Tracy Young is the Grammy Award Winner for Best Remixed Recording at the 2020 Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES, CA, January 26, 2020 /Neptune100/ — The glass ceiling for female Music Producers/DJ’s was officially shattered today when Tracy Young walked away with Grammy Gold as the first woman to ever win a Grammy in the category of Best Remixed Recording for the Tracy Young Pride remix of Madonna’s single “I Rise.” Giving an impassioned speech to the Grammy crowd today, Tracy received thunderous applause when she stated that she was “overwhelmed with gratitude” to Madonna for the help she gave her through the many “opportunities and recognition” over many years of collaboration with the superstar singer. Tracy also thanked her “LQBTQ friends, club-goers and music lovers who have supported my career from the beginning” closing her speech saying she will “proudly accept this on behalf of all female producers who have been overlooked.”
In the male-dominated world of DJing, Record Remixing and Producing, Tracy Young has been a pioneer for women in the field with over 60 #1 Billboard Club Chart Hits in her almost 3-decades long career. Her extensive body of work has seen her collaborate on Club Remixes with over 100 of the greatest artists of our time (mainly strong female artists she is inspired by) such as 14 exclusively with Madonna as well as with Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Stevie Nicks, Idina Menzel, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Cher, Shakira, Pink, Rhianna, Lady Gaga and many more. She has also had great success as a DJ where she has spun at such notable events as Madonna & Guy Ritchie’s wedding in Scotland, Britney Spears 21st birthday party, Kylie Minogue’s 2011 North American Tour and is in high demand in the LGBTQI community for her live performances at various Pride events worldwide.
Tracy’s recent Grammy Nomination, and now Grammy Win, in the category of Best Remixed Recording marks the first time a female Producer/Remixer has been nominated in the category since its inception in 1998, despite her being eligible in previous years. Tracy is nominated for her original remix recording of Madonna’s “I Rise” (Tracy Young’s Pride Radio Intro Mix) off of her Madame X Album. She shares this nomination with fellow nominees Wuki for Mother’s Daughter (Wuki Remix) by Artist: Miley Cyrus, Lincoln Barrett for The One (High Contrast Remix) by Artist: Jorja Smith, Luc Bradford for Swim (ford. Remix) by Artist: Mild Minds and David Gerard C Dewaele & Stephen Antoine C Dewaele for Work It (Soulwax Remix) by Artist: Marie Davidson.
While being a nominee is, by itself a great distinction, this groundbreaking honor will hopefully inspire future generations of female Producers/Remixers in this field. We are at a time in our society where there is a huge amount of public support from Studio Heads/Actors/Leaders of Industry/Musicians who are pushing for change for equal pay for women, and more inclusion for women in positions of power, so this nomination couldn’t be more relevant. With the support of powerful women early in her career, Tracy Young is proud to be a part of this history-making moment and the legacy this will leave. Tracy herself is an staunch advocate for women’s rights, and empowerment, and jumped at the opportunity to work with Michelle Obama on her ‘This is for my Girls’ song which was written by Diane Warren and features Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Janelle Monae, Jadagrace and Chloe & Halle. Her official Remix for the single saw all proceeds from U.S. iTunes purchases of the song go to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. As Tracy said to Billboard Magazine of the dance tune (dubbed the ‘Tracy Young First Lady Remix Edit): “Peace, education, love, respect, and all in the name of impacting women on a global scale … What could be better than this?”
Tracy Young started her career in music right out of high school in Washington, DC at WPGC 95.5 FM as a Mix Show DJ spinning Hip Hop. At the time, a female DJ was almost unheard of and Tracy quickly rose the ranks at the station to become Music Director before accepting a position with Interscope Records as a Promotions Director. After relocating to Miami (where she currently resides), she was introduced to Madonna in the mid-’90s where she was soon hired by the Music Legend to perform at her movie premieres, album releases, and even her wedding. During this time, she started to remix some Club/Dance of Madonna’s and this ‘stamp of approval’ led to more work with other top recording artists helping to establish Tracy as one of the top ‘go-to’ Remixers and DJs. Tracy Young has become a global electronic music celebrity as her demand continues to grow to an international level. As a Composer, DJ, Producer, and Remixer – Tracy Young has completed 7 musical compilations on her own label, FEROSH Records and “Officially Remixed” for over 100+ musical artists. In addition to her Grammy nomination, the Mayor of Miami has bestowed an honor befitting a Musical Star of Tracy’s caliber, as he has declared December 11 ‘Tracy Young Day’ in Miami.