
  • Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology — Kevin Howes, album notes writer (Willie Dunn)
  • Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895 — David Giovannoni, Richard Martin & Stephan Puille, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • The King Of Gospel Music: The Life And Music Of Reverend James Cleveland — Robert Marovich, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album

  • Beyond The Music: Her Complete RCA Victor Recordings —  Robert Russ, compilation producer; Nancy Conforti, Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Marian Anderson) 
  • Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895 — Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music — April Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)  
  • Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) — Patrick Milligan & Joni Mitchell, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Joni Mitchell)
  • Sign O’ The Times (Super Deluxe Edition) — Trevor Guy, Michael Howe & Kirk Johnson, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Prince)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • CINEMA — Josh Conway, Marvin Figueroa, Josh Gudwin, Neal H Pogue & Ethan Shumaker, Engineers; Joe Laporta, Mastering Engineer (The Marias)
  • Dawn — Thomas Brenneck, Zach Brown, Elton “L10mixedit” Chueng, Riccardo Damian, Tom Elmhirst, Jens Jungkurth, Todd Monfalcone, John Rooney & Smino, Engineers; Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer (Yebba)
  • Hey What — Bj Burton, Engineer; Bj Burton, Mastering Engineer (Low)
  • Love For Sale — Dae Bennett, Josh Coleman & Billy Cumella, Engineers; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineers (Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga)
  • Notes With Attachments — Joseph Lorge & Blake Mills, Engineers; Greg Koller, Mastering Engineer (Pino Palladino & Blake Mills)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

  • Jack Antonoff
  • Rogét Chahayed
  • Mike Elizondo
  • Hit-Boy
  • Ricky Reed

Best Remixed Recording

  • “Back To Life (Booker T Kings Of Soul Satta Dub)” — Booker T, Remixer (Soul Ii Soul)
  • “Born For Greatness (Cymek Remix)” — Spencer Bastin, Remixer (Papa Roach)
  • “Constant Craving (Fashionably Late Remix)” — Tracy Young, Remixer (K.D. Lang)
  • “Inside Out (3scape Drm Remix)” — 3scape Drm, Remixer (Zedd & Griff)
  • “Met Him Last Night (Dave Audé Remix)” — Dave Audé, Remixer (Demi Lovato & Ariana Grande)
  • “Passenger (Mike Shinoda Remix)” — Mike Shinoda, Remixer (Deftones)
  • “Talks (Mura Masa Remix)” — Alexander Crossan, Remixer (Pva)

Best Immersive Audio Album

  • ALICIA — George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, Immersive Mix Engineers; Michael Romanowski, Immersive Mastering Engineer; Ann Mincieli, Immersive Producer (Alicia Keys)
  • Clique — Jim Anderson & Ulrike Schwarz, Immersive Mix Engineers; Bob Ludwig, Immersive Mastering Engineer; Jim Anderson, Immersive Producer (Patricia Barber)
  • Fine Line — Greg Penny, Immersive Mix Engineer; Greg Penny, Immersive Mastering Engineer; Greg Penny, Immersive Producer (Harry Styles)
  • The Future Bites — Jake Fields & Steven Wilson, Immersive Mix Engineers; Bob Ludwig, Immersive Mastering Engineer; Steven Wilson, Immersive Producer (Steven Wilson)
  • Stille Grender — Morten Lindberg, Immersive Mix Engineer; Morten Lindberg, Immersive Mastering Engineer; Morten Lindberg, Immersive Producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

  • Archetypes — Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears — Richard King, engineer (Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax) 
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 — Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck, Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Chanticleer Sings Christmas — Leslie Ann Jones, engineer (Chanticleer)
  • 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)

Producer Of The Year, Classical

  • Blanton Alspaugh 
  • Steven Epstein 
  • David Frost 
  • Elaine Martone 
  • Judith Sherman 

Best Orchestral Performance

  • “Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives; Harmonielehre” —Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Beethoven: Symphony No. 9” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Muhly: Throughline” — Nico Muhly, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
  • “Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • “Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin: The Poem Of Ecstasy” — Thomas Dausgaard, conductor (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording

