Senate unanimously approves a bill to make Juneteenth a public holiday

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The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a legal public holiday.

The holiday is celebrated on June 19, and it began in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.

President Abraham Lincoln had signed the proclamation outlawing slavery years earlier, but it was not until 1865 that those in bondage in Texas were freed.

Juneteenth marks when enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.
AP This updated handout photo provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 shows a signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation. The Library, in Springfield, Ill., will mark Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, by displaying the rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The copy of the proclamation that’s signed by Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward will be displayed between June 15 and July 6. The original document is kept in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum photo via AP)

The measure is expected to be approved by the Democratic-led House of Representatives as well, but the timing is unclear.

“Making Juneteenth a federal holiday is a major step forward to recognize the wrongs of the past,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement, “but we must continue to work to ensure equal justice and fulfill the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our Constitution.”

The recognition of Juneteenth as a legal holiday comes amid a broader national reckoning on race and the racism that helped shape America.

Academic calls to more critically examine the lens through which race has molded public life, including in economics and the justice system, have prompted backlash by some Republican lawmakers who say that viewpoint unfairly villainizes white people and overstates the extent to which racism is foundational to American society.

Republican legislation to limit teaching a historically accurate picture of U.S. history in public institutions has advanced in some half a dozen states. Teachers have warned that these efforts limit their ability to engage critically with their students at a time when much of the national conversation revolves around issues stemming from race.

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Watch Trixie Mattel learn how to make an Old Fashioned at This Is It

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As co-owner if This Is It, a historic Milwaukee LGBTQ+ bar, drag queen Trixie Mattel has been spending more time in the city. In addition to performing, she is also learning to make a few cocktails and, fortunate for us, she is letting us watch.

In a new video published on her YouTube channel, which boasts an impressive 1.5 million subscribers, Trixie steps behind the bar to learn two Wisconsin “supper club friendly” cocktails, plus she shows how to make top shelf Long Island Iced Tea and a “lifted” Blue Moon shot.

It doesn’t take long for the quips to begin.

“It smells like an old wallet,” she says, sniffing a bottle of sweet vermouth before adding it to a Bulleit Rye Manhattan.

“It tastes like something you might syphon out of someone’s vehicle if you ran out of gas,” she says as she sips her creation. “But you know what? It’s kind of growing on me.”

Trixie Mattel muddles an old fashioned.

Trixie then proceeds to mix brandy old fashioned, “We’re really just making a fruit salad at this point,” she comments, looking straight at the camera, muddler in hand. “How come there’s no drag queen named Brandy Old Fashioned?”

Good question.

Trixie Mattel behind the bar at This Is It.

Trixie Mattel, performed by Brian Firkus, became a part owner of This Is It earlier this year. The bar is the longest continually operating gay bar in Wisconsin, according to its website. In 2019, the bar expanded into an adjacent space and added an additional bar, performance area and dance floor.

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I paired sake with Netflix’s Yasuke anime and its Flying Lotus-produced soundtrack

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On April 29, Netflix will release “Yasuke,” a six-episode anime series based on the African who became the first foreign-born samurai. The series was created and directed by LeSean Thomas, who worked on the “Boondocks” animated series. The series also features LaKeith Stanfield as the voice of the mysterious and legendary Black samurai and Flying Lotus, who composed the music for the show and is also the executive producer. 

I have been personally interested in the story of Yasuke and Japanese culture in general, and I wanted to do something special for this anime. So I decided to pair the anime and the first two Flying Lotus singles from the soundtrack with sake.

Me with a bottle of Kenbishi “Mizuho” Yamahai Junmai Sake

Why sake? I have always had a love for sake since my first taste back in college in the late ‘90s. Last year, I wanted to learn more about the national beverage of Japan and set out a goal to learn to brew my own sake within three years or by the time I turn 50. This past January, I started my journey into sake by taking a Sake Professional Course from the Sake Education Council. At the end of January, I passed the exam to become a certified sake professional. I mapped out the first year of my journey to learn as much as I can about sake, including ordering and trying many types of the brewed rice beverage, reading industry news, and even listening to sake podcasts. And now, I will be hosting a few sake tastings this spring at Milwaukee’s No Studios.  

Screenshot from Yasuke anime

With the announcement of the “Yasuke” series, I found an opportunity to combine my love of anime, music and sake by pairing the anime and the soundtrack with sake. Folks have been pairing wine with music for years. I figured it was time to do the same with sake. But these pairings have a deeper meaning for me. The story of Yasuke shares parallels to the creator of the anime LeSean Thomas and even my own journey into the world of sake. LeSean is an African-American man who lives in Japan and works in the world of Japanese anime and creates a show telling a story of an African who becomes the first foreign-born samurai warrior.

And as a Black man, I’m now on a journey to learn about sake, a beverage steeped in Japanese culture, tradition and history just like being a samurai and even a creator of anime. And I hope to brew my own and become a toji aka brewmaster. Creating these sake pairings was a challenge, but it also provided me an education that I couldn’t receive from any book or class.

Let’s begin with the first pairing. The sake I chose is meant to be paired with the overall Yasuke anime series. I wanted to find a sake that symbolizes the tradition of the samurai warrior with the uniqueness of a Black man from Africa stepping into this traditionally Japanese role. The sake had to represent legacy and foreign at the same time. I decided on Kenbishi “Mizuho” Yamahai Junmai Sake to drink while watching the series.

Kenbishi “Mizuho” Yamahai Junmai | Photo via Kenbishi Brewery Facebook page

First, let’s talk about the Kenbishi sake brewery. Established in 1505 in Hyogo prefecture, Kenbishi is known as the first sake brewery to be branded in Japan. According to history, the Kenbishi sake was a favorite of samurai and on the eve of large battles, a barrel would be opened. Even the Kenbishi iconic diamond logo can be seen in drawings of samurai drinking from the barrels from the 16th century. And since Yasuke was reported to be a samurai during this time, he could have drunk from one of those Kenbishi barrels.

The “Mizuho” Yamahai Junmai is an aged sake. But before I begin describing the flavors and aroma of this sake, I need to explain what Yamahai and Junmai mean. Junmai is Japanese for pure rice. Basically, a sake that is classified as Junami means that it is made only with rice, water, koji and yeast. There are no additives like additional alcohol, sugar or flavors. Yamahai is a type of moto, aka yeast starter, used during the brewing process. Yamahai is created in a slow and tedious way that allows for more wild yeasts and bacteria to become part of the brew. This creates a bolder and richer sake with strong umami notes and higher acidity. The Yamahai method was created in 1909 and is related to the Kimoto method which has been used for centuries.

