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Top Honor For Guyanese Born Yoruba Singer Legend And Founding Member

Reported By Allison Skeete

Special To News Americas

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Dec. 19, 2023: Guyana-born Yoruba Singers Legend And Founding Member Eze Rockcliffe were among the 10  honorees of the 2023 Sunshine Awards, held recently at the Robert Treat Hotel Newark, NJ on October 14th.

Rockcliffe became the 16th Guyanese honored for his dedication and contributions to Afro-Guyanese musical genre, as nominated by Carl Fraser.  The legendary Rockcliffe expressed  his gratitude with a short live performance to the delight if the crowd. 

Guyana-born Yoruba Singers Legend And Founding Member Eze Rockcliffe were among the 10  honorees of the 2023 Sunshine Awards, held recently at the Robert Treat Hotel Newark, NJ on October 14th. (Photo by Stephen Reid)

Fraser himself is dedicated to preserving and teaching the authentic music sounds of Afro-Guyanese such as Lumbay and Kwe-Kwe.

Rockcliffe attended the Awards with his nieces, whom he calls his “daughters,” and was also joined by singer Lady Ira, Lumbay and Kwe Kwe performance artist Fraser along with Members of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York The legendary Yoruba Singers stalwart enjoyed the accolades of the night which was highlighted in a short performance at the awards celebration.

The Yoruba Singers were founded in 1971 by Rockcliffe along with his brother Ken, and 13 others in Georgetown, Guyana. The Yoruba Singers was birthed in a time of critical social change in Guyana with intent to bolster Afro-Guyanese identity and pride, championing the African cultural presence in Guyana post-independence, and building the cultural bridge between African descendants in Guyana and Black people around the world.

Today, he is the longest serving member who still entertains regularly internationally.

The Sunshine Awards was founded in June, 1989 by Gilman Figaro and held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York to enhance the concept of “unity in diversity.” Figaro said was encouraged by his uncle, a musician, to start the event. His uncle, he said, advised him that this was an assignment to provide an opportunity for growth and success while giving back and honoring the roots of many transplanted and now making a life in the US.

The structure of the Awards has become a part of the University of the West Indies curriculum for students pursuing their Masters in Carnival Studies of Masquerade, Costumes, Calypso and other related studies of the Arts and Education.  They research the nominees for the awards under the guidance of Professor Dr. Hollis Liverpool, co-founder of the Sunshine Awards Hall of Fame and the calypsonian also known as “Chalkdust,” who is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

Since its inception, the Sunshine Awards strives to keep its commitment of diversity having honored Artistes, performers; Educators; Cultural supporters; Dancers and more from Africa, the Caribbean, the US and more.  It is now in its 34th year.

Also honored with Rockcliffe were artists  Natu Camara from Guinea, Gerado Contino from Cuba; Rimli Roy of India; Alvin Daniell, Ron Reid and Calypsonian Nadia Batson all of Trinidad and Tobago.  Gamal ‘Skinny Fabulous’ Doyle of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Jazz Clarinetest, Doreen J. Ketchens of the United States.

Sixteen Guyanese national to date have been recognized by the Sunshine Awards. They include:

Lance Gibbs in Sports 2016

Dheeraj Gayaram – Indian Culture Dancer   2014

Malcolm Corrica – Hall of Fame Performing Artist 2012

Rudy Bishop – Contribution to Steelband Music 2011

Dave Martins – Hall of Fame; of The Tradewinds 2010

Dr. Ulric Gibson, Professor 2009

CCH Pounder, Actress 2008

Hugh Sam, Composer Arranger –2007

Keith Maxwell Proctor Musician –2006

Cyril Shaw, Promoter –          Friend of the Arts 2005 

Habeeb Khan, Comedian – 2005

Moses Josiah, Musician – 2004

Sybil Chester, Friend of the Arts 2000

Celia Samaroo – Chutney Artist – 1999 and,

Dennis DeSouza –Contribution to Caribbean Music  1998.

Jamaican Jazz Icon Dr. Monty Alexander To Spread Holiday Cheer With NYC And D.C. Performances

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. December 15, 2023: Renowned Jamaican-born Grammy-nominated jazz legend, Dr. Monty Alexander, CD, O.J, is set to once again infuse the holiday season with his soulful rhythms and positive vibes in New York and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Alexander will return to grace the stage at Birdland Jazz in NYC from December 21st to 25th for twice nightly shows that promise to uplift  the spirits of jazz fans everywhere in what has become an annual performance.

Dr. Monty Alexander, C.D., O.J. (Hollis King Image)

For show times and ticket reservations, visit HERE and at https://www.birdlandjazz.com/tm-event/monty-alexander-holiday-show-2/

Nestled at 315 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, Birdland has been an integral part of New York City’s musical heritage since 1949, hosting jazz legends like Tito Puente and showcasing iconic big bands including those led by Chico O’Farrill, Duke Ellington, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Maria Schneider.

To close out the year, Dr. Alexander will again enchant audiences at Blues Alley in Washington D.C., with performances from December 27th to 31st. These twice nightly shows at Blues Alley are once again bound to be unforgettable, and tickets can be secured HERE and at https://www.instantseats.com/?fuseaction=home.venue&artistID=2145&venueID=3 Located at 1073 REAR Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, Blues Alley has held its reputation as the nation’s premier jazz and supper club since 1965.

Dr. Alexander’s holiday repertoire will draw from a rich tapestry of musical experiences with American entertainment luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, and Quincy Jones. He will also pay homage to jazz giants like Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, and Ray Brown. Moreover, he will hark back to his pioneering role in Jamaican popular music during the late 1950s and his profound friendship with the late Jamaican American icon and freedom fighter, Dr. Harry Belafonte.

Joining Dr. Alexander on stage will be accomplished musicians Luke Sellick on bass and Jason Brown on drums, while the special feature guest for the nights of December 21/22 and 23 in NYC will be the celebrated hand drummer/percussionist extraordinaire, Bobby Thomas, Jr.

