Materials Alumnus Nominated for Grammy Award

Published on Tuesday February 13, 2007

Drexel alumnus and music producer Howard Benson, '80, materials engineering, was a nominee for a Grammy Award in the "Producer of the Year, non-classical" category.

The 49th Grammy Awards Ceremony was held on February 11, 2007, and telecast on the CBS network. Producer of Popaganda and some tracks off of Decadence, Benson was competing against Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and DJ Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley).

Benson has worked with bands such as Chris Daughtry, Meriweather, Pretty Boy Floyd, Saosin, Sepultura, Papa Roach, Hazen Street and My Chemical Romance.

During a recent visit to Drexel, he spoke with students enrolled in the University's music industry program, which includes the student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records. He spoke about his journey from studying materials engineering at Drexel to a successful career in the music industry.

Benson's nomination was noted in the February 8, 2007 edition of City Paper, as well as being mentioned in a Top 40-Charts.com story on February 12.  More information can be found on the Grammy web site.

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