The relentlessly successful Drake has earned seven nominations – the most among our members this year – for the 61st annual Grammy Awards, to be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, and broadcast live, worldwide, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“God’s Plan” has earned Drake nominations for both Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Rap Song, while his Scorpion is up for Album of the Year, with Drake as both the artist and one of the songwriters. His contribution to “Sicko Mode” – recorded by himself, Travi$ Scott, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee – has been honoured with candidacies for both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
Shawn Mendes has earned two nominations: one in the Best Pop Vocal Album category, for his album Shawn Mendes, and one for “In My Blood,” nominated for Song of the Year. The song is co-written with Geoffrey Warburton and two other songwriters. Diana Krall earns a nod in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, for Love is Here to Stay (a duets album with Tony Bennett). Les Violons du Roy are nominated for ARC, in the category of Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
Boi-1da has earned a nomination as Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, for his work with longtime musical colleague Drake, as well as Cardi B, Beyoncé and Jay-Z (The Carters), Eminem featuring Joyner Lucas, and G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B, and Jay Rock. Boi-1da is also listed as the producer and/or songwriter on both “God’s Plan” and Scorpion, connecting him to another four nominations.
Similarly, ever-present Drake collaborator Noah “40” Shebib is one of the producers and/or songwriters on both “God’s Plan” and Scorpion, which connects him to those four Drake nominations. Noel “Gadget” Campbell, one of the engineers/mixers on “God’s Plan” and Scorpion, is also connected to Drake’s Record and Album of the Year nominations. Co-writer and/or co-producer Noel Cadastre is similarly connected to Drake’s Record of the Year nod for “God’s Plan.”
Rising star producer Murda Beatz is connected to five nominations, two each for his work on Drake’s Scorpion and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, and one for Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap. Similarly, in-demand producer Frank Dukes is connected to three Album of the Year nominations, for Drake’s Scorpion, Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, and Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired by. Dukes also worked on the Cardi B song “Be Careful,” nominated for Best Rap Performance; the song is included on Invasion of Privacy, which is nominated for Best Rap Album.
Dukes and Kaan Gunesberk are also two of the co-writers of the Camila Cabello worldwide smash hit “Havana,” the live version of which has been recognized with a nod for Best Pop Solo Performance. It’s also included on her album Camila, nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. The two songwriter/producers are also among the co-creators of Post Malone’s “Better Now,” nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Daniel Caesar shares a nomination as a featured guest with H.E.R. on “Best Part,” which has been tipped in the category of Best R&B Performance. The song, also included on H.E.R., up for Best R&B Album, was co-written by H.E.R., Caesar, and his usual co-writing/production team of Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans, and Riley Bell. They’re also honoured by association, because H.E.R. is additionally nominated for Best New Artist. Other co-writers/producers on the H.E.R. album include Drake, Majid Jordan, Noah “40” Shebib, Nineteen85, and Illangelo.
Illangelo also co-wrote or co-produced songs for Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, nominated for Best Rap Album, and Fall Out Boy’s Mania, nominated for Best Rock Album. Nineteen85 also co-wrote or co-produced songs for Drake’s Scorpion, nominated for Album of the Year, and Travi$ Scott’s Astroworld, nominated for Best Rap Album. PARTYNEXTDOOR worked as a producer and/or songwriter on Drake’s Scorpion and Post Malone’s Beerbongs and Bentleys, both nominated for Album of the Year.
Adam Messinger and Nasri Atweh of MAGIC! co-wrote “Happy Without Me” on Chloe x Halle’s The Kids Are Alright, nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Pomo and Leon Feldman are among the co-writers for “Baptised,” from the same album. Chloe x Halle are also nominated for Best New Artist.
Chromeo, the duo of Patrick Gemayel and David Macklovitch, and their co-engineer Tom Gardner, are all nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for Head Over Heels. Bahamas is nominated in the same category, for Earthtones, along with mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova.
Other songwriter/producers connected to Scorpion include ModMaxx, Preme, Corey Litwin, T-Minus, 25th Hour, Maneesh, and Asheley Turner. Other songwriter/producers connected to Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired by include BadBadNotGood, Martin “Doc” McKinney, The Weeknd, and Michael Sonier. Other songwriter/producers connected to Travi$ Scott’s Astroworld include WondaGurl and London Cyr.
Working with Best New Artist nominee Dua Lipa, Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk wrote multiple songs on her eponymous studio debut album, and Michael Sonier co-wrote songs for it as well. Henry “Cirkut” Walter co-wrote and/or co-produced “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, which is nominated for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. Tobias Jesso Jr. worked on songs for P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma, nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. David Francey wrote the song “Bordeline,” included on The Travelin’ McCourys’ eponymous debut, which is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.
Similarly, Cecile Believe contributed to SOPHIE’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, a nominee for Best Dance/Electronic Album. The Best Rap/Sung Performance category nominees include “Pretty Little Fears” by 6lack Featuring J. Cole, which was co-created by T-Minus. Alex Cuba co-wrote and is featured on “Por Eso Me Voy,” a song on Claudia Brant’s Sincera, which was recognized in the Best Latin Pop Album field. Jacob Faithful contributed to Young Spirit’s Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs, which earned a nomination as the Best Regional Roots Music Album. Larry Klein is nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, in part for is work on Molly Johnson’s Meaning to Tell Ya album.
In the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Celine Dion performed “Ashes” on the Deadpool 2 album, while Finn Wolfhard, who acts on Stranger Things, performed a voiceover on “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart.
SOCAN congratulates our Grammy-nominated and nominee-connected members on these huge achievements!