Grammy Awards Go to The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Dr. John, Pat Metheny, Björk
Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch artists who were presented with Grammy Awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night: The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Dr. John, Pat Metheny, and Björk. Together, these artists earned a total of seven awards.
The Black Keys' latest album, El Camino, brought the band three Grammy awards: the album was named Best Rock Album; its lead single, "Lonely Boy," earned the awards for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, that last songwriting award for Black Keys band mates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney as well as Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). The band was joined by Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz band in performing "Lonely Boy" at the ceremony, marking The Black Keys' Grammy telecast debut. El Camino, produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified RIAA Platinum; “Lonely Boy,” reached #1 on the Alternative and AAA radio charts and is certified RIAA Gold. The band's previous album, Brothers, won four Grammy Awards.
Dan Auerbach was named Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, both for his work in The Black Keys and for producing Dr. John's Nonesuch debut album, Locked Down, and Hacienda's album Shakedown and single "Savage."
Locked Down, the latest album from storied musician, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John—Mac Rebennack—has also been named Best Blues Album. This startling album is an entirely new approach for the iconic Dr. John, featuring as it does his collaboration with Auerbach and a band of young musicians Auerbach hand-picked to make Locked Down at his Nashville studio. It was named among the 50 Best Albums of 2012 by Rolling Stone, Mojo, Uncut, and Paste.
Pat Metheny's 2012 album, Unity Band, received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Unity Band introduces a new Metheny ensemble of the same name with Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and the up-and-coming Ben Williams on bass, marking the first time since his 1980 release 80/81 that Metheny has recorded with a band that features tenor saxophone. All About Jazz says Unity Band is "unequivocally one of Metheny's finest." Metheny has previously won 19 Grammy awards, most recently for his 2011 Nonesuch solo album, What's It All About. His latest album, The Orchestrion Project, is out this week.
Björk's album Biophilia, released in October of 2011 on One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records, has earned the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for art directors Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak (aka M/M Paris). Biophilia, which was inspired by the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, has been described as "astounding" by NPR. The BBC calls it "an amazing, inventive and wholly unique eighth album from an artist without peer."
And congratulations to all of the Nonesuch artists who were nominated for Grammy Awards this year, which also includes Amadou & Mariam (Folila), Carolina Chocolate Drops (Leaving Eden), Ry Cooder (Election Special), and Brad Mehldau (Ode).
To celebrate, MP3 and FLAC editions of all this year's nominated albums are discounted this week in the Nonesuch Store.
Finally, congratulations as well to Chris Thile, whose album with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, for Sony Classical, won two Grammy Awards.
For more information, including a complete list of this year's winners, visit grammy.com.
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