Sting, R.e.m., Houston Grab Grammy Bids Nominations Predictably Conservative; Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton Blocked From Big Awards

Posted: January 07, 1994

It happens every year. First come the critics' lists of the year's most noteworthy records, then a week later the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) issues its nominations for Grammy Awards.

And without fail, there's a massive gap between the two. The critics say Liz Phair; NARAS says Whitney Houston. The critics say Velvet Underground; NARAS responds Billy Joel.

Only a few critics' darlings - Neil Young, R.E.M. - were even noticed by members of the academy this year, in award nominations announced yesterday at a ceremony at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

The 36th annual Grammy Awards shindig will be held at Radio City Music Hall on March 1, and broadcast live by CBS (Channel 10). Nominated works were released between Oct. 1, 1992, and Sept. 30, 1993.

This is how conservative the voting was: Houston's soundtrack from The Bodyguard (Arista) - a collection of hastily prepared songs crowned by the sappy, best-selling single "I Will Always Love You" - is nominated in the album category. And the Aladdin theme "A Whole New World," sung by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson, was voted a contender for both record of the year (a performer's award) and song of the year (a composer's award).

What kind of logic prevails up at Grammy Central? In the record-of-the-year category, the overly emotional Houston and Belle/Bryson soundtrack cuts are up against Neil Young's poignant, acoustic "Harvest Moon." And in the song-of- the-year category, the same soundtrack anthems are competing with the even more bombastic "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," Meat Loaf's phone-book-length opus. Were these categories designed to honor the most popular song, the song most closely associated with a film, or the widest possible spectrum of artists?

The album-of-the-year category is another grab bag. In addition to The Bodyguard soundtrack, nominations went to Billy Joel's River of Dreams, R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad, and Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales. What about A Tribe Called Quest's masterful Midnight Marauders, Phair's Exile in Guyville, Nirvana's In Utero, Pearl Jam's Vs., Janet Jackson's janet. and U2's Zooropa?

In one of the few signs of intelligent life among the academy's 6,500 voting members, both Mariah Carey and Michael Bolton were shut out of the major categories.

But the new-artist lineup overlooked Phair, considered by many rock critics to be the year's most promising newcomer. Acts that did make NARAS's cut: pop- rockers Blind Melon, smooth rhythm-and-blues crooner Toni Braxton, the jazz-hip-hop hybrid Digable Planets, rockers Belly and the street-hip-hop trio SWV (Sisters With Voices).

Better than SWV might have been the metal trio Rage Against the Machine; neo-folkies The Story and gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, the year's most- discussed newcomer, whose omission may be due to the bad press surrounding his murder trial, which is scheduled to begin late this month.

Sting earned a total of six nominations: best record, song and male pop vocal ("If I Ever Lose My Faith in You"), album and best engineered recording (Ten Summoner's Tales) and solo rock vocal ("Demolition Man").

Billy Joel's River of Dreams and its title track landed him nominations in four categories: best record, song, album and male pop vocal. R.E.M. received four nominations: two for Automatic for the People (best album, alternative- music album and album package) and one for "Man on the Moon" (pop vocal by a duo or group). Houston also snagged four nominations: two for "I Will Always Love you" (record and female pop vocal), one for The Bodyguard (album) and one for "I'm Every Woman" (female R&B vocal).

Philadelphians were well represented in the R&B categories. Patti LaBelle's ''All Right Now" was named in the female vocal category, Teddy Pendergrass' "Voodoo" received a nomination in male vocal sweepstakes and Boyz II Men is up for a duo or group award for "Let It Snow." Another Philadelphian nominated for a Grammy yesterday was Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo, who produced Joel's "River of Dreams."

In rap, the solo performance nominees were Dr. Dre for "Let Me Ride"; LL Cool J for "Stand by Your Man"; MC Lyte for "Ruffneck"; Paperboy for ''Ditty"; and Sir Mix-A-Lot for "Just Da Pimpin' in Me."

The nominees for rap performance by a duo or group were "Revolution," by Arrested Development; "Insane in the Brain," by Cypress Hill (another Nicolo production); "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," by Digable Planets; ''Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg; and "Hip Hop Hooray," by Naughty By Nature.

Differences between critics and the academy didn't stop with pop music. Though many music writers identified Jimmie Dale Gilmore's Spinning Around the Sun as one of the year's best country records, NARAS - which did, at least, acknowledge Aaron Neville's "The Grand Tour" in a country category - placed Gilmore in the contemporary folk category. What is contemporary folk, anyway?