Photo via Kenbishi Brewery Facebook page

While this sake is brewed in traditional ways, the flavors and aromas are reminiscent of western and African cultures due to it being aged between five and eight years and the use of the Yamahai method. The flavors remind me of whiskey, cocoa, brown sugar and caramel with subtle fruity and sour notes. While most sake is clear, this one has a lovely light amber, yellow hue. Drinking for the first time is a pleasant surprise — just like learning about the story of Yasuke for the first time. You can drink this sake warm, but I recommend drinking it chilled with a nice grilled steak or portobello mushroom or even some raw oysters. You can order this sake from Oakland’s Umami Mart or Tippsy Sake.

The second sake I paired with Flying Lotus’s song “Between Memories,” featuring Niki Randa. The song appears on the soundtrack for the Yasuke anime. The song serves as the closing credits for the show. The track is mellow, textured and rich featuring the sultry and sweet vocals of Niki Randa. I paired this song with a sake called Tamagawa “Time Machine” 1712. You could call this the sake answer to an after-meal or dessert wine. A perfect sake to close out a lovely evening similar to the way this song closes out each episode of the show. This sake is made from a recipe recorded in 1712 and brewed by the first foreign-born toji aka brewmaster Phillip Harper. Harper and Yasuke share the notoriety of being the first foreign-born to master a Japanese tradition — one for brewing sake and the other becoming a samurai. The Tamagawa Brewery is also the only brewery in Japan to have a toji that is not Japanese. 

The sake is mellow and textured just like the song with flavors and aromas of aged honey, toffee and sherry. It pairs wells with the sweet and wispy vocals of Niki Randa. Other umami notes like soy sauce balance out the sweetness. The sake is also a Junmai like the Kenbishi mentioned earlier, but instead of using the Yamahai method, it is made with the Kimoto method. This sake pairs well with desserts like ice cream. You can order this sake from True Sake, located in San Francisco.

Tamagawa Junmai Kimoto “Time Machine” | Photo via Tamagawa Brewery’s Instagram

The final sake pairing is for the Flying Lotus’ “Black Gold” featuring Thundercat. This track serves as the opening theme for Yasuke. The track feels bright and inspiring but grounded.  Since both Flying Lotus and Thundercat are from California, I decided that the sake should be, too. I decided to pair it with a sake from Oakland’s Den Sake Brewery.

Den Sake was founded in 2017 by toji Yoshihiro Sako and is the first sake brewery in Oakland. Not only is the sake made in California, but the rice they use is also grown in California as well. I selected their Den Blanc because of its brightness and citrus notes to match with the song’s brightness. The sake is a good one to begin a meal with just like “Black Gold” is the opening song for the show. You can order this sake from Oakland’s Umami Mart.

Den Blanc from Den Sake | Photo via Facebook
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Our ‘Wanna Grab Coffee?’ series is a ‘hidden gem’

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In response to the pandemic, we at Radio Milwaukee launched our “Wanna Grab Coffee?” series — 30-minute virtual hangouts scheduled for every weekday. But we quickly learned what “Zoom fatigue” is and slowly decreased that number to two per week — “Talkin’ Bout it Tuesday” and “Whatcha Watchin’ Wednesday” — which are still going strong!

It’s hard to describe what these groups have meant to me during this pandemic (because they have meant SO MUCH), so I asked some of my new friends to describe what “Talkin’ Bout it Tuesday” and “Whatcha Watchin’ Wednesday” have meant to them.

“Talkin’ Bout it Tuesday has been a staple of my week, almost every week during the pandemic. I look forward to Tuesdays at 4 p.m., knowing that I can catch up with people whose lives I’ve watched change over the past year. Having that sense of connection with people I may not have otherwise gotten to know is such a special thing, and a bright spot during a difficult time for so many.”

-Sammi Ditloff, Milwaukee, WI

“Talkin’ Bout it Tuesday is a hidden gem that I found during the pandemic. Every time, I have so much fun. I feel welcomed and, above all, it is so meaningful to be able to share so many things that each of us has done while at home.”

-Chayoung Fretz, Miami, FL

“It’s funny how I describe Whatcha Watchin’ Wednesday to my friends. I say it’s my “movie club,” but it has evolved into so much more than that through the Slack channel. Through Radio Milwaukee, I’ve been able to reconnect with my Wisconsin roots in a way that makes Wisconsin so enjoyable for me… This has been such a fun way of meeting people I would normally never interact with due to living in different cities…”

-Helen Teague, Minneapolis, MN

“…While we’ve been stuck at home, like most people we have been watching more movies and TV and having this outlet of smart, informed, funny people, who have legitimately become friends, has been invaluable. There are (at least) dozens of messages every day on our dedicated Slack channel, which has evolved beyond just discussing movies and TV, but not includes music, books, food, and other stuff. My wife, without having attended any of the calls, knows everyone’s name in the group and asks me how the call went every Wednesday evening…”

-Clint Urbach, Franklin, WI
-Justin Barney, Radio Milwaukee Assistant Program Director, Music Director, and host of Whatcha Watchin’ Wednesday
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Women dominate the 2021 Grammys, with big wins for Billie Eilish, Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion

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Beyoncé won four Grammy Awards to become the most celebrated performer in the awards show’s history during an unpredictable ceremony that mixed the arrival of major new artists with repeat victories by Grammy favorites and surprisingly intimate performances with more familiar staged bombast.

The two biggest awards of the night went to Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” which won record of the year and Taylor Swift’s quarantine-produced folklore, which picked up the album of the year prize. After coming up empty in her first five nominations Sunday, Swift had to wait for most of the ceremony before taking home her third career Grammy in that category, becoming just the fourth artist to do so.

Upon receiving the Recording Academy’s most prestigious award, Eilish, who swept the major categories in last year’s awards, immediately deflected credit and said Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion should have won the award for her song “Savage.”

Getty Images for The Recording A Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion accept the Best Rap Performance award for ‘Savage’ onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Megan Thee Stallion, one of the music industry’s most notable new arrivals in 2020, still took home three awards: best new artist, best rap song and best rap performance. Her “Savage” remix featuring Beyoncé helped the latter pass Alison Krauss for most Grammys ever by a female artist and tie super-producer Quincy Jones at 28 career trophies. Only classical conductor Georg Solti (31) has won more Grammy hardware.

The complete list of nominees and winners of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, presented on March 14, 2021, is below.