These performances follow the completion of his highly anticipated upcoming studio album, ‘D-DAY,’ which features Sellick on bass and Brown on drums.

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Dr. Alexander continues to mesmerize global audiences with his infectious energy and heartfelt messages during his worldwide tours. Currently in production, “The Monty Alexander Movie,” a documentary filmed in Jamaica, the United States, and Europe, directed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Jefferson Miller and veteran filmmaker Arthur Gorson, promises an insightful glimpse into Dr. Alexander’s artistic journey.

Since his move from Kingston, Jamaica to the United States almost six decades ago, Alexander has remained an iconic figure in American jazz. His captivating energy, boundless melodic creativity, effervescent rhythms, and sophisticated artistry span jazz, blues, gospel, calypso, reggae, and the American songbook.

Boasting an extensive discography of over 75 albums and recognized as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Alexander received the esteemed Commander in the Order of Distinction in 2000. In 2022, the Jamaican government honored him with the national distinction of the Order of Jamaica for his outstanding contributions to Jamaican music and his remarkable interpretations of jazz on a global scale. Additionally, he holds an honorary doctorate (DLitt) from the University of The West Indies.

Alexander’s virtuosic piano skills and his unique fusion of jazz with Caribbean musical influences continue to captivate global audiences. His performances are marked by infectious energy, soulful improvisation, and an innate groove. Whether interpreting jazz classics, reimagining popular tunes, or showcasing his own compositions, Alexander’s expressive playing leaves an indelible mark on listeners.

Beyond his musical achievements, Dr. Alexander takes immense pride in representing Jamaican culture on a global stage, infusing the spirit and vibrancy of his homeland into his performances. As a respected figure in the jazz world, his music transcends borders, forging connections among people and leaving an enduring impact on all fortunate enough to witness his extraordinary talent.

For more information, visit his YouTube channel or his official website at https://montyalexander.com/. You can also follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or stay updated on his performances through his Twitter handle, @montyHKE.

Trinidadian-Canadian Spotlights On Hidden History of Canadian R&B In Dissertation

News Americas, Toronto, Canada, Weds. Dec. 13, 2023: Dr. Amara Pope, a second-generation Canadian-Trinidadian scholar, has achieved remarkable academic success, earning her PhD, MA, and Joint Honors BA while working multiple jobs to fund her education. Her latest achievement, a PhD dissertation titled “Canadians Redefining R&B: The Online Marketing of Drake, Justin Bieber, and Jessie Reyez,” sheds light on the impact of music on her life and the previously overlooked history of Canadian R&B.

Dr. Amara Pope is a second generation Canadian-Trinidadian woman. Under thirty, Pope has completed her PhD., MA and Joint Honors BA all while working at several jobs to pay for her education.

Growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood, music played a significant role in Pope’s life. Her research explores the missing history of Canadian R&B, which was often excluded from Canadian media. Pope’s dissertation features stories of artists like Crack of Dawn, Oscar Peterson, Jackie Shane, and Eleanor Collins. Through interviews with music professionals and marketing executives, she critiques how music has been organized along racial and national lines.

Pope argues that R&B exemplifies a multicultural Canadian identity. She examines how artists like Drake, Justin Bieber, and Jessie Reyez broke into the music industry, representing a diverse range of Canadian R&B artists. Her research also delves into the growing popularity of Canadian R&B in the digital era, analyzing these artists’ performances during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, Pope explores the rise of Canadian hip-hop and R&B, focusing on the struggles of racialized and immigrant Canadian artists. She highlights their collaborations with U.S. artists, creating what she terms “Canadian R&B music,” a fusion of R&B, hip-hop, pop, soca, reggae, and various immigrant influences.

The dissertation examines how Drake, Justin Bieber, and Jessie Reyez reinforce, complicate, or challenge prevailing notions of “Canadian-ness” and “R&B-ness.”

Pope’s journey began in Scarborough, ON, where she experienced diversity, but she later moved to Elmira, ON, where her family was the only “brown” family in the neighborhood. Pope’s Trinidadian heritage became a source of strength and empowerment. Canadian media, however, predominantly reflected a “white” Canada. It was during her post-secondary studies that she questioned this representation.

Her research showed how artists like Bieber, Drake, and Reyez resonated with her, allowing her to embrace different facets of her identity. The project became deeply personal, as Pope realized its impact on her and others. It revealed her profound interest in how musical artists create experiences that connect with listeners, fostering a sense of being “Canadian” and providing a space for self-reflection on identity.

Pope’s research ultimately showcases her pride in her complex Canadian-Trini identity, shaped in part by Canadian R&B. Follow Dr. Amara Pope: Instagram

Trinidad Minister Salutes Late Soca Star Ricardo Drue

NEWS AMERICAS, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tues. Dec. 12, 2023: Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Arts, Randall Mitchell, has expressed his admiration for the late Antigua-born Soca artist and songwriter, Ricardo Drue, and his significant contributions to the local, regional, and international cultural scenes.

Drue, who was born on July 31, 1985, was 3. He relocated to Trinidad and Tobago at the age of four, tragically passed away at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre in Antigua, having been discovered unconscious and unresponsive at midday (local time) today, Dec. 12, 2023. The cause of his death has not yet been disclosed.

Ricardo Drue attending the Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards at Kings Theatre on August 31, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

Ricardo Drue was known for his dominance in the Soca Monarch and Road March competitions, garnering a substantial following across the region. Some of his notable hits included “Vagabond” and “Professional.” He was engaged to Trinidad and Tobago’s soca sensation, Patrice Roberts.

Expressing his grief on Instagram, Roberts shared a video of himself and Drue, accompanied by a heartfelt caption.

