NEW YORK -- On the charts, 1997 was mostly kid stuff, all fluff, silliness and sentimentality.
But at the Grammys, 1997 turns out to have been a very grown-up year, indeed. When nominations for the 40th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in New York yesterday, the major categories -- Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist -- were dominated by adult pop acts, including Paula Cole, R. Kelly, Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan and Babyface.
Cole, in fact, was named in all four categories. An adult contemporary artist in the truest sense of the term, her hit "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" is in the running for both Record and Song of the Year. In addition, Cole was named in the Female Pop Vocal Performance, Pop Album and Producer categories, giving her a total of seven nominations.
Winners will be announced Feb. 25 at Radio City Music Hall in New York (the show will be carried live by CBS).
The only members of the youth brigade to crack the big four were Hanson and Fiona Apple, with the three teen-age Hansons up for Record of the Year with "MMMBop," and competing against the 20-year-old Apple (as well as Cole, Erykah Badu and Puff Daddy) for Best New Artist honors.
Even more astonishing than the maturity of the major nominees was their seriousness. Unlike years past, when the Grammy ballot was dominated by popular piffle, this year's card emphasizes musical merit. Just look at the field for Album of the Year. In addition to Cole's "This Fire" and Babyface's "The Day," the contenders include such well-reviewed releases as Bob Dylan's "Time Out of Mind," Paul McCartney's "Flaming Pie" and Radiohead's "OK Computer."
By contrast, the year's best-sellers were all but ignored. Elton John's "Candle In the Wind 1997," which broke sales records across the globe, picked up a paltry one nomination, for Male Pop Vocal Performance. Jewel, whose "Pieces of You" album was one of the year's most enduring hits, also snagged but a single spot on the Grammy ballot, with a Female Pop Vocal Performance nod for "Foolish Games."
Even Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, an inescapable presence on the pop and R&B; charts, wound up with a relatively low profile on the Grammy front. Although he picked up an impressive seven nominations, five of those were split between two categories: Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Rap Album. The other two were an R&B; Song nod for the Mariah Carey hit "Honey" (shared with Carey and seven others), and Best New Artist.
And the Spice Girls? Totally ignored. (Don't worry, Spice fans -- the Grammy voters don't like Madonna, either.)
R&B; powerhouse Babyface led the field as he did last year, earning eight nominations in all for his work as a performer and producer. But unlike last year, when the bulk of his nominations were for his songwriting and production, this year's slate mostly rewards him for his singing, with "Every Time I Close My Eyes" up for Pop Male Vocal Performance, "How Come, How Long" (which he cut with Stevie Wonder) up for Pop Vocal Collaboration, and "The Day" up for both Album of the Year and Best Pop Album.
Gospel star Kirk Franklin was another well-rewarded jack of all trades, picking up nominations as performer, songwriter and producer for "Stomp," which he recorded with God's Property. Impressively, only one of those nominations was in the gospel category; two of the others were in R&B; (for R&B; Song and R&B; Performance by a Duo or Group), with the third being for Producer of the Year.
Badu was another major multiple nominee. In addition to a Best New Artist nod, the rising R&B; star has a shot at Grammys in the R&B; Female Vocal Performance, R&B; Song and R&B; Album categories. Patty Loveless was the most-honored country artist, having been nominated for Female Vocal Performance, Collaboration with Vocals, and Country Album.
It was slim pickings for the local scene, though. Outgoing Baltimore Symphony director David Zinman was nominated, along with the BSO, for a recording of Barber and Walton violin concertos with Joshua Bell. Zinman also shared two Grammy nominations (Classical Album and Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra) with cellist Yo-Yo Ma for the disc "Premieres -- Cello Concertos," but the orchestra they used was Philadelphia's, not Baltimore's.
Still, Baltimore saxophonist Antonio Hart is up for a Jazz Instrumental Solo Grammy for "The Community," from the album "Here I Stand," while the late Michael Hedges, who studied guitar and composition at the Peabody Conservatory, was nominated in the New Age category.
