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Announcement: Official 2020 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Nominees






The awards train keeps on rolling and now, we have the official nominees of the biggest awards given out in the contemporary a cappella community.

That's right, the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) has released the nominees of the 2020 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and the list is HUGE! These awards honor the very best in recorded a cappella from this past year.
From original songs to continental awards, and even the best soloists from every group type, all awards are accounted for.

The winners will be announced on April 5th at the Boston Sings (BOSS) festival in a special ceremony.

For a full list of nominees, go here.

For a list of the collegiate nominees, see below.



Special Awards
 
Best Scholastic Debut Album
·       Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)
·       Unstoppable, Trebellious (University of Rochester)
·       Before You See The Light, License to Trill (Texas Christian University)
 
Genre Nominations
 
Best Country Song
·       "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" from Close to Home, Counterpoint (Stanford University)
·       "Songbird" from blank canvas, Clef Hangers (University of North Carolina)
 
Best Electronic / Experimental Album
·       Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
·       Resolution, Acasola (California State Northridge)
 
Best Electronic / Experimental Song
·       "Terrified/Me and Your Mama" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
·       "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
·       "All Night" from Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)
 
Best Funk / Disco Song
·       "Change of Heart" from Lifeline, Octopodes (Johns Hopkins University)
·       "Rise/The Weekend" from Genesis, Mind the Gap (University of Oregon)
 
Best Hip-Hop Song
·       "Come Down" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
·       "Deja Vu" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
·       "How Deep Is Your Love" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
·       "Threatened " from Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
 
Best Holiday Song
·       "Christmas in L.A." from Christmas in L.A., Acasola (California State Northridge)
 
Best Humor Song
·       "All-Nighter" from All-Nighter, Stanford University Fleet Street Singers (Stanford University)
 
Best Jazz / Big Band Song
·       "Love Never Felt So Good" from Made to Fly, Pitch, Please! A Cappella (University of California Los Angeles)
·       "Alibi" from Lifeline, Octopodes (Johns Hopkins University)
·       "Blue Skies" from Circadian, Point of Departure (Berklee College of Music)
 
Best Pop Album
·       High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
·       Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
·       Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
 
Best Pop Song
·       "FEEL YOU" from FEEL YOU, Opportunes (Harvard University)
·       "Lost in Japan" from Blue Horizon, BisCaydence (University of Miami)
·       "Take the Money and Run" from High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
 
Best R&B Song
·       "Hollow" from Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
·       "Love Drought" from Love Drought - Single, Faux Paz (University of Maryland)
·       "Love Me Right" from Speak On It, BluesTones (James Madison University)
·       "FEEL YOU" from FEEL YOU, Opportunes (Harvard University)
·       "Glory" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
·       "Birds of a Feather" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
 
Best Religious Song
·       "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
·       "Born Again" from Redemption, Chi Rho (Wake Forest University)
·       "Soul's Anthem" from Permanent Address, No Southern Accent (University of Florida)
 
Best Rock Album
·       Signal Lost, Harmonics (Stanford University)


Best Rock Song
·       "Dreamer" from Before You See The Light, License to Trill (Texas Christian University)
·       "You Know My Name" from Under the Colored Lights, MIT Muses (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
·       "HIM" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
·       "Zombie" from Signal Lost, Harmonics (Stanford University)
·       "Cryin'" from Flying Colors, Doo-Wop Shop (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
 
Continental Nominations
 
Best European Album
·       Telos, Aquapella (University of Bath)
 
Original Music Nominations
 
Best Original Song by a Scholastic Group
·       Will Cabaniss and Kate Connors: "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
·       State of Fifths: "I Am" from Legacy, State of Fifths (Michigan State University)
·       Annie Schindel: "Bad News" from High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
·       Danny G.W. and Kenyon Duncan: "One" from One, Doox of Yale (Yale University )
 
Best Professional Arrangement for a Scholastic Group
·       Elliott von Wendt: "Top of the World" from Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
·       Matt Goldstein: "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
·       Johnny Del Toro: "So Lonely" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
·       Isaiah Carter: "Love Never Felt So Good" from Made to Fly, Pitch, Please! A Cappella (University of California Los Angeles)
·       Tomas Padron: "The Way I Am" from Leading Me Home, Walk the Line (Rockwall High School)
 
