Grammys 2017: The Packaging Nominees

News / December 6, 2016

When the Grammys roll around, we typically focus on one specific category: packaging. Yep, they give out Grammys for both “Best Recording Package” and “Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package,” with winners in these categories being the likes of Arcade Fire (Suburbs jacket), Bright Eyes (that inventive decoder Cassadaga jacket) and Third Man Records (the last two Paramount Records volumes).

This year, the nominees for recording package are as follows:

  • Rihanna — Anti
  • David Bowie — Blackstar
  • Parquet Courts — Human Performance
  • Reckless Kelly — Sunset Motel
  • Bon Iver — 22, A Million

I’d probably give the advantage to Bowie in this category, given the packaging has stayed in the news since January, the easter eggs hidden within the jacket still recently making headlines. The colors change in a blacklight, among many other features collected at Spin. This one is designed by Jonathan Barnbrook. Don’t count out that Bon Iver jacket, though. The work by Eric Carlson is epically detailed over in this interview at the Walker Art Center. If voters stumbled across this piece, it might be a mind changer.

Here are the box set nominations:

The 1975’s packaging is probably the best looking one of the bunch, designed by Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, but I have this terrible feeling Paul McCartney will win. We get it, you like books! That Edith Piaf packaging is excellent, as well.

The Grammys will be on Feb. 12. They definitely don’t do these awards on TV.


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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