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55th Annual Grammy Award Nominees With A Local Connection

February 10, 2013 5:03 PM

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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are taking place Sunday, Feb. 10th in Los Angeles, but a lot of the nominees have local connections to the Delaware Valley! Find out who below:
Fun. band member Jack AntonoffJack Antonoff was born in Bergenfield and grew up in New Milford & Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Jeff Chestek, engineer for Fun., is from Philadelphia and went to Temple.Nominated For: Record of the Year (“We are Young”), Album of The Year (“Some Nights”), Song of the Year (“We are Young”), Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo (“We are Young” feat. Janelle Monáe), Best Pop Vocal Album (“Some Nights”)

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania.Nominated For: Record of the year (“We are Never Ever Getting Back Together”), Best Country Duo/Group (“Safe and Sound” Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars), Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games written by T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy William)

The LumineersThe band originated in Ramsey, New Jersey. Wesley Schultz, lead vocalist, is from Ramsey.Nominated For: Best New Artist, Best Americana Album (“The Lumineers”)

PinkPink was born in Abington Township, Montgomery County.Nominated For: Best Pop Vocal Album (“The Truth About Love”)

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen is from Long Branch, New Jersey.Nominated For: Best Rock Performance (“We Take Care of Our Own”), Best Rock Song (“We Take Care of Our Own”), Best Rock Album (“Wrecking Ball”)

Halestorm The band originated in Red Lion, York County, Pennsylvania.Nominated For: Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance (“Love Bites (So Do I)”)

John Legend John Legend attended the University of Pennsylvania.Nominated For: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” feat. Ludacris)

Cameron Thomaz also known as Wiz KhalifaWiz Khalifa is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Taylor Allerdice High School.Nominated For: Best Rap Song (“Young Wild and Free”- Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars)

The RootsThe Roots originated in Philadelphia. Tariq Trotter attended Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts & Millersville University. Ahmir Khalib Thompson attended Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts. The band used to perform on South Street.Nominated For: Best Rap Album (“Undun”)

Michael Brant DeMariaMichael Brant DeMaria attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for his masters.Nominated For: Best New Age Album (“Bindu”)

Denise DonatelliDenise Donatelli grew up in S. Whitehall Township, Lehigh County and attended Parkland High School. She may still have relatives in Lehigh County.Nominated For: Best Jazz Vocal Album (“Soul Shadows”)

Paul MotianPaul Motian was born in Philadelphia.Nominated For: Best Jazz Instrumental Album (“Further Explorations”: Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian)

Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal was born in Pittsburgh and attended George Westinghouse High School.Nominated For: Best Jazz Instrumental Album (“Blue Moon”)

Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt lived in Philadelphia for a period of time.Nominated For: Best Americana Album (“Slipstream”)

The Original WailersMember, Al Anderson, went to Montclair High School in New Jersey.Nominated For: Best Reggae Album (“Miracle”)

Janis IanJanis Ian went to East Orange High School in East Orange, New Jersey.Nominated For: Best Spoken Word Album (“Society’s Child: My Autobiography”)

Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist for “Follies”Stephen Sondheim grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and graduated from the George School in Bucks County.Nominated For: Best Musical Theater Album (“Follies”)

Kara Lindsay, principal soloist in “Newsies”Kara Lindsay attended Carnegie Mellon University.Nominated For: Best Musical Theater Album (“Newsies”)

Cristin Milioti, principal soloist in “Once: A New Musical”Cristin Milioti is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and went to Cherry Hill High School East.Nominated For: Best Musical Theater Album (“Once: A New Musical”

Trent Reznor, composer for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”Trent Reznor grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania.Nominated For: Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Soundtrack from the motion picture)

Marc Shaiman, songwriter for “Smash”Marc Shaiman was born in Newark, New Jersey.Nominated For: Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Let Me Be Your Star” from Smash)

Megan Hilty, singer/actress in “Smash”Megan Hilty went to Carnegie Melon.Nominated For: Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Let Me Be Your Star”)

Temple University Symphony OrchestraNominated For: Best Instrumental Composition (“Music of Ansel Adams: America,” composers: Chris Brubeck & Dave Brubeck), Best Instrumental Composition (“Overture, Waltz and Rondo,” composer: Bill Cunliffe)
Michael Phillip Mossman (arranger Bobby Sanabria Big Band)Michael Phillip Mossman was born in Philadelphia.Nominated For: Best Instrumental Arrangement (“Afro Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington”)

Robert Santelli (compilation producer with Jeff Place)Robert Santelli lived in New Jersey and taught at Rutgers & Monmouth Universities.Nominated For: Best Historical Album (“Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection”)

Melody Gardot (mastering engineer)Melody Gardot was born in New Jersey and studied fashion at the Community College of Philadelphia.Nominated For: Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (Moogie Canazio & Al Schmitt, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Melody Gardot)

Diplo Diplo lived in Philadelphia and attended Temple University.Nominated For: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (Climax (Usher) (T), Get Free (Major Lazer Featuring Amber Coffman) (S), La La La (Snoop Lion) (S), Lies (Marina And The Diamonds) (T), Look At These Hoes (Santigold) (T), Push And Shove (No Doubt Featuring Busy Signal & Major Lazer) (T), Slight Work (Wale Featuring Big Sean) (T), Thought Of You (Justin Bieber) (T), Too Close (Alex Clare) (T)

Jim Anderson, surround mix engineerJim Anderson went to Duquesne University and began his career at the college radio station.Nominated For: Best Surround Sound Album (“Modern Cool”)

Andrew “Pop” WanselAndrew Wansel was born in Philadelphia.Nominated For: Best R&B Song (“Refill,” with Elle Varner & Darhyl “DJ” Camper)

Darhyl “DJ” CamperDarhyl Camper was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Nominated For: Best R&B Song (“Refill,” with Andrew “Pop” Wansel & Elle Varner)

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