From synthpop to Americana, R&B to jazz, keyboards abound in and around the 2018 Grammy nominations. With 29 fields and 84 categories, there are a LOT of nominees to celebrate, so we've picked 10 terrifyingly good ones to root for!
Congratulations to all, and make sure to tune in live on CBS direct from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28!
Album Of The Year
Melodrama – Lorde
Produced with pop wunderkind Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Bleachers, St. Vincent, Fun.), Lorde’s most recent return to the charts is chock-full of vintage synths and swirling soundscapes. (What do you expect from a producer whose latest New York Times profile features him alongside ’80s staples like the Roland Juno-60 and Yamaha DX7)!
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Shape Of You” - Ed Sheeran
While Ed Sheeran isn’t known as a keyboardist, his ridiculously catchy offering “Shape of You” began with his co-writer noodling around on a log-drum synth patch. It went-on to become Spotify’s most played song ever, with over 1.5 billion streams!
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Prototype - Jeff Lorber Fusion
Jeff Lorber has been one of the high priests of funky keyboard fusion for over four decades. (One listen to his Rhodes solo on the title track of Prototype will tell you why)! Make sure to check-out Jeff’s masterclass for us on keyboard soloing HERE.
Best Rock Song
“Run” - Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters get an extra shot of keyboard cantakerousity on this 2017 effort, courtesy of Producer-of-the-Moment Greg Kurstin and new official band member Rami Jaffee. (Check-out Greg’s interview about his favorite keys and working with Apple Logic HERE)
Best Traditional R&B Performance
“All The Way” - Ledisi
The R&B songstress soars here, and gets help on the album from composer and keyboardist Sam Barsh. (Check-out Sam’s recent video lesson for us HERE).
Best Country Solo Performance
“Losing You” - Alison Krauss
This live version of Krauss’s song features longtime Keyboard contributor Matt Rollings on piano.
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“Whisper Not” - Fred Hersch
With a singular piano sound and an ever-plaintive touch, this master pianist elevates the art of solo piano to newfound heights.
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Project Freedom - Joey DeFrancesco & The People
There are Hammond organists, and then there’s Joey DeFrancesco, who never fails to dazzle.
Best American Roots Song
“My Only True Friend” - Gregg Allman
From Allman’s final studio album produced by the great Don Was, a remarkable portrait of a true musical visionary.
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
“Putin” - Randy Newman
From his latest release Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s myriad musical gifts continue to boggle the mind. He’s a songwriter, composer and arranger that brazenly breaks boundaries and demonstrates what happens when art and pop music collide.