Music fans around the world were tuned in on Monday, February 15 to see the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. They saw live performances from artists like Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. There was even all-star tribute for the legendary Tuskegee, AL native Lionel Richie, who was named MusiCares person of the year.
One thing you might not have heard about the recent Grammy Awards is that a Hampton University grad and radio DJ took home a Grammy that night too. Andrew Bisnaught, better known as DJ Babey Drew, was recognized for his contribution to the Diplo and Skrillex award winning album, Jack Ü .
“Winning a Grammy Award means that I am among a very small group of elite people in this industry,” said Babey Drew. “It is the highest prestige anyone can get and I am honored that I could achieve it.
Diplo and Skrillex received both Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album during the 2016 Grammy Awards on Feb. 15. Their album entitled Jack Ü includes the Justin Beiber hit “Where Are Ü Now,” which won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording and was also performed at the award show. Another hit song off the album entitled “Jungle Bae” sampled DJ Babey Drew’s “In the Air”, therefore earning him a Grammy for contributing to the award winning album.
“I produced a song, sat on it for a year, then finally decided to do something with it, and within 2 months of me putting it out, I got contacted on behalf of Diplo and Skrillex,” said Babey Drew. “The message here is, if you have an idea… Do it! When you lay a brick, a house eventually will come!”
Although this is the first Grammy for DJ Babey Drew, this is not the first time he has worked with big wigs of the music industry. He is best known for being the official touring DJ for Chris Brown. But Babey Drew has also been a regular DJ for the Kardashians and also opened for big names such as Calvin Harris and Beyonce. He has performed in more than 20 countries and sold out his personal tours in Europe, Dubai, Africa, Brazil, and Australia.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, DJ Babey Drew began spinning reggae music at the age of 12. His DJ career really took off while attending Hampton University from 1998 to 2002. He started with an entry-level position with WHOV 88.1 FM and worked his way up to the Saturday night DJ for the station. Babey Drew often worked campus parties and local clubs in the area. In 2000, he also launched “The BabeyDrew College Tour”, in which he toured colleges across the country. He was also the on-air DJ at Virginia Beach’s Hot 102.1 for over 4 years and for Power 96.1 in Atlanta.
This 2002 graduate of Hampton University is not only an award-winning DJ, but also a business man who has used his talent to build a global platform. Some of his newest clients are The W Hotel, Coca Cola, and Microsoft. He continues to DJ and tour all over the world, but calls Atlanta home. He currently can be heard on Z-104.5 FM in Virginia Beach and Power 96.1 FM in Atlanta.
To hear some of his work and connect with this Hampton alumnus, search Andrew Bisnaught or DJ Babey Drew on Soundcloud, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Source: Hampton University Office of University Relations