1. Record Of The Year

  • “Black Parade” by Beyoncé
  • “Colors” by Black Pumas
  • “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
  • “Say So” by Doja Cat
  • Winner: “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish
  • “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
  • “Circles” by Post Malone
  • “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé

2. Album Of The Year

  • Chilombo by Jhené Aiko
  • Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) by Black Pumas
  • Everyday Life by Coldplay
  • Djesse Vol. 3 by Jacob Collier
  • Women In Music Pt. III by HAIM
  • Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
  • Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone
  • Winner: Folklore by Taylor Swift

3. Song Of The Year

  • “Black Parade” by Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • “The Box” by Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade, Rodrick Moore, Adarius Moragne, Eric Sloan & Khirye Anthony Tyler, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
  • “Cardigan” by Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
  • “Circles” by Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
  • “Don’t Start Now” by Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
  • “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
  • Winner: “I Can’t Breathe” by Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “If The World Was Ending” by Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe feat. Julia Michaels)

4. Best New Artist

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Chika
  • Noah Cyrus
  • D Smoke
  • Doja Cat
  • Kaytranada
  • Winner: Megan Thee Stallion


5. Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Yummy” by Justin Bieber
  • “Say So” by Doja Cat
  • “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish
  • “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
  • Winner: “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles
  • “Cardigan” by Taylor Swift

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Un Dia (One Day)” by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
  • “Intentions” by Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
  • “Dynamite” by BTS
  • Winner: “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
  • “Exile” by Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver

7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Blue Umbrella by (Burt Bacharach &) Daniel Tashian
  • True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Winner: American Standard by James Taylor
  • Unfollow The Rules by Rufus Wainwright
  • Judy by Renée Zellweger

8. Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Changes by Justin Bieber
  • Chromatica by Lady Gaga
  • Winner: Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
  • Fine Line by Harry Styles
  • Folklore by Taylor Swift

Dance/Electronic Music

9. Best Dance Recording

  • “On My Mind” by Diplo & SIDEPIECE
  • “My High” by Disclosure feat. Aminé & Slowthai
  • “The Difference” by Flume feat. Toro y Moi
  • “Both of Us” by Jayda G
  • Winner: “10%” by  Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis

10. Best Dance/Electronic Album

  • Kick I by Arca
  • Planet’s Mad by Baauer
  • Energy by Disclosure
  • Winner: Bubba by Kaytranada
  • Good Faith by Madeon

Contemporary Instrumental Music

11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Axiom by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
  • Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard by Jon Batiste
  • Take the Stairs by Black Violin
  • Americana by Grégoire Maret, Romain Collin & Bill Frisell
  • Winner: Live at the Royal Albert Hall by Snarky Puppy


12. Best Rock Performance

  • Winner: “Shameika” by Fiona Apple
  • “Not” by Big Thief
  • “Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers
  • “The Steps” by HAIM
  • “Stay High” by Brittany Howard
  • “Daylight” by Grace Potter

13. Best Metal Performance

  • Winner: “Bum-Rush” by Body Count
  • “Underneath” by Code Orange
  • “The In-Between” by In This Moment
  • “BLOODMONEY” by Poppy
  • “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)” – Live by Power Trip

14. Best Rock Song

  • “Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers, Morgan Nagler & Marshall Vore, songwriters (Phoebe Bridgers)
  • “Lost In Yesterday” by Kevin Parker, songwriter (Tame Impala)
  • “Not” by Adrianne Lenker, songwriter (Big Thief)
  • “Shameika” by Fiona Apple, songwriter (Fiona Apple)
  • Winner: “Stay High” Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)

15. Best Rock Album

  • A Hero’s Death by Fontaines D.C.
  • Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka
  • Daylight by Grace Potter
  • Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson
  • Winner: The New Abnormal by The Strokes


16. Best Alternative Music Album

  • Winner: Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple
  • Hyperspace by Beck
  • Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers
  • Jaime by Brittany Howard
  • The Slow Rush by Tame Impala


17. Best R&B Performance

  • “Lightning & Thunder” by Jhené Aiko feat. John Legend
  • Winner: “Black Parade” by Beyoncé
  • “All I Need” by Jacob Collier feat. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
  • “Goat Head” by Brittany Howard
  • “See Me” by Emily King

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Sit On Down” by The Baylor Project feat. Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
  • “Wonder What She Thinks of Me” by Chloe X Halle
  • “Let Me Go” by Mykal Kilgore
  • Winner: “Anything For You” by Ledisi
  • “Distance” by Yebba

19. Best R&B Song

  • Winner: “Better Than I Imagined” by Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper feat. H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello)
  • “Black Parade” by Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • “Collide” by Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar & Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG)
  • “Do It” by Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch & Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
  • “Slow Down” by Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley & H.E.R.)

20. Best Progressive R&B Album

  • Chilombo by Jhené Aiko
  • Ungodly Hour by Chloe X Halle
  • Free Nationals by Free Nationals
  • F*** Yo Feelings by Robert Glasper
  • Winner: It Is What It Is by Thundercat

21. Best R&B Album

  • HAPPY 2 BE HERE by Ant Clemons
  • Take Time by Giveon
  • To Feel Love/d by Luke James
  • Winner: Bigger Love by John Legend
  • All Rise by Gregory Porter


22. Best Rap Performance

  • “Deep Reverence” by Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle
  • “BOP” by DaBaby
  • “WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow
  • “The Bigger Picture” by Lil Baby
  • Winner: “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé
  • “Dior” by Pop Smoke

23. Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” by Drake feat. Lil Durk
  • Winner: “Lockdown” by Anderson .Paak
  • “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
  • “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” by Travis Scott

24. Best Rap Song

  • “The Bigger Picture” by Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai’shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
  • “The Box” by Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade, Rodrick Moore, Adarius Moragne, Eric Sloan & Khirye Anthony Tyler, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” by Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour & Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil Durk)
  • “ROCKSTAR” by Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)
  • Winner: “Savage” by Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé)

25. Best Rap Album

  • Black Habits by D Smoke
  • Alfredo by Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
  • A Written Testimony by Jay Electronica
  • Winner: King’s Disease by Nas
  • The Allegory by Royce 5’9″


26. Best Country Solo Performance

  • “Stick That In Your Country Song” by Eric Church 
  • “Who You Thought I Was” by Brandy Clark
  • Winner: “When My Amy Prays” by Vince Gill
  • “Black Like Me” by Mickey Guyton
  • “Bluebird” by Miranda Lambert

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “All Night” by Brothers Osborne
  • Winner: “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
  • “Ocean” by Lady A
  • “Sugar Coat” by Little Big Town
  • “Some People Do” by Old Dominion

28. Best Country Song

  • “Bluebird” by Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
  • “The Bones” by Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
  • Winner: “Crowded Table” by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
  • “More Hearts Than Mine” by Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
  • “Some People Do” by Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)

29. Best Country Album

  • Lady Like by Ingrid Andress
  • Your Life Is A Record by Brandy Clark
  • Winner: Wildcard by Miranda Lambert
  • Nightfall by Little Big Town
  • Never Will by Ashley McBryde

New Age

30. Best New Age Album

  • Songs from the Bardo by Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal & Jesse Paris Smith
  • Periphery by Priya Darshini
  • Form//Less by Superposition
  • Winner: More Guitar Stories by Jim “Kimo” West
  • Meditations by Cory Wong & Jon Batiste


