Kobalt Grammys Blog

62nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

Congratulations to all Kobalt nominees as well as the writers and producers that contributed to nominated works in the upcoming 62nd Annual Grammy Awards! This year, Kobalt clients have spanned throughout multiple genres, with over 150 clients nominated in over 50 categories, including contributions in all eight albums nominated for Album of the Year. Watch on January 26, as we celebrate those who take home the coveted award.

Record of the Year

“Hey, Ma” - Bon Iver Kobalt nominees: Bon Iver, BJ Burton (Heavy Duty), Chris Messina “Bad Guy” - Billie Eilish 

Kobalt nominees: Finneas O'Connell

“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X 

Kobalt nominees: Billy Ray Cyrus, Trent Reznor, Jozzy

"7 Rings" - Ariana Grande 

Kobalt nominees: (Njomza via OWSLA - as songwriter)

Album of the Year

“I,i” - Bon Iver

Kobalt nominees: Bon Iver, BJ Burton (Heavy Duty), Chris Messina, (Michael L Lewis, Channy Leaneagh, Michael Noyce, Naeem Hanks, Josiah "Buddy Ross" Sherman (Heavy Duty), S. Carey, Ryan Olson

“WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?” - Billie Eilish 

Kobalt nominees: Finneas O'Connell

“thank u, next” - Ariana Grande 

Kobalt nominees: Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Pop Wansel, Njomza - OWSLA

“I Used To Know Her” - H.E.R. 

Kobalt nominees: Jeff Gitty, Craig Balmoris (One77 Songs), Elijah Dias, Chris Roberts (The Bus) 

“7” - Lil Nas X 

Kobalt nominees: Billy Ray Cyrus, Trent Reznor, Jozzy, FWDSLXSH 

“Cuz I Love You” - Lizzo 

Kobalt nominees: Samuel Harris + Casey Harris + Adam Levin (X Ambassadors), Oak Felder, Sean Small (Prescription), Aaron Puckett, Evan Bogart, Farhad Samadzada, Clarence Coffee Jr. 

“Father of the Bride” - Vampire Weekend 

Kobalt nominees: Ariel Rechtshaid, Buddy Ross (Heavy Duty), Bloodpop, Leon Sylvers III

“Norman Fucking Rockwell” - Lana Del Rey 

Kobalt nominees: Andrew Wotman on "Fuck It I Love You", Zachary Dawes on "California"

Song of the Year 

“Bad Guy” - Billie Eilish 

Kobalt nominees: Finneas O'Connell 

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Bad Guy" - Billie Eillish

Kobalt nominees: Finneas O'Connell

"7 Rings" - Ariana Grande

Kobalt nominees: Njomza Vitia (OWSLA)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Old Town Road (Remix)” - Lil Nas X

Kobalt nominees: Billy Ray Cyrus, Trent Reznor, Jozzy

“Señorita” - Shawn Mendez x Camila Cabello 

Kobalt nominees: Andrew Watt

Best Pop Vocal Album 

“The Lion King: The Gift” - Beyonce

Kobalt nominees: Childish Gambino, Niniola, Syd

“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” - Billie Eillish 

Kobalt nominees: Finneas O'Connell

“No. 6 Collaboration Project” - Ed Sheeran

Kobalt nominees: Max Martin, Shellback, 50 Cent, Daniel Oviedo, Jahaan Sweet, Sonny Moore, Frank Rogers

“Lover” - Taylor Swift

Kobalt nominees: Brendon Urie

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Love” - Michael Bublé 

Kobalt nominees: Charlie Puth, Johan Carlsson

“A Legendary Christmas” - John Legend

Kobalt nominees: Raphael Saadqi, Daniel Evans

“Si” - Andrea Bocelli 

Kobalt nominees: Toby Gad

“Walls” - Barbra Streisand 

Kobalt nominees: Walter Afanasieff

Best Dance Recording 

“Underwater” - RÜFÜS DU SOL

Kobalt nominees: RÜFÜS DU SOL, Jason Evigan

“Midnight Hour” - Skrillex, Boys Noize 

Kobalt nominees: Skrillex, Boys Noize

“Linked” - Bonobo

Kobalt nominees: Bonobo

“Piece Of Your Heart” - Meduza feat. Goodboys

Kobalt nominees: Conor Blake (Method Music)

Best Dance/Electronic Album

“Solace” - RÜFÜS DU SOL

Kobalt nominees: RÜFÜS DU SOL

“Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)” - Flume

Kobalt nominees: Flume, SOPHIE on "Voices,  Is it Cold In The Water", slowthai on "High Beams", Kucka (Heavy Duty) on "Voices"

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

“Star People” - Theo Croker

Kobalt nominees: Chronixx on "Understand Yourself" 

