November 14, 2014 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON – This weekend’s Grammy Awards will feature local talent among the music industry’s royalty.
Two nominees have worked with a producer from Reston, Va., and seven area musicians and engineers are nominees in a wide range of categories from R&B to mandolin quartet.
But producer Benny Blanco’s work is easily recognizable. He produced Trey Songz’ single “Heart Attack,” which is nominated for best R&B song of the year.
Additionally, the 24-year-old produced Maroon 5’s hit “Payphone.” The band is in the running for best pop duo or group performance.
Blanco also produced “Die Young” for pop diva Kesha, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts.
He was born Benjamin Levin, but takes his pseudonym from a villain in the 1993 Al Pacino crime thriller, “Carlito’s Way.”
Best Traditional R&B Performance Cheryl Clemons – D.C. Chapter Member SWV If Only You Knew
Best Rap Song Wale – D.C. Chapter Member Lotus Flower Bomb Wale Featuring Miguel
Best Historical Album Jeff Place – D.C. Chapter Member Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer – D.C. Chapter Member/Governor Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
Producer Of The Year, Classical Dan Merceruio – D.C. Chapter Member
Best Choral Performance Julian Wachner, conductor – D.C. Chapter Member Handel: Israel In Egypt (Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Trinity Choir Wall Street)
Best Surround Sound Album Daniel Shores, Surround Mixing and Mastering engineer – D.C. Chapter Member Rupa-Khandha – Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Best Engineered Classical Album Daniel Shores Mixing and Mastering Engineer – D.C. Chapter Member Americana – Modern Mandolin Quartet
WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report. Follow @kingWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.