One-Third of the Recording Academy Trustees Are Grammy Winners: Find Out Which Ones

John Legend
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John Legend arrives at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on Jan. 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.

The board includes two former best new artist winners.

A little more than one-third of the individuals on the Recording Academy’s newly constituted board of trustees know first-hand how it feels to hear their name follow the magical phrase, “And the Grammy goes to…” These 14 fortunate people include John Legend, an 11-time Grammy winner (and, since 2018, an EGOT), PJ Morton, who has won two Grammys on his own (and four nominations as a long-time member of Maroon 5), and gospel singer Yolanda Adams.

Nine more trustees have been nominated for Grammys, but have yet to win. The remaining 17 trustees have yet to be nominated for a Grammy.

Here are the 40 Recording Academy trustees, grouped in those three categories. In the first grouping, winners are listed in descending order by the number of Grammys they have won; in the second, nominees who have yet to win are listed by the number of nominations they have received; in the third, non-nominees are listed in alphabetical order. In all three groupings, the names of newly-elected trustees are denoted with asterisks.

Trustees who have won Grammys:

John Legend*, 11: Legend won three Grammys (including best new artist) at the 2005 awards and three more at the 2010 awards.

Leslie Ann Jones, 5: Jones’ wins include three awards for best engineered album, classical. Fun fact: Jones is the daughter of Spike Jones, a top comedy/novelty recording star of the ‘40s and ‘50s.

Yolanda Adams*, 4: Adams’ wins include two awards for best contemporary soul gospel album. She won for Mountain High…Valley Low (1999) and The Experience (2001).

John Burk, 4: Burk won all four of Grammys to date for his work on Ray CharlesGenius Loves Company (2004), which he co-produced. He was the sole producer of the record of the year winner, “Here We Go Again,” Charles’ collab with Norah Jones.

Jimmy Douglass, 4: Douglass’ wins include back-to-back awards for best dance recording for his mixing work on Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” (2006) and “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows” (2007).

Lisa Kaplan*, 4: Kaplan has won all four of her awards, including two for best chamber music/small ensemble performance, as a member of the sextet Eighth Blackbird.

Terri Lyne Carrington, 3: Carrington has won two awards for best jazz vocal album, one for best jazz instrumental album.

John Driskell Hopkins, 3: Hopkins has won all three of his Grammys to date (including the 2009 award for best new artist) as a founding member of Zac Brown Band.

PJ Morton*, 2: Morton took the 2018 award for best traditional R&B performance for a remake of Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” (which featured Yebba)  and the 2019 award for best R&B song for writing his hit “Say So.”

Shannon Sanders, 2: Sanders won best R&B album (2002) as one of two producers of India.Arie’s Voyage to India and best rock or rap gospel album (2006) as one of two producers of Jonny Lang’s Turn Around.

Claudia Brant, 1: Brant won best Latin pop album (2018) for her album, Sincera.

Om’Mas Keith, 1: Keith won best urban contemporary album (2012) as one of three producers of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange.

Emily Lazar, 1: Lazar won best engineered album, non-classical (2018) as one of four mastering engineers on Beck’s Colors.

Julia Michels, 1: Michels won best compilation soundtrack for visual media (2019) as one of two music supervisors for the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper blockbuster, A Star Is Born. (Note: This is the music supervisor, not to be confused with songwriter/artist Julia Michaels).

Trustees who have been nominated for Grammys (but have not yet won):

George Flanigen, 5 nominations

Jonathan McReynolds, 3

Justin Roberts, 3

Rico Love, 2

Thom “TK” Kidd*, 1

Carolyn Malachi, 1

Tim Palmer, 1

Michael Romanowski, 1

Paul Wall, 1

Trustees who have not yet been nominated for a Grammy:

Darrell Brown

Samantha Cox

Doug Emery*

Sue Ennis

Trey Fanjoy

Fletcher Foster

Chelsey Green*

Tracy Hamlin

Terry Jones

Andrew Joslyn*

Riggs Morales

Piper Payne

Natalia Ramirez*

Carol Riddick*

Ken Shepherd (Note: This is not noted blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.)

Von Vargas*

Gebre Waddell*

Trustees Officers

How about the four Trustees Officers? None are Grammy winners. Harvey Mason, Jr., national chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy, has received five nominations, but no wins. Two of his nominations have been for best compilation soundtrack for visual media, for Dreamgirls (2007) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).

Tammy Hurt (vice chair), Terry Hemmings (secretary/treasurer) and Christine Albert (chair emeritus) have yet to be nominated.


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