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Nominees for Grammy Awards in these major categories were announced yesterday
Record of the year: "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?", Paula Cole; "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin; "Everyday Is a Winding Road," Sheryl Crow; "MMMBop," Hanson; "I Believe I Can Fly," R. Kelly
Album of the year: "The Day," Babyface; "This Fire," Paula Cole; "Time Out of Mind," Bob Dylan; "Flaming Pie," Paul McCartney; "OK Computer," Radiohead
Song of the year: "Don't Speak," Eric Stefani & Gwen Stefani; "How Do I Live," Diane Warren; "I Believe I Can Fly," R. Kelly; "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal; "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?", Paula Cole
New artist: Fiona Apple; Erykah Badu; Paula Cole; Puff Daddy; Hanson
Nominees for the 1998 Grammy Awards
Here is a selection of the nominations announced yesterday for the Grammy Awards:
Female pop vocal performance: "Butterfly," Mariah Carey; "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?", Paula Cole; "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin; "Foolish Games," Jewel; "Building a Mystery," Sarah McLachlan
Male pop vocal performance: "Every Time I Close My Eyes," Babyface; "Candle in the Wind 1997," Elton John; "Whenever Wherever Whatever," Maxwell; "Fly Like an Eagle," Seal; "Barely Breathing," Duncan Sheik
Pop performance by a duo or group with vocal: "Silver Springs," Fleetwood Mac; "MMMBop," Hanson; "Virtual Insanity," Jamiroquai; "Don't Speak," No Doubt; "Anybody Seen My Baby?", Rolling Stones
Pop album: "This Fire," Paula Cole; "The Dance," Fleetwood Mac; "Travelling Without Moving," Jamiroquai; "Surfacing," Sarah McLachlan; "Hourglass," James Taylor
Female rock performance: "Criminal," Fiona Apple; "Bitch," Meredith Brooks; "Shy," Ani Difranco; "Four Leaf Clover," Abra Moore; "1959," Patti Smith
Male rock performance: "Dead Man Walking," David Bowie; "Cold Irons Bound," Bob Dylan; "Blueboy," John Fogerty; "Just Another Day," John Mellencamp; "Thunder Road," Bruce Springsteen
Rock performance by a duo or group with vocal: "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)," Aerosmith; "The Chain," Fleetwood Mac; "Push," Matchbox 20; "Crash Into Me," Dave Matthews Band; "One Headlight," the Wallflowers
Rock album: "Nine Lives," Aerosmith; "Blue Moon Swamp," John Fogerty; "The Colour and the Shape," Foo Fighters; "Bridges to Babylon," Rolling Stones; "Pop," U2
Female R&B; vocal performance: "On & On," Erykah Badu; "Honey," Mariah Carey; "I Believe in You And Me," Whitney Houston; "Summertime," Chaka Khan; "When You Talk About Love," Patti LaBelle
Male R&B; vocal performance: "I Believe I Can Fly," R. Kelly; "For You," Kenny Lattimore; "Back to Living Again," Curtis Mayfield; "You Make Me Wanna," Usher; "When You Call on Me/Baby That's When I Come Runnin'," Luther Vandross
R&B; performance by a duo or group with vocal: "Hard to Say I'm Sorry (Remix)," Az Yet Featuring Peter Cetera; "No Diggity," Blackstreet; "A Song for Mama," Boyz II Men; "Stomp," God's Property Featuring Kirk Franklin & "Salt,"; "You Don't Have To Be Afraid," Take 6
R&B; album: "The Day," Babyface; "Baduizm," Erykah Badu; "Share My World," Mary J. Blige; "Evolution," Boyz II Men; "The Preacher's Wife -- Soundtrack," Whitney Houston; "Flame," Patti LaBelle
Rap album: "No Way Out," Puff Daddy & the Family; "Supa Dupa Fly," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; "Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival," Wyclef Jean (Featuring Refugee Allstars); "Life After Death," the Notorious B.I.G.; "Wu-Tang Forever," Wu-Tang Clan
Female country vocal performance: "Did I Shave My Legs For This?", Deana Carter; "The Trouble With the Truth," Patty Loveless; "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes; "All the Good Ones Are Gone," Pam Tillis; "How Do I Live," Trisha Yearwood
Male country vocal performance: "Something That We Do," Clint Black; "Rusty Cage," Johnny Cash; "Pretty Little Adriana," Vince Gill; "Peach Pickin' Time Down in Georgia," Willie Nelson; "Carrying Your Love With Me," George Strait
Country album: "Unchained," Johnny Cash; "Everything I Love," Alan Jackson; "Long Stretch of Lonesome," Patty Loveless; "Carrying Your Love With Me," George Strait; "Under the Covers," Dwight Yoakam
Jazz instrumental solo: "Stardust," Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton; "You Must Believe in Swing," Buddy DeFranco; "Dear Old Stockholm," Tommy Flanagan; "The Community," Antonio Hart; "Blame It on My Youth," Brad Mehldau
Gospel album by a choir or chorus: "Favorite Song of All," Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; "God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nation," God's Property; "He's Still Good!", the Rev. Milton Brunson's Thompson Community Singers; "Live in London at Wembley," Love Fellowship Crusade Choir; "Time For Healing," Sounds of Blackness
Producer of the year, non-classical: Walter Afanasieff; Babyface; Paula Cole; Kirk Franklin; Keith Thomas
Classical album: "Beethoven: The String Quartets," Emerson String Quartet, Max Wilcox, producer; "Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique," Helmut Burk, producer, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Cleveland Orchestra; "Brahms: The Four Symphonies; Academic Festival Overture, Etc.," James Mallinson, producer, Scottish Chamber Orchestra; "Premieres -- Cello Concertos (Works Of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse)," Steven Epstein, producer, conductor David Zinman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Philadelphia Orchestra; "Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg," Michael Woolcock, producer, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Intermediate string overflow Instrumental soloist(s) performance with orchestra: "Barber/Walton: Violin Concertos/Bloch: Baal Shem," Joshua Bell, violin, David Zinman, conductor; "Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 18 & 20," Richard Goode, piano; "Premieres -- Cello Concertos (Works of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse)," Yo-Yo Ma, cello, David Zinman, conductor; "Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion And Orchestra," Evelyn Glennie, percussion & marimba, Leonard Slatkin, conductor; "Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1," Martha Argerich, piano, Claudio Abbado, conductor
Intermediate string overflow
Pub Date: 1/07/98