Four alumni from New York University earned 2023 Grammy Awards – including the top prize of Record of the Year – at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards presented on February 5, 2023 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
The winners came from more than 30 nominees that stretched across categories and genres, and included songwriters, engineers, and producers. (Many others with NYU affiliations contributed additional nominated projects.)
Blake Slatkin (Gallatin) won the Record of the Year Award as producer for About Damn Time by Lizzo.
Jazz icon and Music Education alum Wayne Shorter (BS '56, HON '10) won Best Improvised Jazz Solo Award for Endangered Species. Shorter now has 12 Grammy Awards.
Instrumental Performance alum and pianist, composer, and orchestrator Steven Feifke (BMUS '13) shared the award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album with collaborator Bijon Watson for Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra.
Sean Patrick Flahaven (TSOA '97) served as producer of Into the Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording), which was honored as Best Musical Theater Album.
There were several other NYU Steinhardt connections in the star-studded ceremony. Music Business alum Andrew Watt (Steinhardt, TSOA '12) co-wrote "Patient Number 9," the title track on Ozzy Osbourne’s record, winner of the Best Rock Album Award.
Music Theory and Composition alum Jessie Montgomery (MM '12) won a 2023 Best Orchestral Performance Grammy Award for compositions she contributed to Works by Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman.
And the newest Grammy, Best Song for Social Change, was given to Shervin Hajipour for Baraye. The Special Merit Award, presented by First Lady Jill Biden, was proposed by Steinhardt Professor Carlos Chirinos.
NYU Professor and Students Help Create a New Grammy® Special Merit Award for Best Song for Social Change
The Recording Academy announced the creation of a special merit award for Best Song for Social Change. The award was proposed by Music Business Professor Carlos Chirinos. Students cataloged 400 songs dealing with social change.
Several members of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions are among the nominees for the Grammy Awards.
Five Grammys were awarded to four NYU Steinhardt alumni at the 62nd Annual Grammy Award Ceremony.