This year's lifetime achievement awards go to the late jazz pianist Bill Evans, the late classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein and soul singer Aretha Franklin - who has received 15 Grammys in her career.

NARAS also named Norman Granz, founder of the Verve and Pablo record companies, recipient of its trustees award.


Record of the year: "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle; "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston; "The River of Dreams," Billy Joel; "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," Sting; "Harvest Moon," Neil Young.

Album of the year: Kamakiriad, Donald Fagen; The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston; River of Dreams, Billy Joel; Automatic for the People, R.E.M.; Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting.

Song of the year (songwriter's award): "Harvest Moon," Neil Young; "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," Jim Steinman; "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," Sting; "The River of Dreams," Billy Joel; "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

New artist: Belly, Blind Melon, Toni Braxton, Digable Planets, SWV (Sisters With Voices).

Pop vocal, female: "Dreamlover," Mariah Carey; "I Don't Know Why," Shawn Colvin; "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston; "Miss Chatelaine," k.d. lang; "I Don't Wanna Fight," Tina Turner.

Pop vocal, male: "The Crying Game," Boy George; "The River of Dreams," Billy Joel; "Don't Take Away My Heaven," Aaron Neville; "Have I Told You Lately," Rod Stewart; "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You," Sting.

Pop vocal, duo or group: "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle; "When I Fall in Love," Celine Dion and Clive Griffin; "Man on the Moon," R.E.M.; "The Music of the Night," Barbra Streisand and Michael Crawford; "Love Is," Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight.

Traditional pop vocal: Steppin' Out, Tony Bennett; Do You Miss New York?, Rosemary Clooney; A Touch of Music in the Night, Michael Crawford; Love Songs, Diane Schuur; Back to Broadway, Barbra Streisand.

Pop instrumental: "Got to Be There," George Benson; "Forever in Love," Kenny G; "Beauty and the Beast," James Galway; "Barcelona Mona," Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis; "The Phantom of the Opera," The London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Inglis, conductor.

Rock vocal, solo: "Steam," Peter Gabriel; "Are You Gonna Go My Way," Lenny Kravitz; "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," Meat Loaf; ''Demolition Man," Sting; "All Along the Watchtower," Neil Young.

Rock vocal, duo or group: "Livin' on the Edge," Aerosmith; "No Rain," Blind Melon; "My Back Pages," Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and George Harrison; "Runaway Train," Soul Asylum; "Two Princes," Spin Doctors.

Hard-rock performance, with vocal: "Highway to Hell," AC/DC; "Leave It Alone," Living Colour; "Calling to You," Robert Plant; "Cherub Rock," Smashing Pumpkins; "Plush," Stone Temple Pilots.

Metal performance, with vocal: "Fear of the Dark," Iron Maiden; "Angry Again," Megadeth; "I Don't Want to Change the World," Ozzy Osbourne; ''Institutionalized," Suicidal Tendencies; "Thunder Kiss '65," White Zombie.

Rock instrumental: "Boogie Man," Aerosmith; "Hi-Heel Sneakers," Jeff Beck and Jed Leiber; "Speed of Light," Joe Satriani; "Purple Haze," Tangerine Dream; "Sofa," Zappa's Universe featuring Steve Vai.

Rock song (songwriter's award): "Are You Gonna Go My Way," Lenny Kravitz; ''Cryin,' " Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Taylor Rhodes; "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," Jim Steinman; "Livin' on the Edge," Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Mark Hudson; "Runaway Train," David Pirner.

Alternative-music album: Star, Belly; In Utero, Nirvana; Automatic for the People, R.E.M.; Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins; Zooropa, U2.

Rhythm-and-blues vocal, female: "Another Sad Love Song," Toni Braxton; ''Someday We'll All Be Free," Aretha Franklin; "I'm Every Woman," Whitney Houston; "That's the Way Love Goes," Janet Jackson; "All Right Now," Patti LaBelle.

Rhythm-and-blues vocal, male: "For the Cool in You," Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds; "Can We Talk," Tevin Campbell; "A Song for You," Ray Charles; ''Voodoo," Teddy Pendergrass; "How Deep Is Your Love," Luther Vandross.