“Elevate” - Lettuce

Kobalt nominees: Lettuce  

Best Rock Performance 

“Women” - Karen O & Danger Mouse

Kobalt nominees: Danger Mouse

Best Metal Performance 

“Bow Down” - I Prevail

Kobalt nominees: I Prevail

“Unleashed” - Killswitch Engage

Kobalt nominees: Killswitch Engage / Jesse Leach

Best Rock Song

“Harmony Hall” - Vampire Weekend / Ezra Keonig

Kobalt nominees: Ariel Rechtshaid

“Give Yourself a Try” - The 1975

Kobalt nominees: The 1975

“Humanicide” - Death Angel 

Kobalt nominees: Rob Cavestany, Mark Osegueda

“Pretty Waste” - Bones UK

Kobalt nominees: Rosie Oddie, Filippo Cimatti and Carmen Van Den Berg (ex-US)

Best Rock Album

“TRAUMA” - I Prevail

Kobalt nominees: I Prevail

“Social Cues” - Cage the Elephant

Kobalt nominees: Beck on "Night Running"

Best Alternative Music Album

“i,i” - Bon Iver 

Kobalt nominees: Bon Iver, BJ Burton, Buddy Ross 

“Assume Form” - James Blake

Kobalt nominees: James Blake, Moses Sumney 

“Harmony Hall” - Vampire Weekend

Kobalt nominees: Ariel Rechtshaid 

“ANIMA” - Thome Yorke

Kobalt nominees: Nigel Godrich

“U.F.O.F.” - Big Thief

Kobalt nominees: Buck Meek/Big Thief

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Jerome” - Lizzo

Kobalt nominees: Samuel Harris, Casey Harris, Adam Levin (X Ambassadors)

“Steady Love” - India Arie

Kobalt nominees: India Arie

“Built For Love” - PJ. Morton feat. Jazmine Sulivan

Kobalt nominees: Jazmine Sulivan

Best R&B Song

“No Guidance” - Chris Brown featuring Drake

Kobalt nominees: Noah "40" Shebib, Teddy Walton

Best Urban Contemporary Album

“Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)” - Lizzo

Kobalt nominees: Samuel Harris, Casey Harris, Adam Levin, Warren Felder, Sean Small, Aaron Puckett, Evan Bogart, Farhad Samadzada, Clarence Coffee

“Saturn” - Nao

Kobalt nominees: Neo "Nao" Joshua, Daniel Traynor, Clarence Coffee, James Woods, Henry Allen “Cirkut”

“Being Human In Public” - Jessie Reyez

Kobalt nominees: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds

“Georgia Anne Muldrow” - Overload

Kobalt nominees: John Groover, Jr., Michael Ray Cox (Mike & Keys) // One77 Music

Best R&B Album

“Ella Mai” - Ella Mai 

Kobalt nominees: Trey Campbell

“1123” - BJ The Chicago Kid

Kobalt nominees: Marcella Araica, Uforo “Bongo ByTheWay” Ebong, Darwin "C Gutta" Quinn 

“Ventura” - Anderson .Paak

Kobalt nominees: Alana Chenevert, Jazmine Sullivan, Mac Demarco, Callum Connor

“Painted” - Lucky Daye

Kobalt nominees: Dustin Adrian Bowie on "Extra, Painted, Karma"

Best Rap Performance

“Racks In The Middle” - Nipsey Hussle ft. Roddy Ricch & Hit Boy

Kobalt nominees: Roddy Ricch

“Clout” - Offset featuring Cardi B 

Kobalt nominees: Cardi B (Neighboring Rights)

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Drip Too Hard” -  Lil Baby & Gunna

Kobalt nominees: Gunna

“Ballin” - Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch

Kobalt nominees: Roddy Ricch, Shah Rukh Zaman Khan

“The London” - Young Thug feat. J.Cole & Travis Scott

Kobalt nominees: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds

Best Rap Song

“Racks In The Middle” - Nipsey Hussle ft. Roddy Ricch & Hit Boy

Kobalt nominees: Roddy Ricch

“A Lot” - 21 Savage

Kobalt nominees: Anthony White p/k/a J.White

“Bad Idea” -  YBN Cordae feat. Chance The Rapper

Kobalt nominees: Uforo "Bongo ByTheWay" Ebong

Best Rap Album

“Revenge Of The Dreamers III” - Dreamville

Kobalt nominees: Anthony "Elite"  Parrino, Vincent Berry, Justin Henderson

“Championships” - Meek Mill

Kobalt nominees: Emmanuel Santiago (Anuel AA) , Nicholas Warwar (Streetrunner), Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

“The Lost Boy” - YBN Cordae

Kobalt nominees: Uforo "Bongo ByTheWay" Ebong

“I Am > I Was” - 21 Savage

Kobalt nominees: Anthony White p/k/a J. White, Jozzy, Gunna, Calvin Tarvin, Childish Gambino

Best Country Solo Performance

“God's Country” - Blake Shelton

Kobalt nominees: Michael Hardy (Relative Music) 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Brand New Man” - Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs

Kobalt nominees: Ronnie Dunn

“I Don't Remember Me (Before You)” - Brothers Osborne

Kobalt nominees: Shane McAnally

Best Country Song

“Some of It” - Eric Church

Kobalt nominees: Jeff Hyde (Little Louder)

