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Fanshawe prof scores 'unreal' Grammy nomination

Music Industry Arts program coordinator Dan Brodbeck has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Album category for his work on the Irish alternative rock group's The Cranberries' final album, In The End.

Music Industry Arts program coordinator Dan Brodbeck received his nomination in the Best Rock Album category

Fanshawe College MIA program coordinator Dan Brodbeck is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Album category for his work on The Cranberries' album, In The End. (Submitted)

It was just another typical day for Fanshawe's Music Industry Arts program coordinator Dan Brodbeck. He was at the school Wednesday reviewing a sound mix with a student when he heard the news. 

"A woman I write songs with out of Los Angeles texted me and said that In The End was up for a nomination," Brodbeck told CBC News. 

Brodbeck is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Album category for his work on the Irish alternative rock group's The Cranberries' final album, In The End.

"It's a little overwhelming to be honest, like it's unreal," he said. 

Even after winning a Juno Award in 2010 for Recording Engineer of the Year, Brodbeck did not see this nomination coming. 

"A Grammy was out of the question for me," he said. "It's not a normally attainable thing for someone from London, Ont.," he added.

After discovering the nomination, Brodbeck says he simply sat there with the student and took it all in. 

"First, I had to confirm it was the whole team that was nominated and not just the band," he said. "Then I could scream it to the world."

Brodbeck, a close friend of late Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, engineered part of the album and also co-wrote the track "Summer Song" with O'Riordan.

Through the years O'Riorden and Brodbeck had worked and recorded many tracks, mostly for her solo career. After she passed, Brodbeck says the band went through a hard drive of their stuff and picked things that the band could add to the final record. 

"It's a bittersweet thing," he said about the album. 

"It was a neat thing because it was her last record and I was a part of it in a weird way because I didn't sit in the room with the band and record those songs, which is strange and, of course, she's gone."

He says some of the things he's credited for in the album were done at his home in London.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 26.

"I really don't know If I'll get to go," Brodbeck said. "I probably won't push it, but I'd love to."

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Sofia Rodriguez

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Sofia Rodriguez is a reporter with CBC News in London. She is a graduate of Western University and Fanshawe College. You can email her at sofia.rodriguez@cbc.ca

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