R&B ICON AL GREEN’S “LAY IT DOWN” DOMINATES THE R&B CATEGORY WITH FOUR NODS
CAPITOL NASHVILLE’S LADY ANTEBELLUM GRABS TWO NOMS, INCLUDING BEST NEW ARTIST; TRACE ADKINS ALSO SCORES TWO
CAPITOL’S BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST KATY PERRY NABS FIRST-EVER NOD FOR BEST POP FEMALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE
DANCE DUO DAFT PUNK GRABS TWO NODS IN DANCE CATEGORY, BOTH STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN AND CECE WINANS EARN TWO IN GOSPEL
Other nominated EMI Music artists include Leif Ove Andsnes, Jason Champion, Lila Downs, Little Big Town, Tan Dun, Hot Chip, J. Holiday, Jaguares, Stacey Kent, Joe Lovano, TobyMac, arranger Vince Mendoza, Kylie Minogue, Gabriela Montero, Sir Simon Rattle with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Chris Tomlin, The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir, Cassandra Wilson and Keith Urban
DECEMBER 4, 2008 – EMI Music’s Coldplay earned the most Grammy® Award nominations of any group, with seven nominations across major categories including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. The band hope to add to their previous four Grammy® trophies this year for “Viva La Vida,” their critically-acclaimed, triumphant fourth studio album, at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards to be held February 8th, 2009. In addition, EMI’s Al Green earned four nominations in the R&B category for his album, “Lay it Down.” In total, EMI Music artists scored 45 nominations.
Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” release in June, has become one of the biggest selling albums of the year, with more than seven million sold worldwide. Band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin swept the major categories this year, with nominations for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Rock Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song for the track, “Violet Hill.”
Soul and R&B icon Al Green earned four nominations for his chart-topping and critically-praised Blue Note album “Lay It Down” including Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “Stay With Me (By The Sea)” featuring John Legend, and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “You’ve Got The Love I Need” featuring Anthony Hamilton. “Lay It Down” was also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for the engineering work of Jimmy Douglass, Russell “The Dragon” Elevado and Jon Smeltz. Green was honored with the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Throughout his career, he has received 9 Grammy Awards in various Gospel and Pop categories, but has never won in the R&B category.
Capitol Nashville trio Lady Antebellum earned a prestigious Best New Artist nomination in a tough field, a month after being named New Artist of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The group also scored a nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song, “Love Don’t Live Here.” And label mate Trace Adkins earned the first two Grammy nominations of his career for Best Male Country Performance and Best Country Song for the “You’re Gonna Miss This.” Capitol Nashville superstar Keith Urban also earned a nomination for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for his duet with Trisha Yearwood on the song “Let The Wind Chase You.” Little Big Town was also nominated in the same category for collaborating on the song “Life In A Northern Town” with Sugarland & Jake Owen (from the Mercury Records’ album Love on The Inside, Deluxe Fan Edition).
Capitol Records’ “it girl”, Katy Perry earns her first Grammy nomination in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for her single, “I Kissed a Girl” (which was #1 on the Billboard HOT 100 for seven weeks straight) from her debut album “One of the Boys.” The 2008 breakthrough new artist has had back to back #1 global singles with “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot N Cold” and has sold over 1.5 million albums and almost 10 million singles worldwide.
French electronic duo Daft Punk, who made their first ever televised live performance at last year’s Grammy telecast with Kanye West, received two nominations. Alive 2007 is nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album and their single “Harder Better Faster Stronger” picks up a nod in the Best Dance Recording category. This marks the masked duo’s 7th Grammy nomination.
Other EMI artists had a strong showing in the Dance Field. Global superstar Kylie Minogue earned the fifth nomination of her career with a nod for Best Electronic/Dance Album for “X,” the Aussie’s 10th studio album. Minogue won the Best Dance Recording Grammy in 2003 for her dance floor hit “Come Into My World.” British electro-pop group Hot Chip pick up the first nomination of their career with a nod for Best Dance Recording for the track “Ready For The Floor” from their 2008 release “Made In The Dark.” Electronic music icon Moby earned a nomination in the Best Electronic/Dance album category for his sixth studio album, “Last Night,” released on Mute.
