Grammy Awards 2024: MTSU alumni win big across genres

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – From rock artists to songwriters and engineers, several graduates from Middle Tennessee State University won big at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards.

The prestigious ceremony was held in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4 and featured headline performances from artists including SZA, Miley Cyrus, Billy Joel, a Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman collaboration and much more.

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Several awards were handed out at the ceremony, dubbed as “music’s biggest night.” In fact, MTSU alumni captured several Grammys across multiple genres.

The university announced that Julien Baker, a 2019 English graduate, captured three Grammys out of five nominations as a member of boygenius, an indie supergroup with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.

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The indie supergroup won Grammys for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Alternative Music Album.

Lecrae, who is already a two-time winner, won two more Grammys for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Your Power” and also for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “Church Clothes 4.”

According to MTSU, Jason Hall, a 2000 Recording Industry graduate, and Jimmy Mansfield, a 2014 audio production graduate, have both been part of past Grammy nominations.

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However, Hall and Mansfield both left with Grammys Sunday night for engineering, mixing and vocals work for Lainey Wilson’s “Bell Bottom Country,” which won Best Country Album.

Although he wasn’t highlighted for a nomination, the university noted Josh Kear — a 1996 History graduate with a Recording Industry minor — was part also a part of Lainey Wilson’s Bell Bottom Country” album for his composing work for the song “Watermelon Moonshine.”

“What a great way to celebrate the Grammys, seeing Julien Baker and Lecrae combine for five awards in the early ceremony,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. “It’s a True Blue Grammys to celebrate our Recording Industry’s 50th anniversary.”

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The university noted there were also several MTSU alumni who were Grammy nominees this year.

To see a complete list of winners and nominees from the 2024 Grammys, click here.

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