EMPIRE Artists Earn Six Grammy Award Nominations



The Growing Powerhouse Indie Boasts Nominations for Music by Fat Joe & Remy Ma, Anderson .Paak, D.R.A.M., and J. Boog



The Announcement:


Following a break-out year with multiple nominations from the Soul Train Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, along with radio and sales chart-topping successes, artist-friendly, independent music company, EMPIRE experienced its greatest success of the year thus far with six Grammy nominations for projects they were directly involved with. Here are the EMPIRE-affiliated nominees:

Best Rap Performance:
“All The Way Up” Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared

Best Rap Song:
“All The Way Up” Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared

Best New Artist:
Anderson .Paak

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
“Broccoli” – D.R.A.M. Felt. Lil Yachty

Best Reggae Album:
J Boog – Rose Petals

A major comeback single for Fat Joe & Remy Ma, the platinum-certified “All The Way Up” was a massive hit, reaching #5 on the urban mainstream airplay chart, #5 on the rhythmic airplay chart, #9 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B chart, and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Broccoli,” D.R.A.M.‘s 3x-platinum collaboration with upstart Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty, was an even bigger success topping Billboard’s Hip-Hop chart, the rhythmic and urban radio charts, and reaching the top of iTunes’ Hip-Hop sales chart. In addition, the track reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Spotify Global Chart, and is among the most played songs on Soundcloud. One of 2016’s most successful breakout artists, Anderson .Paak released his debut album Malibu through EMPIRE, before making TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Ellen Degeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and performing at multiple festivals, such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, and SXSW, where he won the Grulke Prize for emerging US talent.

EMPIRE Founder and CEO Ghazi Shami comments, “2016 has been a great year for EMPIRE. In just six years, we’ve grown from being a distribution company to a full-fledged record label and to be associated with six Grammy nominations is an incredible feeling. Major ‘thank you’s to the EMPIRE staff, our labels, artists, and all those have supported and continue to support our vision as a company. We’re just getting started!”

Says D.R.A.M.: “We stayed motivated, continued to work hard and it actually paid off. I want to thank Lil Yachty, J Gramm, Roget, everybody at Crowd Ctrl and Atlantic, but most importantly EMPIRE for giving me a platform.”

Founded in 2010, EMPIRE features a rapidly growing artist roster, responsible numerous successful albums and radio hits.. With two multi-platinum songs (D.R.A.M’s “Broccoli” and Fat Joe & Remy Ma’s “All The Way Up,”) three nominations for the 2016 Latin Grammys (“Best Urban Music Album” for both El B’s Luz and  Arianna Puello’s “Despierta, and “Best Urban Fusion/Performance” for Alexis Y Fido’s “Una En Un Million” single,), multiple BET Award wins, glowing profiles in Billboard, Forbes, and XXL, and now six Grammy nominations, EMPIRE is poised for continuing success in the years to come.




The Background:


EMPIRE was founded in 2010 as an artist-friendly, progressive digital distribution company. After early success, and identifying future icons such as Kendrick Lamar, Sage The Gemini, and Rich Homie Quan, EMPIRE was quickly regarded as a tastemaker in the industry and throughout the past five years evolved into a full-fledged record label, distributor and publisher for independent musicians. With the company and roster growing at a breakneck pace, EMPIRE has effectively disrupted a stale business model by bringing its energy, expertise, and acumen to its artists and labels.






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