Best Country Album

“Desperate Man” - Eric Church

Kobalt nominees: Casey Beathard, Jeff Hyde (both Little Louder) 

“Center Point Road” - Thomas Rhett

Kobalt nominees: Shane McAnally, Ammar Malik, Jacob Hindlin, Michael Hardy (Relative Music), Josh Osborne (SMACK), Cleve Wilson (Inferno666) 

“Stronger Than The Truth” - Reba McEntire

Kobalt nominees: Will Robinson, Leslie Satcher, Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin, Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire, Donna McSpadden

Best New Age Album

“Deva” - Deva Premal

Kobalt nominees: Deva Premal, Manose Singh Newa, Miten

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Tomorrow Is The Question” - Julian Lage

Kobalt nominees: Julian Lage 

“The Windup” - Branford Marsalis

Kobalt nominees: Branford Marsalis 

Best Jazz Vocal Album

“Thirsty Ghost” Sara Gazarek

Kobalt nominees: Frank Loesser

“12 Little Spells” - Esperanza Spalding

Kobalt nominees: Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“The Secret BetweenThe Shadow and the Soul” - Branford Marsalis Quartet

Kobalt nominees: Branford Marsalis 

Best Latin Jazz Album

“Antidote”  - Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band

Kobalt nominees: Chick Corea 

Best Gospel Performance/Song

“See The Light” - Travis Greene feat. Jekalyn Carr

Kobalt nominees: Travis Greene

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Only Jesus” - Casting Crowns

Kobalt nominees: Matthew West

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Holy Roar” - Chris Tomlin 

Kobalt nominees: Tommy Sjostrom

Best Latin Pop Album

“Vida” Luis Fonsi

Kobalt nominees: Ozuna, Vicente Saavedra, Karol G

“11:11” Maluma

Kobalt nominees: Savan Kotecha

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“X100PRE” - Bad Bunny

Kobalt nominees: Diplo, Emanuel Herrera Batista, Luian Valabe

“OASIS” - J Balvin x Bad Bunny

Kobalt nominees: Luian Valabe

Best Tropical Latin Album

“OPUS” - Marc Anthony

Kobalt nominees: Albert Hammond

Best American Roots Song

“I Don't Wanna Ride The Rails No More” - Vince Gill

Kobalt nominees: Vince Gill

Best Americana Album

“Who Are You Now” - Madison Cunningham

Kobalt nominees: Peter Harper

“Oklahoma” - Keb' Mo'

Kobalt nominees: John Parker

Best Bluegrass Album

“Tall Fiddler” - Michael Cleveland

Kobalt nominees: Vince Gill

Best Contemporary Blues Album

“Venom & Faith” - Larkin Poe

Kobalt nominees: Adrianne Gonzalez

Best Traditional Blues Album

“Kingfish” - Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

Kobalt nominees: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

Best Folk Album 

“Front Porch”  - Joy Williams

Kobalt nominees: Cason Cooley, Trent Dabbs

Best Regional Roots Music Album

“Hawaiian Lullaby” - Various Artists

Kobalt nominees: Bob Marley 

Best Reggae Album

“Rapture” - Koffee

Kobalt nominees: Lasana “Ace” Harris, Andre Blair Atkinson

Best World Music Album

“African Giant” - Burna Boy

Kobalt nominees: Jeremih Felton

Best Musical Theater Album

“The Music of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child - In Four Contemporary Suites” - Imogen Heap

Kobalt nominees: Clarence Montgomery

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” - Baz Luhrman

Kobalt nominees: Baz Luhrman 

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” - Various Artists

Kobalt nominees: Emmanuel Gazzmey, Jahseh Onfroy (XXXTentacion), Ben Billions

Best Arrangement, Instrumentals and Vocals

“12 LITTLE SPELLS (THORACIC SPINE)” - Esperanza Spalding

Kobalt nominees: Esperanza Spalding

Best Recording Package 

“I,i” - Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson

Kobalt nominees: Bon Iver 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

“Gold In Brass Age” - Amanda Chiu, Mark Farrow & David Gray

Kobalt nominees: David Gray (Art Director)

Best Album Notes

“Stax '68: A Memphis Story” - Steve Greenberg

Kobalt nominees: Steve Greenberg, album notes writer 

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

“When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?” - Billie Eilish

Kobalt nominees: Finneas O’Connell

Best Remixed Recording

“Mother's Daughter “ - Miley Cyrus

Kobalt nominees: Wuki Remix, Andrew Wyatt

Producer of the Year, Non-classical

Finneas O’Connell 

Kobalt nominees: Finneas O’Connell

Dan Auerbach

Kobalt nominees: Dan Auerbach (Neighboring Rights)

John Hill Kobalt nominees: John Hill (Neighboring Rights)

Best Music Video/Film

“Old Town Road (Official Movie)” - Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus 

Kobalt nominees: Billy Ray Cyrus

“Glad He’s Gone” - Tove Lo
Kobalt nominees: Tove Lo (Neighboring Rights)

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