Rhythm-and-blues vocal, duo or group: "Let It Snow," Boyz II Men; ''Sunday Morning," Earth, Wind and Fire; "Give It Up, Turn It Loose," En Vogue; "No Ordinary Love," Sade; "Anniversary," Tony Toni Tone.

Rhythm-and-blues song (songwriter's award): "Anniversary," Raphael Wiggins and Carl Wheeler; "Can We Talk," Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Daryl Simmons; "Heaven Knows," Luther Vandross and Reed Vertelney; "Little Miracles," Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller; "That's the Way Love Goes," Janet Jackson, James Harris 3d and Terry Lewis.

Rap solo: "Let Me Ride," Dr. Dre; "Stand by Your Man," LL Cool J; ''Ruffneck," MC Lyte; "Ditty," Paperboy; "Just Da Pimpin' in Me," Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Rap, duo or group: "Revolution," Arrested Development; "Insane in the Brain," Cypress Hill; Rebirth of Slick, Digable Planets; "Nuthin' But a 'G'

Thang," Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg; "Hip Hop Hooray," Naughty By Nature.

New-age album: Banba, Clannad; The Hours Between Night and Day, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra; 220 Volt Live, Tangerine Dream; Spanish Angel, Paul Winter Consort; In My Time, Yanni.

Contemporary jazz instrumental: "Paint the World," Chick Corea Elektric Band II; Between the Sheets, Fourplay; The Road to You, Pat Metheny Group; ''Another World," John Patitucci; "Like a River," Yellowjackets.

Jazz vocal: "Now and Then," Ernestine Anderson; "Take a Look," Natalie Cole; Light Out of Darkness, Shirley Horn; "The Pink Panther Theme," Bobby McFerrin; Swing That Music, Bobby Short with the Alden-Barrett Quintet.

Jazz instrumental solo: "The More I See You," Benny Carter; "Brasil (Aquarela Do Brasil)," Herbie Hancock with Dori Caymmi; "Miles Ahead," Joe Henderson; "4 On 6," Lee Ritenour; "Nostalgico," Phil Woods with the American Jazz Philharmonic.

Jazz instrumental, individual or group: Sambao, Kenny Barron; So Near, So Far, Joe Henderson; Dancing in the Dark, the Fred Hersch Trio; Joshua Redman, Joshua Redman; Wes Bound, Lee Ritenour.

Large jazz ensemble: Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones; Dave Grusin Presents GRP All-Star Big Band Live, GRP All-Star Big Band with Tom Scott; Little Man, Big Band, Jimmy Heath; Our 25th Year, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass; Spirit of the Black Territory Bands, Johnny Otis and his Orchestra.

Country vocal, female: "Passionate Kisses," Mary-Chapin Carpenter; "High Powered Love," Emmylou Harris; "Soon," Tanya Tucker; "Only Love," Wynonna; "Walkaway Joe," Trisha Yearwood.

Country vocal, male: "Ain't Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)," Garth Brooks; "Chattahoochee," Alan Jackson; "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," George Jones; "The Grand Tour," Aaron Neville; "Ain't That Lonely Yet," Dwight Yoakam.

Country vocal, duo or group: "Hard Workin' Man," Brooks & Dunn; "Trashy Women," Confederate Railroad; "In a Week or Two," Diamond Rio; "God Blessed Texas," Little Texas; "All These Years," Sawyer Brown.

Country vocal collaboration: "A Bad Goodbye," Clint Black and Wynonna; ''Does He Love You," Reba McEntire and Linda Davis; "The Heart Won't Lie," Reba McEntire and Vince Gill; "Romeo," Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis and Mary-Chapin Carpenter; "Miner's Prayer," Ralph Stanley and Dwight Yoakam.

Country instrumental: "Red Wing," Asleep at the Wheel; "Jingle Bells,"

Roy Clark; "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," John McEuen; "Gold Rush," Mark O'Connor with Byron Berline; "Fiddlin' Around," Mark O'Connor.

Country song (songwriter's award): "Ain't That Lonely Yet," Kostas and James House; "Chattahoochee," Alan Jackson and Jim McBride; "Does He Love You," Sandy Knox and Billy Stritch; "The Hard Way," Mary-Chapin Carpenter; ''Passionate Kisses," Lucinda Williams.

Bluegrass album: Stuart Duncan, Stuart Duncan; Blue Diamond, The Johnson Mountain Boys; Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go, the Nashville Bluegrass Band; Tony Rice Plays and Sings Bluegrass, Tony Rice; Saturday Night (& Sunday Morning), Ralph Stanley.