31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • “Guinnevere” by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, soloist 
  • “Pachamama” by Regina Carter, soloist
  • “Celia” by Gerald Clayton, soloist
  • Winner: “All Blues” by Chick Corea, soloist
  • “Moe Honk” by Joshua Redman, soloist

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • Ona by Thana Alexa
  • Winner: Secrets are the Best Stories by Kurt Elling feat. Danilo Pérez
  • Modern Ancestors by Carmen Lundy
  • Holy Room: Live At Alte Oper by Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Conducted By John Beasley
  • What’s the Hurry by Kenny Washington

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment by Ambrose Akinmusire
  • Waiting Game by Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science
  • Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard by Gerald Clayton
  • Winner: Trilogy 2 by Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade
  • Roundagain by Redman Mehldau McBride Blade

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Dialogues on Race by Gregg August
  • Monk’estra Plays John Beasley by John Beasley’s MONK’estra
  • The Intangible Between by Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
  • Songs You Like A Lot by John Hollenbeck With Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Gary Versace And The Frankfurt Radio Big Band
  • Winner: Data Lords by Maria Schneider Orchestra

35. Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Tradiciones by Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
  • Winner: Four Questions by Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • City of Dreams by Chico Pinheiro
  • Viento y Tiempo – Live at Blue Note Tokyo by Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola
  • Trane’s Delight by Poncho Sanchez

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

36. Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • “Wonderful Is Your Name” by Melvin Crispell III
  • “Release (Live)” by Ricky Dillard Featuring Tiff Joy; David Frazier, songwriter
  • “Come Together” by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins Present: The Good News; Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins & Jazz Nixon, producers; Lashawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Lecrae Moore & Jazz Nixon, songwriters
  • “Won’t Let Go” by Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter
  • Winner: “Movin’ On” by Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music; Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard & Terrell Demetrius Wilson, songwriters

37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “The Blessing (Live)” by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes & Elevation Worship; Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe Carnes & Steven Furtick, songwriters
  • “Sunday Morning” by Lecrae Featuring Kirk Franklin; Denisia Andrews, Jones Terrence Antonio, Saint Bodhi, Rafael X. Brown, Brittany Coney, Kirk Franklin, Lasanna Harris, Shama Joseph, Stuart Lowery, Lecrae 
  • “Holy Water” by We The Kingdom; Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash & Scott Cash, songwriters
  • “Famous For (I Believe)” by Tauren Wells Featuring Jenn Johnson; Chuck Butler, Krissy Nordhoff, Jordan Sapp, Alexis Slifer & Tauren Wells, songwriters
  • Winner: “There Was Jesus” by Zach Williams & Dolly Parton; Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

38. Best Gospel Album

  • 2econd Wind: Ready by Anthony Brown & group therAPy
  • My Tribute by Myron Butler
  • Choirmaster by Ricky Dillard
  • Winner: Gospel According to PJ by PJ Morton
  • Kierra by Kierra Sheard

39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • Run to the Father by Cody Carnes
  • All of My Best Friends by Hillsong Young & Free
  • Holy Water by We The Kingdom
  • Citizen of Heaven by Tauren Wells
  • Winner: Jesus Is King by Kanye West

40. Best Roots Gospel Album

  • Beautiful Day by Mark Bishop
  • 20/20 by The Crabb Family
  • What Christmas Really Means by The Erwins
  • Winner: Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) by Fisk Jubilee Singers
  • Something Beautiful by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound


41. Best Latin Pop or Urban Album

  • Winner: YHLQMDLG by Bad Bunny
  • Por Primera Vez by Camilo
  • Mesa Para Dos by Kany García
  • Pausa by Ricky Martin
  • 3:33 by Debi Nova

42. Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

  • Aura by Bajofondo
  • Monstruo by Cami
  • Sobrevolando by Cultura Profética
  • Winner: La Conquista del Espacio by Fito Paez
  • Miss Colombia by Lido Pimienta

43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

  • Hecho en Mexico by Alejandro Fernández
  • La Serenata by Lupita Infante
  • Winner: Un Canto Por Mexico, Vol. 1 by Natalia Lafourcade
  • Bailando Sones y Huapangos con Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez by Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez
  • AYAYAY! by Christian Nodal

44. Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Mi Tumbao by José Alberto “El Ruiseñor”
  • Infinito by Edwin Bonilla
  • Sigo Cantando al Amor (Deluxe) by Jorge Celedon & Sergio Luis
  • Winner: 40 by Grupo Niche
  • Memorias de Navidad by Víctor Manuelle

American Roots Music

45. Best American Roots Performance

  • “Colors” by Black Pumas
  • “Deep In Love” by Bonny Light Horseman
  • “Short And Sweet” by Brittany Howard
  • “I’ll Be Gone” by Norah Jones & Mavis Staples
  • Winner: “I Remember Everything” by John Prine

46. Best American Roots Song

  • “Cabin” by Laura Rogers & Lydia Rogers, songwriters (The Secret Sisters)
  • “Ceiling To The Floor” by Sierra Hull & Kai Welch, songwriters (Sierra Hull)
  • “Hometown” by Sarah Jarosz, songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
  • Winner: “I Remember Everything” by Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)
  • “Man Without A Soul” by Tom Overby & Lucinda Williams, songwriters (Lucinda Williams)

47. Best Americana Album

  • Old Flowers by Courtney Marie Andrews
  • Terms of Surrender by Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Winner: World on the Ground by Sarah Jarosz
  • El Dorado by Marcus King
  • Good Souls Better Angels by Lucinda Williams

48. Best Bluegrass Album

  • Man on Fire by Danny Barnes
  • To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 1 by Thomm Jutz
  • North Carolina Songbook by Steep Canyon Rangers
  • Winner: Home by Billy Strings
  • The John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project, Vol. 1 by (Various Artists)Matt Combs & Katie Harford Hogue, producers

49. Best Traditional Blues Album

  • All My Dues Are Paid by Frank Bey
  • You Make Me Feel by Don Bryant
  • That’s What I Heard by Robert Cray Band
  • Cypress Grove by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
  • Winner: Rawer Than Raw by Bobby Rush

50. Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • Winner: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? by Fantastic Negrito
  • Live At The Paramount by Ruthie Foster Big Band
  • The Juice by G. Love
  • Blackbirds by Bettye LaVette
  • Up And Rolling by North Mississippi Allstars

51. Best Folk Album

  • Bonny Light Horseman by Bonny Light Horseman
  • Thanks For The Dance by Leonard Cohen
  • Song For Our Daughter by Laura Marling
  • Saturn Return by The Secret Sisters
  • Winner: All The Good Times by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

52. Best Regional Roots Music Album

  • My Relatives “Nikso Kowaiks” by Black Lodge Singers
  • Cameron Dupuy And The Cajun Troubadours by Cameron Dupuy And The Cajun Troubadours
  • Lovely Sunrise by Nā Wai ʽEhā
  • Winner: Atmosphere by New Orleans Nightcrawlers
  • A Tribute to Al Berard by Sweet Cecilia


