The Arts & Science community was well-represented at last night's Grammy Awards, where three former students' eight nominations resulted in three wins! On February 4, Michael Riddleberger (CAS '10), Brian Rajaratnam (LS), and Mark Ronson (CAS) received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
This prestigious award governed by The Recording Academy has recognized the year's top music talent and productions since its first ceremony honoring the accomplishments of 1958. This year's 66th annual Grammy Awards recognized works and artists from October 2022 through September 2023. Among these works, two A&S alumni were nominated for the most prestigious award: Album of the Year.
The Album of the Year award recognizes the artists, featured artists, songwriters, producers, recording engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers involved in the production of a nominated album. Considered the most prestigious of the Grammy Awards, Album of the Year recognizes the entire album as a prominent body of work. Department of Religious Studies alum Michael Riddleberger (CAS '10) won the Album of the Year award for his work as an engineer/mixer on Taylor Swift's (HON '22) Midnights.
Former Liberal Studies student Brian Rajaratnam (LS) was also nominated for Album of the Year for his work as an engineer/mixer on Miley Cyrus' Endless Summer Vacation album. In addition to the Album of the Year nomination, Rajaratnam won Record of the Year for his work as an engineer/mixer on the Miley Cyrus song, "Flowers." The Record of the Year award recognizes artists, producers, recording engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers for an individual track on an album. The Record of the Year award was presented by former CAS student Mark Ronson alongside his mother-in-law, Meryl Streep.
Mark Ronson (CAS) won Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for Barbie The Album! Ronson was also nominated for four other Grammy Awards this year, contributing to his career total of 17 nominations and eight wins. This year, Ronson's other nominations included Song of the Year–which recognizes songwriters and prioritizes composition–for "Dance The Night" from Barbie The Album. As a composer, Ronson was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (Includes Film And Television) for Barbie. As a songwriter, Ronson was also nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for the Barbie The Album tunes "Dance The Night" and "I'm Just Ken." "I'm Just Ken" was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Arts & Science is proud to be represented by so many talented musicians and creatives who make up the A&S community. Congratulations to all three alumni who brought home golden gramophones!