FilmCongratulations to all the 2020 Recording Academy / GRAMMYs nominees! We’re pleased to announce that many of the projects recorded, mixed and mastered at Abbey Road have been included within the nominations. From composer Alan Silvestri’s immense score for Avengers: Endgame recorded in Studio One, to our very own Simon Gibson, nominated for his work on The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters – read the full list below.
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:
Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King & Mary Poppins ReturnsAlan Silvestri once again returned to Abbey Road Studios to record the score for the final chapter of the Infinity saga. The film has gone on to have broken box office history by taking a record-breaking $1.2bn (£929m) in global ticket sales in its opening run.
Sessions for the soundtrack were engineered in Studio One by Dennis Sands and Peter Cobbin with Abbey Road's Senior Recordists John Barrett and Gordon Davidson and assistant engineer Stefano Civetta. Session in Studio Two assisted by Matt Jones and Dan Hayden.
Abbey Road senior engineer Andrew Dudman was at the helm for the entire mixing and recording process of Mary Poppins Returns, also nominated in this category. Composed by Marc Shaiman, Andrew spoke to us about his role in the film:
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Rob Marshall (Directing) again, for the first time with Marc Shaiman on the score and Marc with Scott Wittmann on the songs for the soon to be released Mary Poppins Returns film. The original Mary Poppins film has featured in most people's lives through its songs, and I’m incredibly fortunate to have contributed over the past two years to this amazing sequel.”
We were also honoured to work on the visually stunning remake of The Lion King, composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer. Donald Glover, who took on the role of Simba in the film, recorded his vocals whilst at Abbey Road working on Solo: A Star Wars Story: "I requested not to be [in the same room as Beyoncé]," he said. "I did not wanna be looking into Beyonce's eyes while doing this. But actually, I was working on Solo at the time so I was in London, so I recorded at Abbey Road Studios."
Best Instrumental Composition:
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic SuiteWritten for the Galaxy’s Edge theme park opened within Disneyland, the music has been created by longtime Star Wars composer John Williams. The soaring five minute piece was recorded in Studio One with the London Symphony Orchestra. Take a listen: http://disneymusic.co/GalaxysEdge
Conducted by William Ross, engineered by Abbey Road’s senior engineer Andrew Dudman with Senior Recordist Gordon Davidson and assistant engineer Stefano Civetta.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Rocketman & Spider-Man: Into The SpiderverseThe acclaimed soundtrack to the Elton John musical fantasy Rocketman, is up for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media. Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture features the vocal performances of the film’s star Taron Egerton and producer-composer Giles Martin reinterpreting Elton’s landmark hits. Martin recorded the album between 2017 and 2019 at Abbey Road and AIR Studios.
Daniel Pemberton is also nominated in the same category for this work on the soundtrack for Oscar and BAFTA award-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The innovative score for the film was mixed in Abbey Road's Studio Three and combines a plethora of techniques, including intricate DJ scratching, powerful electronic synths and soaring orchestral arrangements. Mixing sessions engineered by Sam Okell with assistant engineer Paul Pritchard. The score was also mastered in Room Five by Christian Wright.
Best R&B Performance:
Love Again - Daniel Caesar & BrandyCanadian R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar returned this year with his introspective sophomore album Case Study 01. We hosted a number of sessions for the record between Studio Two and Three with Daniel, Jacob Collier, River Tiber and Sean Leon. Stand-out single Love Again, featuring Brandy, has been nominated for Best R&B Performance.
Sessions engineered by Riley Bell and assisted by Abbey Road’s John Barrett and George Oulton – take a listen: https://spoti.fi/2LoQYvL
Best Dance/Electronic Album:
LP5 - Apparat"Apparat pushes his sound into something new and undiscovered with 'LP5'." - Exclaim!
The German producer born Sascha Ring returned this year with his first solo studio album under the Apparat name since 2013. Up for the coveted Best Dance/Electronic Album, the album has been mastered by Abbey Road’s Alex Wharton, take a listen now: https://spoti.fi/2FnrZVa
Best Historical Album:
Woodstock - Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive & The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol MastersWoodstock celebrated 50 years with a comprehensive new 38-disc boxset, that includes a near complete reconstruction of Woodstock across nearly 36 hours. Abbey Road’s James Clarke worked on the project using our innovative De-mix technology to restore recordings of the performances: “The breakthrough de-mixing process developed by James Clarke at Abbey Road Studios allowed us to isolate and extract the parts played by each instrument and then create a new stereo mix.” Find out more: https://bit.ly/2VYsWgJ
Our very own Simon Gibson is also included within the nominations for his mastering work on The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters. The career defining 8 CD box set that includes all seven of Bobbie Gentry’s studio albums sensitively re-mastered from the original tapes, supplemented by over 75 previously unreleased recordings.