The release of the 2016 Grammy Award nominations saw many Belmont mentions as alumni and faculty members were included on the list.
Alumni nominations include:
- SteelDrivers, including member and Belmont alumna Tammy Rogers King, nominated for Best Bluegrass Album
- Brother’s Osborne, including member and guitar alumnus John Osborne, nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- Eric Paslay’s “The Driver,” co-written by Belmont alumnus and past Southbound member Abe Stoklasa, nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- Alumnus Ryan Hurd co-write “Lonely Tonight,” nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- Alumni Justin Davis & Sarah Zimmermann, of Striking Matches, co-wrote multiple songs on Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade,” nominated for Best Country Album
Joe Baldridge, lecturer of audio engineering technology, worked on three Grammy nominations including Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and TobyMac’s “This Is Not a Test” and Chris Tomlin’s “Love Ran Red,” both nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
Baldrige’s successes this year continued as he worked on Urban’s 2016 album “Ripcord,” Eli Young Band’s 2016 album, Jake Owen’s single “American Country Love Song,” Tomlin’s single “God and God Alone,” Matt Redman’s single “Turn to Christ” and Christy Nockels’s single “Your Grace Amazes Me.”
All sessions were assisted by Belmont graduate Joshua Ditty at Ocean Way, Blackbird and Backstage Studios.