The Ken wants to fix business journalism in India with a subscription model

Four formerreporters and entrepreneurs are attempting to fix Indias broken business media landscape and simultaneously prove that theres an audience and business for paying for quality journalism in the country.

Subscription-based media is thriving in the West. The New York Times has seen its digital subscription base swell following the election of President Trump. In tech, The Information, founded by a former Wall Street Journal editor, has thrived with a mix of trend-based reporting and news scoops, while Stratechery, an analysis-focused newsletter/blog from Taiwan-based writer Ben Thompson, has also shown the model to be lucrative.

Butthis is India, a country where monetizing a product is difficult even if it is supremelypopular. Applesells more iPhones on launch weekend than it manages in India over a whole year, while addictive services like Netflix far cheaper than an iPhone have struggled to gain mainstream prominence thus far.

Starting WithBusiness Reporting

Yet subscription is the vision behind The Ken, a Bangalore-basednew media company that publishes a story per day behind a paywall. Access ispriced at $108 for overseas users, or 2,750 INR ($42) for those in India.

The site, which also offers $10 per month and $25/900 INR ($13.50) per quarter packages, is the most prominent subscription-based media play India has seen thus far. Its coverage is principally focused on technology and business, thats the domain its founding team has experience in, but there are plans to moveinto new areas further down the line.

We dont want to be seen as just covering startups, thats a very easy trap to fall into, co-founder and CEO RohinDharmakumar told TechCrunch in a recent interview. Wewant to expand our coverage andbe interesting enough on a daily basis but also slightly unpredictable.

The Ken which isnamed after an old fashionedEnglish word for knowledge is build around its community. Email is the primary communication medium, and the team of 11 takes it in turns to send daily missives to its user base including those who are registered but not paying that introduce the daily read withhumor and thought. Once a week, the site produces a story that sits outside of its paywall for anyone to read, acting as bait to lure in new subscriptions.

A sample of the daily email sent to readers

Beyond straight up pay-to-read, The Kenuses other models to help get its writing into the hands of more readers without the need for advertising. It has worked with corporate sponsors who pay to make some of its content available for free without any promotional material or advertising mobile wallet giant Paytm, for example, sponsored a week-long free pass while it is in the process of introducing corporate subscriptions, too.

Theres no plan for article-only or daily plans,Dharmakumar explained, because that would dilute the experience and take away from building a longer-term vision and community.

MakeMedia GreatAgain

Small disclaimer, Im one of The Kens paying subscribers because, beyond information gathering as part of my job, Im interested in observing the ways technology is disrupting daily life. Emerging markets where tech is advancing almost everyaspect of everyday living are a fascination and India, with its billion-plus population and nationwide diversity, is arguable the country where the impact of tech could be highest. Yet there are few media outlets able to tell this story with clarity, interest and above all accuracy.

With respect to that latter point,Dharmakumar explained that The Ken started up in response to what he observed to be the Indian populations general disinterest in media.

It became very apparent that there was a crisis of business journalism in India, he said. People were essentially not reading newspapers, just giving up. And Idont mean just young people, even experienced investors would prefer to catch up onnews via social media.

Coverage wasdumbed down, biased, and dense people couldnt relate to it and couldnt find value init,Dharmakumar added.

Inspired by some of the aforementioned subscription-based media plays Dharmakumar specifically mentions The Information and Stratechery the team of four decided it was time someone did something about this in India and they created The Ken. Initially the project started out with postings on social media, before introducing an email-registration-paywall to float the idea of a barrier between reader and subject matter.

Satisfied with what they saw, The Ken then went live to a paying audience.

Dharmakumar isnt revealinghow many readers it has right now, but he said the company has exceeded its own expectations at this point. Indeed, it actually became a profitable business within two weeks of the launch of its website before going on to raise $400,000 from a bunch of reputable angel investors this year. Some of those backers include the founders of notable Indian tech startups Paytm,TaxiForSure and Freshdesk. (Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma alsobacked FactorDaily, another ambitious new media startup we wrote about, alongside other India-based news websites.)

While $400,000 may not seem like a lot of money these days, its a significant amount to build a focused, lean media business, which has also been generating revenue right from day one. As journalists, weve seen too many instances of companies losing their focus and fire in the belly after raising too much money too early on,Dharmakumar wrote in a note to subscribers announcing the financing.

Business journalism lost the plot on this, many years ago when it started churning out articles that were either incremental, one-sided, dumbed down or dry and boring. We go to great lengths to make our stories anything but, he added.

Growing Into The Mainstream

Despite criticizing the status quo,The Kens CEO said the business isnt looking to rip out the existing media system in India, rather it sees a position working within it.

We are not attempting to replace traditional newspapers, we are a complement to one, he said. Peopleread the news to find out whats happening, we focus onwhat comes next, who is doing what, and where is the motivation?

The companys course for the next six month is to continue to do what it is doing while growing its audience and deepening its reporting pool. After that period, it will look to new coverage areas it can branchinto to give its readership a wider selection of stories and information.

Dharmakumar is also keen to expand The Kens readership beyond its initial focus on business professional and tech industrywatchers.

Want to take our stories to younger people who feel business news isnt for them, he explained.

First up, apps for Android and iOS will come, which will help expand from those who currently rely on email to access the site and its stories. Other planned features include a comment section forstories and a Slack channel toenables readers to engage with writers directly, potentially to help steer editorial focus or raise potential areas for storytelling.

You can find out more about The Ken by visiting its website here.

Note: the original version of this post was updated to reflect different pricing for subscribers in India and those based overseas.

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Photo of Hillary Clinton reading news Pence used AOL email goes viral

Photo shows the former presidential candidate reading an article about the vice-president using private email to discuss sensitive matters as Indiana governor

A photograph of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looking at a newspaper headline about vice-president Mike Pence using private email has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people commenting on it.

On Friday, Clinton was on a plane traveling from Boston to New York when a fellow passenger snapped a photo of her glancing down at the USA Today front page headline: Pence used personal email in office.

Pence and others involved in the Republican presidential campaign last year criticized Clintons use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

Donald Trump and his running mate regularly said Clinton broke the law and endangered national security, complaints that led supporters at rallies to chant Lock her up!

Trump also threatened to send Clinton to jail if he won, a threat he has subsequently dropped.

Despite reports that other government figures including Obama administration defense secretary Ash Carter and Bush secretary of state Colin Powell had used private email while in office, the state departments internal watchdog said Clinton had broken department rules.

The FBI reviewed her emails for classified material. Though its director, James Comey, said last July Clinton had been extremely careless, the bureau found no criminal charges were warranted.

After the election, Clinton reportedly said she blamed two public statements by Comey for her surprise defeat by Trump.

Comey wrote to Congress 11 days before the election, to say new emails had been discovered on a laptop connected to Clinton aide Huma Abedin that could be relevant to the closed investigation.

Two days before the 8 November vote, Comey said no new evidence had been uncovered from the newly discovered emails.