  • “Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle” — Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Mika Kares & Szilvia Vörös; Robert Suff, producer (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • “Glass: Akhnaten” — Karen Kamensek, conductor; J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James & Dísella Lárusdóttir; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus) 
  • “Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen” — Simon Rattle, conductor; Sophia Burgos, Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley, Peter Hoare, Anna Lapkovskaja, Paulina Malefane, Jan Martinik & Hanno Müller-Brachmann; Andrew Cornall, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO Discovery Voices)  
  • “Little: Soldier Songs” — Corrado Rovaris, conductor; Johnathan McCullough; James Darrah & John Toia, producers (The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra) 
  • “Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Karen Cargill, Isabel Leonard, Karita Mattila, Erin Morley & Adrianne Pieczonka; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus) 

Best Choral Performance

  • “It’s A Long Way” — Matthew Guard, conductor (Jonas Budris, Carrie Cheron, Fiona Gillespie, Nathan Hodgson, Helen Karloski, Enrico Lagasca, Megan Roth, Alissa Ruth Suver & Dana Whiteside; Skylark Vocal Ensemble) 
  • “Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand'” — Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer, chorus masters (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale)
  • “Rising w/The Crossing” — Donald Nally, conductor (International Contemporary Ensemble & Quicksilver; The Crossing)  
  • “Schnittke: Choir Concerto; Three Sacred Hymns; Pärt: Seven Magnificat-Antiphons” — Kaspars Putniņš, conductor; Heli Jürgenson, chorus master (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)  
  • “Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom” — Benedict Sheehan, conductor (Michael Hawes, Timothy Parsons & Jason Thoms; The Saint Tikhon Choir)The Singing Guitar, Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Estelí Gomez; Austin Guitar Quartet, Douglas Harvey, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Texas Guitar Quartet; Conspirare)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

  • “Adams, John Luther: Lines Made By Walking” — JACK Quartet
  • “Akiho: Seven Pillars” — Sandbox Percussion 
  • “Archetypes” —Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion 
  • “Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears” — Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax 
  • “Bruits” — Imani Winds 

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

  • “Alone Together” — Jennifer Koh
  • “An American Mosaic” —Simone Dinnerstein
  • “Bach: Sonatas & Partitas” — Augustin Hadelich
  • “Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos” — Gil Shaham; Eric Jacobsen, conductor (The Knights)
  • “Mak Bach” — Mak Grgić
  • “Of Power” — Curtis Stewart 

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

  • Confessions — Laura Strickling; Joy Schreier, pianist
  • Dreams Of A New Day – Songs By Black Composers — Will Liverman; Paul Sánchez, pianist
  • Mythologies — Sangeeta Kaur & Hila Plitmann (Virginie D’Avezac De Castera, Lili Haydn, Wouter Kellerman, Nadeem Majdalany, Eru Matsumoto & Emilio D. Miler)
  • Schubert: Winterreise — Joyce DiDonato; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist
  • Unexpected Shadows — Jamie Barton; Jake Heggie, pianist (Matt Haimovitz) 

Best Classical Compendium

  • American Originals – A New World, A New Canon — AGAVE & Reginald L. Mobley; Geoffrey Silver, producer Berg: Violin Concerto; Seven Early Songs & Three Pieces For Orchestra — Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer
  • Cerrone: The Arching Path — Timo Andres & Ian Rosenbaum; Mike Tierney, producer
  • Plays — Chick Corea; Chick Corea & Birnie Kirsh, producers
  • Women Warriors – The Voices Of Change — Amy Andersson, conductor; Amy Andersson, Mark Mattson & Lolita Ritmanis, producers 

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

  • “Akiho: Seven Pillars” — Andy Akiho, composer (Sandbox Percussion)
  • “Andriessen: The Only One” — Louis Andriessen, composer (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nora Fischer & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • “Assad, Clarice & Sérgio, Connors, Dillon, Martin & Skidmore: Archetypes” — Clarice Assad, Sérgio Assad, Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore, composers (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
  • “Batiste: Movement 11′” — Jon Batiste, composer (Jon Batiste)
  • “Shaw: Narrow Sea” —Caroline Shaw, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish & Sō Percussion)  

