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By malcolm Published: December 6, 2007

That's right folks, the Grammy noms are out and here are some of the nominations for the big awards (the kind that usually cause a bump in sales)

KANYE WEST leads all nominees with 8 while the talented train wreck that is AMY WINEHOUSE (as opposed to he talentless trainwreck that is Britney Spears) garnered six noms for her second album Back In Black.

Album Of The Year:
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace — Foo Fighters
These Days — Vince Gill
River: The Joni Letters — Herbie Hancock
Graduation — Kanye West
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse

Surprised to see Herbie Hancock's Joni Mitchell tribute album here?
Me too.
I'll bet he's a bit shocked also.
I've haven't heard the album in its entirety, but it's basically Hancock and his kickass band featuring Lionel Loueke (guitar), Wayne Shorter (soprano and tenor saxophones), Dave Holland (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) with a few guest vocalists taking on the music of Mitchell and some of the folks who inspired her (inlcuding Shorter's Nefertiti).
Perhaps the biggest and most pleasant surprise on the album is Tina Turner sultry reading of Edith & The Kingpin.
It's been a while since she "retired" and we've heard her on record. But she sounds wonderful and most listeners aren't used to hearing her in such a sophisticated musical setting.
Norah Jones does that sexy molasses phrasing on a lovely Court And Spark and Leonard Cohen applies his vocal gravitas to hushed poetic reading of The Jungle Line.

Sorry, I got distracted. Onward!

Record Of The Year:
"Irreplaceable" — Beyoncé
"The Pretender" — Foo Fighters
"Umbrella" — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
"What Goes Around…Comes Around" — Justin Timberlake
"Rehab" — Amy Winehouse


Song Of The Year nominees:
"Before He Cheats" — John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
"Hey There Delilah" — Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T's)
"Like A Star" — Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
"Rehab" — Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
"Umbrella" — Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius "Dream" Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)

Best New Artist nominees:
Taylor Swift
Amy Winehouse

Ok, my first beef is that Ledisi (Best New Artist) is on her third record as her debut was released in 2001. Yeah, Soulsinger and Feeling Orange Sometimes Blue are usually out of print and sort of hard to acquire ($67 and $73 respectively on or a much more reasonable $15 each at But, they exist and as such, it seems to me she ain't "new".
Likewise, Feist is also on her third album and her previous record Let it Die is still available at your local BestBuyMart.
In fact, I think I have it in sitting in a box of unloved CDs somewhere

(anybody want it?)

Amy Winehouse is on record number two but at least the first Frank only recently became available on this side of the pond.
Perhaps I don't understand the category.
Hey! Wait a minute! Paramore also released their second album this year!
I obviously don't understand the criteria for BEST NEW ARTIST.
Does it not count if it wasn't on a major label?
Actually, now that I look at the criteria the previous statement is nearly true.

Here's the official definition for Best New Artist
"For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist."

That can be pretty loosely interpreted, eh?
Still, Feist's previous album garnered her plenty of public and media attention and "folks in the know" have been praising Ledisi's souful jazz inflected vocals for years.
Perhaps The Grammy folks are trying to avoid a Milli Vanilli debacle or are trying to avoid giving Grammys to folks such as Ashley Simpson who are hot for a second and then not.


Here are a few other categories.

Best Pop Vocal Album:
Lost Highway — Bon Jovi
The Reminder — Feist
It Won't Be Soon Before Long — Maroon 5
Memory Almost Full — Paul McCartney
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse

Doesn't it seem like anytime Paul McCartney puts out a record he gets a grammy nomination?
It is a pretty good record, I'm just saying.

Best Rock Album:
Daughtry — Daughtry
Revival — John Fogerty
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace — Foo Fighters
Magic — Bruce Springsteen
Sky Blue Sky — Wilco

Is there any chance that Springsteen won't win this category?

Best Rock Song:
"Come On" — Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Lucinda Williams)
"Icky Thump" — Jack White, songwriter (The White Stripes)
"It's Not Over" — Chris Daughtry, Gregg Wattenberg, Mark Wilkerson & Brett Young, songwriters (Daughtry)
"The Pretender" — Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel & Chris Shiflett, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
"Radio Nowhere" — Bruce Springsteen, songwriters (Bruce Springsteen)


Best Contemporary R&B album
Konvicted — Akon
Just Like You — Keyshia Cole
Fantasia — Fantasia
East Side Story — Emily King
Because Of You — Ne-Yo

Best Rap Song:
"Ayo Technology" — N. Hills, Curtis Jackson, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (50 Cent Featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
"Big Things Poppin' (Do It)" — Clifford Harris & Byron Thomas, songwriters (T.I.)
"Can't Tell Me Nothing" — A. Davis & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West)
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" — Soulja Boy Tell'Em, songwriter (Soulja Boy Tell'Em)
"Good Life" — A. Davis, F. Najm & K. West, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring T-Pain)

Helloooooo Kanye!

Best Rap Album:
Finding Forever — Common
Kingdom Come — Jay-Z
Hip Hop Is Dead — Nas
T.I. vs T.I.P. — T.I.
Graduation — Kanye West

Helllooooo Kanye again!

Best Country Song:
"Before He Cheats" — Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
"Give It Away" — Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon & Jamey Johnson, songwriters (George Strait)
"I Need You" — Tony Lane & David Lee, songwriters (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)
"If You're Reading This" — Tim McGraw, Brad Warren & Brett Warren, songwriters (Tim McGraw)
"Long Trip Alone" — Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley & Steve Bogard, songwriters (Dierks Bentley)

Best Country Album:
Long Trip Alone — Dierks Bentley
These Days — Vince Gill
Let It Go — Tim McGraw
5th Gear — Brad Paisley
It Just Comes Natural — George Strait




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