Long-time rock artists made a very visible showing in the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards announced Dec. 6. Such veteran names as the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, David Bowie and Paul McCartney will be among those vying with the young guns for statues.
McCartney was nominated for four awards, including Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” with former members of Nirvana done for the “Sound City – Reel to Real” documentary, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for the “Wings Over America” deluxe box and twice for “Live Kisses” with Best Surround Sound Album and Best Music Film. “Sound City” was also nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.
David Bowie received three nominations for his comeback “The Next Day” album, including Best Rock Album and Best Recording Package for the album itself and Best Rock Performance for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).”
Led Zeppelin's “Celebration Day” was nomnated twice. The album is in the running for Best Rock Album while “Kashmir” from it is up for Best Rock Performance.
The Best Rock Album category actually features more veteran names (4) than young ones (2). In that category besides Led Zeppelin are Neil Young With Crazy Horse (“Psychedelic Pill”), Bowie and Black Sabbath for “13.” Sabbath is also nominated for Best Metal Performance (“God Is Dead?”) and Best Rock Song.
The Rolling Stones haven't been left out. They were nominated for Best Rock Song for “Doom and Gloom" from “GRRR!” Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for “The Brussels Affair” and Best Historical Album for “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965.”
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They will be broadcast live to the East Coast and on three-hour tape delay to the West Coast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).