Best Music Video

  • “Shot In The Dark”  — AC/DC; David Mallet, video director; Dione Orrom, video producer
  • “Freedom”  — Jon Batiste; Alan Ferguson, video director; Alex P. Willson, video producer
  • “I Get A Kick Out Of You”  — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga; Jennifer Lebeau, video director; Danny Bennett, Bobby Campbell & Jennifer Lebeau, video producers
  • “Peaches,” Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon; Collin Tilley, video director
  • “Happier Than Ever”  — Billie Eilish; Billie Eilish, video director; Michelle An, Chelsea Dodson & David Moore, video producers
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”  — Lil Nas X; Lil Nas X & Tanu Muino, video directors; Frank Borin, Ivanna Borin, Marco De Molina & Saul Levitz, video producers
  • “Good 4 U”  — Olivia Rodrigo; Petra Collins, video director; Christiana Divona, Marissa Ramirez & Tiffany Suh, video producers 

Best Music Film

  • Inside, Bo Burnham, video director; Josh Senior, video producer (Bo Burnham)
  • David Byrne’s American Utopia, Spike Lee, video director; David Byrne & Spike Lee, video producers (David Byrne)
  • Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles, Patrick Osborne & Robert Rodriguez, video directors (Billie Eilish)
  • Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui, John McDermott, video director; Janie Hendrix, John McDermott & George Scott, video producers (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Summer Of Soul, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, video director; David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent & Joseph Patel, video producers (Various Artists) 

Fi O’Reilly contributed additional reporting to this story.

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Snail Mail postpones tour due to vocal cord surgery, reschedules Milwaukee show for next September

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Milwaukee will have to wait quite a bit longer to see Snail Mail. The indie-rock singer-songwriter had been scheduled to kick off her U.S. tour this week, with a stop at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom on Dec. 7, but those plans have been upended by news that she needs vocal surgery.

In a statement, songwriter Lindsey Jordan said she’ll be postponing shows for the next three months as she recovers. Her Turner Hall Ballroom date has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.

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Here’s her complete statement:

Lindsey here – unfortunately, with terrible news this time. I’ve been struggling with my vocal health more and more each year. I lose my voice after a couple days of singing. I went to see an ENT last week and they found massive polyps in my vocal cords (surprisingly from vocal trauma due to talking!! shocker lol) that need to be operated on to prevent permanent damage to my voice. The recovery time is three months/speech therapy and in an effort to make sure the rest of the tour can happen, I will be postponing our first US tour which was supposed to begin this week as well as our initial UK/Euro tour :(. I’m devastated to be pushing off shows even longer. My team is working overtime to reschedule everything that we’re postponing–we will have everything rescheduled imminently. Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given the new record so far.  

Snail Mail’s acclaimed new album “Valentine” came out earlier this month.

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Beach House announce new album and tour, with a Milwaukee concert in February

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Beach House have announced a new album and a 2022 tour, which will include a stop at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Sunday, Feb. 27. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 12 at noon.

About that new album, “Once Twice Melody”: It’ll be released in four “chapters,” with the first four songs arriving Nov. 10, followed by more on Dec. 8, Jan. 19 and Feb. 18, when the whole thing is out. The album’s title track will debut later today.

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The album was recorded with a live string ensemble, and primarily mixed by Alan Moulder with additional mixing work from Caesar Edmunds, Trevor Spencer and Dave Fridmann.

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Cat Power will headline Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom in April

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Cat Power has announced a new full band tour, which will include a stop at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom on Friday, April 22.

The indie-rock legend will be touring behind a new covers album, simply titled “Covers,” which will be out Jan. 14 on Domino. It includes covers of songs by Frank Ocean, Iggy Pop, The Replacements, Billie Holiday, Bob Seger and more.

Cat Power | Photo credit: Mario Sorrenti

Along with the tour announcement today, she shared one of those covers: a rendition of “Pa Pa Power” by Ryan Gosling’s band Dead Man’s Bones. You can stream it below.

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Tarik Moody hired as Program Director for Radio Milwaukee’s new Urban Alternative channel

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Public radio innovator and “Rhythm Lab Radio” host Tarik Moody will lead 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s (WYMS-88.9FM) new Urban Alternative channel as its Program Director, the station announced Monday.

