Tisch Alumni Donald Glover and Lady Gaga Lead the Way with Seven Wins Combined

Grammy Award

NEW YORK— Thirteen members of the New York University community were among the honorees when the Recording Academy announced its winners at the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) alumni Donald Glover (’06), who performs as Childish Gambino, and Lady Gaga won seven awards combined. Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” made history by becoming the first rap song to win in the highly coveted Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories; he also won for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video. Lady Gaga won for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Grammy Awards are selected annually to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in the recording industry. In total, 25 members of the NYU community -- alumni and faculty members from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – earned 37 nominations.

Below is the full list of NYU winners:

Record of the Year
Childish Gambino (TSOA '06), Artist and Producer, "This Is America" 

Song of the Year

Donald Glover/Childish Gambino (TSOA '06), "This Is America" 

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Childish Gambino (TSOA '06), "This Is America" 

Best Music Video

Childish Gambino (TSOA '06), "This Is America" 

Best Pop Solo Performance

Lady Gaga (TSOA), "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)"  

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Lady Gaga (TSOA), "Shallow" 

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Lady Gaga (TSOA), "Shallow" 

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Emily Lazar (STEINHARDT '96), Mastering Engineer, Colors
Cole M.G.N. (TSOA), Songwriter and Producer, Colors
Jesse Shatkin (GAL '01), Engineer, Colors

Best Alternative Music Album

Emily Lazar (STEINHARDT '96), Mastering Engineer, Colors
Cole M.G.N. (TSOA), Songwriter and Producer, Colors 

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Wayne Shorter (STEINHARDT '56, HON '10), Artist, Producer, and Songwriter, Emanon

Best Rap Album

Khari Cain (STEINHARDT '03), Songwriter, Invasion Of Privacy
Nija Charles (TSOA), Producer/Songwriter, Invasion of Privacy
Andrew Wotman (STEINHARDT, TSOA), Producer, Invasion Of Privacy

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Nija Charles (TSOA), Producer/Songwriter, Everything Is Love

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Derek Ganong (STEINHARDT '12), Recording Engineer, American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom

Best Traditional Blues Album

Kenta Yonesaka (TSOA '10), Recording Engineer, The Blues Is Alive And Well

Best Musical Theater Album

Ari'el Stachel (TSOA '13), Artist, The Band's Visit

Best Children’s Album

Alan Silverman (TSOA Faculty), Mastering Engineer, All the Sounds

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