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Oscars: The winners list

(CNN)The 89th Academy Awards were held Sunday.

Here is a complete list of nominees. (Winners are indicated in bold.)
    “Hacksaw Ridge”
    “Hell or High Water”
    “Hidden Figures”
    “La La Land”
    “Manchester by the Sea”
    Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
    Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
    Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
    Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
    Denzel Washington in “Fences”
    Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
    Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (WINNER)
    Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
    Dev Patel in “Lion”
    Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”
    Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
    Ruth Negga in “Loving”
    Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
    Emma Stone in “La La Land”
    Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
    Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
    Viola Davis in “Fences”
    Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
    Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
    Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”
    “Kubo and the Two Strings”
    “My Life as a Zucchini”
    “The Red Turtle”
    “Zootopia” (WINNER)
    “La La Land” (WINNER)
    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (WINNER)
    “Florence Foster Jenkins”
    “La La Land”
    “Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve
    “Hacksaw Ridge” – Mel Gibson
    “La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
    “Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
    “Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins
    “Fire at Sea”
    “I Am Not Your Negro”
    “Life, Animated”
    “O.J.: Made in America” (WINNER)
    “4.1 Miles”
    “Joe’s Violin”
    “Watani: My Homeland”
    “The White Helmets” (WINNER)
    “Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)
    “Hell or High Water”
    “La La Land”
    “Land of Mine”
    “A Man Called Ove”
    “The Salesman” (WINNER)
    “Toni Erdmann”
    “A Man Called Ove”
    “Star Trek Beyond”
    “Suicide Squad” (WINNER)
    “La La Land” (WINNER)
    “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
    “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
    “City Of Stars” from “La La Land” (WINNER)
    “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
    “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
    “Hail, Caesar!”
    “La La Land” (WINNER)
    “Blind Vaysha”
    “Borrowed Time”
    “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
    “Piper” (WINNER)
    “Ennemis Intrieurs”
    “La Femme et le TGV”
    “Silent Nights”
    “Sing” (WINNER)
    “Arrival” (WINNER)
    “Deepwater Horizon”
    “Hacksaw Ridge”
    “La La Land”
    “Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)
    “La La Land”
    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
    “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”
    “Deepwater Horizon”
    “Doctor Strange”
    “The Jungle Book” (WINNER)
    “Kubo and the Two Strings”
    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
    “Hidden Figures”
    “Moonlight” (WINNER)
    “Hell or High Water”
    “La La Land”
    “The Lobster”
    “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
    “20th Century Women”

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    City Book Review Shows You Why You Should Get Your Book Reviewed (cool video)

    The folks at City Book Review have been doing book reviews since 2008, more than 20,000 reviews over the years. If you’re an author and need a review, give them a try.

    Now that your wrote and published your book, next up is how to get your book reviewed by a professional organization. Many bookstores won’t carry a book that hasn’t been reviewed by someone, and there are fewer and fewer local newspapers that review books any more. So your chances to get reviewed are harder each year. Luckily places like San Francisco Book Review and their sister publications have stepped up to help authors with book reviews, marketing, cover design and SEO.

    Crowds flock to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con

    (CNN)Dressed all in black with her face exposed, Fatima Mohammed Hussein has come to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con event dressed as Bat Girl.

    “The minute I stepped in, I couldn’t believe this is happening here,” she told CNN. “It’s a big move for Saudi to have something like that.”
    Hussein was one of the many Saudis who dressed up and flocked to the coastal city of Jeddah to celebrate pop culture, comic books, video games, and film between February 16 and 18.


      The three-day festival was part of a government initiative to bring more entertainment to Saudi Arabia, which bans public cinemas and theater.
      “When you enter into the tent, you forget that you are in Saudi Arabia,” Abdul Rahman Bakhsh, 25, an engineer and an avid YouTuber, who came to the event dressed in rustic armor over a black faux suede pullover and armed with a spear, told CNN.

      A post shared by Eng. Abdulrahman Bakhsh (@healthway_22) on

      With his friend, Ameer, he documented the Comic Con experience on YouTube video, starting with their search for costumes.
      “There is a lot of creativity in Comic Con. People really interacted with the event and their costumes were amazing,” Bakhsh said.

      Gender mixing

      Young men and women crowded into the tent, mingling near stands for comics and video games — a remarkable scene for a government-sponsored event in a country where gender segregation is imposed in many public spaces.


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      A long queue formed in front of the booth of a group of talented female artists who — with make-up — created scars, injuries and anime-inspired faces. “It was Hollywood-level creativity,” Bakhsh said.
      A separate female-only tent was set up for women who wanted to take off their traditional abayas and show off their costumes.


      Saudis at the event also had the opportunity to attend panel discussions with Charles Dance and Julian Glover from “Game of Thrones,” Giancarlo Esposito from “Breaking Bad,” and Mads Mikkelsen from “Doctor Strange.”
      Other panels featured Saudi producers and actors, including cast members from the upcoming Saudi superhero show, “Mas’hour” — meaning “Bewitched.”

      Comi Con history

      Comic Con events began in 1970 in San Diego and have slowly spread across the world. But before this festival, fans from Saudi Arabia had to outside the country to attend Comic Con events.


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      The Saudi version was organized by local company Time Entertainment. Its director Hisham AlSaeed said that Comic Con’s international presence gave Saudi Arabia the perfect opportunity to highlight homegrown talent.
      “There’s a lot of talent (here) when it comes to comics, animations, anime (and) movie production,” he said.
      AlSaeed said the initiative was inspired by the huge demand for a Comic Con in his country, illustrated paartly by the rise in people holding their own cosplay competitions at small, underground private events.
      “(Comic Con) has never been done publicly like this, it has just never been set up,” he said.


      The event, which was supported by the Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, is part of country’s “Vision 2030” program, which is promising a wave of cultural reforms to diversify the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy.
      AlSaeed said his team is planning to make this an annual event.
      “We’re considering this a soft Comic Con in Saudi Arabia, and then the next (one) will be way bigger.
      “I’m hoping by next year we have a full cast of ‘The Walking Dead’, but we also have a lot of casts of our own movies and TV shows,” he said.

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      Grammy Awards 2017: The Complete Winners List!

      Winners all around us!

      With all the awards that are given out at the Grammys, it’s amazing there are people who don’t win.

      But alas, there are some — and on the other end are the winners who take home the big honors!

      Ch-ch-check out all the winners (below)!