“The passing of Ricardo Drue is a profound loss to the Soca community and the Carnival fraternity. Through his years as an entertainer, he played a pivotal role in promoting soca music worldwide and bringing joy to countless individuals. His memory will undoubtedly endure,” Minister Mitchell remarked.

He also noted that Drue, whose mother is a Trinidad and Tobago-born media professional, served as a lead vocalist for the popular local group, A-Team Band, and collaborated with other Trinidad and Tobago bands, including Imij and Co and D’All Starz.

Before embarking on his solo career in 2010, Drue opened for renowned artists such as Jeffrey Osbourne, Mario, Fat Joe, Sean Kingston, Lloyd, Machel Montano, and Barbadian Allison Hinds. He released two albums, “Dreams of my Reality” and “MYTIME,” and achieved recognition by winning the Power Soca Monarch of Antigua & Barbuda in August 2014.

News of Drue’s death was confirmed by Patrice’ publicist, Adanna Asson.

In a message posted on Instagram she said: “On behalf of my client Patrice Roberts, I wish to confirm the untimely passing of her fiance, Ricardo Drue. This is an absolutely devastating time for Patrice as she tries to grasp the concept of this tragedy. Please keep her, his daughter Lyara, his sons his entire family and their friends in your thoughts.”

Drue was reportedly the father of five – four boys and one girl.

Caribbean Immigrant Actor Nominated for Broadway World Rhode Island Award

News Americas, New York, NY, Dec. 11, 2023: Renowned Caribbean immigrant actor and playwright, David Heron, has earned a nomination for the 2023 Broadway World Rhode Island Award in the Best Supporting Performer category for his remarkable portrayal of Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island presented this critically acclaimed production as part of their annual Shakespeare in The Park Festival, captivating audiences from July through August at Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island.

The winners of the 2023 awards will be determined by an online public vote, which is currently open and will continue until December 31 on Broadway World’s website. The announcement of the winners is expected in early January.

Among the nominees for this production are eight other talented actors, including Lee Fitzpatrick, Dylan Bowden, Charles Meier, Jason Guy, Matt Arnold, Peter Tedeschi, Lindsey Rodriguez, and Nicholas Byers. In total, The Tempest has received seventeen nominations, encompassing categories such as Best Play, Best Director (Marion Markham), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Choreography (by director Markham), as well as recognition for Lighting, Sound, Scenic, and Costume Design. The Colonial Theatre is also in contention for the Best Theatre for Young Audiences and Favorite Theatre of Rhode Island awards.

David Heron, r., as Caliban and Lee Fitzpatrick as Prospera in The Tempest. Photo Credit- Bridget Huss

Heron, originally from Jamaica and an award-winning playwright known for plays like “Against His Will,” “Ecstasy,” and “Intermission,” expressed his feelings about the nomination, which came as a surprise given his initial hesitation in accepting the role.

In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the character of Caliban is portrayed as a colonized slave, living on an island that has been taken over by Prospero, a sorcerer. Caliban’s character has often been played by actors of color in contrast to Prospero and other characters frequently portrayed by Caucasian actors. Heron’s concern for the role’s portrayal and themes was amplified by these factors.

However, when director Marion Markham offered Heron the opportunity to audition for both Prospero and Caliban and assured him of her willingness to address any concerns about the script, Heron accepted the role. Ultimately, Lee Fitzpatrick, a talented actress, was cast as Prospera, further enriching the dynamics of the play.

Heron’s interpretation of Caliban presented a unique perspective, portraying him as a “fallen prince, colonized but unconquered, uneducated but highly intelligent.” His performance received critical acclaim, with critics describing it as “magnificent” and “a standout performance.”

While Heron acknowledges the tough competition in the gender-neutral category, he is grateful for the nomination and is content with the recognition his work has received. He also mentioned his involvement in the new television series “From Yard” and the staged reading presentation of his award-winning play “Against His Will” alongside actor-producer Malik Yoba.

The Broadway World Awards are a prestigious recognition of theatrical excellence presented annually by Broadwayworld.com, a respected website covering theatre worldwide.

For more information and to cast your vote for Heron and the awards, visit: https://www.broadwayworld.com/rhode-island/voteregion.cfm

Grammy-Nominated Reggae Star Protoje Ventures Into Children’s Literature With Debut Book

News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Weds. Nov. 15, 2023: In a surprising move, Grammy-nominated reggae artist Protoje is expanding his creative horizons with the release of his first children’s book, “Here Comes The Morning,” inspired by his little daughter. Co-authored with The Bookboys, 12-year-old Azibo and 9-year-old Gyasi Bookman, the book is set to hit shelves on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

To celebrate the launch, Protoje and The Bookboys will host a book signing event at Busboy and Poets – Anacostia (2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE) in Washington D.C. The special collector’s edition will be unveiled during the event, which is scheduled from 4-6 pm ET and is open to all ages.

“Here Comes The Morning” aims to captivate young minds, answering the intriguing question inspired by Protoje’s daughter, Yara: Where does the sun go after dark? Instead of merely answering, Protoje takes readers on a journey to the easternmost point of their Caribbean island to visit a lighthouse. The story, designed for 3 to 7-year-olds, encourages curiosity, exploration, and the importance of loving parental guidance.

The book is an extension of Protoje’s 2022 Grammy-nominated album, “Third Time’s The Charm,” featuring the track “Here Comes The Morning.” Illustrated by Jonathan Nelson, the book is available for purchase on PROTOJE.COM and BOOKMANEXPRESS.PUB, published by Sapling Books.

In addition to his literary venture, Protoje dropped a remix album titled “In Search Of Zion” on November 10. The album, produced by Zion I Kings, offers a fresh take on his 2020 critically acclaimed album, “In Search of Lost Time,” with accompanying dub versions of each track.

Protoje’s foray into children’s literature marks a new chapter in his artistic journey, expanding his influence from the music world to captivate the hearts and minds of young readers.