53. Best Reggae Album

  • Upside Down 2020 by Buju Banton
  • Higher Place by Skip Marley
  • It All Comes Back To Love by Maxi Priest
  • Winner: Got To Be Tough by Toots & The Maytals
  • One World by The Wailers

Global Music

54. Best Global Music Album

  • Fu Chronicles by Antibalas
  • Winner: Twice As Tall by Burna Boy
  • Agora by Bebel Gilberto
  • Love Letters by Anoushka Shankar
  • Amadjar by Tinariwen


55. Best Children’s Music Album

  • Winner: All The Ladies by Joanie Leeds
  • Wild Life by Justin Roberts

Spoken Word

56. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

  • Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea
  • Alex Trebek – The Answer Is… by Ken Jennings
  • Winner: Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow
  • Catch And Kill by Ronan Farrow
  • Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) by Meryl Streep (& Full cast)


57. Best Comedy Album

  • Winner: Black Mitzvah by Tiffany Haddish
  • I Love Everything by Patton Oswalt
  • The Pale Tourist by Jim Gaffigan
  • Paper Tiger by Bill Burr
  • 23 Hours To Kill by Jerry Seinfeld

Musical Theater

58. Best Musical Theater Album

  • Amélie (Original London Cast)
  • American Utopia on Broadway (David Byrne, composer & lyricist) (Original Cast)
  • Winner: Jagged Little Pill (Glen Ballard, composer; Alanis Morissette, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
  • Little Shop Of Horrors (Alan Menken, composer; Howard Ashman, lyricist) (The New Off-Broadway Cast)
  • The Prince of Egypt (Original Cast)
  • Soft Power (Original Cast)

Music for Visual Media

59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Various Artists) Nate Heller, compilation producer; Howard Paar, Music Supervisor
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (Various Artists) Jonathan Leahy, compilation producer
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Various Artists) Savan Kotecha, compilation producer; Becky Bentham, music supervisor
  • Frozen 2 (Various Artists) Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Dave Metzger, compilation producers 
  • Winner: Jojo Rabbit (Various Artists) Taika Waititi, compilation producer

60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • Ad Astra by Max Richter, composer
  • Becoming by Kamasi Washington, composer
  • Winner: Joker by Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer
  • 1917 by Thomas Newman, composer
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams, composer

61. Best Song Written For Visual Media

  • “Beautiful Ghosts” by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
    Track from: Cats
  • “Carried Me With You” by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
    Track from: Onward
  • “Into The Unknown” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel & AURORA)
    Track from: Frozen 2
  • Winner: “No Time to Die” by Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas Baird O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
    Track from:
    No Time to Die
  • “Stand Up” by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo, songwriters (Cynthia Erivo)
    Track from: Harriet


62. Best Instrumental Composition

  • “Baby Jack” by Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra)
  • “Be Water II” by Christian Sands, composer (Christian Sands)
  • “Plumfield” by Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Winner: “Sputnik” by Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider)
  • “Strata” by Remy Le Boeuf, composer (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows Featuring Anna Webber & Eric Miller)

63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • “Bathroom Dance” by Hildur Guðnadóttir, arranger (Hildur Guðnadóttir)
  • Winner: “Donna Lee” by John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
  • “Honeymooners” by Remy Le Boeuf, arranger (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows)
  • “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Alvin Chea & Jarrett Johnson, arrangers (Jarrett Johnson Featuring Alvin Chea)
  • “Uranus: The Magician” by Jeremy Levy, arranger (Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra)

64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

  • “Asas Fechadas” by John Beasley & Maria Mendes, arrangers (Maria Mendes Featuring John Beasley & Orkest Metropole)
  • “Desert Song” by Erin Bentlage, Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick & Amanda Taylor, arrangers (Säje)
  • “From This Place” by Alan Broadbent & Pat Metheny, arrangers (Pat Metheny Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)
  • Winner: “He Won’t Hold You” by Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Rapsody)
  • “Slow Burn” by Talia Billig, Nic Hard & Becca Stevens, arrangers (Becca Stevens Featuring Jacob Collier, Mark Lettieri, Justin Stanton, Jordan Perlson, Nic Hard, Keita Ogawa, Marcelo Woloski & Nate Werth)


65. Best Recording Package

  • Everyday Life by Pilar Zeta, art director (Coldplay)
  • Funeral by Kyle Goen & Alex Kalatschinow, art directors (Lil Wayne)
  • Healer by Julian Gross & Hannah Hooper, art directors (Grouplove)
  • On Circles by Jordan Butcher, art director (Caspian)
  • Winner: Vols. 11 & 12 by Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto, art directors (Desert Sessions)

66. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • Flaming Pie (Collector’s Edition) by Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith, Paul McCartney & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)
  • Giants Stadium 1987, 1989, 1991 by Lisa Glines & Doran Tyson, art directors (Grateful Dead)
  • Mode by Jeff Schulz & Paul A. Taylor, art directors (Depeche Mode)
  • Winner: Ode to Joy by Lawrence Azerrad & Jeff Tweedy, art directors (Wilco)
  • The Story of Ghostly International by Michael Cina & Molly Smith, art directors (Various Artists)


67. Best Album Notes

  • At the Minstrel Show: Minstrel Routines from the Studio, 1894-1926 by Tim Brooks, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974 by Scott B. Bomar, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • Winner: Dead Man’s Pop by Bob Mehr, album notes writer (The Replacements)
  • The Missing Link: How Gus Haenschen Got Us From Joplin to Jazz and Shaped the Music Business by Colin Hancock, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • Out of a Clear Blue Sky by David Sager, album notes writer (Nat Brusiloff)


68. Best Historical Album

  • Celebrated, 1895-1896 by Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Unique Quartette)
  • Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) by Zev Feldman, Will Friedwald & George Klabin, compilation producers; Matthew Lutthans, mastering engineer (Nat King Cole)
  • Winner: It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers by Lee Lodyga & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Mister Rogers)
  • 1999 Super Deluxe Edition by Trevor Guy, Michael Howe & Kirk Johnson, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Prince)
  • Souvenir by Carolyn Agger, compilation producer; Miles Showell, mastering engineer (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark)
  • Throw Down Your Heart: The Complete Africa Sessions by Béla Fleck, compilation producer; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer (Béla Fleck)

Production, Non-Classical

69. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • Black Hole Rainbow by Shawn Everett & Ivan Wayman, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Devon Gilfillian)
  • Expectations by Gary Paczosa & Mike Robinson, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Katie Pruitt)
  • Winner: Hyperspace by Drew Brown, Julian Burg, Andrew Coleman, Paul Epworth, Shawn Everett, Serban Ghenea, David Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Jaycen Joshua, Greg Kurstin, Mike Larson, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco & Matt Wiggins, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Beck)
  • Jaime by Shawn Everett, engineer; Shawn Everett, mastering engineer (Brittany Howard)
  • 25 Trips by Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Adam Grover, mastering engineer (Sierra Hull)

70. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

  • Jack Antonoff
  • Dan Auerback
  • Dave Cobb
  • Flying Lotus
  • Winner: Andrew Watt

71. Best Remixed Recording

  • “Do You Ever (RAC Mix)” by RAC, remixer (Phil Good)
  • “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix)” by Morgan Page, remixer (Deadmau5)
  • “Praying For You (Louie Vega Main Remix)” by Louie Vega, remixer (Jasper Street Co.)
  • Winner: “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” by Imanbek Zeikenov, remixer (SAINt JHN)
  • “Young & Alive (Bazzi Vs. Haywyre)” YOUNG & ALIVE (BAZZI VS. HAYWYRE REMIX)
  • Haywyre, remixer (Bazzi)

Production, Immersive Audio

72. Best Immersive Audio Album

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Best Immersive Audio Album Craft Committee was unable to meet. The judging of the entries in this category has been postponed until such time that we are able to meet in a way that is appropriate to judge the many formats and configurations of the entries and is safe for the committee members. The nominations for the 63rd GRAMMYs will be announced next year in addition to (and separately from) the 64th GRAMMY nominations in the category

Production, Classical

73. Best Engineered Album, Classical

  • Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua
    Bernd Gottinger, engineer (JoAnn Falletta, James K. Bass, Adam Luebke, UCLA Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus)
  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
    David Frost & John Kerswell, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (David Robertson, Frederick Ballentine, Angel Blue, Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)
  • Hynes: Fields
    Kyle Pyke, engineer; Jesse Lewis & Kyle Pyke, mastering engineers (Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion)
  • Ives: Complete Symphonies
    Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers; Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineers (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Winner: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar’
    David Frost & Charlie Post, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

74. Producer Of The Year, Classical

  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • Winner: David Frost
  • Jesse Lewis
  • Dmitriy Lipay
  • Elaine Martone


75. Best Orchestral Performance

  • Aspects of America – Pulitzer Edition
    Carlos Kalmar, conductor (Oregon Symphony)
  • Concurrence
    Daníel Bjarnason, conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra)
  • Copland: Symphony No. 3
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
  • Winner: Ives: Complete Symphonies
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Lutosławski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
    Hannu Lintu, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

76. Best Opera Recording

  • Dello Joio: The Trial at Rouen
    Gil Rose, conductor; Heather Buck & Stephen Powell; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)
  • Floyd, C.: Prince of Players
    William Boggs, conductor; Alexander Dobson, Keith Phares & Kate Royal; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Florentine Opera Chorus)
  • Winner: Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
    David Robertson, conductor; Frederick Ballentine, Angel Blue, Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore & Eric Owens; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • Handel: Agrippina
    Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor; Elsa Benoit, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli, Jakub Józef Orliński & Luca Pisaroni; Daniel Zalay, producer (Il Pomo D’Oro)
  • Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg
    Donald Runnicles, conductor; David Butt Philip & Elena Tsallagova; Peter Ghirardini & Erwin Stürzer, producers (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin)

77. Best Choral Performance

  • Carthage
    Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)
  • Winner: Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshuah
    JoAnn Falletta, conductor; James K. Bass & Adam Luebke, chorus masters (James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers)
  • Kastalsky: Requiem
    Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Charles Bruffy, Steven Fox & Benedict Sheehan, chorus masters (Joseph Charles Beutel & Anna Dennis; Orchestra Of St. Luke’s; Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, Kansas City Chorale & The Saint Tikhon Choir)
  • Moravec: Sanctuary Road
    Kent Tritle, conductor (Joshua Blue, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Dashon Burton, Malcolm J. Merriweather & Laquita Mitchell; Oratorio Society Of New York Orchestra; Oratorio Society Of New York Chorus)
  • Once Upon A Time
    Matthew Guard, conductor (Sarah Walker; Skylark Vocal Ensemble)

78. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

  • Winner: Contemporary Voices
    Pacifica Quartet
  • Healing Modes
    Brooklyn Rider
  • Hearne, T.: Place
    Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods, Diana Wade & Place Orchestra
  • Hynes: Fields
    Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion
  • The Schumann Quartets
    Dover Quartet

79. Best Classical Instrumental Solo

  • Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    Kirill Gerstein; Thomas Adès, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas
    Igor Levit
  • Bohemian Tales
    Augustin Hadelich; Jakub Hrůša, conductor (Charles Owen; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
  • Destination Rachimaninov – Arrival
    Daniil Trifonov; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • Winner: Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
    Richard O’Neill; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

80. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

  • American Composers at Play – William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto
    Stephen Powell (Attacca Quartet, William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto, Charles Neidich & Jason Vieaux)
  • Clairières – Songs by Lili & Nadia Boulanger
    Nicholas Phan; Myra Huang, accompanist
  • Farinelli
    Cecilia Bartoli; Giovanni Antonini, conductor (Il Giardino Armonico)
  • A Lad’s Love
    Brian Giebler; Steven McGhee, accompanist (Katie Hyun, Michael Katz, Jessica Meyer, Reginald Mobley & Ben Russell)
  • Winner: Smyth: The Prison
    Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton; James Blachly, conductor (Experiential Chorus; Experiential Orchestra)

81. Best Classical Compendium

  • Adès Conducts Adès
    Mark Stone & Christianne Stotijn; Thomas Adès, conductor; Nick Squire, producer
  • Saariaho: Graal Théâtre; Circle Map; Neiges; Vers Toi Qui Es Si Loin
    Clément Mao-Takacs, conductor; Hans Kipfer, producer
  • Serebrier: Symphonic Bach Variations; Laments and Hallelujahs; Flute Concerto
    José Serebrier, conductor; Jens Braun, producer
  • Winner: Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Meditations on Rilke
    Isabel Leonard; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer
  • Woolf, L.P.: Fire And Flood
    Matt Haimovitz; Julian Wachner, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer

82. Best Contemporary Classical Composition

  • Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    Thomas Adès, composer (Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Adès & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshuah
    Richard Danielpour, composer (JoAnn Falletta, James K. Bass, Adam Luebke, UCLA Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus)
  • Floyd, C.: Prince of Players
    Carlisle Floyd, composer (William Boggs, Alexander Dobson, Kate Royal, Keith Phares, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
  • Hearne, T.: Place
    Ted Hearne, composer (Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods & Place Orchestra)
  • Winner: Rouse: Symphony No. 5
    Christopher Rouse, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Music Video/Film