      Album Of The Year:

      25 Adele – WINNER
      Lemonade Beyonc
      Purpose Justin Bieber
      Views Drake
      A Sailor’s Guide To Earth Sturgill Simpson

      Record Of The Year:

      “Hello” Adele – WINNER
      “Formation” Beyonc
      “7 Years” Lukas Graham
      “Work” Rihanna Featuring Drake
      “Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots

      Song Of The Year:

      “Formation” Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyonc Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyonc)
      “Hello” Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) – WINNER
      “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
      “Love Yourself” Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
      “7 Years” Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

      Best New Artist:

      Kelsea Ballerini
      The Chainsmokers
      Chance The Rapper – WINNER
      Maren Morris
      Anderson .Paak

      Best Pop Vocal Album:

      25 Adele – WINNER
      Purpose Justin Bieber
      Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande
      Confident Demi Lovato
      This Is Acting Sia

      Best Pop Solo Performance:

      “Hello” Adele – WINNER
      “Hold Up” Beyonce
      “Love Yourself” Justin Bieber
      “Piece By Piece (Idol Version)” Kelly Clarkson
      “Dangerous Woman” Ariana Grande

      Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

      “Closer” The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
      “7 Years” Lukas Graham
      “Work” Rihanna Featuring Drake
      “Cheap Thrills” Sia Featuring Sean Paul
      “Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots – WINNER

      Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

      Cinema Andrea Bocelli
      Fallen Angels Bob Dylan
      Stages Live Josh Groban
      Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Willie Nelson – WINNER
      Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway Barbra Streisand

      Best Dance Recording:

      “Tearing Me Up” Bob Moses
      “Don’t Let Me Down” The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya – WINNER
      “Never Be Like You” Flume Featuring Kai
      “Rinse & Repeat” Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
      “Drinkee” Sofi Tukker

      Best Dance/Electronic Album:

      Skin Flume – WINNER
      Electronica 1: The Time Machine Jean-Michel Jarre
      Epoch Tycho
      Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future Underworld
      Louie Vega StarringXXVIII Louie Vega

      Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:

      Human Nature Herb Alpert
      When You Wish Upon a Star Bill Frisell
      Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY Steve Gadd Band
      Unpsoken Chuck Loeb
      Culcha Vulcha Snarky Puppy – WINNER

      Best Rock Performance:

      “Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)” Alabama Shakes
      “Don’t Hurt Yourself” Beyonce Featuring Jack White
      “Blackstar” David Bowie – WINNER
      “The Sound Of Silence” Disturbed
      “Heathens” Twenty One Pilots

      Best Metal Performance:

      “Shock Me” Baroness
      “Slivera” Gojira
      “Rotting in Vain” Korn
      “Dystopia” Megadeth – WINNER
      “The Price Is Wrong” Periphery

      Best Rock Song:

      “Blackstar” David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie) – WINNER
      “Burn the Witch” Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
      “Hardwired” James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica
      “Heathens” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
      “My Name Is Human” Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

      Best Rock Album:

      California Blink-182
      Tell Me I’m Pretty Cage The Elephant – WINNER
      Magma Gojira
      Death Of A Bachelor Panic! At The Disco
      Weezer Weezer

      Best Alternative Music Album:

      22, A Million Bon Iver
      Blackstar David Bowie – WINNER
      The Hope Six Demolition Project PJ Harvey
      Post Pop Depression Iggy Pop
      A Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead

      Best R&B Performance:

      “Turnin’ Me Up” BJ The Chicago Kid
      “Permission” Ro James
      “I Do” Musiq Soulchild
      “Needed Me” Rihanna
      “Cranes in the Sky” Solange – WINNER

      Best Traditional R&B Performance:

      “The Three Of Me” William Bell
      “Woman’s World” BJ The Chicago Kid
      “Sleeping With The One I Love” Fantasia
      “Angel” Lalah Hathaway – WINNER
      “Can’t Wait” Jill Scott

      Best R&B Song:

      “Come and See Me” J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
      “Exchange” Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
      “Kiss It Better” Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
      “Lake By the Ocean” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) – WINNER
      “Luv” Magnus August Hiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

      Best Urban Contemporary Album:

      Lemonade Beyonc – WINNER
      Ology Gallant
      We Are King KING
      Malibu Anderson .Paak
      Anti Rihanna

      Best R&B Album:

      In My Mind BJ The Chicago Kid
      Lalah Hathaway Live Lalah Hathaway – WINNER
      Velvet Portraits Terrace Martin
      Healing Season Mint Condition
      Smoove Jones Mya

      Best Rap Performance:

      “No Problem” Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – WINNER
      “Panda” Desiigner
      “Pop Style” Drake Featuring The Throne
      “All The Way Up” Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
      “That Part” ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

      Best Rap/Sung Performance:

      “Freedom” Beyonce Featuring Kendrick Lamar
      “Hotline Bling” Drake – WINNER
      “Broccoli” D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
      “Ultralight Beam” Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
      “Famous” Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

      Best Rap Song:

      “All The Way Up” Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
      “Famous” Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
      “Hotline Bling” Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake) – WINNER
      “No Problem” Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
      “Ultralight Beam” Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

      Best Rap Album:

      Coloring Book Chance The Rapper – WINNER
      And the Anonymous Nobody De La Soul
      Major Key DJ Khaled
      Views Drake
      Blank Face LP ScHoolboy Q
      The Life of Pablo Kanye West

      Best Country Solo Performance:

      “Love Can Go To Hell” Brandy Clark
      “Vice” Miranda Lambert
      “My Church” Maren Morris – WINNER
      “Church Bells” Carrie Underwood
      “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Keith Urban

      Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

      “Different for Girls” Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
      “21 Summer” Brothers Osborne
      “Setting The World On Fire” Kenny Chesney & P!nk
      “Jolene” Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton – WINNER
      “Think Of You” Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

      Best Country Song:

      “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
      “Die A Happy Man” Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
      “Humble and Kind” Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw) – WINNER
      “My Church” busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
      “Vice” Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

      Best Country Album:

      Big Day In A Small Town Brandy Clark
      Full Circle Loretta Lynn
      Hero Maren Morris
      A Sailor’s Guide To Earth Sturgill Simpson – WINNER
      Ripcord Keith Urban

      Best New Age Album:

      Orogen John Burke
      Dark Sky Island Enya
      Inner Passion Peter Kater & Tina Guo
      Rosetta Vangelis
      White Sun II White Sun – WINNER

      Best Improvised Jazz Solo:

      “Countdown” Joey Alexander, soloist
      “In Movement” Ravi Coltrane, soloist
      “We See” Fred Hersch, soloist
      “I Concentrate On You” Brad Mehldau, soloist
      “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” John Scofield, soloist – WINNER

      Best Jazz Vocal Album:

      Sound Of Red Ren Marie
      Upward Spiral Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
      Take Me To The Alley Gregory Porter – WINNER
      Harlem On My Mind Catherine Russell
      The Sting Variations The Tierney Sutton Band

      Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

      Book of Intuition Kenny Barron Trio
      Dr. Um Peter Erskine
      Sunday Night At The Vanguard The Fred Hersch Trio
      Nearness Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
      Country For Old Men John Scofield – WINNER

      Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

      Real Enemies Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
      Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1 John Beasley
      Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles John Daversa
      All L.A. Band Bob Mintzer
      Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom Ted Nash Big Band – WINNER

      Best Latin Jazz Album:

      Entre Colegas Andy Gonzalez
      Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw Brian Lynch & Various Artists
      Canto Amrica Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta
      30 – Trio Da Paz
      Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac Chucho Valdes – WINNER

