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Boston Musicians A Big Presence On Grammy Nominations List

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Pianist-composer Fred Hersch, from the New England Conservatory, received two Grammy nominations for his instrumental jazz album, "Alone at the Vanguard." (Courtesy)
Pianist-composer Fred Hersch, from the New England Conservatory, received two Grammy nominations for his instrumental jazz album, "Alone at the Vanguard." (Courtesy)

Dozens of Boston musicians are on this year's nominees list for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. We've collected a sampling of these Boston musicians.

Pianist-composer Fred Hersch, a New England Conservatory jazz studies faculty member and alumnus, received two nominations in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album categories for "Alone at the Vanguard," bringing him to a total of three Grammy nominations.

From Boston University, Marsh Chapel musicians Scott Jarrett and Justin Blackwell played piano on the nominated Seraphic Fire album.

And it's an especially joyous occasion for the Berklee College of Music. This year alums claimed a couple dozen total nominations. (Last year, the school surpassed the 200 all-time mark for Grammy Awards, with a total of 205.) See this year's Berklee nominees:

Category 1 - Record Of The Year

  • Engineer Miles Walker '04 - "Firework" by Katy Perry

Category 2 - Album Of The Year

  • Producer Makeba Riddick '99 - "Loud" by Rihanna
  • Engineer Miles Walker '04 - "Loud" by Rihanna
  • Engineer Jeffrey Villanueva '07 - "Loud" by Rihanna
  • Engineer Tom Ware '91 - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

Category 3 - Song Of The Year

  • Songwriter Claude Kelly '02- "Grenade" by Bruno Mars
  • Songwriter Jeff Bhasker '99 - "All of the Lights" by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie

Category 13 - Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

  • Group Dream Theater (John Petrucci '86, John Myung '86, Mike Portnoy '86) - "On The Backs of Angels"

Category 18 - Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • Artist Mark Kelley '03 (member of The Roots) - with Betty Wright for "Surrender"

Category 19 - Best R&B Song

  • Songwriter Claude Kelly '02 - "Pieces of Me" by Ledisi

Category 23 - Best Rap Song

  • Songwriter Jeff Bhasker '99 - "All of the Lights" by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie

Category 31 - Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • Artist Terri Lyne Carrington '83 - "The Mosaic Project"
  • Artist Tierney Sutton '87 - "American Road"
  • Artist Christian Jacob '86 - "American Road"

Category 32 - Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Artist Joe Lovano '72 - with Us Five for "Bird Songs"

Category 33 - Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Artist Miguel Zenón '98 - "Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook"

Category 44 - Best Bluegrass Album

  • Artist Nicky Sanders '02 (member of The Steep Canyon Rangers) -with Steve Martin for "Rare Bird Alert"

Category 45 - Best Blues Album

  • Artist Susan Tedeschi '91 - "Revelator"
  • Artist Mark Rivers '89 - "Revelator"

Category 46 - Best Folk Album

  • Artist Gillian Welch '92 - "The Harrow & The Harvest"

Category 53 - Best Musical Theater Album

  • Producer and Composer/Lyricist Trey Parker '88 - "The Book of Mormon"
  • Producer Stephen Oremus '92 - "The Book of Mormon"

Category 55 - Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • Composer Ryan Shore '96 - "The Shrine"

Category 59 - Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

  • Arranger Christian Jacob '87 - "On Broadway"
  • Arranger Tierney Sutton '86 - "On Broadway"

Category 68 - Best Engineered Album, Classical

  • Engineer Byeong-Joon Hwang '99 - "Aldridge: Elmer Gantry"
  • Mastering Engineer Jesse Lewis '93 - "Aldridge: Elmer Gantry"
  • Mastering Engineer Joe Lambert '04 - "Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music from Slide"

This program aired on February 10, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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