This year’s Jewish Grammy nominees span all genres



(JTA) — This year’s list of Jewish Grammy nominees offers a little something for everyone.

The nominees for the 2023 Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday, include prominent Jewish names in pop and rap, but they also recognize Jewish musicians and writers in classical music and other less popular genres.

Here’s the full (and varied) list:

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Jack Antonoffa New Jersey Jewish school graduate who has become one of pop’s most in-demand producers and songwriters, thanks to his work with Taylor Swift and Lorde, is up for Producer of the Year – a price he won last year.

Doja Cata Jewish rapper and pop star, is up for five: including Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video, all for her song “Woman.”

Mel Brooksstill going strong at 96, is nominated in the best audiobook category for “All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business.”

James Ginsburgson of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an accomplished classical music producer and record label owner, is up for Classical Producer of the Year.

Hans Zimmerthe prolific blockbuster scorer and winner of four previous Grammys (and two Oscars), is nominated in the Best Soundtrack Compilation category for his work on “Top Gun: Maverick.”

randy rainbowthe musical comedian, who often pokes fun at political figures, is up for Best Comedy Album for ‘A Little Brains, A Little Talent’.

Tony Kushnerthe playwright who through his collaborations with Steven Spielberg has become one of Hollywood’s most prominent Jewish screenwriters, is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album, for a cover of the 2003 musical he co-wrote with Jeanine Tesori, “Caroline, or Change.” The show features a range of music, from spirituals to Motown to klezmer.

(The soundtrack of Spielberg and Kushner’s “West Side Story” remake is also nominated in the compilation category.)

Flora Purima Brazilian Jewish jazz and world music icon known for recording and collaborating with greats like Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album, for “If You Will,” her first solo release in more than a decade.

Dan Auerbach, the frontman of rock duo The Black Keys, is nominated in the same category as Antonoff, for his production work outside of his band. Auerbach’s father is Jewish, and the rocker noted earlier this year that he lost several relatives in the Holocaust. (The Black Keys are up for two separate awards, including Best Rock Album for their latest, “Dropout Boogie.”)

The 65th Grammy Awards will take place on February 5 in Los Angeles and will air on CBS. PJC

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