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SZA, most Grammy-nominated artist of 2024, and the U-M alum behind the noms

Jamie Sherman Blinder

When the 2024 Grammy nominations rolled in last month, SZA and her album “SOS” had a clear sweep with nine nominations, the most of any single artist.

The other name you will see next to Solána Rowe in nominations for Album of the Year, Song of the Year for “Kill Bill” and Record of the Year? Rob Bisel. 

Bisel, who received his bachelor’s degree in sound engineering from the Department of Performing Arts Technology at U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2014, is a producer, songwriter, instrumentalist, engineer and mixer on the album.

“I’m super thrilled to be nominated this year. It’s a huge honor especially when considering the other nominees in the categories that I’m in,” Bisel said. “I’ve been a massive fan of SZA for several years, and it feels so special to see her receive the recognition that I’ve always felt she’s deserved, and it feels extra sweet to have helped assist her in the process of making her latest album.”

Bisel also secured nominations for Best Progressive R&B Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Melodic Rap Performance and Best R&B Song, plus a nomination for Best R&B Album for Babyface’s “Girls Night Out.”

His other work this year includes Don Toliver’s “Love Sick” and the track “Private Landing” featuring Future and Justin Bieber and songs for Reneé Rapp and Fousheé. Bisel has written, produced and engineered hits for other high-profile artists including Harry Styles, Travis Scott, Neil Young, Santana, Eminem, Kanye West and more. 

His previous Grammy nominations also include work on Kendrick Lamar’s “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers” and Doja Cat’s “Planet Her,” as well as its hit single “Kiss Me More.”

“I have such incredible memories of my time at Michigan. There’s such a strong emphasis put on learning outside the classroom, which for me meant locking in heavily in the school’s incredible recording studios while working with top-tier talent from students in the music school,” Bisel said. “It really helped form my skills as a collaborator within a creative environment, and I’ll forever be grateful for my years in Ann Arbor.”

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