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First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Austin Wintory
Austin Wintory

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First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Austin Wintory

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

(The Recording Academy asked some of this year's first-time GRAMMY nominees to collect their thoughts and share what it feels like to be nominated for a GRAMMY.)

"GRAMMY-nominated composer Austin Wintory." I have heard that phrase dozens of times since the nominations announcement on Dec. 5, and yet it still seems to lack believability. I can't seem to look at those words with matter-of-fact acceptance the same way I could any other description of me.

In other words, it remains quite unreal. My fellow nominees are a pair of highly acclaimed "newcomers" (relatively speaking), a pair of deeply established industry leaders, and one bona fide living legend. No amount of interviews, congratulatory emails or Twitter high-fives will ever make the side-by-side listing of Austin Wintory and John Williams feel like part of this reality.

All of that said, the way I found out about the nomination was quite wonderful and something I relish as being part of this reality. Christopher Tin, a two-time GRAMMY-winning composer and dear friend, bears the distinction of being the first to successfully bring video game music into the GRAMMY world. His ever-popular song "Baba Yetu," originally written for the PC game "Civilization IV," made its way onto his album Calling All Dawns, and the song and album earned him two GRAMMYs. Because of this music's origins, he became the first to bridge the GRAMMYs with the world of video games. By total chance, Chris spotted the news of the nomination before anyone else I know and emailed to congratulate me. I promptly called him (I was driving at the time) and he broke the news. It was not something I'd planned, and yet wouldn’t change a single detail: The world's first composer to ever have GRAMMY-nominated (and winning!) video game music was the one to inform the composer of the first GRAMMY-nominated video game soundtrack in the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media category.

Nonetheless, everything since that moment has felt completely unreal.

(Austin Wintory is nominated for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for Journey, marking the first video game soundtrack to receive a GRAMMY nomination in that category.)

Come back to GRAMMY.com tomorrow as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Chano Domínguez. Tune in to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.

 

First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Bonnie McKee
Bonnie McKee

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First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Bonnie McKee

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

(The Recording Academy asked some of this year's first-time GRAMMY nominees to collect their thoughts and share what it feels like to be nominated for a GRAMMY.)

 

 

(Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee is nominated for Song Of The Year for Katy Perry's chart-topper "Roar," which she co-wrote with Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, and Henry Walter.)

Come back to GRAMMY.com on Jan. 26 as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominees Imagine Dragons. Tune in to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.

My First GRAMMY Nomination: Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato

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My First GRAMMY Nomination: Demi Lovato

Pop singer/songwriter reveals how she celebrated her first GRAMMY nomination and who else she'd like to see win a 59th GRAMMY

GRAMMYs/May 15, 2017 - 01:36 pm

(The Recording Academy asked some of this year's first-time GRAMMY nominees to collect their thoughts and share what it feels like to be nominated for a GRAMMY.)

(Demi Lovato is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for 2015's Confident, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.)

Tune in to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. 

First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro

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First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Tig Notaro

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

(The Recording Academy asked some of this year's first-time GRAMMY nominees to collect their thoughts and share what it feels like to be nominated for a GRAMMY.)

 

 

(Tig Notaro is nominated for Best Comedy Album for Live. Released in 2012, the album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Comedy Albums chart.)

Come back to GRAMMY.com on Jan. 23 as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Regina Spektor. Tune in to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.