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Avid Congratulates Its Many Customers Nominated for the 58th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avid® (Nasdaq:AVID) today congratulated its many customers recognized as award nominees for the 58th Annual GRAMMY® Awards for their outstanding achievements in the recording arts. The world’s most prestigious ceremony for music excellence will honor numerous artists, producers and engineers who have embraced Avid EverywhereTM, using Avid Artist® Suite audio solutions. The ceremony will take place on February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

This year, an overwhelming number of GRAMMY nominated projects were created using the industry-standard digital audio software, Avid Pro Tools®, including every nomination for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Nominees include Blank Space by Taylor Swift, Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, Sugar by Maroon 5, and Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson.

"I see that five projects I have worked on this year have been nominated,” said producer, mixer and musician Mike Dean, whose nominations include Album of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weeknd and Best Rap Song for All Day by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney. “It's very cool to keep getting recognition year after year. I would like to thank Kanye West, Noah Goldstein, The Weeknd, Big Sean, Travis Scott and the countless others who worked on these projects with us. All of the songs were in Pro Tools at some point, so thanks to Avid for staying at the forefront of technology. And last, thanks to The Recording Academy for all of the great work they do for music."

Vance Powell, engineer and mixer, GRAMMY Award nominee for Album of the Year for Traveller by Chris Stapleton said: "I’m honored to have been nominated along with Chris and Dave Cobb for this record. I think we really nailed the classic country vibe, without trying too hard to sound vintage. But like those classic records it was a snapshot of a moment in time—real players playing with a real artist in a real studio. And Pro Tools made it easy."

“It’s an honor that the world’s top music professionals choose the industry-standard digital audio software, Pro Tools to record and produce the best music of the year,” said Avid Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Louis Hernandez, Jr. “As a company that’s passionate about world-class content creation and technical innovation, we honor and congratulate our GRAMMY nominated customers on their outstanding achievements and wish them the best of luck on the night.”

GRAMMY Award nominees relied on Avid Artist Suite creative tools to create:

Record of the Year

  • Really Love by D'Angelo and the Vanguard
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  • Blank Space by Taylor Swift
  • Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd

Album of the Year

  • Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes
  • To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
  • Traveller by Chris Stapleton
  • 1989 by Taylor Swift
  • Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd

Song of the Year

  • Alright by Kendrick Lamar
  • Blank Space by Taylor Swift
  • Girl Crush by Little Big Town
  • See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
  • Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Pop Solo Performance

  • Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson
  • Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
  • Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  • Blank Space by Taylor Swift
  • Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd

Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Ship to Wreck by Florence + the Machine
  • Sugar by Maroon 5
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • Bad Blood by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

Pop Vocal Album

  • Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson
  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + the Machine
  • Uptown Special by Mark Ronson
  • 1989 by Taylor Swift

Rock Performance

  • Don't Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes
  • What Kind Of Man by Florence + the Machine

Rock Song

  • Don't Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes
  • What Kind of Man by Florence + the Machine

Alternative Music Album

  • Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes
  • Vulnicura by Björk

R&B Song

  • Really Love by D'Angelo and the Vanguard

Urban Contemporary Album

  • Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd

R&B Album

  • Black Messiah by D'Angelo and the Vanguard

Rap Performance

  • Back to Back by Drake
  • Alright by Kendrick Lamar
  • All Day by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • Glory by Common and John Legend
  • These Walls by Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat

Rap Song

  • All Day by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney
  • Alright by Kendrick Lamar
  • Glory by Common and John Legend

Best Song Written for Visual Media

  • Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) by The Weeknd

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the industry's most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption. Media organizations and creative professionals use Avid solutions to create the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, to the most popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, as well as a majority of today’s most celebrated music recordings and live concerts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, ProSet and RealSet, Maestro, PlayMaker, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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