Musical Icons BeBe Winans and Donnie McClurkin Mesmerize Atlantis Paradise Island

News Americas, NASSAU, Bahamas, Tues. Nov. 14, 2023: Gospel star BeBe Winans and Donnie McClurkin were part of the line up helping Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas mark its 25th-anniversary.

Winans and McClurkin performed at the Gospel Brunch at Cafe Martinique that featured celebrities including Helena Christensen, Katie Couric, Adrien Brody, and more.

BeBe Winans and Katie Couric attend Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas 25th Anniversary Gospel Brunch featuring BeBe Winans at Atlantis Paradise Island on November 12, 2023 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas)

Donnie McClurkin performs during Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas 25th Anniversary Gospel Brunch featuring BeBe Winans at Atlantis Paradise Island on November 12, 2023 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas)

The celebration also featured VIP dinners at Nobu and Silan by Chef Alon Shaya. Jazz singer Peter Cincotti and a surprise ukulele performance by Tony Danza captivated guests at Bar Sol while CeeLo Green stole the show with hits like “Crazy.” The festivities extended to an exclusive afterparty at Atlantis’ opulent Bridge Suite. Grand opening events included Chef Michael White’s Paranza at The Cove, making it a star-studded weekend of luxury and celebration.

Shaggy For Canadian Football League Awards

News Americas, TORONTO, Canada, Mon. Nov. 13, 2023: On November 16, the Avalon Theatre in Niagara Falls, Canada, will resonate with the reggae beats of the iconic Jamaican Grammy winning star, Shaggy, who is slated to perform at the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) National Awards. This event is part of the festivities surrounding the 110th Grey Cup celebrations.

Earlier this year, Shaggy embarked on a Canada-wide tour named the Hot Summer Nights Tour in collaboration with Live Nation. Additionally, he graced the IzWe Concert during the Toronto Carnival celebrations to showcase his Soca/Calypso-inspired EP, “In The Mood.” Shaggy, through his label Ranch Entertainment, also dropped the reggae-flavored remake of the 1981 classic “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” titled “If You Like Pina Coladas,” featuring longtime collaborator Rayvon and co-producer DJ Cassidy.

Shaggy’s popularity in Canada is evident, as he remains the sole reggae artist to be honored with a JUNO Award for Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic) in 2002 for “Hot Shot.”

The CFL Awards, featuring Shaggy’s performance, will unfold on the OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino at 6 pm, presented by the Built in the Hammer Grey Cup Music Festival. The event will be broadcasted nationwide in Canada on TSN (The Sports Network) and CBS Sports Network in the U.S.

2024 Reggae Grammy Nominees Unveiled For Best Reggae Album

News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Fri. Nov. 10,. 2023: In anticipation of the prestigious 2024 Grammy Awards, the nominees for the Best Reggae Album have also been revealed, showcasing a diverse range of talent and musical styles within the reggae genre. The nominees are:

Buju Banton – “Born For Greatness”

Buju Banton’s “Born For Greatness” is a powerful testament to the artist’s enduring influence on the reggae scene. Known for his distinctive voice and socially conscious lyrics, Banton’s album explores themes of resilience, empowerment, and positivity.

Beenie Man – “Simma”

Beenie Man, the dancehall icon, brings his signature energy and style to “Simma.” Filled with infectious beats and clever wordplay, the album reflects Beenie Man’s continued impact on the dancehall genre and his ability to stay relevant in the ever-evolving music industry.

Collie Buddz – “Cali Roots Riddim 2023”

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – APRIL 16: Collie Buddz performs onstage during day three of Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)

Collie Buddz’s “Cali Roots Riddim 2023” is a sonic journey that fuses reggae with contemporary sounds. The album’s rich production and Buddz’s smooth vocals create a vibrant listening experience, showcasing his ability to push the boundaries of traditional reggae.

Burning Spear – “No Destroyer”

NEW YORK, NY – July 6: ( MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images ) Burning Spear performing on July 6th, 1996 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

Burning Spear, a reggae legend, returns with “No Destroyer,” an album that stays true to the roots of reggae. Known for his socially conscious lyrics and soulful melodies, Burning Spear continues to inspire with this latest offering.

Julian Marley & Antacus – “Colors of Royal”

Julian Marley is set to perform at the FIFA Fan Festival. (Photo by Fernando Ruiz/fotopress/Redferns)

“Colors of Royal” by Julian Marley & Antacus is a collaborative masterpiece that blends reggae with diverse musical elements. The album explores themes of unity, love, and spirituality, showcasing the artistry of both Julian Marley and Antacus.

These nominated albums not only represent the genre’s rich history but also highlight its evolution and enduring relevance in the contemporary music landscape. Reggae enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the announcement of the winner in this highly competitive category.

The Grammy Awards is set to take place on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena. The show will be broadcast on CBS and Paramount+, with the annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony preceding the event.

Prior to the 2024 show, the Recording Academy winnowed the Big Four categories from 10 back down to eight nominees, and three new categories were added this year: Best Alternative Jazz Album, Best Pop Dance Recording, and Best African Music Performance.