“Tarik is an incredible visionary,” Executive Director Kevin Sucher said. “He has been instrumental in Radio Milwaukee’s pursuit of the Urban Alternative channel, and his nationally syndicated program ‘Rhythm Lab Radio’ has pioneered this sound across the country.”

“Tarik’s passion for new technology, music and Milwaukee make him the perfect choice for this important role,” Sucher said.

In early 2022, the station will hire additional Urban Alternative staff members and will share the channel’s name and brand identity. The new channel is slated to launch on June 19, which is Juneteenth Day. 

The Urban Alternative channel will offer an eclectic radio experience, celebrating the full  spectrum of Black music and the power of public radio. It will have an on-air presence and use a multi-platform digital approach online. Radio Milwaukee’s current programming on 88.9FM will also continue on-air and on its digital platforms.

Raised in Atlanta, Moody graduated from Howard University with a degree in architecture. He practiced as an architect in Detroit and Minneapolis. While working in Minneapolis, he volunteered for local radio station KFAI-90.3FM, ultimately co-hosting the station’s long-running program “Groove Garden.” From there, Tarik went on to create his own program, “Rhythm Lab Radio,” which he began hosting on Minnesota Public Radio in 2005. 

In 2006, Tarik was approached by up-and-coming station 88Nine Radio Milwaukee to move to Milwaukee and help start the station. He’s held several roles at Radio Milwaukee since the station’s inception, including his most recent role as Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation. Throughout his tenure, Tarik has hosted “Rhythm Lab Radio” and been on-air as an evening music host. 

In addition to serving as Program Director of Urban Alternative, Moody will continue to host “Rhythm Lab Radio;” weekly foodie podcast “This Bites;” and serial podcasts “Diverse Disruptors” and “By Every Measure.” Additional responsibilities from his current role will be transitioned to existing Radio Milwaukee employees.  

“Our Urban Alternative channel aims to reclaim the word ‘urban’ for the Black community. Instead of putting Black artists in a box, our channel will celebrate the beauty and diversity of Black music and creativity,” shared Moody. 

“We will champion new talent from Milwaukee and pay respect to artists that paved the way. We will also share the untold stories of our community in a way that isn’t found in mainstream media. Most importantly, we invite the community to be part of this journey,” said Moody.      

Moody will work in conjunction with Station Director Jordan Lee on launch preparations for the new channel. Lee will oversee technical and engineering, grant reporting requirements, and project timelines. Moody will lead music programming, staffing, and content. Together, Moody and Lee have consulted on the development of other Urban Alternative stations around the country.

Dori Zori remains in her current role as 88Nine’s Program Director. Urban Alternative will share administrative staff with Radio Milwaukee. 

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It’s officially Widespread Panic Day in Milwaukee

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Widespread Panic’s annual residencies in Milwaukee are always an event, and this year they’re even more of an event that usual. In honor of the band’s return to Milwaukee tonight for the first of four shows, Mayor Tom Barrett has officially declared today Widespread Panic Day in Milwaukee.

As stated in the proclamation, “the City of Milwaukee commends Widespread Panic for their musical accomplishments, recognizes their dedication to the art community and wishes them a very successful tour.”

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The jam band’s return to the city for their 15th year of performing at the Riverside Theater is significant not only for fans, who will be traveling from 48 states for the shows, but for the promoters at the Pabst Theater Group. “This year’s shows will be the biggest run of sold out shows the Pabst Theater Group has hosted since the start of the pandemic, continuing the reawakening of Milwaukee’s arts and entertainment industry,” the organization wrote in a press release.

You can read the mayor’s complete proclamation below.

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Mitski will play Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater in March, shares new video

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Yesterday Mitski announced that she would share a new single today, and this morning she made good on that promise, releasing a music video for a synth-driven new track called “Working for the Knife.” But that’s not all she shared today: She also shared a big tour announcement.

The acclaimed indie-rock will kick off a 2022 tour in February which will include a stop at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Tuesday, March 15. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 8 at noon.

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Stream the video for “Working for the Knife” below.

