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Feb 12, 2017
Full Sail University Announces Graduate Results for The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

Full Sail University is proud to announce that 12 graduates worked on 8 GRAMMY®-winning projects across 8 categories at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which aired live on CBS, Sunday, February 12, 2017 and was hosted by James Corden.

Of these graduates, one alum, Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young (Recording Arts, 2005), earned a GRAMMY award of his very own for his work as mixer and producer on The Chainsmokers featuring Daya – Don’t Let Me Down, which won Best Dance Recording.

Full Sail University graduates have mixed, recorded, or assisted on 19 GRAMMY-winning Album of the Year releases over the past 27 years. In total, 41 Full Sail graduates were credited on 46 artists’ releases that were nominated across 36 separate categories.

The complete list of Full Sail alumni credited on this year’s GRAMMY-winning projects are as follows:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out

  • Brent Arrowood (Recording Arts, 2004) Assistant

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Willie Nelson – Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

  • Andrew Bollman (Recording Arts, 1998) Engineer
  • Seth Morton (Recording Arts, 2005) Assistant Engineer

Best Dance Recording

The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down

  • Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young Recording Arts, 2005) Engineer, Mixing, Vocal Producer, Vocals

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Beyoncé – Lemonade

  • Ben “Ben Billions” Diehl (Entertainment Business, 2005; Recording Arts, 2004) Composer, Producer, Engineer
  • Buny “Maddox” Chhim (Recording Arts, 2012) Mixing Assistant
  • David Nakaji (Recording Arts, 2009) Assistant, Mixing

Best Country Solo Performance 

Maren Morris ­– My Church

  • Dave Clauss (Recording Arts, 2006) Engineer, Mixing

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Gregory Porter – Take Me To The Alley

  • Todd Fairall (Recording Arts, 1992) Mixing
  • Timothy “Tip” Wyman (Recording Arts, 2003) Mixing Assistant

Best Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion

  • Tre Nagella (Recording Arts, 1999) Engineer, Mixing

Best Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley

  • Justin Hergett (Recording Arts, 2008) Engineer

Over 900 students, alumni, staff and faculty participated in the university’s annual on-campus GRAMMY Celebration, which coincided with another special tradition: the official start of Full Sail’s 8th Annual Hall of Fame Week on campus.

“Each year we join together as a university community to honor and celebrate the many Full Sail University graduates who have contributed to GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning projects,” said Dana Roun, Education Director, Audio Arts, Full Sail University.

For more information on the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony, please visit http://www.grammy.com and to learn more about Full Sail alumni who have worked on this year’s GRAMMY-nominated projects, visit: https://www.fullsailblog.com/full-sail-alumni-on-nominated-projects-at-the-59th-annual-grammy-awards

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate campus and online degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.

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