LOS ANGELES (WSMV) - News4 has learned the names of former students from Middle Tennessee State University up for awards at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

At least one of those nominees have already won.

NBC News reported Sunday that multi-nominated songwriter and producer Luke Laird, a 2001 recording industry graduate, won a Grammy for songwriting. Laird co-wrote the Kacey Musgraves hit "Space Cowboy" alongside Musgraves and Shane McAnally. Both Laird and McAnally accepted the award together.

Kate Snow with Luke Laird and MTSU Students

NBC News' Kate Snow sitting with Luke Laird (to her right) and MTSU students during her recent visit to the school

Kate Snow with Tay Keith

NBC News' Kate Snow talks with Tay Keith during her recent visit to the school.

BryTavious "Tay Keith" Chambers, a Memphis-native who graduated from MTSU in December, is nominated for best rap song for producing the Travis Scott track "Sicko Mode" with Drake, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee. The song is nominated for best rap performance and best rap song Grammys and is part of Scott’s also-nominated No. 1 “Astroworld” album.

Torrence Street Symphony Esmond

Torrence "Street Symphony" Esmond (center) was honored at a recent reception where he offered some advice to MTSU students

Torrance "Street Symphony" Esmond, a multiple Grammy and Dove award winning songwriter and producer was nominated for producing "Hussle & Motivate" on Nipsey Hussle's best rap album-nominated "Victory Lap".

Esmond, a 2003 graduate, told MTSU students at an event Saturday to graduate and "take advantage of all the opportunities that the College of Media and Entertainment" has to offer.

In total, eight MTSU-connected people contributed to Grammy-nominated projects this year in rap, Americana, country and gospel projects including:

  • 2010 audio production grad Michael Anderson, known professionally as Anderson East, who was nominated in the “Best American Roots Performance” category for his song “All on My Mind.”
  • Repeat nominee, winner and 2000 alumnus Jason A. Hall, whose engineering and mixing on the Brothers Osborne’s “Port Saint Joe” album helped it earn a best country album nomination.
  • Multiple award nominee and 2000 School of Music alumnus Wayne Haun, who’s part of the best roots gospel album category for producing “Clear Skies” by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.
  • Repeat nominee James “Jimmy” Mansfield, a 2014 audio production alumnus who worked as assistant engineer on both Ashley McBryde’s best country album-nominated “Girl Going Nowhere” and the Brothers Osborne “Port Saint Joe” project.
  • Recording Industry alumnus and 2017 MTSU Wall of Fame inductee  F. Reid Shippen was also nominated for a Grammy this year for his work on Kelsea Ballerini’s album. He is a former Grammy winner and nominee. 

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