British pop sensation Adele may have swept the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, but she did leave a little room for other great artists. Looking at the results, we were happy to see a number of Full Sail alumni represented on this year’s honored projects. In total 23 graduates of our Recording Arts program were credited as assistants, engineers, and mixers on 12 GRAMMY-winning albums and singles.
Of these grads, 1996 alum Brad Blackwood took home his own statue for mastering Alison Krauss & Union Station’s hit Paper Airplane, which won for Best Engineered Album-Non Classical and Best Bluegrass Album. The record beat out other top nominees like Gillian Welch’s The Harrow & the Harvest and Seth Glier’s The Next Right Thing.
Another notable winner was Cee-Lo Green’s single “Fool For You,” which received Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Performance. The song was engineered by 2004 graduate Graham Marsh, who previously won his own GRAMMY statue in 2011 for working on Cee-Lo’s massive hit “F**k You” (Best Urban/Alternative Performance).
Many GRAMMY-winning projects featured collaborations between multiple grads, including Chris Brown’s Fame, which netted the statue for Best R&B Album, and included the work of grads Iain Findlay, Ryan Kelly, and Michael Congdon. Drew Bollman, David Bryant and Seth Morton, also worked together on Taylor Swift’s “Mean,” winner for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.
We were also excited by the diversity of music genres our grads were represented in this year – with credits on the winners for Best Gospel Song (Kirk Franklin, “Hello Fear”), Best Reggae Album (Stephen Marley, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life), and even Best Musical Theater Album (The Book of Mormon, Original Broadway Cast).
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards were a celebration of the range and quality of music released over the past year, and we’d like to congratulate all of the alumni credited on winning projects, as well as the dozens of others featured on the full lineup of nominees.