54th GRAMMY Nominations Highlights Diverse Talent of Yamaha Artists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 21, 2011) - Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced by The Recording Academy®, reflecting a year in which Yamaha artists were recognized for their supreme musical skills across an eclectic range of genres.

Yamaha drummer Will Champion, member of the alternative rock band band Coldplay, earned three nominations for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song. Christian artist Chris Tomlin earned three nods for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

The legendary Paul McCartney was nominated for Best Historical Album for Band on the Run. Yamaha drummer Terri Lyne Carrington was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Mosaic Project, while guitarist and composer Pat Metheny was nominated for Best New Age Album.

Big band leader and Yamaha pianist Gordon Goodwin was recognized for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. The recognition of Yamaha artists spanned the musical categories, from Best Pop Instrumental (where three artists were nominated: Daniel Ho, Dave Koz and Brian Setzer), to Best Surround Sound Album (Dave Grusin).

"We are very proud of our Yamaha artists who were acknowledged for their tremendous talents. It is an honor to support them in their careers, and we wish them all the best of luck," comments Chris Gero, Vice President of Yamaha Entertainment Group.

This year's GRAMMY Awards will be held on Feb. 12, 2012, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8 - 11: 30 p.m. (ET/PT).

See below for a comprehensive list of 2012 GRAMMY nominated Yamaha artists:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Paradise," Coldplay

Best Pop Instrumental Album

"E Kahe Malie," Daniel Ho

"Hello Tomorrow," Dave Koz

"Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!," Brian Setzer

Best Rock Performance

"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

"Curl of the Burl," Mastodon

Best Rock Song

"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay (Writers: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin)

Best Traditional R&B Performance

"Surrender," Betty Wright and The Roots

Best New Age Album

What's It All About, Pat Metheny

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

"All or Nothing At All," Randy Brecker

"500 Miles High," Chick Corea

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The Mosaic Project, Terri Lyne Carrington and Various Artists

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Jazz Ballad Song Book, Randy Brecker With DR Big Band

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

"I Life My Hands," Chris Tomlin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

"I Life My Hands," Chris Tomlin (Writers: Louie Giglio, Matt Maher and Chris Tomlin)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

And If Our God Is for Us..., Chris Tomlin

Best Song Written For Visual Media

"Where the River Goes," from Footloose, Zac Brown (Writers: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Drew Pearson and Anne Preven)

Best Instrumental Composition

"Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)," Gordon Goodwin

"I Talk To The Trees," Randy Brecker

Best Instrumental Arrangement

"Rhapsody in Blue," Gordon Goodwin

Best Historical Album

Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection, Deluxe Edition), Paul McCartney, Sam Okell and Steve Rooke

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Follow Me Down, Brandon Bell, Gary Paczosa, Sangwook "Sunny" Nam and Doug Sax

Best Surround Sound Album

An Evening With Dave Grusin, Various Artists

54th GRAMMY Nominations Highlights Diverse Talent of Yamaha Artists
Coldplay, Chris Tomlin and Randy Brecker each garnered three nominations, while Gordon Goodwin garnered two