83. Best Music Video

  • Winner: “Brown Skin Girl”
    Beyoncé, Blue Ivy & WizKid
    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Jenn Nkiru, video directors; Astrid Edwards, Aya Kaida, Jean Mougin, Nathan Scherrer & Erinn Williams, video producers
  • “Life Is Good”
    Future Featuring Drake
    Julien Christian Lutz, video director; Harv Glazer, video producer
  • “Lockdown”
    Anderson .Paak
    Dave Meyers, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer
  • “Adore You”
    Harry Styles
    Dave Meyers, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer
  • “Goliath”
    Yoann Lemoine, video director; Horace de Gunzbourg, video producer

84. Best Music Film

  • Beastie Boys Story
    Beastie Boys
    Spike Jonze, video director; Amanda Adelson, Jason Baum & Spike Jonze, video producers
  • Black Is King
    Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Beyonce Knowles Carter & Kwasi Fordjour, video directors; Lauren Baker, Akin Omotoso, Nathan Scherrer, Jeremy Sullivan & Erinn Williams, video producers
  • We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
    Freestyle Love Supreme
    Andrew Fried, video director; Andrew Fried, Jill Furman, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarina Roma, Jenny Steingart & Jon Steingart, video producers
  • Winner: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
    Linda Ronstadt
    Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, video directors; Michele Farinola & James Keach, video producers
  • That Little Ol’ Band From Texas
    ZZ Top
    Sam Dunn, video director; Scot McFadyen, video producer
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10 unique Wisconsin Airbnb rentals perfect for a spring getaway

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Right before the pandemic hit, I was planning a trip to Venice Beach, Calif. I began looking for some unique homes on Airbnb and I found a couple of spots that were just perfect. They were only a few feet from the beach. Then the pandemic hit in March. I haven’t traveled anywhere in over a year. I haven’t even taken a proper staycation. So I decided to stay in bed one weekend and search Airbnb for homes in Wisconsin that would make a perfect getaway this spring.

Below I only share my top 10 picks from my saved lists, which you can view here and here.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Schwartz House | photo by Andrew Pielage

Still Bend/Frank Lloyd Wright’s Schwartz House
6 guests, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths | $489/night

What better way to enjoy a getaway in Wisconsin by staying a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? The Still Bend/Bernard Schwartz House was Life Magazine‘s “Dream House” from 1938 and is located on the East Twin River about a mile from Lake Michigan. The house is about 90 minutes north of Milwaukee.

U.S.S. Cobia | photo via Wisconsin Historical Markers

WWII Submarine U.S.S. Cobia in Manitowoc
16 guests, 6 bedrooms, 65 beds, 3 baths | $500/night

Is a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright too fancy for you? Did 2020 feel like you were underwater? How about spending a few nights in a WWII submarine. Take a trip to Manitowoc and enjoy the “luxury” of the U.S.S. Cobia. The sub sleeps up to 65 people in sailors’ bunks. U.S.S. Cobia is part of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

Big red barn with a basketball court in Cedarburg
8 guests, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath | $250/night

I have always wonder what would it be like to sleep in barn. This barn in Cedarburg features all the creature comforts that you are use to plus a basketball court inside. In a past life this barn used to serve as a dairy barn and it also features a wraparound deck that over looks acres of wetlands. And after a nice game of horse, why not relax in the wood-burning sauna.

Off-Gird Inn in Fall Creek, Wisconsin
3 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bath | $212/night

Need a smaller space and somewhere a little more remote? Check out this tiny house from Off-Grid Inn located in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. You will be right in the middle of the forest but still have access to the conveniences of life like WiFi, a bathroom, heated blankets and more. This for the person that is camping-curious but doesn’t really want to be sleeping outdoors with the insects and critters (like me).

Chalet on the shore in Door County | photo via Airbnb

A chalet on the shore in Door County
10 guests, 3 bedrooms, 6 beds, 2 baths | $400/night

I have lived in Wisconsin now for over 14 years and I still have yet to visit Door County. This Chalet would be perfect spot to enjoy all the wonders of Sturgeon Bay. Located right along the water, this home features a large patio, a full pier with a 15 foot row-boat and three kayaks, a shoreside fire pit and large grill for use. I wonder what kind of fish you can catch in the bay. Oh wait, let me guess: sturgeon.

Cabin in Osseo, Wisconsin | photo via Airbnb

Fisher Cat Creek Forest Retreat in Osseo, Wisconsin
5 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bath | $103/night

Do you really want to get away from civilization aka social media and Zoom meetings? Well, this cabin is for you. Located a little under four hours northwest of Milwaukee, this cabin has the barebone essentials. Electricity comes from batteries, the sun or maybe a generator. You will need to pump your own fresh water. Luckily, a five-gallon jug is provided. The bathroom is an outdoor commode. Did I mention, no WiFi?

Farmhouse in Oostburg | photo via Airbnb

Farmhouse with pond in Oostburg, Wisconsin
15 guests, 5 bedrooms, 7 beds, 3.5 baths | $413/night

This farmhouse, surrounded by 40 acres of farmland, could be great for work retreat or a huge family. Not only is there a pond on-site, but there are basketball and volleyball courts, too. There is also row boats available to use on the pond. If you are a golf fan, 20 minutes way you will find Kohler golf courses. For those who don’t like the outdoors, the farmhouse includes cocktail lounge overlooking the pond and a large bar in the loft space.

Boat Bungalow in Sturgeon Bay
5 guests, 1 bed, half bath | $111/night

Was the submarine a little too much for you? How spending some time in a 1976 30-foot sailboat in Sturgeon Bay? Amenities include access to bathrooms and showers, on sight gas grills and outdoor pool use. It’s walking distance to 3rd Avenue shops, bars, parks and breweries.

Yurt hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs in Hartland Wisconsin
8 guests, 8 beds, 1 bath | $115/night

I never heard of the term Yurt until I started looking for places on Airbnb. This yurt is located in 300+ acres of forest wetlands within Camp Whitcomb/Mason, which happens to be the oldest Boys & Girls Clubs summer camp in the nation.

Tiny House on a private lake in Chetek | photo via Airbnb

Tiny House on a private lake in Chetek, Wisconsin
2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bath | $150/night

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, I would suggest this cozy but modern tiny house located on 100+ acres of mixed hardwood forest and glacially carved lakes. You also have access to hiking trails and a lovely view of the lake.

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This special cocktail from Goodkind supports Milwaukee’s Upstart Kitchen

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Some of you might know that I’m a huge fan of bourbon. I’m also a member of the Black Bourbon Society, an organization that bridges the gap between the spirits industry and African-American bourbon enthusiasts.

During this past, Black History Month, the Black Bourbon Society created a campaign called #TheBlackManhattanProject.

According to the website, #TheBlackManhattanProject is a month-long hashtag campaign raising awareness around the need for diversity and inclusion within the spirits industry. Rallying around the theme of the Black Manhattan Cocktail during the month of February (Black History Month), our partners Michter’s and Branca USA have dedicated $20,000 to support our nonprofit organization, DiversityDistilled.