      Best Gospel Performance/Song:

      “It’s Alright, It’s OK” Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton; Stanley Brown & Courtney Rumble, songwriters
      “You’re Bigger [Live]” Jekalyn Carr; Allundria Carr, songwriter
      “Made A Way [Live]” Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter
      “God Provides” Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter – WINNER
      “Better” Hezekiah Walker; Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters

      Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:

      “Trust In You” Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren & Paul Mabury, songwriters
      “Priceless” For King & Country; Benjamin Backus, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
      “King of the World” Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant, Becca Mizell & Samuel Mizell, songwriters
      “Thy Will” Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains – WINNER
      “Chain Breaker” Zach Williams; Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

      Best Gospel Album:

      Listen Tim Bowman Jr.
      Fill This House Shirley Caesar
      A Worshipper’s Heart [Live] Todd Dulaney
      Losing My Religion Kirk Franklin – WINNER
      Demonstrate [Live] William Murphy

      Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

      Poets & Saints All Sons & Daughters
      American Prodigal Crowder
      Be One Natalie Grant
      Youth Revival [Live] Hillsong Young & Free
      Love Remains Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – WINNER

      Best Roots Gospel Album:

      Better Together Gaither Vocal Band
      Nature’s Symphony In 432 The Isaacs
      Hymns Joey+Rory – WINNER
      Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration Gordon Mote
      God Don’t Ever Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson (Various Artists)

      Best Latin Pop Album:

      Un Besito Mas Jesse & Joy – WINNER
      Ilusin Gaby Moreno
      Similares Laura Pausini
      Seguir Latiendo Sanalejo
      Buena Vida Diego Torres

      Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:

      iLevitable ile – WINNER
      L.H.O.N. (La Humanidad O Nosotros) Illya Kuryaki & The Valderamas
      Buenaventura La Santa Cecilia
      Los Rakas Los Rakas
      Amor Supremo Carla Morrison

      Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):

      Races Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga
      Hecho A Mano Joss Favela
      Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) Vicente Fernandez – WINNER
      Generacin Maquinaria Est. 2006 La Maquinaria Nortena
      Tributo A Joan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

      Best Tropical Latin Album:

      Conexin Fonseca
      La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell Formell Y Los Van Van
      35 Aniversario Grupo Niche
      La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario La Sonora Santanera
      Donde Estn? Jose Lugo & Guasabara Combo – WINNER

      Best American Roots Performance:

      “Ain’t No Man” The Avett Brothers
      “Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time” Blind Boys Of Alabama
      “Factory Girl” Rhiannon Giddens
      “House Of Mercy” Sarah Jarosz – WINNER
      “Wreck You” Lori McKenna

      Best American Roots Song:

      “Alabama At Night” Robbie Fulks, songwriter (Robbie Fulks)
      “City Lights” Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)
      “Gulfstream” Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars)
      “Kid Sister” Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers) – WINNER
      “Wreck You” Lori McKenna & Felix McTeigue, songwriters (Lori McKenna)

      Best Americana Album:

      True Sadness The Avett Brothers
      This Is Where I Live William Bell – WINNER
      The Cedar Creek Sessions Kris Kristofferson
      The Bird & The Rifle Lori McKenna
      Kid Sister The Time Jumpers

      Best Bluegrass Album:

      Original Traditional Blue Highway
      Burden Bearer Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
      The Hazel Sessions Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
      North And South Claire Lynch
      Coming Home O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor – WINNER

      Best Traditional Blues Album:

      Can’t Shake The Feeling Lurrie Bell
      Live At The Greek Theatre Joe Bonamassa
      Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II) Luther Dickinson
      The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers Vasti Jackson
      Porcupine Meat Bobby Rush – WINNER

      Best Contemporary Blues Album:

      The Last Days Of Oakland Fantastic Negrito – WINNER
      Love Wins Again Janiva Magness
      Bloodline Kenny Neal
      Give It Back To You The Record Company
      Everybody Wants A Piece Joe Louis Walker

      Best Folk Album:

      Silver Skies Blue Judy Collins & Ari Hest
      Upland Stories Robbie Fulks
      Factory Girl Rhiannon Giddens
      Weighted Mind Sierra Hull
      Undercurrent Sarah Jarosz – WINNER

      Best Regional Roots Music Album:

      Broken Promised Land Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
      It’s A Cree Thing Northern Cree
      E Walea Kalani Pe’a – WINNER
      Gulfstream Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
      I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (Various Artists)

      Best Reggae Album:

      Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her Devin Di Dakta & J.L
      Rose Petals J Boog
      Ziggy Marley Ziggy Marley – WINNER
      Everlasting Raging Fyah
      Falling Into Place Rebelution
      Soja: Live In Virginia Soja

      Best World Music Album:

      Destiny Celtic Woman
      Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers Ladysmith Black Mambazo
      Sing Me Home Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble – WINNER
      Land Of Gold Anoushka Shankar
      Dois Amigos, Um Sculo De Msica: Multishow Live Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

      Best Children’s Album:

      Explorer Of The World Frances England
      Infinity Plus One Secret Agent 23 Skidoo -WINNER
      Novelties Recess Monkey
      Press Play Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could
      Saddle Up The Okee Dokee Brothers

      Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):

      The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo Amy Schumer
      In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox Carol Burnett – WINNER
      M Train Patti Smith
      Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A.Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia) (Various Artists)
      Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Elvis Costello

      Best Comedy Album:

      …America…Great… David Cross
      American Myth Margaret Cho
      Boysih Girl Interrupted Tig Notaro
      Live At The Apollo Amy Schumer
      Talking For Clapping Patton Oswalt – WINNER

      Best Musical Theater Album:

      Bright Star Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
      The Color Purple Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast) – WINNER
      Fiddler On The Roof Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast)
      Kinky Boots Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
      Waitress Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

      Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

      Amy (Various Artists)
      Miles Ahead Miles Davis & Various Artists) – WINNER
      Straight Outta Compton (Various Artists)
      Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) (Various Artists)
      Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 (Various Artists)

      Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

      Bridge of Spies Thomas Newman, composer
      Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight Ennio Morricone, composer
      The Revenant Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
      Star Wars: The Force Awakens John Williams, composer – WINNER
      Stranger Things Volume 1 Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
      Stranger Things Volume 2 Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

      Best Song Written For Visual Media:

      “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls – WINNER
      “Heathens” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad
      “Just Like Fire” Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass
      “Purple Lamborghini” Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad
      “Try Everything” Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia
      “The Veil” Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden

      Best Instrumental Composition:

      “Bridge of Spies (End Title)” Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman)
      “The Expensive Train Set (An Epic Sarahnade For Big Band)” Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)
      “Flow” Alan Ferber, composer (Alan Ferber Nonet)
      “L’Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – Verisione Integrale” Ennio Morricone, composer (Ennio Morricone)
      “Spoken At Midnight” Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band) – WINNER

      Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:

