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Quincy Jones, Linda Perry & More: 61st GRAMMY Nominees Who Put Music Advocacy In Action
Activism on behalf of music creators is the mission of the Recording Academy's ongoing Advocacy efforts, enlisting the support of our membership who best understand and appreciate how policy affects their livelihoods. Here are 20 artists, producers and professionals who have joined the cause and are also recognized this Sunday with nominations at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.
The 2018 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards honored country quartet Little Big Town. Previous winners of three GRAMMYs, this year their song "When Someone Stops Loving You" is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna of the Love Junkies performed at the event and were two of the song's co-writers, earning them a nomination this year for Best Country Song. Also at GRAMMYs on the Hill 2018 were Fantastic Negrito, whose Please Don't Be Dead is up for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and classical producer David Frost, who is nominated for Producer Of The Year, Classical and Best Opera Recording for his work on Strauss, R.: Der Rosenkavalier.
The 2017 GRAMMYs on the Hill honoree was Keith Urban and this year his song "Parallel Line" is up for Best Country Solo Performance. Lauren Daigle also participated, and her Look Up Child is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and its song "You Say" is up for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
The 2007 GRAMMYs on the Hill honoree Quincy Jones is nominated this year under Best Music Film for Quincy, a documentary recounting his legendary life in music. The winner of last year's Best Comedy Album award, Dave Chappelle is nominated in the same category again this year for Equanimity & The Bird Revelation — Chappelle participated in the very first GRAMMYs on the Hill event.
Year round the Academy's National Advocacy Committee helps to guide and lead our policy activism and this year, two of its members received nominations. Co-chair Harvey Mason Jr. is up for Best Musical Theater Album for his production and mixing on Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. Committee member Lalah Hathaway has three R&B nominations including Best R&B Album for Honestly.
District Advocate Day is an exceptional opportunity for our members to make their voices heard and in 2018, more than 1,500 raised their voices together, meeting with lawmakers and candidates. Hawaiian artist Kalani Pe'a has been a stalwart advocate and his No 'Ane'i is up for Best Regional Roots Music Album this year. Another leader in music activism who participated is Memphis Chapter Board Member Sean Ardoin, whose Kreole Rock And Soul is up for Best Regional Roots Music Album as well. The album's lead track "Kick Rocks" is also up for Best American Roots Performance. Dom Flemons was active at District Advocate Day last year and his Black Cowboys is nominated this year for Best Folk Album.
Sara Bareilles played a special role in last year's GRAMMY Week briefing of Congressional Lawmakers. She's nominated alongside Mason Jr. for Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. The 2017 briefing enjoyed the participation of Kelsea Ballerini, nominated this year for Unapologetically under Best Country Album.
Sting and Shaggy are nominated together under Best Reggae Album for their collaboration 44/876. They participated in a GRAMMY Museum Up Close & Personal event on Oct. 7, 2018 where they spoke extensively on the theme of music advocacy.
PJ Morton is heading into the 61st GRAMMY Awards with four nominations, including Best R&B Album for Gumbo Unplugged (Live). His advocacy was instrumental on May 16, 2017, during the Louisiana Music Industry Day.
We thank all of our members and nominees for sharing their talents and using their voices to advocate for music creators at both a national and state level. Their activism helps to positively shape the futures and livelihoods for music creators today and for generations to come. As our Advocacy efforts continue and we celebrate this year's recognition at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, we are a team making a difference and looking forward to continuing our work in 2019.
Hosted by Alicia Keys — herself a 2015 GRAMMYs on the Hill honoree — the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.