Once again January has arrived and the annual award season is upon us. 2018's Grammy Awards marked the 60th anniversary of the show and were packed with surprise wins and star-studded appearances.
The ceremony was led by Bruno Mars with 24k Magic, Kendrick Lamar with Damn (Which we recently featured in our best albums of 2017) And Ed Sheeran with his latest album Divide - all of whom went home with multiple awards in hand.
As with every year the celebrations marked a plethora of incredible releases with the usual glitz and glamour that we've come to expect, and it makes us extremely proud that handful of nominations and wins were bagged by albums created right here at Abbey Road by our incredible engineers.
Winning ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Divide, and ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance’ for Shape of You, Ed Sheeran cemented his reputation as one of the biggest artists on the planet with two Grammys to add to his, presumably strained, awards shelf.
Divide was partially recorded at Abbey Road Studios, with the orchestral sections of the album tracked in Studio Two. String sections on the songs Perfect, Happier and Drive and Woodwind, Brass Mandolins, Harp and Piano on Perfect made up the expansive instrumentation that Ed used on this latest album. The session was engineered by Joe Ruben and assisted by Matt Jones and George Oulton.
Mura Masa also added his name to the list of Grammy Nominees who have frequented Abbey Road Studios. His 2017 self-titled release was nominated for the ‘Best Dance Album’ category and narrowly missed out to Kraftwerk’s 3-D: The Catalogue, the band's second official live album.
The lead single from this album, Love$ick, was partially recorded at Abbey Road with A$AP Rocky recording his feature for the track in Studio Two. The session was engineered by Lewis Jones and assisted by George Oulton.
Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, also narrowly missed out on a win in the ‘Traditional Pop Album’ category, losing to Tony Bennett celebrates 90 – a live recording made in New York’s Radio City Music Hall featuring Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé and many other special guests.
Seth’s 2017 album In Full Swing was recorded in Studio Two and is his fourth studio album. The session was engineered by John Barrett and assisted by Stefano Civetta.