The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and the nominations are in. Four Morehouse grads; Khalil 'DJ Khalil' Abdul-Rahman '96, Justin "Henny tha Bizness" Henderson '02, PJ Morton '03 and Steve Pamon '91 were nominated in the November 20, 2019 press conference announcing all nominated work.
While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at the work these Morehouse graduates have been nominated for.Khalil 'DJ Khalil' Abdul-Rahman '96
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media - "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" Soundtrack
DJ Khalil wrote and executive produced the song 'Elevate', which appears on the "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" soundtrack. DJ Khalil was nominated last year for his work as a producer on Nipsey Hussle's 'Victory Lap'. DJ Khalil has an extensive and successful career as a hip hop and R&B producer, creating music for artists including 50 Cent, Clipse, Eminem, Big K.R.I.T., Dr. Dre and Big Boi among others. Learn more about DJ Khalil by clicking here.Justin 'Henny Tha Bizness' Henderson '02
Best Rap Album - "Revenge of the Dreamers III" Dreamville
Henderson served as a producer on Revenge of the Dreamers III, the third compilation album by Dreamville and J. Cole. Henderson co-produced the song 'Sacrifices' with Earthgang and J. Cole featuring Smino and Saba. The 2020 nomination is Henderson's fifth all-time. Henderson is a GRAMMY award winning producer, brand ambassador and a professor for Morehouse's music business program. Learn more about him by hennythabizness.com.PJ Morton '03
Best R&B Album - "Paul"
Best R&B Song - "Say So"
Best Traditional R&B Performance - "Built for Love" featuring Jazmine Sullivan
Morton wrote, sang and executive produced the album "Paul" which garnered three nominations. Morton one a Best Traditional R&B Performance GRAMMY last year for his song "How Deep Is Your Love" from his album "Gumbo Unplugged". 2019 has been a banner year for Morton, who performed at the halftime of the Super Bowl with his bandmates in Maroon 5, completed multiple tours and now has received GRAMMY award nominations for three straight years. Learn more about Morton at pjmortonmusic.com. Steve Pamon '91
Best Music Film - "Homecoming"
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media - "The Lion King: The Songs"
Best Pop Vocal Album - "The Lion King: The Gift"
Best Pop Solo Performance - "Spirit"
Pamon, the president and C.O.O. of Beyonce Knowles Carter's Parkwood Entertainment served as an Executive Producer on the smash hit concert film "Homecoming". Last month, Billboard named Knowles Carter and Pamon co-executives of the year in their 2019 Hip-Hop Power Players List. Pamon, Beyonce's manager, arrived at Parkwood in 2015 from JPMorgan Chase, where he headed the sports and entertainment marketing division. While still at JPMorgan, he helped set up the banking giant’s sponsorship of Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s joint On the Run stadium tour. Pamon worked for the National Football League, HBO and McKinsey & Co. as well, a background that gave him a unique understanding of the intersecting worlds of finance, events and entertainment. Pamon is a 2019 recipient of The A Candle in the Dark Gala's Bennie Achievement Award.
Please be sure to tune into CBS on January 26, 2020 to watch the GRAMMYs and support the work of these Morehouse graduates.