Poster Nicola Benedetti
British violinist Nicola Benedetti poses with the award for best classical instrumental solo performance for "Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite" during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.
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2020 Grammy winners in classical and more

The complete list of winners of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in classical and related categories, presented on Jan. 26, 2020, is below.

In the weeks leading up to this year's Grammys, the Recording Academy, which presents the awards, was embroiled in a controversy that became public when it announced on Jan. 16 that its recently appointed CEO, Deborah Dugan, had been put on administrative leave following an accusation of misconduct. A few days later, Dugan filed a discrimination complaint against the Academy that contained a wide range of accusations, one of which was vote rigging.

Note: Numbers represent Grammy categories and are not all sequential in this listing. Not all categories are listed.


73. Best Engineered Album, Classical

• Aequa - Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Daniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (International Contemporary Ensemble)
• Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
• Rachmaninoff - Hermitage Piano Trio
Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Hermitage Piano Trio)
Winner: Riley: Sun Rings
Leslie Ann Jones, engineer; John Kilgore, Judith Sherman & David Harrington, engineers/mixers; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Kronos Quartet)
• Wolfe: Fire In My Mouth
Bob Hanlon & Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good & Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Nunez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People's Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)

74. Producer Of The Year, Classical

Winner: Blanton Alspaugh
• James Ginsburg
• Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
• Morten Lindberg
• Dirk Sobotka


75. Best Orchestral Performance

• Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
• Copland: Billy The Kid, Grohg
Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
Winner: Norman: Sustain
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
• Transatlantic
Louis Langree, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) • Weinberg: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor (City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Kremerata Baltica)

76. Best Opera Recording

• Benjamin: Lessons In Love & Violence
George Benjamin, conductor; Stephane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare & Gyula Orendt; Raphael Mouterde & James Whitbourn, producers (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House)
• Berg: Wozzeck
Marc Albrecht, conductor; Christopher Maltman & Eva-Maria Westbroek; Francois Roussillon, producer (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Chorus Of Dutch National Opera)
• Charpentier: Les Arts Florissants; Les Plaisirs de Versailles
Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Jesse Blumberg, Teresa Wakim & Virginia Warnken; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Winner: Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Gil Rose, conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children's Chorus)
• Wagner: Lohengrin
Christian Thielemann, conductor; Piotr Beczala, Anja Harteros, Tomasz Konieczny, Waltraud Meier & Georg Zeppenfeld; Eckhard Glauche, producer (Festspielorchester Bayreuth; Festspielchor Bayreuth)

77. Best Choral Performance

• Boyle: Voyages
Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)
Winner: Durufle: Complete Choral Works
Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir)
• The Hope of Loving
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
• Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Peter Jermihov, conductor (Evan Bravos, Vadim Gan, Kevin Keys, Glenn Miller & Daniel Shirley; PaTRAM Institute Singers)
• Smith, K.: The Arc In The Sky
Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

78. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

• Cerrone: The Pieces That Fall To Earth
Christopher Rountree & Wild Up
• Freedom & Faith PUBLIQuartet
• Perpetulum
Third Coast Percussion
• Rachmaninoff - Hermitage Piano Trio
Hermitage Piano Trio
Winner: Shaw: Orange
Attacca Quartet

79. Best Classical Instrumental Solo

• The Berlin Recital
Yuja Wang
• Higdon: Harp Concerto
Yolanda Kondonassis; Ward Stare, conductor (The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
Winner: Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite
Nicola Benedetti; Cristian Macelaru, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)
• The Orchestral Organ
Jan Kraybill
• Torke: Sky, Concerto for Violin
Tessa Lark; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

80. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

• The Edge of Silence - Works for Voice by Gyorgy Kurtag
Susan Narucki (Donald Berman, Curtis Macomber, Kathryn Schulmeister & Nicholas Tolle)
• Himmelsmusik
Philippe Jaroussky & Celine Scheen; Christina Pluhar, conductor; L'Arpeggiata, ensemble (Jesus Rodil & Dingle Yandell)
• Schumann: Liederkreis op. 24, Kerner-Lieder op. 35
Matthias Goerne; Leif Ove Andsnes, accompanist
Winner: Songplay
Joyce DiDonato; Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter & Craig Terry, accompanists (Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco) • A Te, O Cara
Stephen Costello; Constantine Orbelian, conductor (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra)

81. Best Classical Compendium

Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51 percent playing time of the album, if other than the artist.

• American Originals 1918
John Morris Russell, conductor; Elaine Martone, producer
• Leshnoff: Symphony No. 4 'Heilchalos'; Guitar Concerto; Starburst
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
• Meltzer: Songs and Structures
Paul Appleby & Natalia Katyukova; Silas Brown & Harold Meltzer, producers
Winner: The Poetry of Places
Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers
• Saariaho: True Fire; Trans; Ciel d'Hiver
Hannu Lintu, conductor; Laura Heikinheimo, producer

82. Best Contemporary Classical Composition

• Bermel: Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra
Derek Bermel, composer (Derek Bermel, Ted Nash, David Alan Miller, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra & Albany Symphony Orchestra)
Winner: Higdon: Harp Concerto
Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
• Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D Major
Wynton Marsalis, composer (Nicola Benedetti, Cristian Macelaru & Philadelphia Orchestra)
• Norman: Sustain
Andrew Norman, composer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
• Shaw: Orange
Caroline Shaw, composer (Attacca Quartet)
• Wolfe: Fire In My Mouth
Julia Wolfe, composer (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Nunez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People's Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)


