Riddle me this: What do the five Grammy nominees for Album of the Year have in common with Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida?
Answer: All five albums were mixed or engineered by a Full Sail graduate, as Time magazine pointed out in today's article.
Questions swarm surrounding the cost-benefit of tuition at Full Sail, a little-known for profit college focused on training students for careers in the entertainment industry. But, for now, the university is enjoying a high profile 15-minutes of fame.
The Album of the Year nominees, all handled in some way by Full Sail grads are:
'The Suburbs' -- Arcade Fire
'Recovery' -- Eminem
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum
'The Fame Monster' -- Lady Gaga
'Teenage Dream' -- Katy Perry
...Feel free to leave predictions in 'comments.'
The Time article continues, "In fact, this year's Grammy-nominated projects were worked on by 74 alums of Full Sail U in total." Also, eight Full Sail grads were nominated for their own Grammy awards, some for their work on the Album of the Year nominees.
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Not to shabby, Full Sail.
The Time piece details the upshots and drawbacks of a Full Sail education: Successful students because of their education, successful students in spite of their education; high tuition, high-tech equipment. And it ends with a little punch in the throat to Orlando, delivered by '09 graduate Adam Tuminaro, the drummer in a Florida band called the Crazy Carls, who notes that Full Sail's reputation improves farther away from Orlando. "Wherever you go to school, Tuminaro says, "if you want a chance at being successful you have to get out of Orlando."