The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be aired live from Madison Square Garden in New York City Sunday night on CBS, and 20 Belmont students will be working the event. The 20 Service Corps members–15 from campus, four from Belmont East and one from Belmont West–will assist with artist/arrival escort duties at the MusiCares Gala on Friday night, Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Saturday night and GRAMMY Awards on Sunday. Service Corps is designed to offer Belmont students opportunities for experiential learning in the entertainment industry, thereby preparing them for their future careers.
But Belmont’s celebrations alongside the 2018 Grammy Awards goes far beyond the red carpet assistance these students will provide. Numerous alumni and faculty wrote, produced, played and mixed on many of the nominated songs and albums that will be celebrated during the broadcast and pre-broadcast event. In addition, a number of alumni play major roles with the record label, PR and management companies behind some of this year’s nominees biggest names.
Just a few of Belmont’s highlights include:
- Best Pop Solo Performance: “Million Reasons,” by nominee Lady Gaga, was co-written by Belmont alumna Hillary Lindsey, who also contributes guitars and vocals for the Lady Gaga album “Joanne.”
- Best Pop Vocal Album: Nominee “Rainbow,” by Kesha, was mixed by Belmont alumnus Chuck Ainlay.
- Best Country Album:
- Belmont alums Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Jon Nite, Nicolle Galyon, Emily Weisband, Ryan Hurd, Jordan Reynolds, Hailey Whitters, Connie Harrington and Natalie Hemby wrote or co-wrote songs on four of the albums nominated in this category.
- Belmont alum Clint Highham is the manager for Kenny Chesney, and Belmont students won a contest in which they created the music video for the song “All the Pretty Girls” from Chesney’s nominated album, “Cosmic Hallelujah.”
- Belmont alum Jesse Frasure co-produced Thomas Rhett’s nominated album, “Life Changes.”
- Best Rock Performance: Belmont alumni bands Wilder and Judah and the Lion both toured with nominee Kaleo in 2017.
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Nominee “Oh My Soul,” by Casting Crowns, was co-written by Belmont alum Bernie Herms. And, Casting Crowns is managed by Proper Management, which is owned by Belmont alum Mike Jay.
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