      “Ask Me Now” John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
      “Good ‘Swing’ Wenceslas” Sammy Nestico, arranger (The Count Basie Orchestra)
      “Linus & Lucy” Christian Jacob, arranger (The Phil Norman Tentet)
      “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa)
      “We Three Kings” Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis)
      “You And I” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier) – WINNER

      Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:

      “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Featuring Take 6)
      “Do You Want To Know A Secret” John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Featuring Renee Olstead)
      “Flintstones” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier) – WINNER
      “I’m A Fool To Want You” Alan Broadbent, arranger (Kristin Chenoweth)
      “Somewhere (Dirty Blvd) (Extended Version)” Billy Childs & Larry Klein, arrangers (Lang Lang Featuring Lisa Fischer & Jeffrey Wright)

      Best Recording Package:

      Anti (Deluxe Edition) Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
      Blackstar Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie) – WINNER
      Human Performance Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
      Sunset Motel Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
      22, A Million Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

      Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:

      Edith Piaf 1915-2015 Gerard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf) – WINNER
      401 Days Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Hst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
      I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
      Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition) Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
      Tug of War (Deluxe Edition) Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

      Best Album Notes:

      The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer (Kris Kristofferson)
      The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
      Ork Records: New York, New York Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
      Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle) – WINNER
      Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890-1990 Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)

      Best Historical Album:

      The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition) Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan) – WINNER
      Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959 April G. Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Bill Nowlin & Philip D. Schuyler, compilation producers; Rick Fisher & Michael Graves, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
      Ork Records: New York, New York Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
      Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983 Bernard Horowitz, Andreas K. Meyer & Robert Russ, compilation producers; Andreas K. Meyer & Jeanne Montalvo, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
      Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890 – 1900Michael Devecka, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Michael Devecka, David Giovannoni, Michael Khanchalian & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

      Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:

      Are You Serious Tchad Blake & David Boucher, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Andrew Bird)
      Blackstar David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony – WINNER
      Dig In Deep Ryan Freeland, engineer; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (Bonnie Raitt)
      Hit N Run Phase Two Booker T., Dylan Dresdow, Chris James, Prince & Justin Stanley, engineers; Dylan Dresdow, mastering engineer (Prince)
      Undercurrent Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Sarah Jarosz)

      Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

      Benny Blanco
      Greg Kurstin – WINNER
      Max Martin
      Ricky Reed

      Best Remixed Recording:

      “Cali Coast (Psionics Remix)” Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
      “Heavy Star Movin’ (staRo Remix)” staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
      “Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)” Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
      “Only” (Kaskade X Lipless Remix) Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
      “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)” Andre Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses) – WINNER
      “Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix)” Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)

      Best Surround Sound Album:

      Dutilleux: Sur La Me Accord; Les Citations; Mystre De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) – WINNER
      Johnson: Considering Matthew Shephard Brad Michel, surround mix engineer; Brad Michel, surround mastering engineer; Robina G. Young, surround producer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
      Maja S.K. Ratkje: And Sing … Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Maja S.K. Ratkje, Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta)
      Primus & The Chocolate Factory Les Claypool, surround mix engineer; Stephen Marcussen, surround mastering engineer; Les Claypool, surround producer (Primus)
      Reflections Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (yvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)

      Best Engineered Album, Classical:

      Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra) – WINNER
      Dutilleux: Sur La Me Accord; Les Citations; Mystre De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
      Reflections Morten Lindberg, engineer (yvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)
      Shadow of Sirius Silas Brown & David Frost, engineers; Silas Brown,
      Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

      Producer of the Year, Classical:

      Blanton Alspaugh
      David Frost – WINNER
      Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
      Judith Sherman
      Robina G. Young

      Best Orchestral Field:

      Bates: Works For Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
      Ibert: Orchestral Works Neeme Jarvi, conductor (Orchestre De La Suisse Romande)
      Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100 Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
      Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero’s Rooms Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic)
      Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra) – WINNER

      Best Opera Recording:

      Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus) – WINNER
      Handel: Giulio Cesare Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl & Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico)
      Higdon: Cold Mountain Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers) Mozart: Le Nozze De Figaro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt)
      Szymanowski: Krl Roger Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecien & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)

      Best Choral Performance:

      Himmerland Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby; Inger-Lise Ulsrud; Uranienborg Vokalensemble)
      Janek: Glagolitic Mass Edward Gardner, conductor; Hakon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gabor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton; Thomas Trotter; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir Of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor)
      Lloyd: Bonhoeffer Donald Nally, conductor (Malavika Godbole, John Grecia, Rebecca Harris & Thomas Mesa; The Crossing)
      Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1 Krzystof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir) – WINNER
      Steinberg: Passion Week Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)

      Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance:

      Fitelberg: Chamber Works ARC Ensemble
      Reflections yvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene
      Serious Business Spektral Quartet
      Steve Reich Third Coast Percussion – WINNER
      Trios From Our Homelands Lincoln Trio

      Best Classical Instrumental Solo:

      Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2 Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony)
      Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
      Dvork: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgards, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra) – WINNER

      Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9 Kristian Bezuidenhout
      1930’s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 Gil Shaham; Stephane Deneve, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)

      Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:

      Monteverdi Magdalena Kozena; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)
      Mozart: The Weber Sisters Sabine Devieilhe; Raphael Pichon, conductor (Pygmalion)
      Schumann & Berg Dorothea Roschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
      Shakespeare Songs Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker) – WINNER
      Verismo Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)

      Best Classical Compendium:
      Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer – WINNER
      Gesualdo Tonu Kaljuste, conductor; Manfred Eicher, producer
      Vaughan Williams: Discoveries Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Andrew Walton, producer
      Wolfgang: Passing Through Judith Farmer & Gernot Wolfgang, producers
      Zappa: 200 Motels The Suites Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Frank Filipetti & Gail Zappa, producers

      Best Contemporary Classical Composition:

      Bates: Anthology Of Fantastic Zoology Mason Bates, composer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
      Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony) – WINNER
      Higdon: Cold Mountain Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist
      Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto Christopher Theofanidis, composer (Martin Kuuskmann, Barry Jekowsky & Northwest Sinfonia)
      Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky C. F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

      Best Music Video:

      “Formation” Beyonc – WINNER
      “River” Leon Bridges
      “Up & Up” Coldplay
      “Gosh” Jamie XX
      “Upside Down & Inside Out” OK Go

      Best Music Film:

      I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead Steve Aoki
      The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years (The Beatles) – WINNER
      Lemonade Beyonc
      The Music Of Strangers Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
      American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry (Various Artists)

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      The 100 best nonfiction books: No 53 The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (1902)

      This revolutionary work written by Henry Jamess less famous brother brought a democratising impulse to the realm of religious belief

      The United States is a society, first described in Thomas Jeffersons revolutionary words in 1776, that constantly rewrites its narrative in law, philosophy, economics and belief, as well as through poetry, drama and fiction. In moments of change, its finest writers have often found new forms of expression and ideas that both illuminate the American story and help to redefine it.

