Getting Ready for the GRAMMYs

No matter what kind of music or sound you love, there's a GRAMMY Award for it! The GRAMMY Awards cover 84 categories, from Best Pop Solo Performance to Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, which makes for a very long list of nominees. The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 28 and will be broadcast live on CBS at a new time: 5:30–9 p.m. MT. We've picked out a few nominees to feature here and you'll find many more of the featured artists and albums in our collection, so get listening!

Record of the Year - Bruno Mars is nominated for XXIVK Magic, his third studio album. It is also nominated for Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, and Best Engineered Album/Non-Classical, so it's a good bet Bruno will be taking something home from NYC!

Best Comedy Album - the always popular Kevin Hart is nominated for What Now?, which was filmed in front of 50,000 fans at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. Among other things, Hart dishes on suburban wildlife, jean shorts and the fine art of getting even with a 7-year-old.

Best Music Film - shot in 3D, color and black and white, One More Time with Feeling probes the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the making of Skeleton Tree, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ 16th studio album, and features live performances by the band in the studio.

Best Recording Package - this award is for the visual look of an album, and is presented to the art director of the winning album, not to the performer. Making a return to the GRAMMYs following their 2013 Best Alternative Music Album nomination for Trouble Will Find Me, The National is back with Sleep Well Beast, also on this year's list for Best Alternative Music Album.

Best Historical Album - Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From the Horn of Africa is a compilation of 50 years of worth of archival tapes and masters buried by radio deejays for protection during the Somali Civil War. The album encompasses a wide range of sounds and styles, offering a multi-dimensional view of Somali pop music from the '70s and '80s.

Looking for a future GRAMMY nominee? Grab an earful of tunes from Denver Public Library's music vault, Volume! There are over 200 albums from local bands and musicians for library cardholders to download and stream, DRM-free. If you're looking to lay down some tracks of your own, the library can help - visit The Studio at the Central Library Community Technology Center. We even have a tutorial to help you get started on that recording career.

Written by Dodie on December 5, 2017

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