The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony takes place this Sunday, February 8th in Los Angeles. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a music vet, the GRAMMYs have long been a way for us to celebrate the year in popular music – from crowning achievements for new artists to honoring legends of the industry, complete with eye popping performances and emotional acceptance speeches.
TuneCore is proud to help independent artists of all genres get their music out to the world and contribute the advancement of their musical journeys. We’re always moved and amazed to witness our artists take their career to the level, and this year at the GRAMMYs will be no exception! TuneCore is happy to boast that SIX of our Artists have been nominated for GRAMMYs – proof that distributing through TuneCore can be the first step towards big, big things!
Learn a little bit more about these artists and use them as inspiration to drive your musical journey forward…
Antonique Smith is a multi-talented artist who’s song “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)” is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Getting her start in the spotlight in the Broadway production of RENT, Antonique portrayed Faith Evans in the Biggie biopic “Notorious”, and has starred in numerous other films & TV shows. 2015 looks like it’ll be a big year for Smith!
Yosvany Terry is a Cuban-born saxophonist/jazz composer who’s album New Throned King is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album. Being credited by the New York Times as helping “redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom”, Terry is also a lecturer at Princeton University, a faculty member at New York City’s New School University and the Harlem School of the Arts, and serves as a resident instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University.
2014 has been a big year for Atlanta-based hip hop artist ILoveMakonnen: after releasing his ILoveMakonnen EP, he garnered attention from Miley Cyrus and his track “Club Goin’ Up On a Tuesday” received the remix treatment from superstar Drake; he was featured in publications like XXL and Vice; and he signed with Drake’s label OVO Sound! ILoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday (feat. Drake)” is nominated for Best Rap Song.
William McDowell is an Orlando-based Christian/gospel artist who’s Withholding Nothing is nominated for Best Gospel Album. He’s the lead pastor at the Deeper Fellowship Church in his hometown, but he doesn’t just keep it local: McDowell has taken his brand of worship leadership and songwriting to churches, festivals and conferences in over 30 countries and shows no sign of stopping!
Brooklyn duo The Pop Ups make fun, inventive children’s music and their latest album, Appetite For Construction, is nominated for Best Children’s Album. Regularly performing around New York City using props, hand-painted sets and puppets, The Pop Ups also take their show on the road. In 2014 the duo made their TV debut on Sprout Network’s “The Sunny Side Up Show” and were featured on NPR’s popular “All Things Considered” program.
French film composer Alexandre Desplat is a 6-time Oscar nominee and 4-time GRAMMY Nominee. His score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Desplat’s other score credits include “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Ghost Writer”, “Twilight – New Moon”, and “The Kings Speech”.