Look Now nominated for Grammy?

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Look Now nominated for Grammy?

Postby sweetest punch » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:42 am

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news ... ammys-2020

Joni 75,' Barbra Streisand & More Front-Runners for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at 2020 Grammys

"Joni 75" would be the second salute to Mitchell to win big at the Grammys. Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" won the 2007 awards for album of the year & best contemporary jazz album.

The Grammys' expansion of their definition of traditional pop resulted in a spike in the number of entries in its best traditional pop vocal album category, from 55 last year to 81 this year. More importantly, they've made the category, which Tony Bennett has all but owned over the years (16 nominations, 13 wins), more competitive.

This category was long reserved for albums made up of songs from the Great American Songbook as well as cabaret and musical theater-style songs. But as of this year, the Recording Academy expanded the category to also include (quoting from the Academy's category description guide) "contemporary pop songs performed in traditional pop style—the term 'traditional' being a reference, equally, to the style of the composition, vocal styling and the instrumental arrangement, without regard to the age of the material."

The expansion brought in such entries as the all-star Joni 75: A Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration (Live), Barbra Streisand's Walls, Elvis Costello & the Imposters' Look Now and Bryan Ferry and his Orchestra's Bitter-Sweet.

Mitchell won the 2000 award in this category with Both Sides Now. Ferry was nominated that same year for As Time Goes By. But those albums consisted primarily of covers of vintage traditional pop material. These albums consist of songs by Mitchell and Ferry. Streisand's album consists primarily of new material, with just a few older songs. Costello's album consists of new material, including three songs he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach and one he co-wrote with Carole King.

Barring the rule change, all of these albums would have competed for best pop vocal album, where their chances of landing a nomination would have been much slimmer.

Los Lobos, James Taylor, Norah Jones and Kris Kristofferson and Brandi Carlile, among others, are featured on Joni 75. This would be the second Various Artists album to win in the traditional pop category. The first, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90, which won two years ago, was also a birthday-themed salute.

Joni 75 would be the second salute to Mitchell to win big at the Grammys. Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters won the 2007 awards for album of the year and best contemporary jazz album. Mitchell received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy in 2002.

Streisand, who received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy in 1995, has yet to win in the traditional pop category, despite 11 nominations in the category (second only to Bennett). In fact, Streisand hasn't won a competitive Grammy in any category in nearly 33 years. Yes, Streisand is a legend and hardly needs another award. But legends have feelings too.

The versatile and deeply talented Costello has been nominated for best rock album (twice), best alternative music album (twice), best pop vocal album, best contemporary folk album and even best spoken word album.
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Re: Look Now nominated for Grammy?

Postby docinwestchester » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:13 am

The nominations will be announced November 20, according to this article:

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news ... ammys-2020

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Re: Look Now nominated for Grammy?

Postby EcfanNY » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:06 pm

Its always nice to see EC get ANY recognition. Anyone with a brain, a heart, and two ears knows he doesn't get nearly-enough as he deserves. The Billboard charts and Grammys have been a stinking cesspool for decades. That being said, I hope the guy wins. The rest can fall into the wide, deep, vat of mediocrity and believe they're the greatest thing since sliced bread.


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