OTHER NOMINATIONS

Album of the Year

Boygenius – The Record
Janelle Monáe – The Age of Pleasure
Jon Batiste – World Music Radio
Lana Del Rey – Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
Olivia Rodrigo – Guts
SZA – SOS
Taylor Swift – Midnights

Record of the Year

Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For?
Boygenius – Not Strong Enough
Jon Batiste – Worship
Miley Cyrus – Flowers
Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire
SZA – Kill Bill
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
Victoria Monét – On My Mama

Best Song Written for for Visual Media

Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For?
Dua Lipa – Dance the Night
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice Featuring Aqua – Barbie World
Rihanna – Lift Me Up
Ryan Gosling – I’m Just Ken

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Includes Film and Television)

John Williams – The Fabelmans
John Williams – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Ludwig Göransson – Oppenheimer
Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt – Barbie

Best African Music Performance

Asake & Olamide – Amapiano
Ayra Starr – Rush
Burna Boy – City Boys
Davido Featuring Musa Keys – Unavailable
Tyla – Water

Best Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano)

Ana Bárbara – Bordado a Mano
Flor de Toloache – Motherflower
Lila Downs – La Sánchez
Lupita Infante – Amor Como en las Películas de Antes
Peso Pluma – Génesis

Best Latin Pop Album

AleMor – Beautiful Humans, Vol. 1
Gaby Moreno – X Mi (Vol. 1)
Maluma – Don Juan
Pablo Alborán – La Cuarta Hoja
Paula Arenas – A Ciegas
Pedro Capó – La Neta

Best Country Album

Brothers Osborne – Brothers Osborne
Kelsea Ballerini – Rolling Up the Welcome Mat
Lainey Wilson – Bell Bottom Country
Tyler Childers – Rustin’ in the Rain
Zach Bryan – Zach Bryan

Best Country Solo Performance

Brandy Clark – Buried
Chris Stapleton – White Horse
Dolly Parton – The Last Thing on My Mind
Luke Combs – Fast Car
Tyler Childers – In Your Love

Best New Artist

Coco Jones
Gracie Abrams
Fred Again..
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Noah Kahan
Victoria Monét
The War and Treaty

Song of the Year

Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For?
Dua Lipa – Dance the Night
Jon Batiste – Butterfly
Lana Del Rey – A&W
Miley Cyrus – Flowers
Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire
SZA – Kill Bill
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero

Best Alternative Jazz Album

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily – Love in Exile
Cory Henry – Live at the Piano
Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter, SuperBlue – SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree
Louis Cole – Quality Over Opinion
Meshell Ndegeocello – The Omnichord Real Book

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Burna Boy Featuring 21 Savage – Sittin’ on Top of the World
Doja Cat – Attention
Drake & 21 Savage – Spin Bout U
Lil Durk Featuring J. Cole – All My Life
SZA – Low

Best R&B Album

Babyface – Girls Night Out
Coco Jones – What I Didn’t Tell You
Emily King – Special Occasion
Summer Walker – Clear 2: Soft Life EP
Victoria Monét – Jaguar II

Best R&B Performance

Chris Brown – Summer Too Hot
Coco Jones – ICU
Robert Glasper Featuring Sir & Alex Isley – Back to Love
SZA – Kill Bill
Victoria Monét – How Does It Make You Feel

Best Alternative Music Album

Arctic Monkeys – The Car
Boygenius – The Record
Gorillaz – Cracker Island
Lana Del Rey – Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
PJ Harvey – I Inside the Old Year Dying

Best Alternative Music Performance

Alvvays – Belinda Says
Arctic Monkeys – Body Paint
Boygenius – Cool About It
Lana Del Rey – A&W
Paramore – This Is Why

Best Rock Album

Foo Fighters – But Here We Are
Greta Van Fleet – Starcatcher
Metallica – 72 Seasons
Paramore – This Is Why
Queens of the Stone Age – In Times New Roman…

Best Pop Dance Recording

Bebe Rexha & David Guetta – One in a Million
Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding – Miracle
David Guetta, Anne-Marie & Coi Leray – Baby Don’t Hurt Me
Kylie Minogue – Padam Padam
Troye Sivan – Rush

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Labrinth Featuring Billie Eilish – Never Felt So Alone
Lana Del Rey Featuring Jon Batiste – Candy Necklace
Miley Cyrus Featuring Brandi Carlile – Thousand Miles
SZA Featuring Phoebe Bridgers – Ghost in the Machine
Taylor Swift Featuring Ice Spice – Karma

Best Pop Solo Performance

Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For?
Doja Cat – Paint the Town Red
Miley Cyrus – Flowers
Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Daniel Nigro
Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II
Hit-Boy
Jack Antonoff
Metro Boomin

Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical

Edgar Barrera
Jessie Jo Dillon
Justin Tranter
Shane McAnally
Theron Thomas

Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson – Chemisty
Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
Olivia Rodrigo – Guts
Ed Sheeran – – (Subtract)
Taylor Swift – Midnights

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

Aphex Twin – Blackbox Life Recorder 21F
James Blake – Loading
Disclosure – Higher Than Ever BEfore
Romy & Fred again.. – Strong
Skrillex, Fred again.. & Flowdan – Rumble

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

James Blake – Playing Robots Into Heaven
The Chemical Brothers – For That Beautiful Feeling
Fred again.. – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)
Kx5 – Kx5
Skrillex – Quest for Fire

Best Rock Performance

Arctic Monkeys – Sculptures of Anything Goes
Black Pumas – More Than a Love Song
Boygenius – Not Strong Enough
Foo Fighters – Rescued
Metallica – Lux Æterna

Best Metal Performance

Disturbed – Bad Man
Ghost – Phantom of the Opera
Metallica – 72 Seasons 
Slipknot – Hive Mind
Spiritbox – Jaded

Best Rock Song

Boygenius – Not Strong Enough
Foo Fighters – Rescued
Olivia Rodrigo – Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl
Queens of the Stone Age – Emotion Sickness
The Rolling Stones – Angry

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Babyface ft. Coco Jones – Simple
Kenyon Dixon – Lucky
Victoria Monét ft. Earth, Wind & Fire and Hazel Monét – Hollywood
PJ Morton ft. Susan Carol – Good Morning
SZA – Love Language

Best R&B Song

Coco Jones – ICU
Halle – Angel
Robert Glasper ft. SiR & Alex Isley – Back to Love
SZA – Snooze
Victoria Monét – On My Mama

Best Progressive R&B Album

6lack – Since I Have a Lover
Diddy – The Love Album: Off the Grid
Terrace Martin and James Fauntleroy – Nova
Janelle Monáe – The Age of Pleasure
SZA – SOS