DiversityDistilled advises, advocates and crafts unique strategies to address the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of brands — with a focus on the world of distilled spirits, packaged beverages and the alcohol and service industries. By assessing the corporate and organizational structures, we discover opportunities for brands to be more inclusive.

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The campaign also encourages members of the Black Bourbon Society to create their own take on the cocktail and share it on social media with the hashtag.

Ingredients for the Pecan Black Manhattan | photo by Katie Rose

I decided to share the news of this campaign on my Facebook profile. Shortly after that post, Goodkind co-owner Katie Rose reached out about doing a collaboration to create a riff on the Black Manhattan. We also decided that the profits from the cocktail should benefit Milwaukee’s Upstart Kitchen. Upstart Kitchen is Milwaukee’s first incubator kitchen located in the Sherman Park neighborhood. Their mission is to provide local food entrepreneurs access to an affordable, fully equipped commercial kitchen & business resources to grow or start their own food business. 

Within a few days, I was at Goodkind brainstorming with Katie on our take on this cocktail. We decided to use Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey as the foundation instead of a bourbon, which traditionally used in a Black Manhattan.

For those who aren’t familiar with Uncle Nearest, it is a whiskey brand started and owned by Fawn Weaver, a Black woman. The whiskey takes its namesake from the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green.

Then Katie used two types of vermouth and amaro called Amaro Nonino, which both happen to be favories. Then a few dashes of Bittercube Trinity bitters were added. But what makes this Black Manhattan truly special was the house-made pecan tincture, which was inspired by my love of pecans and spending time under a pecan tree at my grandparents’ home in Alabama when I was young.

Goodkind’s Katie Rose & 88Nine’s Tarik Moody

 “I just had fun hanging out and collaborating and ultimately, the end result included a delicious cocktail and the ability to help some helpers. There’s not a lot of joy in my career right now and this was really joyful.”

Katie Rose, co-owner of Goodkind

The cocktail is now available on Goodkind’s menu and don’t forget the profits are donated to Upstart Kitchen. In case you would like to know the recipe, Katie shared it with me.

Pecan Black Manhattan

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey
  • .5oz Amaro Nonino 
  • .5oz Lustau Vermut Rojo 
  • .5oz Mata Tinto Vermouth 
  • 3 dashes Bittercube Trinity Bitters

Stir / Strain
Serve up or over a large format ice cube

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R.I.P. Dustin Diamond, ‘Saved By The Bell’ star and one of TV’s all-time lovable nerds

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Dustin Diamond, the actor known for his role as Screech in the hit sitcom Saved by the Bell, died Monday, from cancer. According to a statement from his manager Roger Paul, “he was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution.” He was 44 years old.

As Samuel “Screech” Powers, Diamond played the goofy, nerdy sidekick on Saved by the Bell. He was a foil to the troublemaking charm of Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar), and an annoyance to the rich and snobby Lisa Turtle (played by Lark Voorhies). Though Diamond had been attached to the show since its precursor, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, through to its spinoff Saved the Be Bell: The New Class, he did not appear in the current iteration of the show that’s streaming on Peacock.

After Saved by the Bell, Diamond distanced himself from the character. In 2006 he directed himself in and released a sex tape called “Screeched,” which he later told the Oprah Winfrey Network was faked using a stunt person.

“People, to this day, look down on me,” he said. “And I didn’t really do it.”

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Diamond also made appearances on various reality TV shows throughout the 2000s, such as Celebrity Fit Club, Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling and Celebrity Big Brother. On those shows and in his 2009 book Behind the Bell, Diamond came off as acerbic and possibly off-putting. But his manager Roger Paul said in the statement, “[Diamond] — much like the rest of those who act out and behave poorly — had undergone a great deal of turmoil and heartache. His actions, though rebukeable, stemmed from loss and the lack of knowledge on how to process that pain properly.”

“In actuality,” the statement continued, “Dustin was a humorous and high-spirited individual whose greatest passion was to make others laugh. He was able to sense and feel other peoples’ emotions to such a length that he was able to feel them too—a strength and a flaw, all in one.”

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A new bookstore specializing in graphic novels is open in Bay View

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“We don’t make a distinction between graphic novels and literature,” says Cris Siqueira, talking in front of Lion’s Tooth on Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bay View. “We consider graphic novels to be high art. And we need a place in Milwaukee that treats it like that.”

Siqueira, who owned a graphic novel bookstore in São Palo, Brazil in the ’90s, has opened Lion’s Tooth with Shelly McClone-Carriere, a founder of the Riverwest Co-Op. “The last three years I have been the cafe coordinator, teaching seventh and eighth graders how to run a business,” she tells me.

“Now she’s going to teach me,” Siqueira butts in, and we all laugh.

With the business acumen and the artistic curation, Lion’s Tooth has their bases covered. Together they will be bringing a choice selection of graphic novels and small press books to Milwaukee. Selling graphic novels, they also hit on a passion of mine. I have crossed the country looking for stores that specialize in graphic novels. In Minneapolis there used to be Big Brain, but they shut down nearly a decade ago. In Grand Rapids, there is Vault of Midnight, but they are more of a comic book store with a large graphic novel selection.

“Superheroes will have to hide in the corners of the store,” Siqueira tells me. “There are plenty of great places in Milwaukee where they live, but we want to go the other way.”

The only bookstore in the Midwest that I know that is comparable is Quimby’s in Chicago. The legendary shop where you might see Daniel Clowes or Chris Ware, both artists that Lion’s Tooth carries.

As a patron and fan of this medium, I am so glad that Milwaukee will now have a store like this. I called about a book that I saw on their website called “Bicycle Day.” “That was my favorite book of 2019,” Siqueira couldn’t help but say. I smiled because it means that she has opinions and cares. Siqueira and McClone-Carriere will be trusted guides on this little known medium and they are already proving to be up to the task.

You can browse their selection here, and order online for in-store pickup, or call in an order at (414) 455-3498.

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This website lets you plop Bernie Sanders anywhere in Milwaukee

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Yesterday’s inauguration was filled with memorable moments, from Amanda Gorman’s rousing poem to the historic swearing-in of the country’s first female vice president. But there was one image, in particular, that social media couldn’t get enough of: a photo of a seated, mittened Bernie Sanders that became one of the fastest-memed pictures in the history of the internet, which is really, really saying something.

Superimposing Sanders into every picture imaginable is a hobby that’s united bored internet users across all ends of the political spectrum, and thanks to a new website that lets users drop Bernie into any location on Google maps, Milwaukee has gotten into the action, too. Just type in any address or location name, and the site does the rest.

We’ve given Bernie a tour of some famous Milwaukee spots below (some work better than others, as that poor woman in the Bronze Fonz picture can attest). Let us know if we missed any good ones.

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