News | BMG, Penguin Random House | Los Angeles, 11/14/2023

BMG And PRH Audio Score 34 Grammy Nominations

This year’s nominations for the Grammy, the world’s most important music award, were announced last Friday. BMG artists and songwriters are up for a total of 31 awards, while Penguin Random House Audio is delighted to receive three nominations for audiobook productions. The 2024 Grammys will be awarded on Feb 4, 2024 in Los Angeles.

“Music’s Biggest Night” is how the organizers of the Grammy Awards themselves describe the world’s most important music prize, the Grammy, and the annual Grammy Awards Gala in Los Angeles. Last Friday, the U.S. industry association, the Recording Academy, announced who can hope to win the coveted golden trophy in the form of a gramophone sculpture. BMG artists and songwriters received a total of 31 direct nominations. And Penguin Random House Audio, the audiobook division of Penguin Random House U.S., is delighted to have received three nominations for its audiobook productions. The 66th Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb 4, 2024; the awards gala will be broadcast live from Los Angeles.

BMG artists and songwriters enter this year’s competition with 31 direct nominations in a total of 24 categories in eight music genres: General Field, Pop & Dance/Electronic, Rock/Metal, R&B, Jazz, Country/Blues, and Film. Hit songwriter Victoria Monét led the BMG nominations: She received a whopping six nominations, including in the top category “Record of the Year,” for her debut album “Jaguar II.” Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman also received two nominations for his songwriting contributions to “Jaguar II.” Grammy-winning songwriter DʼMile received three nominations for his work with artist Victoria Monét, including “Producer of the Year.”

BBR Music Group labelmates Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll, both first-time nominees, followed up their recent CMA Awards success (see BENET report) with a combined three Grammy nominations. Jelly Roll was nominated for “Best New Artist,” Wilson for “Best Country Album,” and both together for their joint hit “Save Me” in the “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” category. The Rise Records band Spiritbox is another first-time nominee with their song “Jaded,” which is up for “Best Metal Performance. In the “Best Music Film” category, BMG is in the running with the highly acclaimed films “Moonage Daydream” (David Bowie) and “How I’m Feeling Now” (Lewis Capaldi).

The two audiobook publishers Random House Audio and Penguin Audio together represent three of the five nominees in the audiobook category “Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording”: They are “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” written and narrated by Michelle Obama (Random House Audio), “The Creative Act: A Way of Being,” written and spoken by Rick Rubin (Penguin Audio), and “It’s Ok To Be Angry About Capitalism,” written by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and John Nichols and spoken by Bernie Sanders.

To date, audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio have garnered a total of 52 Grammy nominations, culminating in 17 awards. Michelle Obama alone has already received two nominations and awards: for “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” which was published during her tenure as First Lady of the United States, and for her memoir “Becoming.” This is the 19th Grammy nomination for the well-known music producer Rick Rubin, whose number one bestseller “The Creative Act” was deemed worthy of an award by the judges. In total, Penguin Random House Audio has provided five of the last nine winners in the Grammy audiobook category, most recently “Blowout” (2021), read and written by Rachel Maddow, and “Becoming” (2020) by Michelle Obama.

Here is an overview of all BMG and Penguin Random House Audio nominees:

Record of the Year “On My Mama” – Victoria Monét, Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II, Jeff Gitelman

Best New Artist
Jelly Roll

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II

Best Pop Dance Recording
“Padam Padam” – Kylie Minogue
“One In A Million” – Bebe Rexha

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
“For That Beautiful Feeling” – The Chemical Brothers

Best Metal Performance
“Phantom Of The Opera” – Ghost
“Jaded” – Spiritbox

Best Rock Song
“Angry” – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, songwriters The Rolling Stones

Best R&B Performance
“How Does It Make You Feel” – Victoria Monét

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Hollywood” – Victoria Monét Best R&B Song “On My Mama” – co-written by Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II, Jeff Gitelman, Victoria Monét

Best Progressive R&B Album
“Nova” – Terrace Martin And James Fauntleroy

Best R&B Album
“Jaguar II” – Victoria Monét

Best Rap Song
“Scientists & Engineers” – co-written by Dion “No I.D.” Wilson

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
“Dream Box” – Pat Metheny

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Pieces Of Treasure” – Rickie Lee Jones

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
“Olympians” – Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Save Me” – Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson
“We Don’t Fight Anymore” – Carly Pearce

Best Country Song
“White Horse” – co-written by Dan Wilson

Best Country Album
“Bell Bottom Country” – Lainey Wilson

Best Traditional Blues Album
“Life Don’t Miss Nobody” – Tracy Nelson

Best Contemporary Blues Album
“Death Wish Blues” – Samantha Fish
“Healing Time” – Ruthie Foster
“Blood Harmony” – Larkin Poe

Best Folk Album
“I Only See The Moon” – The Milk Carton Kids
“Folkocracy” – Rufus Wainwright

Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording
“The Creative Act: A Way Of Being” – Rick Rubin
“It’s Ok To Be Angry About Capitalism” – Senator Bernie Sanders “The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times” – Michelle Obama

Best Music Film
“Moonage Daydream” (David Bowie) “How I’m Feeling Now” (Lewis Capaldi)

“Jaguar II” – Victoria Monét