Best Rap Performance

Baby Keem ft. Kendrick Lamar – The Hillbillies
Black Thought – Love Letter
Coi Leray – Players
Drake & 21 Savage – Rich Flex
Killer Mike ft. André 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane – Scientists & Engineers

Best Rap Song

Doja Cat – Attention
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice ft. Aqua – Barbie World
Lil Uzi Vert – Just Wanna Rock
Drake & 21 Savage – Rich Flex
Killer Mike ft. André 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane – Scientists & Engineers

Best Rap Album

Drake & 21 Savage – Her Loss
Killer Mike – Michael
Metro Boomin – Heroes & Villains
Nas – King’s Disease III
Travis Scott – Utopia

Best Spoken Word Poetry Album

Aja Monet – When the Poems Do What They Do
J. Ivy – The Light Inside
Kevin Powell – Grocery Shopping With My Mother
Prentice Powell and Shawn William – For Your Consideration ’24 – The Album
Queen Sheba – A-You’re Not Wrong B-They’re Not Either: The Fukc-It Pill Revisited

Best Jazz Performance

Jon Batiste – Movement 18’ (Heroes)
Lakecia Benjamin – Basquiat
Adam Blackstone ft. the Baylor Project & Russell Ferranté – Vulnerable (Live)
Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding – But Not For Me
Samara Joy – Tight

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Patti Austin Featuring Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – For Ella 2
Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding – Alive at the Village Vanguard
Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke – Lean In
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Mélusine
Nicole Zuraitis – How Love Begins

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Kenny Barron – The Source
Lakecia Benjamin – Phoenix
Adam Blackstone – Legacy: The Instrumental Jawn
Billy Childs – The Winds of Change
Pat Metheny – Dream Box

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

ADDA Simfònica, Josep Vicent, Emilio Solla – The Chick Corea Symphony Tribute – Ritmo
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Dynamic Maximum Tension
The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart – Basie Swings The Blues
Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest – Olympians
Mingus Big Band – The Charles Mingus Centennial Sessions

Best Latin Jazz Album

Eliane Elias – Quietude
Ivan Lins with the Tblisi Symphony Orchestra – My Heart Speaks
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band – Vox Humana
Luciana Souza & Trio Corrente – Cometa
Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo – El Arte Del Bolero Vol. 2

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Liz Callaway – To Steve With Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim
Rickie Lee Jones – Pieces of Treasure
Laufey – Bewitched
Pentatonix – Holidays Around the World
Bruce Springsteen – Only the Strong Survive
Various – Sondheim Unplugged (The NYC Sessions), Vol. 3

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer ft. Rakesh Chaurasia – As We Speak
House of Waters – On Becoming
Bob James – Jazz Hands
Julian Lage – The Layers
Ben Wendel – All One

Best Musical Theater Album

Kimberly Akimbo
Parade
Shucked
Some Like It Hot
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Dierks Bentley ft. Billy Strings – High Note
Brothers Osborne – Nobody’s Nobody
Zach Bryan ft. Kacey Musgraves – I Remember Everything
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin – Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)
Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson – Save Me
Carly Pearce ft. Chris Stapleton – We Don’t Fight Anymore

Best Country Song

Brandy Clark – Buried
Chris Stapleton – White Horse
Morgan Wallen – Last Night
Tyler Childers – In Your Love
Zach Bryan ft. Kacey Musgraves – I Remember Everything

Best American Roots Performance

Jon Batiste – Butterfly
Blind Boys of Alabama – Heaven Help Us All
Madison Cunningham – Inventing the Wheel
Rhiannon Giddens – You Louisiana Man
Allison Russell – Eve Was Black

Best Americana Performance

Blind Boys of Alabama – Friendship
Tyler Childers – Help Me Make It Through the Night
Brandy Clark ft. Brandi Carlile – Dear Insecurity
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – King of Oklahoma
Allison Russell – The Returner

Best American Roots Song

The War and Treaty – Blank Page
Billy Strings ft. Willie Nelson – California Sober
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Cast Iron Skillet
Brandy Clark ft. Brandi Carlile – Dear Insecurity
Allison Russell – The Returner

Best Americana Album

Brandy Clark – Brandy Clark
Rodney Crowell – The Chicago Sessions
Rhiannon Giddens – You’re the One
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Weathervanes
Allison Russell – The Returner

Best Bluegrass Album

Sam Bush – Radio John: Songs of John Hartford
Michael Cleveland – Lovin’ of the Game
Mighty Poplar – Mighty Poplar
Willie Nelson – Bluegrass
Billy Strings – Me/And/Dad
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – City of Gold

Best Traditional Blues Album

Eric Bibb – Ridin’
Mr. Sipp – The Soul Side of Sipp
Tracy Nelson – Life Don’t Miss Nobody
John Primer – Teardrops For Magic Slim Live At Rosa’s Lounge
Bobby Rush – All My Love for You

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Samantha Fish And Jesse Dayton – Death Wish Blues
Ruthie Foster – Healing Time
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Live in London
Larkin Poe – Blood Harmony
Bettye LaVette – LaVette!

