Epworth also produced several tracks on Foster The People's Torches, which is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, as well as Cee Lo Green's "No One's Gonna Love You." Tedder produced a broad range of songs, including Gavin DeGraw's "Not Over You," Colbie Caillat's "Brighter Than The Sun," Beyonce's "I Was Here" and Jennifer Hudson's "I Remember Me."
Bruce Vig is nominated for his work on Foo Fighters' Wasting Light, which is a finalist for both Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Vig, whose past credits include Nirvana's legendary Nevermind and being the drummer in Garbage, is also a first-time nominee in this category.
The Smeezingtons wouldn't be the first Producer of the Year winner in which a major pop star is part of a producing unit with behind-the-scenes people. Bee Gees won in 1978 in tandem with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. Other winners who fit this model are Lionel Richie and James Anthony Carmichael (1984) and Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham (1985).
The Recording Academy added the Producer of the Year category in 1974. The first winner was Thom Bell, one of the architects of the smooth Philly Soul sound. His hits that year included the Stylistics' "You Make Me Feel Brand New" and "Then Came You" by the Spinners and Dionne Warwick (one of the first smash collaborations).
No women have ever won the award, but six have been nominated. Janet Jackson was the first woman to receive a Producer of the Year nomination. She was cited in 1989, along with her partners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. That was the year of her hit-laden album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814.
Mariah Carey was nominated two years later, along with her partner, Walter Afanasieff. That was the year of her sophomore album, Emotions.
Lauryn Hill and Sheryl Crow were both nominated for Producer of the Year in 1998. That marked the only time (to date) that two women have been nominated in the same year. That was the year of Hill's The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (which won Album of the Year and Best R&B Album) and Crow's The Globe Sessions (which won Best Rock Album).
The sixth (and most recent) woman to make the finals was Lauren Christy, who was nominated in 2003 as a member of The Matrix, which also included Graham Edwards and Scott Spock. Their key credits that year included Liz Phair and Hilary Duff.
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