The 50th Grammy Award Nominees
Everyone figured there would be two names dominating this year's American Grammy Awards nominees: rapper Kanye West and troubled songstress Amy Winehouse. And yesterday, when stars including Akon, Fergie, the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl announced the nominees, Kanye's and Amy's names predictably came up about as much as a bulimic's breakfast.
Kanye topped the list with eight nominations; Amy scored six; and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain each earned five nods. Akon,Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry, Feist, Tim McGraw, John Newton, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen came next on the list of high-hitters, with four nominations each.
According to UsMagazine.com, Amy responded to the news on Thursday by saying, "I'm honored to have my music recognized with these nominations. This is a true validation from people I respect and admire." The question remains about whether authorities will actually let her in the country (remember this article? Amy And Pete Caught Drugging Up Over The EMAs), but hey, at least the sentiment's there.
A little bit of info about the Grammys for the uninitiated or curious: only albums released between October 1, 2006, and September 30, 2007 can be considered for this year's awards. They are determined by 12,000 music industry professionals who belong to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. They are due to be held on the 10th February in Los Angeles.
Amusingly, in addition to your more run-of-the-mill music nominations, the Grammy's have a Best Spoken Word Album category. Only in America: some of this year's nominees include presidential rivals Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Hillary's nomination was for her audio CD "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World", while Obama's nomination was for his speech on "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream."
But before you think it's just a quirky set of nominations, Obama already nabbed the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy last year for "Dreams From My Father," while Hillary earned it ten years ago for her speech "It Takes a Village."
Hehe. I'm sorry. I thought Bill Clinton would have got a mention for his "Never Slept With That Woman" speech, but judging from this year's fodder, it appears that nominations require the spoken word to be less blunt, if not necessarily more truthful.