Best Folk Album

Dom Flemons – Traveling Wildfire
The Milk Carton Kids – I Only See the Moon
Joni Mitchell – Joni Mitchell at Newport [Live]
Nickel Creek – Celebrants
Old Crow Medicine Show – Jubilee
Paul Simon – Psalms
Rufus Wainwright – Folkocracy

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. & The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band – New Beginnings 
Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers – Live At The 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Lost Bayou Ramblers & Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – Live: Orpheum Theater Nola 
New Breed Bass Band – Made in New Orleans 
New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Too Much to Hold 
The Rumble Feature Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. – Live at the Maple Leaf

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Stanley Brown ft. Hezekiah Walker, Kierra Sheard & Karen Clark Sheard – God Is Good
Erica Campbell – Feel Alright (Blessed)
Zacardi Cortez – Lord Do It For Me (Live)
Melvin Crispell III – God Is
Kirk Franklin – All Things

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Blessing Offor – Believe 
Cody Carnes – Firm Foundation (He Won’t) [Live]
Lauren Daigle – Thank God I Do 
for KING & COUNTRY ft. Jordin Sparks – Love Me Like I Am 
Lecrae & Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Your Power
Maverick City Music, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine – God Problems

Best Gospel Album

Erica Campbell – I Love You
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Hymns (Live) 
Maverick City Music – The Maverick Way 
Jonathan McReynolds – My Truth 
Tye Tribbett – All Things New: Live In Orlando

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Blessing Offor – My Tribe 
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. – Emanuel
Lauren Daigle – Lauren Daigle 
Lecrae – Church Clothes 4 
Phil Wickham – I Believe

Best Roots Gospel Album

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet – Tribute to the King
Blind Boys of Alabama – Echoes of the South
Becky Isaacs Bowman – Songs That Pulled Me Through the Tough Times
Brian Free & Assurance – Meet Me at the Cross 
Gaither Vocal Band – Shine: The Darker The Night The Brighter The Light

Best Música Urbana Album

Rauw Alejandro – Saturno
Karol G – Mañana Será Bonito
Tainy – Data

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

Cabra – Martínez 
Diamante Eléctrico – Leche de Tigre
Juanes – Vida Cotidiana
Natalia Lafourcade – De Todas Las Flores 
Fito Paez – EADDA9223

Best Tropical Latin Album

Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta – Siembra: 45(degree) Aniversario (En Vivo en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico, 14 de Mayo 2022) 
Luis Figueroa – Voy A Ti 
Grupo Niche Y Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia – Niche Sinfónico 
Omara Portuondo – Vida 
Tony Succar, Mimy Succar – Mimy & Tony 
Carlos Vives – Escalona Nunca Se Había Grabado Así

Best Global Music Performance

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily – Shadow Forces 
Burna Boy – Alone
Davido – Feel 
Silvana Estrada – Milagro Y Disastre 
Falu & Gaurav Shah (ft. PM Narendra Modi) – Abundance In Millets 
Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain ft. Rakesh Chaurasia – Pashto
Ibrahim Maalouf ft. Cimafunk & Tank and the Bangas – Todo Colores

Best Global Music Album

Susana Baca- Epifanías 
Bokanté – History 
Burna Boy – I Told Them…
Davido – Timeless
Shakti – This Moment

Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album

Kirsten Agresta-Copely – Aquamarine 
Omar Akram – Moments of Beauty
Ólafur Arnalds – Some Kind of Peace (Piano Reworks) 
David Darling & Hans Christian – Ocean Dreaming Ocean
Carla Patullo ft. Tonality and the Scorchio Quartet – So She Howls

Best Children’s Music Album

Andrew & Polly – Ahhhhh! 
Pierce Freelon & Nnenna Freelon – Ancestars
DJ Willy Wow! – Hip Hope for Kids! 
Uncle Jumbo – Taste The Sky 
123 Andrés – We Grow Together Preschool Songs

Best Comedy Album

Trevor Noah – I Wish You Would
Wanda Sykes – I’m An Entertainer
Chris Rock – Selective Outrage 
Sarah Silverman – Someone You Love 
Dave Chappelle – What’s In A Name?

Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording

Meryl Streep – Big Tree 
William Shatner – Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder 
Rick Rubin – The Creative Act: A Way of Being 
Senator Bernie Sanders – It’s Ok to Be Angry About Capitalism 
Michelle Obama – The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Daisy Jones & The Six – Aurora 
Various Artists – Barbie The Album
Various Artists – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By 
Various Artists – Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3: Awesome Mix, Vol. 3 
Weird Al Yankovic – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Best Music Video

The Beatles – I’m Only Sleeping 
Tyler Childers – In Your Love 
Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For 
Kendrick Lamar – Count Me Out 
Troye Sivan – Rush

Best Music Film

Moonage Daydream 
How I’m Feeling Now 
Live From Paris, The Big Steppers Tour 
I Am Everything 
Dear Mama

Best Recording Package

Caroline Rose – The Art of Forgetting 
Hsing-Hui Cheng – Cadenza 21’
Perry Shall – Eletrophonic Chronic
Iam8bit – Gravity Falls 
Yu Wei – Migration
Luke Brooks & James Theseus Buck – Stumpwork

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel 
For The Birds: The Birdsong Project 
Gieo 
Inside: Deluxe Box Set 
Words & Music, May 1965 – Deluxe Edition

Best Album Notes

John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy – Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy (Live) (album notes by Ashley Kahn)
Howdy Glenn – I Can Almost See Houston: The Complete Howdy Glenn (album notes by Scott B. Bomar) 
Iftin Band – Mogadishu’s Finest: The Al Uruba Sessions (album notes by Vik Sohonie)
Various Artists – Playing for the Man at the Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick, 1958-1971 (album notes by Jeff Place & John Troutman
Various Artists – Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos (album notes by Robert Gordon & Deanie Parker

Best Historical Album

Bob Dylan – Fragments – Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17
Various Artists – The Moaninest Moan of Them All: The Jazz Saxophone of Loren McMurray, 1920-1922
Various Artists – Playing for the Man at the Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick, 1958-1971 
Lou Reed – Words & Music, May 1965 – Deluxe Edition 
Various Artists – Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Bokanté – History
Boygenius – The Record
Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want to Turn Into You
Feist – Multitudes
Victoria Monét – Jaguar II

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Gustavo Dudamel, Anne Akiko Meyers, Gustavo Castillo & Los Angeles Philharmonic – Fandango
Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & Schulhoff: Five Pieces
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, George Lernis & A Far Cry – Sanlikol: A Gentleman Of Istanbul – Symphony For Strings, Percussion, Piano, Oud, Ney & Tenor
Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Contemporary American Composers
Shara Nova & A Far Cry – The Blue Hour

