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Tom Coyne (December 10, 1954—April 12, 2017) was an American mastering engineer.

Coyne worked on Adele’s second and third studio albums, 21 and 25, respectively, both of which went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. He also won the same Grammy for his work on Taylor Swift’s 1989 in 2016 and Bruno Mars24K Magic in 2018. He has also worked with artists such as Beyoncé, P!nk, and Sam Smith.

When 21 won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Tom's daughter, Briana, commented on it, saying:

My dad booked it up to stage. He would have won the 100-meter dash. He even got up there before Adele.

Tom added:

I walked a little too quickly and reached the steps of the stage before Adele. I stopped cold and … that was just enough time to see Adele start up the steps. So after another second I walked up and LL Cool J came over and congratulated me.

I [initially] put my cement shoes on and stood just to the left of Adele. If I were lucky enough to win again, I’ll go right to the back row and give someone else their chance. The pressure is just too great.

Coyne died on April 12, 2017 from multiple myeloma at the age of 62.