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Aussies take home honours at 64th Grammy Awards

Story Published Monday 4 April 2022
L-R: Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt of Rüfüs Du Sol, Jason Evigan, Cassian Stewart-Kasimba (photo David Becker Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

RÜFÜS DU SOL with mixer Cassian Stewart-Kasimba won Best Dance/Electronic Recording for their hit 'Alive'

Songwriter Mitch Wong was awarded Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance for CeCe Winans' 'Believe For It'

Angelique Kidjo's Best Global Music Album-winner Mother Nature features Sampa the Great on 'Free & Equal'

Elizabeth Younan is a composer on Jennifer Koh's Best Classical Instrumental Solo winner Alone Together

At the 64th Grammy Awards, Canberra's own RÜFÜS DU SOL walked away winners in the highly competitive Best Dance/Electronic Recording category for their sublime hit 'Alive'. The trio of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt share the award with fellow Australian Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, who mixed the track, and co-writer/producer Jason Evigan.

Two-time previous nominees at the 62nd Grammys, this is the band's first win. It comes on the heels of a hugely successful 2021, capped off with three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl, which prompted Forbes to crown them "electronic music's newest superstars."

Nashville-based Australian songwriter Mitch Wong worked with legendary Gospel singer CeCe Winans on her song 'Believe For It', which won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Their co-writers and co-winners are Dwan Hill and Kyle Lee. CeCe's album of the same name went on to win Best Gospel Album. Mitch was also nominated in the Best Gospel Performance/Song category for Dante Bowe's 'Voice of God'.

From the Grammy stage, Beninese singer and songwriter Angelique Kidjo said her win for Best Global Music Album showed that "the young musicians of Africa are going to take the world by storm." One of those musicians is Sampa the Great, who contributed as a co-writer and performer on the track 'Free & Equal'.

Sydney composer Elizabeth Younan wrote 'Your Heart Dreams of Spring', a violin solo performed by Jennifer Koh on Koh's Alone Together, winner of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. The album followed Koh's pandemic online series, with The New York Times commenting that the composer line-up was “more inclusive than anything in mainstream classical music.”

Congratulations to all involved and to all of the talented Aussie nominees and contributors.