Producer, songwriter and recording artist Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards Tuesday, tying a record set 14 years ago by Michael Jackson.
Smashing Pumpkins received seven nominations, including album of the year for “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” while Tracy Chapman and Vince Gill each were nominated for five awards.
The televised Grammy Award ceremony will be held in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Feb. 26.
Babyface, as he is known, had a role in two of the nominees for song of the year, a songwriting award. He was nominated for writing “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” sung by Whitney Houston. He produced Eric Clapton’s “Change the World,” for which songwriters Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims were nominated.
Clapton’s “Change the World” was also nominated for record of the year, along with Chapman’s comeback hit, “Give Me One Reason,” Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979.”
Other nominees for album of the year include the “Waiting to Exhale” soundtrack, Dion’s “Falling Into You,” Beck’s “Odelay” and “The Score” by the Fugees.
In addition to the two Babyface-related songs, nominees for song of the year were “Because You Loved Me,” LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue” and “Give Me One Reason.”
Nominees for best new artist were country singer Rimes, the Tony Rich Project, Jewel, Garbage and current chart-toppers No Doubt.
Babyface’s record ties Jackson’s high-water mark in the Grammys. Jackson was nominated for 12 and won eight awards in 1983, the year his best-selling “Thriller” dominated the music world.
Although he’s a hit-making recording artist in his own right, Babyface is better known for his behind-the-scenes work that drew such stars as Houston and Clapton to him. He’s been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards since 1988 and has won six.
Clapton, Dion, producer David Foster, newcomer The Tony Rich Project and Pierre Boulez each were nominated for four Grammy Awards.
Ballots will be sent next week to the 9,000 voting members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, who determine the award winners. Nominees for 89 categories were announced today.
The Beatles were nominated for best pop performance by a duo or group for “Free As a Bird,” one of the songs resurrected from old John Lennon tapes with later vocals and instruments added by the surviving Beatles. They will compete with the Gin Blossoms, Journey, the Neville Brothers, Take 6 and the Presidents of the United States of America.
Dion, Jewel, Shawn Colvin, Toni Braxton and Gloria Estefan were nominated for best female pop vocal performance. Clapton, Sting, the Tony Rich Project, John Mellencamp and Bryan Adams were nominated for best male pop vocal performance.
The category best pop collaboration with vocals will feature some strange pairings: Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti; Natalie Cole with her late father, Nat “King” Cole; and Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.
Nominees announced Tuesday for the 39th annual Grammy Awards:
Record of the Year - “Give Me One Reason,” Tracy Chapman; “Change the World,” Eric Clapton; “Because You Loved Me (Theme From ‘Up Close and Personal’)”, Celine Dion; “Ironic,” Alanis Morissette; “1979,” The Smashing Pumpkins.
Album of the Year - “Odelay,” Beck; “Falling Into You,” Celine Dion; “The Score,” Fugees; “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” Smashing Pumpkins; “‘Waiting To Exhale’ Soundtrack,” various artists.
Song of the Year - “Because You Loved Me (Theme From ‘Up Close and Personal’)”, Diane Warren; “Blue,” Bill Mack; “Change the World,” Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims; “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Babyface; “Give Me One Reason,” Tracy Chapman.
New artist - Garbage; Jewel; No Doubt; The Tony Rich Project; LeAnn Rimes.
Female pop vocal performance - “Un-break My Heart,” Toni Braxton; “Get out of This House,” Shawn Colvin; “Because You Loved Me (Theme From ‘Up Close and Personal’),”Celine Dion; “Reach,” Gloria Estefan; “Who Will Save Your Soul,” Jewel.
Male pop vocal performance - “Let’s Make a Night to Remember,” Bryan Adams; “Change the World,” Eric Clapton; “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)”, John Mellencamp; “Nobody Knows,” The Tony Rich Project; “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot,” Sting.
Pop performance by a duo or group - “Free as a Bird,” The Beatles; “As Long As It Matters,” Gin Blossoms; “When You Love a Woman,” Journey; “Fire on the Mountain,” The Neville Brothers; “Peaches,” The Presidents of the United States of America; “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Take 6.
Pop collaboration with vocals - “God Give Me Strength,” Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello; “Missing You,” Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan; “When I Fall in Love,” Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole; “Count on Me,” Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans; “My Way,” Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti; “The Wind Cries Mary,” Sting, John McLaughlin, Dominic Miller and Vinnie Colaiuta.
Pop album - “Secrets,” Toni Braxton; “New Beginning,” Tracy Chapman; “A Few Small Repairs,” Shawn Colvin; “Falling Into You,” Celine Dion; “Mercury Falling,” Sting.
Female rock vocal performance - “Mother Mother,” Tracy Bonham; “Give Me One Reason,” Tracy Chapman; “If It Makes You Happy,” Sheryl Crow; “Spider Web,” Joan Osborne; “Burning Down the House,” Bonnie Raitt.
Male rock vocal performance - “The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You,” Bryan Adams; “Where It’s At,” Beck; “Ain’t Gone ‘N Give Up On Your Love,” Eric Clapton; “Cry Love,” John Hiatt; “Dead Man Walkin’,” Bruce Springsteen.
Rock performance by a duo or group - “Stupid Girl,” Garbage; “So Much To Say,” Dave Matthews Band; “Wonderwall,” Oasis; “1979,” The Smashing Pumpkins; “6th Avenue Heartache,” The Wallflowers.
