USC Thornton Faculty and Alumni Receive GRAMMY Nominations

USC Thornton alumni and faculty have garnered six nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards in categories ranging from Instrumental Composition to Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. These Thornton-affiliated nominees represent the finest performances and productions over the past year.

Nominees include: Thornton alumnus Herb Alpert, who received his ninth GRAMMY nomination this year in the “Best Pop Instrumental Album” category for his album Steppin’ Out; Thornton alumnus Thomas Newman for “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media” for his work as composer of the film Skyfall; Jazz studies faculty Vince Mendoza, who received his 26th GRAMMY nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)” for the track “Spain (I Can Recall)”; Jazz studies alumnus Gerald Clayton in the “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” category for his album Life Forum; and Keyboard Studies faculty Aron Kallay and Thornton alumna Vicky Ray, alongside William Winant and Tom Peters, were nominated for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” for the recording Cage: The 10,000 Things.

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