Some Grammy Nominations 11/21/19


Several veteran artists saw their work saluted yesterday (November 20th) when the 2020 Grammy nominations were rolled out. The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will air on January 26th on CBS.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Elvis Costello & The Attractions‘ Look Now and Barbra Streisand‘s Walls

Best Music Film: David Crosby – Remember My Name

Best Metal PerformanceCandlemass featuring Tony Iommi – “Astorlus”

Best Gospel Performance/Song: Gloria Gaynor featuring Yolanda Adams – “Talking ‘Bout Jesus”

Best Traditional Blues Album: Jimmie Vaughan – Baby, Please Come Home

Best Musical Theater Album: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg: The Life And Times Of The Temptations

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Rocketman

Best Song Written For Visual MediaRandy Newman – “The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy”

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: Woodstock – Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive

Best Album Notes: Stax ’68: A Memphis Story

Best Historical Album: Woodstock – Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive

Elvis Costello told us that upon launching his career, he never set out to change or break the rules of rock and pop songwriting and recording: [“I was just making rock n’ roll records as I knew how to make ’em and ballads and all the music that I loved. And obviously over the years, the things that I can draw from has grown, because I’ve listened to more music, I’ve absorbed more music, more music has interested me. I’ve written a lot of different things, I’ve had all these collaborations of different kinds — some of them very far away from the world that I began in. But they’ve all sort of had some positive influence on the possibilities of music when I set out to write and arrange.”] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . write and arrange)

Shortly before his 2008 death, Isaac Hayes told us that the importance of the Stax label was due to its social impact: [“We lived together in spite of the racism and the segregation. Because music should transcend all boundaries. And we lived like that. We grew up the same way, we heard the same music, we played the same music. We knew what it was all about. . . You see, Memphis was a hotbed of music.”] SOUNDCUE: (:20 OC: . . . was all about)

Carlos Santana told us that that 1969 Woodstock festival was one of the high points in his life — as well as a high point in the history of mankind: [“It was a great celebration, the same feeling that you got when you saw the Berlin Wall come down. It’s an affirmation that all is one. All of my memories of Woodstock are extremely positive. People saw different things, but I saw a unification of spirit that wanted to celebrate certain values and ideals. I read that hippies were reincarnated American Indians, and that’s how I always look at hippies.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . look at hippies)

SOURCE: Press release


  • Among the veteran artists who snagged Grammy nominations this year for either new, archival, or retrospective works are Elvis CostelloBarbra StreisandTony IommiJimmy Vaughan, Gloria Gaynor, and Randy Newman.
  • Also receiving noms were the deluxe “Woodstock” and Stax box sets, soundtracks to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Rocketman, along with the stage receording of the Temptations‘ Broadway musical.