      William James, brother of the more famous Henry, was a classic American intellectual, a brilliant New Englander and renowned pragmatist a celebrity in his time who coined the phrase stream of consciousness. He responded to the cultural and social ferment of the late 19th century with the Gifford lectures, given in Edinburgh during 1900-02. When he turned these talks into a book, James, a Harvard psychologist and the author of The Principles of Psychology, placed himself at the crossroads of psychology and religion to articulate an approach to religious experience that would help liberate the American mind at the beginning of the 20th century from its puritan restrictions by advancing a pluralistic view of belief inspired by American traditions of tolerance. Like his brother, he was obsessed by the problem of expressing individual consciousness through language; this is just one of the principal themes of The Varieties of Religious Experience.

      Psychology aside, this is an odd book in many ways, especially for its unorthodox approach to the precepts of organised religion. One commentator has described it as a classic that is too psychological to have shaped most religious inquiry and too religious to have influenced much psychological research. And yet, in the words of Psychology Today, it remains the most notable of all books in the field of the psychology of religion and probably destined to be the most influential book written on religion in the 20th century.

      The James family, who were originally Scots-Irish, like many of the first Americans, exerted a powerful influence on William James in the genesis of this text. His father, Henry Snr, was not just an unorthodox Calvinist, he was also (with Emerson and Jung) a disciple of the cult mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, who was determined to find a theory which would explain how matter relates to spirit. Swedenborgs desire to understand the order and purpose of creation had led him to investigate the structure of matter and the process of creation itself: his ambition was intoxicating and his teachings inspired a democratisation of religious impulses that appealed to the unorthodox Jameses, father and son.

      The idea that all citizens were equally and independently close to God sponsored among the James family the conviction that religious experience should not become confined within the narrow prison of a denomination. The same irreverence towards categories encouraged William James to adopt a high-low style that gives his writing a fresh and populist character thats rather different from the mature style of his brother the novelist. William used his populism to suggest that any religious experience was true if the consequences of holding it were pleasing to the individual concerned. This restatement of the American pursuit of happiness gave his audiences a new appreciation of human dignity grounded in everyday reality.

      In his approach to religious experience, William James writes that he had to face a hard problem: first, to defend experience against philosophy as the real backbone of the worlds religious life; and second, to make the reader believe that [the life of religion] is mankinds most important function.

      James begins his argument with the assertion that religion answers basic human needs. From here, he separates belief from its tribal origins. Religion, he says, has become a consumer item for individuals. His only concern about religion is what it tells us about what goes on in the single private man. Then he comes up with a famous definition:

      Religion shall mean for us the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.

      Using potted biographies of well-known writers and thinkers, including Tolstoy and John Bunyan, William James concludes a long and fascinating exploration of the healthy mind, the sick soul, and the divided self, with closing chapters on mysticism, saintliness, atonement and conversion. Here, too, he presented an account of God as a finite being, inextricably caught up in world affairs, and linked to human activity and ambitions. He closes with a witty question: Who knows whether the faithfulness of individuals here below to their own poor over-beliefs may not actually help God in turn to be more effectively faithful to his own greater tasks?

      A signature sentence

      And the moment we renounce the absurd notion that a thing is exploded away as soon as it is classed with others, or its origin is shown; the moment we agree to stand by experimental results and inner quality, in judging of values who does not see that we are likely to ascertain the distinctive significance of religious melancholy and happiness, or of religious trances, far better by comparing them as conscientiously as we can with other varieties of melancholy, happiness, and trance, than by refusing to consider their place in any more general series, and treating them as if they were outside of natures order altogether?

      Three to compare

      William James: The Principles of Psychology (1890)
      William James: Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking (1907)
      Louis Menand: The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America (2001)

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      Brian Eno: Weve been in decline for 40 years Trump is a chance to rethink’

      The revered producer has been at the centre of pop since the days of Roxy Music. But dont ask him about the past hes more interested in how to reorder society

      Brian Enos new album is called Reflection, and what better time to reflect on an astonishing career? Or careers. Theres the first incarnation of Eno as the leopardskin-shirted synth-twiddler who overshadowed the more obviously mannered Bryan Ferry in Roxy Music. With his shoulder-length hair and androgynous beauty, there was something otherworldly about Eno. He was as preposterous as he was cool. So cool that, back then, he didnt bother with a first name.

      After two wonderfully adventurous albums he left and Roxy became more conventional. There followed a sustained solo career, starting with the more poppy Here Come the Warm Jets, progressing to the defiant obscurity of his ambient albums and on to commercial Eno, the revered producer behind many of the great Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay records.

      There is Eno the visionary, who helped conceive a 10,000-year clock and invented an influential pack of cards called Oblique Strategies that offer creative solutions for people inapickle. There is Eno the visual artist;Eno the activist, tirelessly campaigning for a fairer world; and Eno the philosopher, endlessly thinking of ways in which to bring thisnew world about.

      We meet at his studio, near Notting Hill in west London. It is a mix of the minimalist and maximalist. Minimalist in its big white empty spaces, maximalist in the numerous books carefully filed away (library-like sections for African, Asian and European art), old-fashioned hi-fi equipment, a parked bike, and his own Rothko-ish artworks.

      Eno, now 68, could not look more different from the louche glamour-puss of the early 70s. As his music became more pared down, so did he. The head was shaved, the makeup washed off and the feather boa dispensed with. Nowadays, he looks like a stylish academic.

      His assistant asks me to join Eno athis table. Ill just be 40 seconds, finishing off my lunch, Eno says. He takes a mouthful of fruit salad. Just 30seconds now. There has always been something fastidious about him. His interviews tend to be 45 minutes long precisely. One journalist said that Eno had interrupted their chat to play him an Elvis Presley record that lasted two minutes and seven seconds, and then added two minutes and seven seconds to the interview sothe journalist wouldnt be shortchanged. At the same time, Eno loves to embrace the random. As a producer, he encourages artists to pick up Oblique Strategies cards to alter the path they are taking. Itell him I have brought a pack with me in case we find ourselves struggling. He smiles, flashing a gold tooth. That will be just the job, I should think, he says.

      Roxy Music in 1972, with Eno at front. Photograph: Brian Cooke/Redferns

      Eno talks slowly, calmly, eloquently. He would be brilliant on Just a Minute no repetition, hesitation or deviation. His voice is as soothing as his ambient music. He was christened Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno. You might assume he was an aristocrat, but his father and grandfather were postmen. And my great grandad actually, he says enthusiastically when I mention it. And my two uncles.

      Did he ever think that was his destiny? Well, I did go into communications, didnt I? He laughs. Youre a sonic postman? Yeah! I help people communicate with each other in one way or another. When I was in my mid-30s, and my mother and father were living in a house I had bought for them with the proceeds of my music, my mum said: Dad and I were talking. Do you think youll ever settle down and get a job? Hahahhaha! She said: You could get a job in the Post Office. In the office! You know, not trudging delivering mail.

