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2010 grammy nominees include neko case and imogen heap
December 3, 2009, 6:38 pm
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Another year, another exhausting trawl through all 109 categories of the Grammy Awards looking for something worth shouting about. Here’s one: Neko Case received her first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album for this year’s excellent Middle Cyclone, by far her highest charting album to date. The album also received a nod in the Best Recording Package category. Imogen Heap was nominated in two categories, one recognising her skills as an engineer for the album Ellipse and the other being Best Pop Instrumental Performance for that album’s ‘The Fire’.

Patty Griffin got a nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for ‘Beautiful World’, a duet with Dierks Bentley, while Lucinda Williams is in the running for Best Americana Album with Little Honey. Women fared well in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, with Ruthie Foster, Susan Tedeschi and Mavis Staples all in the running, while the absence of Alison Krauss in the Best Bluegrass Album category made some room for Rhonda Vincent. Up against Neko in the Best Contemporary Folk Album are Tracy Chapman (for Our Bright Future) and Shawn Colvin (for Live), while Maura O’Connell’s Naked With Friends is up for Best Traditional Folk Album.

Not a single woman was nominated in any of the seven Rock categories, but Yeah Yeah Yeahs got a look in on Best Alternative Music Album with the brilliant It’s Blitz!. Paramore are among fellow nominees Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé battling it out for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. That was just one of Beyoncé’s 10 nominations, which also included Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Contemporary R&B Album. Taylor Swift, predictably, did almost as well with eight nominations, also including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Lady Gaga got several nominations too, though misses out on the coveted Best New Artist award due to technicalities. Keri Hilson and The Ting Tings made it in. Hilson also flies the flag for women, along with Rihanna and Beyoncé, in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category (all had the seemingly magic ingredient of Kanye West).

Other nominees include Adele, Pink, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Colbie Caillat in Pop; Melanie Fiona, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan, Heather Headley, Ann Nesby, The Clark Sisters, Mary Mary, Francesca Battistelli and India.Arie in R&B and Gospel; Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah Jarosz and Alison Brown in Country; Luciana Souza in Jazz; Britney Spears and Madonna in Dance; Amadou & Mariam and Oumou Sangare in World Music; Norah Jones (with Willie Nelson), Ciara (with Justin Timberlake) and Rosanne Cash (with Bruce Springsteen) in Best Pop Collaboration. Oh, and comedian Kathy Griffin was recognised in the Best Comedy Album category for Suckin’ It For The Holidays. Phew. The winners will be announced during the 52nd annual ceremony on January 31.

Here’s the women-only categories in full:

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Beyoncé, ‘Halo’
Taylor Swift, ‘You Belong With Me’
Adele, ‘Hometown Glory’
Pink, ‘Sober’
Katy Perry, ‘Hot N Cold’

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Beyoncé, ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’
Melanie Fiona, ‘It Kills Me’
Lalah Hathaway, ‘That Was Then’
Ledisi, ‘Goin Thru Changes’
Jazmine Sullivan, ‘Lions, Tigers & Bears’

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Miranda Lambert, ‘Dead Flowers’
Martina McBride, ‘I Just Call You Mine’
Taylor Swift, ‘White Horse’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Just A Dream’
Lee Ann Womack, ‘Solitary Thinkin’

Alan Pedder


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