Rock-gospel album: Free at Last, DC Talk; Heat It Up, DeGarmo & Key; Pullin' No Punches, D.O.C.; Crimson and Blue, Phil Keaggy; Evolution, Geoff Moore and The Distance.

Pop-gospel album: Soul, Margaret Becker; The Live Adventure, Steven Curtis Chapman; Hope, Michael English; Le Voyage, Sandi Patti; A Beautiful Place, Wayne Watson.

Southern-gospel, country-gospel or bluegrass-gospel album: Walk On, Bruce Carroll; Worship His Glory, the Cathedrals; Southern Classics, Gaither Vocal Band; Good News, Kathy Mattea; Sunday Morning, Ralph Stanley.

Traditional soul-gospel album: Stand Still, Shirley Caesar; Live in Memphis, the Canton Spirituals; In Good Health, the Dixie Hummingbirds; Deep River, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama; Better Days Ahead, Dorothy Norwood; He

Keeps On Blessing Me, Albertina Walker.

Contemporary soul-gospel album: Angie & Debbie, Angie & Debbie; Something on the Inside, Vanessa Bell Armstrong; Start All Over, Helen Baylor; Live, the Richard Smallwood Singers; All Out, the Winans.

Gospel album, choir or chorus: Live . . . We Come Rejoicing, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; Rev. Milton Brunson Presents Tyrone Block and the Christ Tabernacle Combined Choirs; All the Bases, O'Landa Draper and the Associates Choir; If You Love Me, Edwin Hawkins Music and the Arts Seminar Choir; Amen! A Gospel Celebration, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops with Jennifer Holliday, Maureen McGovern, Lou Rawls.

Latin-pop album: Imaginame, Maria Conchita Alonso; Brindo A La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti, Vikki Carr; Latin Street '92, Jose Feliciano; Aires, Luis Miguel; Algo Mas Que Amor, Las Triplets.

Tropical-Latin album: Hecho En Puerto Rico, Willie Colon; Azucar Negra, Celia Cruz; First Class International, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico; Dilema, Luis Enrique; Mi Tierra, Gloria Estefan; Areito, Juan Luis Guerra y 4.40.

Mexican American album: Lastima Que Seas Ajena, Vicente Fernandez; Corazon De Piedra, Santiago Jimenez Jr.; Que Paso? Little Joe; La Garra De . . ., Los Tigres Del Norte; Live, Selena.

Traditional blues album: Collins Mix (The Best Of), Albert Collins; Boom Boom, John Lee Hooker; Blues Summit, B.B. King; Dancing the Blues, Taj Mahal; The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Tour, various artists including Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Elvin Bishop, Katie Webster and Lil' Ed.

Contemporary blues album: Mystic Mile, Robben Ford and the Blue Line; Feels Like Rain, Buddy Guy; Wake Up Call, John Mayhall; Muddy Water Blues - A Tribute to Muddy Waters, Paul Rodgers; Hey, Where's Your Brother?, Johnny Winter.

Traditional folk album: The Celtic Harp, The Chieftains; Melody, Rhythm and Harmony, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares; Friend of Mine, Bill Morrissey and Greg Brown; Ancestral Voices, R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton with the Black Lodge Singers; Trace of Time, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys; Our Town, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin.

Contemporary folk album: La Danse De La Vie, Beausoleil; Fat City, Shawn Colvin; Good As I Been to You, Bob Dylan; Spinning Around the Sun, Jimmie Dale Gilmore; Other Voices-Other Rooms, Nanci Griffith; Breaking Silence, Janis Ian.

Reggae album: Mystical Truth, Black Uhuru; The World Should Know, Burning Spear; Bad Boys, Inner Circle; Joy and Blues, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers; Fe Real, Maxi Priest.

World-music album: Heat, Dust and Dreams, Johnny Clegg and Savuka; A Meeting by the River, Ry Cooder and V.M. Bhatt; Deep Forest, Deep Forest; A World Out Of Time, Vol. 2, Henry Kaiser and David Lindley; From Bulgaria With Love, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares.

Polka album: A New Batch of Polkas, Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones; Most Requested Hits, Lenny Gomulka and The Chicago Push; Accordionally Yours, Walter Ostanek and His Band; Polka Music Fan, Polka Family Band; Saturday Night Polka, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra.

