We're proud to say that several of this year's Grammy nominees used API gear in tracking and mastering their lauded albums. Bruno Mars is up for four Grammy awards this year, with his album 24k Magic nominated for both "Album of the Year" and "Best R&B Album." His Engineer Charles Moniz used API 512c mic pres and 550b EQs in recording the album. Moniz will also be using API TranZformer Series guitar and bass pedals for Bruno's live performance at the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony.
Next, Sonny Landreth's album Recorded Live in Lafayette, nominated for "Best Contemporary Blues Album," was tracked by Engineer Tony Daigle on a 1608 (that, interestingly enough, was previously used on a Grammy nominated U2 album).
Also, Heavy metal band Mastodon is nominated for "Best Rock Album" with Emperor of Sand. Engineer Tom Tapley tracked with a vintage 2488 console and used a 1608 console for dubbing. To cap it off, another "Album of the Year" nominee, Lorde's Melodrama, was recorded at Rough Customer Studio, Jack Antonoff's home studio, which includes a 3124 and 512c mic pres.
API is again honored that our gear has been a part of shaping these Grammy-nominated albums. We look forward to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on January 28th.