College of Performing Arts Alumni Win Big at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards
Year after year, alumni of Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama continue to be recognized at the Grammys for their exceptional work. This year, at the 61st Grammy Awards, four alumni from the College of Performing Arts took home five Grammys.
After winning Non-Classical Producer of the Year last year, School of Jazz and Contemporary Music alum Greg Kurstin won for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical this year. Former Jazz student Cécile McLorin Salvant also won Best Vocal Jazz Album for her album The Window.
Mannes School of Music alum JoAnn Falletta, BM Performance ‘76, won for Best Classical Compendium for “Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘spiritualist’; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush.” This marks three Grammys and eleven nominations for the longtime Buffalo Philharmonic conductor.
Finally, School of Drama alum Bradley Cooper, MFA Acting ‘00, continues to win awards for his incredibly successful directorial debut, A Star Is Born. He won Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Shallow,” the hit song that is also nominated at this year’s Academy Awards.