The 2020 Grammy Awards roundup: Aussie and Kiwi nominees and contributors

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019

The 2020 Grammy Awards nominations were announced in the wee hours local time Thursday 21 November, and as is the case in recent years, there's a slew of homegrown talent in the mix  from the headliners we know and love to the more under-the-radar influencers.

The nominees

First, we have dual nominee RÜFÜS DU SOL, who have had their biggest year yet with the release of LP number three Solace and major festival and headlining shows around the world. 

The trio of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt are nominated for Best Dance Recording for the sublime 'Underwater,' along with fellow Aussie artist/producer Cassian Stewart-Kasimba for his mixing duties, and US producer Jason Evigan.

Best Electronic Album category is two-fifths Aussie, with RÜFÜS DU SOL's Solace nominated along with Flume's Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape). Flume won this category in 2017 for his album Skin.

Sam Teskey of Melbourne's The Teskey Brothers is a nominee for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on the quartet's brilliant sounding second LP Run Home Slow.

And, Aussie auteur (and APRA AMCOS member) Baz Luhrmann is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album as producer of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, currently playing on Broadway.

Aussie-American brothers for King or Country have garnered two noms: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance or Song for 'God Only Knows,' their collaboration with Dolly Parton (!), and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Burn the Ships.

The contributors

These are the folks who played a key role, collaborating or contributing to a 2020 nominee. New Zealand's Joel Little has shaped the sound of pop music in recent years, and he worked extensively with Taylor Swift on her blockbuster album Lover.

He's co-writer and co-producer on 'You Need To Calm Down,' which garnered a Best Pop Solo Performance nom for Taylor. Lover is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, which in addition to 'YNTCD,' Little also co-wrote/co-produced 'The Man,' 'Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince,' and 'Me!' 

Little also contributed to British artist Nao's Best Urban Contemporary Album nominee Saturn, as co-writer/co-producer on the track 'Yellow of the Sun,' as did 2019 APRA Songwriter of the Year Sarah Aarons with a co-write on 'Drive and Disconnect.'

On the Flume mixtape, his 'Hyperreal' collaborator Kučka features on 'Voices.' Celia Pavey - who performs as Vera Blue - is credited on '71m3' as the track samples their collab 'Rushing Back,' which hadn't been released at the time the mixtape came out. And LA-based Australian producer HWLS co-produced and is a writer on the beguiling 'High Beams,' featuring slowthai.

James Blake's Assume Form is nominated for Best Alternative Album, with features including André 3000, Travis Scott and Moses Sumney. And nestled within the album's credits is Sydney area resident Sister Irene O'Connor, with a credit on 'Where's the Catch?' O'Connor's 1973 LP Fire of God's Love is an oft-sampled early electronic music gem that continues to influence, and Blake incorporated her 'Fire (Luke 12:49)' into his work featuring Andre 3000.

Melbourne   more precisely Werribee  producer and beat maker Keanu Beats is a co-writer and co-producer on Beyoncé's song 'Nile' (featuring Kendrick Lamar) on The Lion King: The Gift, nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. He is also credited as co-writer and co-producer on 'Oh Wow...Swerve' from Revenge of the Dreamers III, a Best Rap Album nominee by J.Cole's Dreamville collective.  Keanu spoke to Complex recently about his career and how he came to work with Migos, Denzel Curry, Logic and Skepta.

US violinist Michael Cleveland's Tall Fiddler is nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year. The album's title is an homage to the track of the same name by the legendary Tommy Emmanuel, who performs on the album's thrilling rendition

2019 Grammy winner Paul Mabury is a contributor to Best Gospel Album nominee Goshen by Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers. He has a writing credit on 'My Revival' originally released by Lauren Daigle. And in the same category, Mia Fieldes has a writing credit on the powerful 'Chain Breaker,' from William Murphy's Settle Here.

Melbourne songwriter Mitch Wong is co-writer on 'Impact' from Chris Tomlin's Best Contemporary Christian Music Album nominee Holy Roar.

And rounding out the contributors is Sydney bassist and composer Alex Boneham, whose short piece 'Intro: Chrysalis' is on Sara Gazarek's Best Jazz Vocal Album nominee, Thirsty Ghost.

RÜFÜS DU SOL (Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, James Hunt) Best Dance Recording Underwater RÜFÜS DU SOL
Cassian Stewart-Kasimba Best Dance Recording Underwater RÜFÜS DU SOL
RÜFÜS DU SOL (Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, James Hunt) Best Electronic Album Solace RÜFÜS DU SOL
Flume Best Electronic Album Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape) Flume
Sam Teskey Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Run Home Slow The Teskey Brothers
Baz Luhrmann Best Musical Theater Album Moulin Rouge! The Musical Original Broadway Cast
Joel Little Best Pop Solo Performance You Need to Calm Down Taylor Swift
Joel Little Best Pop Vocal Album You Need to Calm Down (album: Lover) Taylor Swift
Joel Little Best Pop Vocal Album Me! (album: Lover) Taylor Swift
Joel Little Best Pop Vocal Album The Man (album: Lover) Taylor Swift
Joel Little Best Pop Vocal Album Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince (album: Lover) Taylor Swift
Joel Little Best Urban Contemporary Album Yellow of the Sun (album: Saturn) Nao
Sarah Aarons Best Urban Contemporary Album Drive and Disconnnect (album: Saturn) Nao
Kučka Best Electronic Album Voices (album: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)) Flume
Celia Pavey (pka Vera Blue) Best Electronic Album 71m3 (album: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)) Flume
HWLS Best Electronic Album High Beams (album: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)) Flume
Sister Irene O'Connor Best Alternative Album  Where's the Catch? (album: Assume Form) James Blake
Keanu Beats Best Pop Vocal Album Nile (album: The Lion King: The Gift) Beyoncé
Keanu Beats Best Rap Album Oh Wow...Swerve (album: Revenge of the Dreamers III) Dreamville
Tommy Emmanuel Best Bluegrass Album Tall Fiddler (album: Tall Fiddler) Michael Cleveland
Paul Mabury Best Gospel Album My Revival (album: Goshen) Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers
Mia Fieldes Best Gospel Album Chain Breaker (album: Settle Here) William Murphy
Mitch Wong Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Impact (album: Holy Roar) Chris Tomlin
Alex Boneham Best Jazz Vocal Album Intro: Chrysalis (album: Thirsty Ghost) Sara Gazarek

The Grammys take place on Sunday 26 January in LA, which will be daytime viewing in AU and NZ on Monday 27 January.

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