London-based Indian music producer, mix and mastering engineer Prashant Mistry says that getting nominated for a Grammy this year is an incredible honour and there is no feeling quite like it. His album "Symbol" is nominated for the Best Immerse Audio Album at the 61st Grammy Awards, which will be held here on February 10. It will be aired on Vh1 India in the country on February 11.
"It's an incredible honour to have my album nominated for a Grammy, and to see (singer) Jorja Smith whom I engineer for, nominated for Best New Artist. In fact, there is no feeling quite like it," Mistry said in a statement.
"As a musician, when you start out, you dream of things like this. You then spend your whole life learning and studying, trying to perfect your craft. This album 'Symbol" is especially important for me as it's a call for empathy in times when powers seek to drive us apart," added Mistry, whose hometown is Rajkot.
Meanwhile, the Recording Academy, among several changes in its awards process, has increased the number of nominations for its top categories -- Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist -- from five to eight. According to variety.com, the announcement was sent to Academy members on Tuesday.
"This change will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year's best recordings," the announcement read.
The decision is likely to have been a reflection of the uproar over the low number of female nominees and winners for the 2018 awards, even though those nominations were possibly musically and racially diverse with Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA, Jay-Z's producer No I.D. leading the pack.
(With IANS Inputs)
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