Skidmore grad wins Grammy for engineering work on Beck’s “Colors”

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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar accepts the award for Engineered Album, Non Classical onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

A Skidmore College alum is now a Grammy Award winner!

Emily Lazar ’93 won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for her engineering work on Beck’s “Colors” album.

Lazar, an English major and music minor at Skidmore, is the first woman to win in the category.

“She’s in the mix!” she exclaimed in her acceptance speech. “This is the first time a woman has ever won this exact category as a mastering engineer.”

As president and chief mastering engineer of The Lodge, Lazar has worked with a range of platinum-selling artists such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, Destiny’s Child, Madonna, Missy Elliot and The Shins. She has also mastered original sound tracks for feature films including “Training Day” and “Boys Don’t Cry” and TV series such as “Six Feet Under.”

Sunday’s achievement was Lazar’s first Grammy win, but not her first nomination. She was nominated in 2014 for the Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light,” which was up for Album of the Year, and for Record of the Year for Sia’s hit “Chandelier” in 2014. In 2016, she was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for her work on the album “Recreational Love” by American indie pop duo The Bird and the Bee.

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