Brandee Younger is nominated for a 2022 GRAMMY Award in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category for her composition “Beautiful is Black,” from her 2021 album Somewhere Different. Younger says that the slow ballad, which is her favorite on the album, gave her a chance to showcase the resonance of the harp with only a few notes. The track also features one of her heroes, Sir Ron Carter, playing double bass.
Other nominations in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category are Tom Nazziola’s “Cat and Mouse,” Vince Mendoza’s “Concerto for Orchestra: Finale” with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, “Dreaming in Lions: Dreaming in Lions” by Arturo O’Farrill with the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, and “Eberhard” by Lyle Mays. Results will be announced Jan. 31, 2022, at the 64th GRAMMY Awards.
Subscribe now to read Harp Column’s cover interview with Younger in our January/February 2021 issue. To learn more about Younger’s GRAMMY-nominated composition, check out our Q&A about her album Somewhere Different.