Producer of the Year, Classical

David Frost
Morten Lindberg
Dmitriy Lipay
Elaine Martone
Brian Pidgeon

Best Remixed Recording

Depeche Mode – Wagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix)
Gorillas ft. Tame Impala & Booty Brown – New Gold (Dom Dolla Remix)
Lane 8 – Reviver (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
Mariah Carey – Workin’ Hard (Terry Hunter Remix)
Turnstile and Badbadnotgood ft. Blood Orange – Alien Love Call

Best Immersive Audio Album

Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys
Bear McCreary – God of War Ragnarok
George Strait – Blue Clear Sky
Madison Beer – Silence Between Songs
Ryan Ylyate – Act 3 (Immersive Edition)

Best Instrumental Composition

Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain Featuring Rakesh Chaurasia – Motion
John Williams – Helena’s Theme
Lakecia Benjamin ft. Angela Davis – Amerikkan Skin
Ludwig Göransson – Can You Hear the Music
Quartet San Francisco Featuring Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Cutey And The Dragon

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Hilario Duran And His Latin Jazz Big Band Featuring Paquito D’Rivera – I Remember Mingus
Just 6 – Angels We Have Heard On High
Ludwig Göransson – Can You Hear the Music
The String Revolution ft. Tommy Emmanuel – Folsom Prison Blues
Wednesday Addams – Paint It Black

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Cécile McLorin Salvant – Fenestra
Maria Mendes ft. John Beasley & Metropole Orkest – Com Que Voz (Live)
Patti Austin ft. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – April in Paris
säje ft. Jacob Collier – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Samara Joy – Lush Life

Best Orchestral Performance

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – Scriabin: Symphony No. 2; The Poem Of Ecstasy
Los Angeles Philharmonic – Adès: Dante
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra – Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra; Four Pieces
The Philadelphia Orchestra – Price: Symphony No. 4; Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony
San Francisco Symphony – Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Best Opera Recording

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus – Blanchard: Champion
Boston Modern Orchestra Project & Odyssey Opera Chorus – Corigliano: The Lord Of Cries
The Dime Museum; Isaura String Quartet – Little: Black Lodge

Best Choral Performance

The Clarion Choir – Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil
The Crossing – Carols After a Plague
Miró Quartet; Conspirare – The House Of Belonging
San Francisco Symphony Chorus – Ligeti: Lux Aeterna
Uusinta Ensemble; Helsinki Chamber Choir – Saariaho: Reconnaissance

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet – American Stories
Catalyst Quartet – Uncovered, Vol. 3: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still & George Walker
Roomful Of Teeth – Rough Magic
Third Coast Percussion – Between Breaths
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax & Leonidas Kavakos – Beethoven For Three: Symphony No. 6, ‘Pastorale’ And Op. 1, No. 3

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Robert Black – Adams, John Luther: Darkness And Scattered Light
Andy Akiho – Akiho: Cylinders
Yuja Wang; Teddy Abrams, conductor (Louisville Orchestra) – The American Project
Seth Parker Woods – Difficult Grace
Curtis Stewart – Of Love

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Reginald Mobley, soloist; Baptiste Trotignon, pianist – Because
Karim Sulayman, soloist; Sean Shibe, accompanist – Broken Branches
Laura Strickling, soloist; Daniel Schlosberg, pianist – 40@40
Lawrence Brownlee, soloist; Kevin J. Miller, pianist – Rising
Julia Bullock, soloist; Christian Reif, conductor (Philharmonia Orchestra) – Walking In The Dark

Best Classical Compendium

Anne Akiko Meyers – Fandango
Christopher Rountree, conductor – Julius Eastman, Vol. 3: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?
Peter Herresthal – Mazzoli: Dark With Excessive Bright
Alex Brown, Harlem Quartet, Imani Winds, Edward Perez, Neal Smith & A.B. Spellman – Passion For Bach And Coltrane
Chick Corea – Sardinia
Andy Akiho – Sculptures
Aaron Diehl Trio & The Knights – Zodiac Suite

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Thomas Adès, composer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic) – Adès: Dante
Andy Akiho, composer (Andy Akiho, Ankush Kumar Bahl & Omaha Symphony) – Akiho: In That Space, At That Time
William Brittelle, composer (Roomful Of Teeth) – Brittelle: Psychedelics
Missy Mazzoli, composer (Peter Herresthal, James Gaffigan & Bergen Philharmonic) – Mazzoli: Dark With Excessive Bright
Jessie Montgomery, composer (Awadagin Pratt, A Far Cry & Roomful Of Teeth) – Montgomery: Rounds

Jah Cure and Don Corleon Reunite On “One More Time”

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Nov. 9, 2023: Reggae star Jah Cure is set to share his latest single, “One More Time” remixed by longtime collaborator and veteran in the music, Donovan “Don Corleon” Bennett. The track comes from a creative partnership that has, over the years, produced hits like “What Will It Take” and “Longing For.” It will be out on November 16th via VP Records.

The original “One More Time,” which was featured on Jah Cure’s latest album, Undeniable, and produced by Hamed “K-One” Pirzoupanah, emerged as a standout track among fans. Neil “Diamond” Edwards, the decades-long A&R for Jah Cure, then approached Don Corleon to reimagine the song.

Neil Diamond said, “My aim and goal was to find something for the DJs and fans who have supported Jah Cure over the years. So who better to give the remix a dancehall feel than Don Corleon, who produced two of Cure’s biggest records? It’s a perfect storm.”

“Having a Don Corleon and Jah Cure collaboration is the best way to bring this project back home.”

“One More Time (Remix)” is the third single from Undeniable, following “Everything” with Stonebwoy and “Undeniable” featuring Kaylan Arnold.

The song will be available on all digital platforms on November 16th.