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Two Grammy nominations for Miller with Albany Symphony

Two Grammy nominations for Miller with Albany Symphony

Honored in contemporary classical composition and classical instrumental solo categories
Two Grammy nominations for Miller with Albany Symphony
David Alan Miller conducts the Albany Symphony Orchestra last June at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady.
Photographer: erica miller/gazette photographer

David Alan Miller with the Albany Symphony has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, it was announced Wednesday.

The nominations are as follows: 

Contemporary classical composition — Bermel: Migration Series For Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra. Derek Bermel, composer. Derek Bermel, Ted Nash, David Alan Miller, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra & Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Classical instrumental solo — Torke: Sky, Concerto for Violin. Tessa Lark. David Alan Miller, conductor. Albany Symphony.

Meanwhile, freshman-class recording artists Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X collectively landed 20 Grammy Award nominations for 2020, as the Recording Academy, which determines nominees and, ultimately, award recipients, wholeheartedly embraced the music industry’s newest faces and sounds.

The singer, rapper and instrumentalist Lizzo, 31, whose sassy empowerment songs became unexpected chart-topping anthems, leads the field with eight nominations. Seventeen-year-old goth-pop phenom Eilish, who tied with rapper Lil Nas X for the second-most nominations with six, and Lizzo further distinguished their nascent careers by landing nominations in all of the Grammys’ top four general categories: record, album, song and best new artist, the first time in the awards’ 62-year history that two artists have done so in the same year.

Nominations were revealed in New York during a televised announcement on CBS by Deborah Dugan, the Recording Academy’s new president and chief executive; the academy’s board chair, Harvey Mason Jr.; Alicia Keys, who will host the upcoming ceremony; singer Bebe Rexha and “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King.

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