Tisch professor Jim Anderson won his second Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album. Anderson, who is an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer for acoustic music in the recording, radio, television, and film industries, has 27 Grammy-nominated recordings in his portfolio, 11 of which have gone on to win the big prize.
NEW YORK— Five members of the New York University community – two alumni and one professor from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) and two alumni from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – were among the honorees when the Recording Academy announced its winners at the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
Jim Anderson, professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch, and Darcy Proper (Steinhardt, ’90) were awarded for Best Surround Sound Album for their work on Early Americans. Anderson, an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer for acoustic music in the recording, radio, television, and film industries, has 27 Grammy-nominated recordings in his portfolio, 11 of which have gone on to win the big prize. This was Proper's fourth win; she has earned a total of ten nominations in her career.
Donald Glover (TSOA, ’16), who performs as Childish Gambino, took home the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Glover had a total of five nominations, which included Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Jason Baum (TSOA, ’08) won in the Best Music Video category for producing Kendrick Lamar’s music video for “Humble.”
Nancy Whang (Steinhardt, ’00) of LCD Soundsystem won for Best Dance Recording for the band’s song “Tonite.”
Fourteen members of the NYU community received a total of 20 nominations when the Recording Academy announced its annual list of contenders. In addition to those who earned awards above, those who received nominations included:
- Lady Gaga (TSOA) earned nods in the Best Pop Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories.
- Tisch professor Sam Pollard received two nominations for Best Music Film for his work on the films, Soundbreaking and Two Trains Runnin’. Steinhardt adjunct professor Warren Zanes also was nominated as a video producer for Two Trains Runnin’.
- Sarah Silverman’s (TSOA) A Speck of Dust was nominated for Best Comedy Album.
- Two faculty members – Alan Ferber and Chris Potter (Steinhardt, ’06) – from the Jazz Studies program in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music Performing Arts Professions at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – were each nominated in jazz categories. Ferber was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and Potter was nominated from Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.
- Christopher McClenney (Steinhardt, ’17) was nominated for Best R&B Song for writing “Location.”
- NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study alum Alex Pall (GAL, ’08) of the band The Chainsmokers, received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
- NYU’s College of Arts and Science alumna Andrea A. Trabucco-Campos (CAS, ’12) earned a nomination in the Best Recording Package category.
Grammy Awards are selected annually to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in the recording industry. The 60th Grammy Awards ceremony took place on January 28, 2018 live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Below is the list of NYU-related winners:
Best Dance Recording
Nancy Whang (Steinhardt, ’00)
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Childish Gambino/Donald Glover (TSOA, ’06)
Best Surround Sound Album
Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer/surround producer; Faculty, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Darcy Proper (Steinhardt, ’90), surround mastering engineer
Best Music Video
“Humble,” Kendrick Lamar
Jason Baum (TSOA, ’08), video producer