Hard rock performance - “Again,” Alice in Chains; “Bulls on Parade,” Rage Against the Machine; “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” The Smashing Pumpkins; “Pretty Noose,” Soundgarden; “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart,” Stone Temple Pilots.
Metal performance - “Shoots and Ladders,” Korn; “Suicide Note Part 1,” Pantera; “Tire Me,” Rage Against the Machine; “I’m Your Boogie Man,” White Zombie; “Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn),” Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.
Rock instrumental performance - “Green Onions,” Booker T and the MG’s; “Pavilion,” Eric Johnson; “(You’re) My World,” Joe Satriani; “Respect the Wind,” Edward and Alex Van Halen; “SRV Shuffle,” Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John and Art Neville.
Rock song - “Cry Love,” John Hiatt; “Give Me One Reason,” Tracy Chapman; “6th Avenue Heartache,” Jakob Dylan; “Stupid Girl,” Garbage; “Too Much,” Dave Matthews Band; “Wonderwall,” Noel Gallagher.
Rock album - “Sheryl Crow,” Sheryl Crow; “Crash,” Dave Matthews Band; “Tragic Kingdom,” No Doubt; “Road Tested,” Bonnie Raitt; “Broken Arrow,” Neil Young With Crazy Horse.
Alternative music performance - “Boys For Pele,” Tori Amos; “Odelay,” Beck; “The Burdens of Being Upright,” Tracy Bonham; “Adventures In Hi-Fi,” R.E.M.; “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” The Smashing Pumpkins.
Female country vocal performance - “Let Me Into Your Heart,” Mary Chapin Carpenter; “Strawberry Wine,” Deana Carter; “Baby Mine,” Alison Krauss; “Blue,” LeAnn Rimes; “Believe Me Baby (I Lied),” Trisha Yearwood.
Male country vocal performance - “Like the Rain,” Clint Black; “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” Junior Brown; “Worlds Apart,” Vince Gill; “Private Conversation,” Lyle Lovett; “Nothing,” Dwight Yoakam.
Country performance by a duo or group - “Cherokee Boogie,” BR5-49; “My Maria,” Brooks and Dunn; “That’s What I Get for Loving You,” Diamond Rio; “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” The Mavericks; “Little Bit Is Better Than Nada” Texas Tornados.
Country collaboration - “Redneck Games,” Jeff Foxworthy with Alan Jackson; “High Lonesome Sound,” Vince Gill featuring Alison Krauss and Union Station; “Hope: Country Music’s Quest for a Cure,” Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Lorrie Morgan, Marty Stuart, Little Texas, Tracy Lawrence, Terri Clark, Neal McCoy, Travis Tritt and John Berry; “Long Tall Texan,” Lyle Lovett and Randy Newman; “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best,” Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt.
Country song - “Believe Me Baby (I Lied),” Angelo, Larry Gottlieb and Kim Richey; “Blue,” Bill Mack; “High Lonesome Sound,” Vince Gill; “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” Junior Brown; “Strawberry Wine,” Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison.
Country album - “Borderline,” Brooks and Dunn; “High Lonesome Sound,” Vince Gill; “The Trouble With the Truth,” Patty Loveless; “The Road to Ensenada,” Lyle Lovett; “Everybody Knows,” Trisha Yearwood; “Gone,” Dwight Yoakam.
Female R&B; performance - “Not Gon’ Cry,” Mary J. Blige; “Sittin’ Up in My Room,” Brandy; “You’re Makin’ Me High,” Toni Braxton; “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Whitney Houston; “You Put a Move on My Heart,” Tamia.
Male R&B; vocal performance - “Lady,” D’Angelo; “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Al Green; “New World Order,” Curtis Mayfield; “Like a Woman,” The Tony Rich Project; “Your Secret Love,” Luther Vandross.
R&B; performance by a duo or group - “Slow Jams,” Babyface and Tamia With Portrait and Barry White; “Stomp,” Luke Cresswell, Fiona Wilkes, Carl Smith, Fraser Morrison, Everett Bradley, Mr. X, Melle Mel, Coolio, Yo-Yo, Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, Shaquille O’Neal and Luniz; “Don’t Let Go (Love),” En Vogue; “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Fugees; “Never Miss the Water,” Chaka Khan;
R&B; song - “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Babyface; “Sittin’ Up in My Room,” Babyface; “You Put a Move on My Heart,” Rod Temperton; “Your Secret Love,” Luther Vandross and Reed Vertelney; “You’re Makin’ Me High,” Babyface and Bryce Wilson.
R&B; album - ” Moving On,” Oleta Adams; “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite,” Maxwell Musze; “New World Order,” Curtis Mayfield; “Peace Beyond Passion,” Me’Shell Ndegeocello; “Words,” The Tony Rich Project.
Rap solo performance - “Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check,” Busta Rhymes; “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New),” Coolio; “Rock With You,” Heavy D; “Hey Lover,” LL Cool J; “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” NAS.
Rap performance by a duo or group - “Tha Crossroads,” Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; “Champagne,” Salt-N-Pepa; “1nce Again,” A Tribe Called Quest; “California Love,” 2Pac Featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman; “How Do U Want It,” 2Pac Featuring KC and JoJo.
Rap album - “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Coolio; “The Score,” Fugees; “Mr. Smith,” LL Cool J; “Beats, Rhymes and Life,” A Tribe Called Quest; “All Eyez on Me,” 2Pac.
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