      Eno decided he didnt want a regular job when he saw the effect it had on his father. He did shift work. It was a three-week cycle, mornings, afternoons and nights. I realised years later he was in a permanent state of jet lag because his eight-hour work day was shifting every week. I remember him coming home from work and sitting at the table; my mother had just put the food down and he fell forward, asleep. I thought even if I have to turn to crime, I wont get a job; the horror of being that exhausted and doing your work just to keep things going; the lack of freedom inyour life.

      His Belgian mother had spent the war in Germany building planes in a labour camp. Eventually she returned to Belgium at the end of the war. It took her three months to get back. She arrived in Dendermonde near Brussels weighing five stone.

      He has been talking quietly and beautifully about his parents. So it comes as a shock when I ask where his string of first names comes from, and he explodes. God, are we going to do any interesting questions? This is all bollocks. I mean Im not fucking interested at all in me. I want to talk about ideas. Can we do any of that?

      He picks up one of the Oblique Strategy cards, and bursts out laughing. He shows it to the two women in the studio. Hahaha! How about that? Hahahaha! Take a break!

      Take a break, they echo. Hahaha!

      Arent they brilliant? Eno says. Fancy that.

      The more they laugh, the smaller Ifeel.

      Shaping the future: Enos Oblique Strategies cards. Photograph: Brian Eno

      Eno says he hates talking about himself. Im not interested in that personality aspect of being an artist. Its all based on the idea that artists are automatically interesting people. I can tell you they arent. Their art might be very interesting, but as people they are no more or less interesting than anybody else. And Im really not at all interested in talking about Brian Eno. His ideas, however, I think have something to recommend them.

      So what is Brian Eno working on at the moment, I ask. Im interested in the idea of generative music as a sort of model for how society or politics could work. Im working out the ideas Im interested in, about how you make aworking society rather than a dysfunctional one like the one we live in at the moment by trying to make music in a new way. Im trying to see what kinds of models and and structures make the music I want to hear, and then Im finding its not a bad idea to try to think about making societies in that way.

      Could he be more specific? Yes. If you think of the classical picture of how things were organised in an orchestra where you have the composer, conductor, leader of the orchestra, section principals, section sub principals, rank and file the flow of information is always downwards. The guy at the bottom doesnt get to talk to that guy at the top. Almost none of us now would think that hierarchic model of social organisation, the pyramid, is agood way to arrange things.

      In other words, he says, society should be built on the more egalitarian model of a folk or rock band, who just get together and do their thing, rather than a classical orchestra. Cant you see, he says with the passion of a visionary, if you transpose that argument into social terms, its the argument between the top down and bottom up? It is possible to have a society that doesnt have pre-existing rules and structures. And you can use the social structures of bands, theatre groups, dance groups, all the things we now call culture. You can say: Well, it works here. Why shouldnt it work elsewhere?

      He has called himself an optimist. In the past. I ask him if he still is, post-2016. Yes, he says, there is a positive way to look at it. Most people I know felt that 2016 was the beginning of a long decline with Brexit, then Trump and all these nationalist movements in Europe. It looked like things were going to get worse and worse. I said: Well, what about thinking about it in a different way? Actually, its the end of a long decline. Weve been in decline for about 40 years since Thatcher and Reagan and the Ayn Rand infection spread through the political class, and perhaps weve bottomed out. My feeling about Brexit was not anger at anybody else, it was anger at myself for not realising what was going on. I thought that all those Ukip people and those National Fronty people were in a little bubble. Then I thought: Fuck, it was us, we were in the bubble, we didnt notice it. There was a revolution brewing and we didnt spot it because we didnt make it. We expected we were going to be therevolution.

      He draws me a little diagram to explain how society has changed productivity and real wages rising in tandem till 1975, then productivity continuing to rise while real wages fell. It is easily summarised in that Joseph Stiglitz graph. The trouble now, he says, is the extremes of wealth and poverty. You have 62 people worth the amount the bottom three and a half billion people are worth. Sixty-two people! You could put them all in one bloody bus then crash it! He grins. Dont say that bit. (Since we meet, Oxfam publish a report suggesting that only eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world half the worlds population.)

      Eno himself is a multimillionaire, largely because of his work as a producer.He wouldnt be one of the 62, would he, I ask. I certainly wouldnt be, he says with a thin smile. No, Im a long way off that.

      He is still thinking about the political fallout of the past year. Actually, in retrospect, Ive started to think Im pleased about Trump and Im pleased about Brexit because it gives us a kick up the arse and we needed it because we werent going to change anything. Just imagine if Hillary Clinton had won and wed been business as usual, the whole structure shed inherited, the whole Clinton family myth. I dont know thats a future I would particularly want. It just seems that was grinding slowly to a halt, whereas now, with Trump, theres a chance of a proper crash, and a chance to really rethink.

      Reflection is his 26th solo album, and his first ambient release in five years. Does he think there is a particular need for its soothing qualities at the moment? Well, I think this is quite a good time for it, he says.

      I am not sure I get ambient its pleasant but dull; nice to have on in thebackground while you are working. Thats exactly what I want it for myself, he says, delighted. I do a lot of writing, and one of the ways I have of writing is by starting to make a piece of music of that kind and then, while Im carrying on writing, Im thinking: Theres a bit too much of that and not enough of this. So I go in and fiddle around with ita bit. I keep adjusting the music until its helping the writing, and then I adjust it less and less.

      I had read that he initially made ambient music to help him when travelling, because he was frightened of flying; that it was supposed to be a kind of audio Mogadon. No, not Mogadon. One of the things you can get from music is surrender. From a lot of art, what youre saying is: Let it happen to me. Im going to let myself be out of control. Im going to let something else take over me. And thats what he wants to happen with this music.

      That desire to surrender is interesting because, in many ways, he seems so controlled. I mention the interview with the Elvis song. Well, thats fair, isnt it? Its controlled but not controlling. You asked me whether Im controlling. Thats different to whether Im controlled. I think controlling would be if I said to the interviewer: Im taking some time out of the interview to play you something, but fuck you, Im in control here, so piss off. I didnt say that. I said Im taking some time out of the interview to play you something, but since you didnt request that, Im not expecting you to lose that time. Of course, I work in a role that could be seen as a controlling role as a producer. But, in fact, Im not that kind of producer. What I want to do is make situations where were all slightly at sea because people make their best work when they are alert, and alertness comes at the moment when you feel youre on the edge of being out of control. Youre not alert when youre settled and you know exactly what youre doing.

      Ah, the collaborations. Much as Iadmire Eno the thinker and activist, like most of his fans it is Eno the collaborator/producer I love. And this is what I have really been looking forward to talking about. Like many middle-aged pop enthusiasts, I owe a huge debt to Eno. He has shaped so much of my favourite music from the first two Roxy Music albums, to Bowies Berlin trilogy and Talking Heads Remain in Light. Just as fascinating is his ability to mentor the more obviously commercial Coldplay and U2.

