Production Secrets of the 2016 Grammy Nominees

We interview Flying Lotus, Mark Ronson, Death Cab for Cutie and Robert Glasper

The Recording Academy has spoken, and the 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees are in.

Kendrick Lamar leads the field with 11 nominations total, and here's the kicker: He actually deserves them! But will Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly have the stuff to beat Dr. Dre's comeback album Compton for Best Rap Album? And will the Academy have the huevos to snub the overall most beloved, most demographic-transcending song of the year, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars?

There are some moments of suspense to be had at February 15, 2016's awards show. However, due to a cutoff date thing, there will be zero mystery about who will win Album of the Year in early 2017: It will be Adele's 25. Hands down, it will happen. Mark these words, and place your bets now.

Like every year, there's some truly amazing music on the nominee list this time around, and there are some entries that make you wonder, just how much payola is left to go around in this cash-strapped industry?

Luckily for you, Electronic Musician had the foresight to feature several of this year's Grammy-nominated artists—all good ones! Dig in to our technique-driven stories to learn how the hit-makers do their thing.

Mark Ronson
"Uptown Funk" w/Bruno Mars nominated for Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Remixed Recording (Dave Audé); Uptown Special nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (Jeff Bhasker).
Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Special'

Death Cab for Cutie
Kintsugi nominated for Best Rock Album.
Death Cab for Cutie: Recording "Kintsugi"

Flying Lotus
"Never Catch Me" w/Kendrick Lamar nominated for Best Dance Recording; Flying Lotus is also credited on Kendrick Lamar's Album of the Year nominee, To Pimp a Butterfly.
Flying Lotus Records 'You're Dead'

Robert Glasper
Covered: Recording Live at Capitol Studios nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.
In the Studio: Robert Glasper