30. Best New Age Album

• Fairy Dreams by David Arkenstone
• Homage to Kindness by David Darling
Winner: Wings by Peter Kater
• Verve by Sebastian Plano
• Deva by Deva Premal


31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo

• "Elsewhere" by Melissa Aldana, soloist
Winner: "Sozinho" by Randy Brecker, soloist
• "Tomorrow Is the Question" by Julian Lage, soloist
• "The Windup" by Branford Marsalis, soloist
• "Sightseeing" by Christian McBride, soloist

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album

• Thirsty Ghost by Sara Gazarek
• Love & Liberation by Jazzmeia Horn
• Alone Together by Catherine Russell
Winner: 12 Little Spells by Esperanza Spalding
• Screenplay by Tierney Sutton Band

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album

• In The Key Of The Universe by Joey DeFrancesco
• The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul by Branford Marsalis Quartet
• Christian McBride's New Jawn by Christian McBride's New Jawn
Winner: Finding Gabriel by Brad Mehldau
• Come What May by Joshua Redman Quartet

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

• Triple Helix by Anat Cohen Tentet
• Dancer In Nowhere by Miho Hazama
• Hiding Out by Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra
Winner: The Omni-American Book Club by Brian Lynch Big Band
• One Day Wonder by Terraza Big Band

35. Best Latin Jazz Album

Winner: Antidote by Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band
• Sorte!: Music by John Finbury by Thalma de Freitas With Vitor Goncalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca
• Una Noche Con Ruben Blades by Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis Featuring Ruben Blades
• Carib by David Sanchez
• Sonero: The Music Of Ismael Rivera by Miguel Zenon


54. Best World Music Album

• Gece by Altin Gun
• What Heat by Bokante & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley
• African Giant by Burna Boy
• Fanm D'Ayiti by Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet
Winner: Celia by Angelique Kidjo


58. Best Musical Theater Album

• Ain't Too Proud: The Life And Times of the Temptations (Original Broadway Cast)
Winner: Hadestown (Anais Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
• Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Original Broadway Cast)
• The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Imogen Heap)
• Oklahoma! (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist)


59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

• The Lion King: The Songs (Various Artists) Jon Favreau & Hans Zimmer, compilation producers
• Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Various Artists) Quentin Tarantino, compilation producer; Mary Ramos, music supervisor
• Rocketman by Taron Egerton, Giles Martin, compilation producer
• Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Various Artists) Spring Aspers & Dana Sano, compilation producers; Kier Lehman, music supervisor
Winner: A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Paul "DJWS" Blair, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Nick Monson, Lukas Nelson, Mark Nilan Jr. & Benjamin Rice, compilation producers; Julianne Jordan & Julia Michels, music supervisors

60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

• Avengers: Endgame by Alan Silvestri, composer
Winner: Chernobyl by Hildur Guenadottir, composer
• Game of Thrones: Season 8 by Ramin Djawadi, composer
• The Lion King by Hans Zimmer, composer
• Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman, composer

61. Best Song Written For Visual Media

• "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" by Randy Newman, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)
Track from: Toy Story 4
• "Girl In The Movies" by Dolly Parton & Linda Perry, songwriters (Dolly Parton)
Track from: Dumplin'
Winner: "I'll Never Love Again(Film Version)" by Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
Track from: A Star Is Born
• "Spirit" by Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters (Beyonce)
Track from: The Lion King
• "Supsirium" by Thom Yorke, songwriter (Thom Yorke)
Track from: Suspiria


62. Best Instrumental Composition

• "Begin Again" by Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza)
• "Crucible for Crisis" by Brian Lynch, composer (Brian Lynch Big Band)
• "Love, A Beautiful Force" by Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)
Winner: "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite" by John Williams, composer (John Williams)
• "Walkin' Funny" by Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride)

63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

• "Blue Skies" by Kris Bowers, arranger (Kris Bowers)
• "Hedwig's Theme" by John Williams, arranger (Anne-Sophie Mutter & John Williams)
• "La Novena" by Emilio Solla, arranger (Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra)
• "Love, A Beautiful Force" by Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)
Winner: "Moon River" by Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Winner: "All Night Long" by Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)
• "Jolene" by Geoff Keezer, arranger (Sara Gazarek)
• "Marry Me A Little" by Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo, arrangers (Cyrille Aimee)
• "Over The Rainbow" by Vince Mendoza, arranger (Trisha Yearwood)
• "12 Little Spells (Thoracic Spine)" by Esperanza Spalding, arranger (Esperanza Spalding)


72. Best Immersive Audio Album

• Chain Tripping
Luke Argilla, immersive audio engineer; Jurgen Scharpf, immersive audio mastering engineer; Jona Bechtolt, Claire L. Evans & Rob Kieswetter, immersive audio producers (YACHT)
• Kverndokk: Symphonic Dances
Jim Anderson, immersive audio engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Ulrike Schwarz, immersive audio producer (Ken-David Masur & Stavanger Symphony Orchestra)
Winner: Lux
Morten Lindberg, immersive audio engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio producer (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)
• The Orchestral Organ
Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio engineer; Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio mastering engineer; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, immersive audio producers (Jan Kraybill)
• The Savior
Bob Clearmountain, immersive audio engineer; Bob Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Michael Marquart & Dave Way, immersive audio producers (A Bad Think)

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