      Eno with David Bowie and Bono at the Meltdown festival in 2002. Photograph: Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage

      Who has he enjoyed working with most? Pause. Probably Brian Eno! Hehehe! I keep returning to him. No, really, I say, which collaborations does he look back on with most satisfaction? Idont look back much, to be honest. Whenever I look back at music, I think how I could have done it better.

      Is there nothing that makes him think, God, I love that? Well, I suppose every collaboration continued because I liked doing it. Some of them are funnier than others

      Which ones? Erm Uch. I dont want to talk about this. I so dont want to talk about this. And again, an explosion. Look, weve got a few minutes left. Lets talk about something good.

      Thats controlling, I say.

      Its not controlling. Its just fucking boring. I have to keep myself awake. Im tired.

      I dont understand, I say I dont even know what is so fucking boring that you are refusing to talk about.

      I just dont want to talk about history. All that shit! You can find all this in other interviews Ive done. Ivebeen 40 years talking about other people Ive worked with. No, sorry. Imjust not interested.

      Doesnt he think the idea that the interview should be entirely about the present and what he may do in the future is a bit unreasonable?

      But you can do research, he says. And calm, measured Eno has turned into irascible Eno. Thats your job! Research! You can look through thousands of interviews Ive done where Ive talked about all of this. Thats your job! You get paid for it. I dont get paid for this, by the way!

      I get paid to ask people questions, Isay.

      OK, well, youve asked me and Ive said I dont want to answer them. Thats a fair deal, isnt it? I know what you were after, he says, and I dont want to go there. I dont want to go intoa historical gloss on my career because that is not where my thoughts are right now. Im thinking about something as were talking that were not talking about and I dont want to lose it.

      What is he thinking about? That piece of music Im working on in there which I have been playing today and making changes to in between interviews.

      Was he thinking that I was asking about Bowie?

      I know you were.

      Well, I kind of was and wasnt.

      Well, you kind of were, he mocks.

      No, I say, I was thinking of any number of the great collaborations, including Bowie.

      Im not interested in talking about any of them. And I think it would be considerate of you to say: He doesnt want to talk about that, so there are plenty of other things he could talk about; hes quite an interesting guy. Then he tells me exactly how Im trying to trap him. I could ask him a million other questions, but I know because this would make a headline, so Im going to fucking ask him about that.

      I think thats unfair, I say.

      All right, sorry, that is unfair, Eno says.

      Weve spent most of the time talking about politics.

      Only because I asked you to, he replies sullenly.

      OK, were going to have to have to wrap this up now, the publicist says.

      I dont want to wrap it up on a badvibe, Eno says, talking fast and breathing heavily.

      But weve ground to a halt. Im not sure that even his Oblique Strategies could help us now.

      Im sorry, he says. Im very tired today because I didnt sleep last night. And I knew I was going to be ratty, so Im sorry about that. But I really dont want to spend the rest of my life Im now 68, so I might have another 15 to 20 years left talking about my history. So, given the little time Ive got left on this planet, I would really love to focus on some of the new things Im doing.

      What new stuff have we not talked about that he would like to talk about, Iask. Silence. I point to the serene orange lightbox image in front of us, and ask if thats a recent piece of work. Yes, thats one of my new pieces. Yes, this is stuff Ive been doing for hospitals, he says. I was invited to make some of these for rooms where people are spending a long time in stressful situations. With that he calls the interview to an end.

      Reflection is out now on Warp.

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      Ive got attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which I find to be both a crippling barrier to productivity and the most essential ingredient of my creativity. Truth be told, I havent actually been diagnosed with ADHD, but whenever I take one of those self-assessments online, I check at least 18 of the 20 boxes. As a case in point: it took me half an hour to write the preceding two sentences, during which time I also read five articles about the US presidential election and transferred the contents of my old wallet into a new one. Plus, I did a lot of mugging for the mirror on the wall in front of my hotel room desk. When it comes to writing, this is how it goes for me.

      As much of an impediment as my ADHD is, it allows me to jump the tracks in my thinking, which is essential in writing humour. Rather than try to correct my condition, I strive to harness it.

      Anyone whos read one of my Diary of a Wimpy Kid books knows, Im not writing literature. My books are really longform comics, and comics are based on jokes. For me, writing always starts with the jokes. Now, 11 books in, I know whats required: 350 gags, minimum. Anything less than that and the book feels thin. Whats maddening to me is that I dont know where the jokes come from, or how to manufacture them. Ive tried everything under the sun to try to force the ideas to come.

      I bought a bicycle and I sometimes spend hours riding in giant circles in my cul de sac, staring down at the pavement. I bought a swing, and can be seen most afternoons cutting giant arcs in my front yard, trying to lull my brain into a creative rhythm. I bought a hot tub in hopes that it would be a joke incubator, but I recently had to give it away after waking up in it after midnight too many times.

      Nothing works, or at least not consistently. And the harder I work at it, the worse it is. My brain is like a teenager: it knows what I want but refuses to give it to me.

      So Ive taken to going on long walks, because I get the additional benefit of exercise. Sometimes a joke or two will come, but more often, I end my walk empty-headed. What Ive found is that I cant take a round trip, because once I reach the halfway point, my mind decides its done working and shuts down. So now I walk in one direction, away from home, never taking the same path twice. I start off in the morning and walk until I cant bear to walk any further, which is usually about three or four hours. Then I call my assistant and beg her to come find me, praying my phone battery doesnt die and leave me stranded on some empty country road.

      Routine can stifle creativity, so I try to jolt myself into new modes of thinking. This spring I flew 500 miles to return to my childhood neighbourhood and walked the streets I walked as a kid, in the hope it would stir up humorous memories (it didnt). A few weeks later I packed my bags for Florida, hoping the warm weather would be stimulating. But on my way to the airport I changed my mind and bought a ticket to Iceland instead. I arrived at six in the morning with a suitcase full of shorts and T-shirts with nowhere to stay, and somehow spent the next five days doing my best writing of the year.

      As hard as it is for me to eke out 350 jokes, eventually, I reach my goal. Thats when the real writing starts, and heres where my ADHD becomes a formidable enemy. I do my writing on a computer, but my web browser, just a click away, is a siren song that lures me into the internets murky depths. I read somewhere between 100-150 articles a day, on subjects ranging from politics to basketball.

      To try to beat back the distractions of the internet, I bought a typewriter and tried my hand at writing a book the old fashioned way. That experiment lasted approximately 20 minutes (if you know someone whos looking for a gently used Brother GX-6750, Ive got one thats looking for a good home).

      Most of my latest book was written longhand, in messy handwriting and violent strike-throughs. Ive got whole pages where there are only two or three usable words. But I got the job done, and I made another deadline.

      Next year, Im sure the method will be different, but the result will be the same. Frustration, self-loathing, distraction, and a few snatches of actual productivity. And at the end of it all, there will be a new book on my shelf, and the cycle will start again.

      Jeff Kinneys Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down is published by Puffin. To order a copy for 10.65 (RRP 12.99) go to or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over 10, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of 1.99.

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