The Grammy award nominations for 2014 were released on Friday, according to CBS News and a host of other media outlets on Friday. As expected, many of the most popular musical artists of our time made the list of nominees in one category or another. Without even looking at the list, one just knew that extremely contemporary artists such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jay Z, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, Lorde, and Taylor Swift would be nominated in at least one category this year.
However, after taking a deeper look at the list of nominees in all the categories, it is pleasantly surprising to see how many of the music industry’s legendary recording artists are still being honored for still making Grammy-worthy music in 2013.
- Herb Alert, 78, mostly associated in the past with the Tijuana Brass, is nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album for “Steppin’ Out.” Alpert has received two Grammy awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for non-performer lifetime achievement. His first hit song was “Lonely Bull” with the Tijuana Brass in 1965, and his last number 1 record was “Rise” as a solo instrumentalist in 1979. He also recorded a number 1 vocal recording in 1968, “This Guy’s in Love with You.” He received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013.
- Anthrax, a band formed in 1981, is nominated for Best Metal Performance for “TNT.” The band first made their mark with the release of “Fistful of Metal” in 1984. The one top 10 release in the U.S. was 1993’s “Sound of White Noise.”
- Tony Bennett, 87, is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his “Viva Duets” album featuring various artists. He has already won 17 Grammy awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His first Grammys were in 1963 for Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male and for Best Song of the Year. The song he won for was “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
- Black Sabbath, a band formed in 1968 with lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, 65, is nominated for Best Metal Performance for “God Is Dead?” which is a track from “13” and Best Rock Album for “13.” “Paranoid,” one of the group’s 1970 album releases and 2013’s “13” are Black Sabbath’s two number 1 albums. Ozzy Osbourne is also nominated for Best Rock Song for having co-written “God Is Dead?”
- David Bowie, the 66-year-old music legend, has been nominated for Best Rock Performance for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight) and Best Rock Album for “The Next Day.” His discography goes back to 1967, and he has already won two Grammy awards during his career.
- Gloria Estefan, 56, is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “The Standards.” Estefan has won 7 Grammy Awards. Her first album was released in 1977. She was the lead singer of the Miami Sound Machine in the past.
- Emmylou Harris, 66, and Rodney Crowell, 63, have been nominated for Best Americana Album for “Old Yellow Moon”. Harris already has a dozen Grammys.
- Earl Klugh, 60, is a jazz guitarist and composer who is nominated in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for “Handpicked.” He began his recording career in 1976 and has had five number 1 jazz albums during his lengthy career.
- Led Zeppelin is also nominated for Best Rock Performance for “Kashmir (Live)” as well as Best Rock Album for “Celebration Day.” The song “Kashmir” is from the British rock band’s sixth album “Physical Graffiti” which was released in 1975. It was written by Jimmy Page, 69, and Robert Plant, 65. The band has a Grammy and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Steve Martin, 68, and Edie Brickell, 47, are nominated for Best Americana Album for “Love Has Come For You.” Brickell became well-known in 1988 when she was recording with the New Bohemians. Steve Martin is likely best known musically as a banjo player and his novelty-pop hit recording “King Tut.” He was the banjo player on Earl Scrugg’s remake of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” in 2001 which won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance the year after.
- Nine Inch Nails is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for its “Hesitation Marks” album. The industrial rock band was formed in 1988 by 48-year-old Trent Reznor. The band has won two Grammys thus far. Reznor was involved with musical groups prior to Nine Inch Nails, as well.
- Nile Rodgers, 61, is a featured artist on the album “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk which is nominated for Album of the Year. The musician, producer, composer, arranger, and guitarist founded the band Chic which started in 1976. His biggest successes were in collaborations as a producer and performer with the likes of Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, Sister Sledge, and Duran Duran. Rodgers wrote such contemporary classic songs as “Upside Down” recorded by Diana Ross and “We Are Family” recorded by Sister Sledge.
- Mavis Staples, 73, is also nominated in the Best Americana Album category for “One True Love.” Staples had a lengthy musical career in rhythm and blues with her family’s band – The Staple Singers – and she has been a gospel singer as well. As a member of the Staple Singers, she has a Grammy and is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Dionne Warwick, 72, has been nominated for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Now.” She has won 5 Grammy Awards and 3 Grammy Hall of Fame honors. Her first hit song was “Walk On By” in 1965. “Walk On By” and 1987’s “That’s What Friends Are For” (with Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) were her best-selling recordings.
- Neil Young, 68, with Crazy Horse has been nominated for Best Rock Album for “Psychedelic Pill.” Young’s career goes back to 1968. He was part of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
Additionally, Paul McCartney, 71 – a member of The Beatles - is nominated as a songwriter for having been a co-writer on the song “Cut Me Some Slack” which is nominated for Best Rock Song. Mick Jagger. 70, and Keith Richards, 69 – both members of The Rolling Stones - are also nominated for Best Rock Song for having written “Doom and Gloom.”
Non-musically, Carol Burnett, 80, is nominated for “Carrie And Me,” Billy Crystal, 65, is nominated for “Still Foolin’ ‘Em,” and Pete Seeger, 94, is nominated for “The Storm King” in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Burnett and Crystal made their mark in show business as comedians, and Seeger is a legendary folk music performer.
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