Exploring The Production, Non-Classical Field

Go inside the nominations in the production, non-classical categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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February 04, 2012 -- 3:55 am PST

You've seen the list of nominees; now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Production, Non-Classical Field for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The recording studio is often called the engine room of music for a good reason: it's hard to see the people who are running it but without them, music can't move forward. Producers have been compared to movie directors but with less sleep, as the best takes sometimes don't happen until well after midnight, while engineers are there to help capture harness the magic and weave sonic gold. And remixers do a little bit of all the above, while also helping to twist and turn a track upside down.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Brandon Bell and Gary Paczosa recorded Sarah Jarosz's Follow Me Down, which was mastered by Sangwook "Sunny" Nam and Doug Sax. Paczosa has won eight GRAMMYs in his career, including work with the Dixie Chicks, Allison Krauss & Union Station and Dolly Parton. Sax won two GRAMMYs in 2004 for his work on Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, the same year he also received a Technical GRAMMY Award for his career work. Gillian Welch's evocative The Harrow & The Harvest was engineered by Matt Andrews, who won a GRAMMY in 2005 for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Delbert McClinton's Cost Of Living. Welch's album was mastered by Stephen Marcussen, whose work has graced recordings by GRAMMY winners such as Aerosmith, B.B. King, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder. While "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has taken animation to another cultural level, the scores for his shows are sheer musical theater heaven. MacFarlane's Music Is Better Than Words was engineered by Rich Breen and mastered by Bob Ludwig, a legend in his own right and winner in the 2005 Best Surround Sound Album category for Brothers In Arms — 20th Anniversary Edition. Recording artist Seth Glier helped his own cause by co-engineering his nominated album, The Next Right Thing, along with Kevin Killen, who won in the Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album category in 2005 for Shakira's Fijación Oral Vol. 1; the eclectic Brendan Muldowney, whose work behind the board has ranged from Black 47 to William Shatner; and John Shyloski, who also mastered The Next Right Thing. Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane was engineered by Neal Cappellino, who won in 2005 for Best Bluegrass Album for Del McCoury Band's The Company We Keep, and Mike Shipley, who won a GRAMMY in 2000 for Best Country Album for his work on Faith Hill's Breathe. Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters mastered Paper Airplane.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Danger Mouse (née Brian Joseph Burton) won in this category in 2010 and won two GRAMMYs in 2006 as co-creator, with Cee-Lo Green, of the fabulous Gnarls Barkley. Green, in turn, is part of the oeuvre of Paul Epworth, who also produced hits for GRAMMY nominees Adele and Foster The People and Adele. The Smeezingtons — consisting of Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars —jumped genres between recordings for Mars, Lil Wayne and Far East Movement featuring Snoop Dog and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. Tedder himself — who is looking for his first GRAMMY win — is represented in this category by his work with Colbie Caillat, Beyoncé, Adele, and Demi Lovato Featuring Dev. Butch Vig, producer of the grunge cornerstone, Nirvana's Nevermind, and drummer for alt-rockers Garbage, is nominated for his work on another band with a multifaceted drummer: Foo Fighters, fronted by Nirvana alum Dave Grohl.

Best Remixed Recording

Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex) is up for six GRAMMY Awards this year. He's represented for his bass-heavy remix of Benny Benassi's "Cinema." Afrojack is looking to go for back-to-back wins in this category with his remix of Leona Lewis' "Collide." He scored a win in this category last year for "Revolver (David Guetta's One Love Club Remix)." Photek (Rupert Parkes) received his first career GRAMMY nomination for his remix of Daft Punk's "End Of Line," which is featured on the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Also picking up their first GRAMMY nominations are Abel Aguilera and Ralphi Rosario for their "Rosabel Club" remix of Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)." The worlds of rock and remix collide with Deadmau5's remix of Foo Fighters' "Rope." Deadmau5 is looking for his first GRAMMY win, following his first career nomination in 2008 for "The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)."

Who will take home the awards in the Production, Non-Classical Field? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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