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New Kids on the Block will play Fiserv Forum with Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue

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Boy band pioneers New Kids on the Block are continuing their massively successful run of reunion tours. Today the group announced their MIxTape Tour 2022, where they’ll be joined by fellow ’90s veterans Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue for more than 50 dates, including a stop at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum on June 15, 2022.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at Information on VIP packages and pre-sales for members of the New Kids on the Block fan club is available at

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NKOTB’s most recent album, “10,” came out in 2013.

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Light The Hoan with 88Nine Turns One Year Old this Fall

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Exactly one year ago, the team at Light the Hoan and Radio Milwaukee announced a partnership to bring the city an amazing light show that syncs up with Milwaukee music through the 88.9 FM airwaves. Every Saturday evening at 9 p.m., our evening DJ and “In The Mix” host Kenny Perez curates the sounds that will drive the Hoan Bridge light show.

In September we celebrated the month with an awesome lineup from the city of Milwaukee. For October, we gear up for Fall with five Saturdays filled with Milwaukee music from established and up-and-coming artists! Find the full lineup and the exclusive set below.

October 2, 2021 – Lakeyah – “Young and Ratchet

October 9, 2021 – VUCA ft. Davey Harris – “Glamour”

October 16, 2021 – Jabril Yousef – “Wild Love”

October 23, 2021 – Shadi – “Playgrounds”

October 30, 2021 – Trinity Grace & SphinxDaGod – “You”

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Meet 88Nine’s new weekend DJs

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88Nine Radio Milwaukee is adding four new voices to its on-air programming team. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 2, Chris Alexander, Element Everest-Blanks, Anthony Foster and Doris Wessels will each host weekend on-air shifts.  

“We are incredibly excited to bring these four unique voices to our airwaves!” Program Director Dori Zori said. “Each new DJ adds another layer of musical perspective to our programming team that will enrich the music we share with Milwaukee.” 

Chris Alexander, Element Everest-Blanks, Anthony Foster and Doris Wessels will host weekend shifts and bring new musical perspectives to the station 

Born in Cleveland, Alexander spent most of his life in Chicago and recently moved to Milwaukee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College. During the week, Chris works as a scholar advisor for non-profit All-In Milwaukee. He’s also done radio and voiceover work for Milwaukee Radio Group and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Alexander’s favorite artists include Common, Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang Clan and The Roots. 

A veteran of the Milwaukee music scene, Element Everest-Blanks is best known as a former member of the hip-hop group, Black Elephant. Throughout her career in the industry, Element has written and performed songs for major motion pictures, worked nationally as a voiceover talent and created songs for NBA and NFL teams. Her core artists include Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, MC Lyte and Black Thought.

Anthony Foster is a lifelong Wisconsinite with a passion for hip-hop and funk music. A licensed realtor, Foster is a father of two and active in his community. He has also been an emcee, producer and bassist for many years. His core artists include Nas, Amy Winehouse, Sade and Kendrick Lamar. 

Milwaukee native Doris Wessels joined Radio Milwaukee in 2011 as Traffic Manager, and currently also serves as the Underwriting Sales Manager. She has on-air experience in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Lake Geneva in a variety of radio formats. A proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wessels began her radio career as a teenager. Other accomplishments include singing at Carnegie Hall, completing a sprint triathlon, and volunteer work around the Milwaukee area. Her favorite artists include Brandi Carlile, R.E.M., Liz Phair and Girlyman.

Saturday’s new programming schedule is as follows: 

6-9AM         Anthony Foster 

9-10AM     Kids Disco with Dori Zori

10AM-12PM     Let’s Hear It with Marcus Doucette

12-3PM    Element Everest-Blanks

3-6PM         Kat Froehlich 

6-10PM    Kenny Perez

10PM-12AM    In the Mix with DJ Kenny Perez

Sunday’s new programming schedule is as follows: 

6-9AM        Doris Wessels

9AM-12PM    Chris Alexander

12-3PM    Element Everest-Blanks

3-6PM         Kat Froehlich 

6-7PM         Sound Travels with Marcus Doucette

7-8PM         SHEROES with Carmel Holt

8-9PM         From the Music Desk with Justin Barney

9-10PM    Sound Opinions with Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot

10PM-12AM     Rhythm Lab Radio with Tarik Moody

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