Scholastic Nominations
 
Best Female Collegiate Album
·       Bittersweet, Cleftomaniacs (New York University)
·       Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
·       Studio 104, Out of the Blue (Duke University)
·       Speak On It, BluesTones (James Madison University)
·       Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)
 
Best Female Collegiate Arrangement
·       Leo Bevington: "Kamikazee" from Let Me, Unaccompanied Women (University of Chicago)
·       Amanda Springer: "Dangerous Woman" from Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)
·       Nicky Brenner: "I'm Gonna Be" from Bittersweet, Cleftomaniacs (New York University)
 
Best Female Collegiate Solo
·       Alexis Restrepo, Amalie Meer, Zoe Proeber: "Praying" from Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)
·       Jamiah Harrison: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" from Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), BluesTones (James Madison University)
·       Katie Ryan: "The Lion the Beast the Beat" from Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
·       Maryrose Hahn: "Taste" from Afterlight, Treble on Huntington (Northeastern University)
 
Best Female Collegiate Song
·       "I Did Something Bad" from Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)
·       "You Know My Name" from Under the Colored Lights, MIT Muses (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
·       "Top of the World" from Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
·       "Taste" from Afterlight, Treble on Huntington (Northeastern University)
·       "idontwannabeyouanymore" from Speak On It, BluesTones (James Madison University)
·       "Kamikazee" from Let Me, Unaccompanied Women (University of Chicago)
 
Best Male Collegiate Album
·       Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
·       Redemption, Chi Rho (Wake Forest University)
·       blank canvas, Clef Hangers (University of North Carolina)
·       Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
·       Odyssey, The Beartones (Missouri State)
 
Best Male Collegiate Arrangement
·       Hunter McDaniel: "Ozark" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
·       William Torres and Erik Fredriksen: "Greedy" from Blue Rose, The Originals (Carnegie Mellon)
·       Fredrik Ohlsson: "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" from Black & White, All the King's Men (King's College London)
·       Philip Milman: "Cry Me A River" from In Full Color, YellowJackets (University of Rochester)
 
Best Male Collegiate Solo
·       Ryan Reines: "Please Don't Go" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
·       Derek Gieraltowski: "Evil" from Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
·       Ramsey Pack: "Same Drugs" from Blue Rose, The Originals (Carnegie Mellon)
·       Bilaal Ahmad: "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" from Black & White, All the King's Men (King's College London)
·       Kyle Sims: "Man of Constant Sorrow" from Odyssey, The Beartones (Missouri State)

Best Male Collegiate Song
·       "Candyman" from In Full Color, YellowJackets (University of Rochester)
·       "Bird Set Free" from Odyssey, The Beartones (Missouri State)
·       "Sober" from Blue Rose, The Originals (Carnegie Mellon)
·       "iRobot" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
 
Best Mixed Collegiate Album
·       Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
·       High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
·       Reign, All-Night Yahtzee (Florida State University)
·       Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
·       Telos, Aquapella (University of Bath)
·       Signal Lost, Harmonics (Stanford University)
 
Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement
·       Will Cabaniss: "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
·       Eli Schleicher and Eliza Wiant: "FEEL YOU" from FEEL YOU, Opportunes (Harvard University)
·       Isaiah Carter: "Glory" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
·       Mikayla Thompson: "idontwannabeyouanymore" from Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)
·       Christina Martino/Matthew Gagnon: "Lost in Japan" from Blue Horizon, BisCaydence
·       Thaddeus Demeke: "Wings/Be My Husband" from Made to Fly, Pitch, Please! A Cappella (University of California Los Angeles)
 
Best Mixed Collegiate Solo
·       Dharani Rao: "Say Love" from High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
·       Mikala Banham: "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
·       Ryan Danca (main), Estefania Roger (rap): "Kissing Strangers" from Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)
·       Valeria Rigobon: "Talking Body" from Reign, All-Night Yahtzee (Florida State University)
·       Samuel Perkins: "Roaring 20s" from Elevate, Potsdam Pitches (SUNY Potsdam )
·       Georgia Blessitt: "Midnight" from Telos, Aquapella (University of Bath)
 
Best Mixed Collegiate Song
·       "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
·       "Lost in Japan" from Blue Horizon, BisCaydence
·       "So Lonely" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
·       "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
·       "You Should See Me in A (Crown)" from Reign, All-Night Yahtzee (Florida State University)
·       "Glory" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
·       "Love Drought" from Love Drought - Single, Faux Paz (University of Maryland)

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