Capitol Records’ newcomer J. Holiday earns his first Grammy Nomination for his certified Gold debut release, “Back Of My Lac’” for Best Contemporary R&B Album. “Back Of My Lac’” debuted at #1 on the R&B Hip Hop Albums Chart and entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #5.
In the jazz field, saxophonist and previous Grammy winner Joe Lovano was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for his 20th Blue Note album, “Symphonica,” a collaboration with Germany’s WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra. The album also earned a nomination for arranger Michael Abene in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category for his arrangement of “Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love.”
Previous Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson was nominated once again for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Loverly,” her first album of jazz standards in 10 years. Singer Stacey Kent also earned her first-ever Grammy nomination in the category for her Blue Note France album “Breakfast On The Morning Tram.” Blue Note Holland also claimed a nomination in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) category with the album “The Look Of Love – Burt Bacharach Songbook” by Traincha & The Metropole Orchestra, which earned a nod for Vince Mendoza’s arrangement of “Alfie.”
The acclaimed Mexican-American singer, Latin Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Lila Downs was nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album for her Manhattan Records release “Shake Away,” a diverse album that explored the crossroads of traditional Mexican music with American blues, rock and jazz.
In addition, EMI Televisa rock group Jaguares was nominated for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album for their album, “45.” The group has been nominated twice in the past.
EMI artists CeCe Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman earned two nominations each in the Gospel category. A seven time-Grammy Award winner, CeCe Winans earned two more nominations this year for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for “Thy Kingdom Come” and Best Gospel Performance for “Waging War,” a track from “Thy Kingdom Come.” And five time-Grammy winner Steven Curtis Chapman has been nominated for two additional Grammys this year. Chapman is up for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for “This Moment” & for his involvement in “You Reign” which has been nominated for Best Gospel Song. Chapman has sold over ten million records including two RIAA certified platinum albums and eight RIAA certified gold albums. In addition to his five Grammys, Chapman has won an American Music Award, has recorded 44 #1 US radio hits and been awarded 54 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date.
Other Gospel nominees from the EMI Music family include one for new artist, Jason Champion, who earned a nomination with his debut album, “Reflections” in the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album category. In addition, Bishop Charles E. Blake & The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir earned a nomination for their album, “No Limit” in the Best Traditional Gospel Album category. In addition, after earning two previous Grammy nominations, Chris Tomlin’s latest project, “Hello Love” earned a nomination this year for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album of the year. TobyMac’s “Alive & Transported” has been Grammy nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. TobyMac has received four Grammy nominations in the past. And Christian Modern Rock band Sanctus Real’s fourth studio release, “We Need Each Other” has been nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. This marks the band’s first Grammy nomination. In addition, Inpop Records’ SuperChick was nominated for Rock Gospel Album and the Gaither Vocal Band earned a nomination for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
In the classical genre, David Groves was nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical for his work on several EMI Classics projects, including: “Baroque,” (Gabriela Montero), “Beethoven: Piano Sonatas,” (Jonathan Biss), “Polish Spirit,” (Nigel Kennedy & Jacek Kaspszyk), “Respighi: Roman Trilogy, Il Tramonto,” (Antonio Pappano) and “Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1,” (Martha Argerich).
In addition, first time nominee, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero was nominated for Best Classical Crossover Album for “Baroque.” Previous nominee, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes was nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra). Multiple Grammy winning conductor Sir Simon Rattle earned another nomination this year in the category Best Choral Performance, alongside chorus master Simon Halsey. EMI Classics’ release of the Met Opera’s “Tan Dun: The First Emperor” earned a nomination for Best Opera Recording. Composer Marc-André Dalbavie earned a nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his work Concerto Pour Flute on EMI album “Dalbavie/Jarrell/Pintscher: Flute Concertos.”
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