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Aussies and Kiwis figure in to 2023 Grammy Award nominations

Story Published Monday 28 November 2022
Top l-r: RÜFÜS DU SOL & Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, Frano Huett, Linda May Han Oh , Jordan Rakei; Middle: Styalz Fuego, George Nicholas, Cub Sport, Elvis soundtrack art; Bottom: Mia Fields, Hayley Warner, Meena Shamaly, Marlon Gerbes & Matiu Walters

Aotearoa's Frano Huett is a producer and co-writer on Kendrick Lamar's Album of the Year nominee Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Following their win last year for Best Dance/Electronic Recording, RÜFÜS DU SOL are dual nominees.

We spotlight the credits for Burna Boy, Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul, Future, Koffee and more.

We've taken a deep dive into this year's Grammy nominations and once again the research team has come up with Aussie and Kiwi gold. Thiry-nine APRA AMCOS members figure in to the 2023 Grammy Awards nominations - spanning the categories of rap, electronic, jazz, gospel, country, games and beyond.

The nominees

Aotearoa's Frano Huett is a producer and co-writer on 'Rich Spirit' from Album of the Year and Best Rap Album nominee Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar. Surely, it was no coincidence that the video dropped the day after Grammy nominations.

2022 Grammy winners RÜFÜS DU SOL (Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt) are going for back-to-back wins in the Best Dance/Electronic Recording category, this time for 'On My Knees' and once again on mixing duties is Aussie Cassian Stewart-Kasimba.

RÜFÜS DU SOL is nominated for Best Electronic Album for Surrender. Also showing up in the category is London -based Jordan Rakei, who is a co-writer and featured performer on 'Shadows' from Bonobo's nominated LP Fragments and Styalz Fuego is a co-writer/co-producer on 'Love Letter' on ODESZA's The Last Goodbye.

Nominated in Best Jazz Instrumental Album is 2020 Art Music Award-winner, bassist and composer Linda May Han Oh for Terri Lyne Carrington's New Standards Vol. 1. The album is "Carrington’s efforts to broaden male-dominated sheet-music repertoire by including women composers," with a stellar quintet of players featuring Linda on bass.

Up for the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical is Sydney-based producer, mixer and engineer George Nicholas (Winston Surfshirt, Genesis Owusu, Mansionair) for his engineering work on New Zealand artist BAYNK's Adolescence, which "situates itself as a sonic masterpiece." Cub Sport's Tim Nelson gets an engineering nod for 'Mine', which also features the Brisbane group. Aussie faves Cosmo's Midnight ('How Does It Feel?') and Golden Vessel ('Till It's Even') also have features on the album.

Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS is nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and it features a cast (!) of Aussie members. PNAU are co-writers/producers for their re-work of The King's 'Don't Fly Away' and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker contributed the 'Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix)'.

The soundtrack's production department includes composer Elliot Wheeler (Executive Music Producer), Anton Monsted (Music Supervisor), previous Grammy winner François Tétaz (Music Producer), Cameron Bruce (Production Music Supervisor) and Lachlan Carrick (Mastering Engineer).

Kendrick Lamar - Rich Spirit

RÜFÜS DU SOL - On My Knees

BAYNK - Mine feat. Cub Sport

The contributors

Let's take a closer look where songwriters and producers contribute to the nominees.

Where does the one and only Sia make an appearance this year? Sean Paul's Best Reggae Album nominee Scorcha, for co-writing and singing on 'Dynamite'.

2019 APRA Songwriter of the Year Sarah Aarons is a co-writer on 'Detour' from Maren Morris' Best Country Album nominee Humble Quest.

Hayley Warner is a co-writer on the Kelly Clarkson and Chris Stapleton Christmas collab 'Glow' from Clarkson's Best Traditional Pop Album nominee When Christmas Comes Around.

JOY. is a co-writer on 'Back to the Basics' on Future's Best Rap Album nominee I Never Liked You. In the same category is Jack Harlowe's Come Home the Kids Miss You, with the track 'I Got a Shot', which samples Gotye's own Grammy-winner 'Somebody That I Used to Know'.

Nigerian superstar Burna Boy's Best Global Album nom Love, Damini includes assists from two Kiwi songwriter/producers: guitarist Ashton Sellars as a co-writer and producer on 'Solid' feat. Blxst & Kehlani and Rory Noble on 'How Bad Could It Be'.

M-Phazes is a co-writer on 'Used to Be' on Lucky Daye's Best R&B Album nominee Candy Drip.

Styalz Fuego makes another appearance with his co-write on Best Remixed Recording 'Slow Song (Paul Woolford Remix)' by The Knocks feat. Dragonette.

We spy Marlon Gerbes and Matiu Walters of New Zealand's Six60 on Koffee's Best Reggae Album nominee Gifted, with a co-write on 'Lock Down'.

Composer and ABC Classic host Meena Shamaly is co-composer, vocalist and oud player on 'II: Mawwal' and 'III: Tarab - Pt. 1' on Christopher Tin's Old World, nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media.

The Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category includes Mia Fields co-writes on 'Prelude (Scatter)' and 'Scatter' from Anne Wilson's My Jesus; Maverick City Music called on previous Grammy winners Brooke Ligertwood as writer on 'I Will Exhalt' and Mitch Wong for 'Mighty One' and 'Make It Right' on their album Breathe. Mitch is also credited on Chris Tomlin's Always on a co-write with Ben Fields for 'I Believe in Jesus'.

And, yes, Mitch Wong also lends his talents to the Best Gospel Roots Album category on Karen Peck and New River's 2:22, with co-writes on 'The Keepers' and with Mia Fields on 'Bless His Holy Name'. Mia is a writer on 'Chain Breaker' from The Gaither Vocal Band's Let's Just Praise the Lord.

The Grammys take place 5 February, US time.