Children's album (award to producer): Aladdin (motion picture soundtrack), producers Alan Menken and Tim Rice; Barney's Favorites, Vol.1, Barney and Friends, producer Bob Singleton; The Muppet Christmas Carol (motion picture soundtrack), The Muppets, producers Paul Williams, Chris Caswell and Robert Kraft; Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too, Peter, Paul and Mary, producers Peter Yarrow and John McClure; Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (motion picture soundtrack), producer Danny Elfman.

Children's spoken-word album (award to producer): Aladdin Sound and Story Theater, producer Ted Kryczko; Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales, Audrey Hepburn, producer Deborah Raffin; Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion, Danny Glover and Dr. John, producers Dr. John, Ken Hoin and Doris Wilhousky; Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, John Cleese, producer Sharon Lerner; The Muppet Christmas Carol Story Album, The Muppets with Michael Caine and others, producer Ed Mitchell.

Spoken-word or nonmusical album: Bound for Glory, Arlo Guthrie; Howards End Emma Thompson; Miles: The Autobiography, LeVar Burton; Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward; On the Pulse of Morning, Maya Angelou.

Comedy album: Jammin' in New York, George Carlin; Lake Wobegon U.S.A., Garrison Keillor; Leslie Nielsen's The Naked Truth, Leslie Nielsen; A Marriage Made in Heaven or Too Tired for An Affair, Erma Bombeck; You're Good Enough, You're Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You!, Al Franken.

Musical show album: Bernstein: On the Town, Leonard Bernstein, others; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Michael Damian and cast; Kiss of the Spider Woman, original cast recording; Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, Stephen Sondheim and others; The Who's Tommy, original Broadway cast.

Instrumental composition (composer's award): "Autumn," Dave Brubeck; ''Bill Evans," Lyle Mays; "Blue Miles," Chick Corea; "Forever in Love," Kenny G; "Half Life of Absolution," Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

Instrumental composition for film or TV (composer's award): "The Age of Innocence," Elmer Bernstein; "Aladdin," Alan Menken; "The Firm," Dave Grusin; "Jurassic Park," John Williams; "A River Runs Through It," Mark Isham.

Song written for film or TV (songwriter's award): "Friend Like Me (from Aladdin)," Alan Menken and Howard Ashman; "I Don't Wanna Fight," Steve DuBerry, Lulu and Billy Lawrie; "I Have Nothing," David Foster and Linda Thompson; "Run to You," Allan Rich and Jud Friedman; "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

Music video, short form: "Human Behaviour," Bjork; "Steam," Peter Gabriel; "Beautiful Girl," INXS; "Everybody Hurts," R.E.M.; "Runaway Train," Soul Asylum.

Music video, long form: Canadian Brass: Home Movies, Canadian Brass; Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones; Rocky World, Daniel Lanois; Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting; Three Phase, Tangerine Dream; A Celebration - A Musical Tribute to the Spirit of the Disabled American Veteran, Travis Tritt.

Instrumental arrangement: "Mood Indigo," Dave Grusin; "Oleo," Michael Abene; "Buleria," Vince Mendoza; "Suite Fraternidad," Arif Mardin; "Dizzy Gillespie Fireworks," Lalo Schifrin.

Vocal arrangement: "When I Fall In Love," Jeremy Lubbock; "I Have Nothing," David Foster and Jeremy Lubbock; "Santa's Coming to Town," Gary Hines; "Luck Be a Lady," Jeremy Lubbock; "Some Enchanted Evening," Johnny Mandel and David Foster.

Recording package: The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, David Lau; Live and Loud, David Coleman; Shine On, Storm Thorgerson and Stylorouge; Automatic For the People, Tom Recchion, Michael Stipe, Jeff Gold and Jim Ladwig; 14 Songs, Kim Champagne and Jeff Gold.

Album notes: The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, Buck Clayton, Phil Schaap and Joel E. Siegel; King of the Blues, Colin Escott; The Complete Riverside Recordings, Orrin Keepnews and Jim Ferguson; Elvis From Nashville to Memphis, The Essential '60s Masters I, Peter Guralnick; Sounds of the South - A Musical Journey from the Georgia Sea Islands to the Mississippi Delta Recorded in the Field by Alan Lomax, Alan Lomax and Robert Palmer.

Historical album: Noel Coward: The Master's Voice - His HMV Recordings 1928-1953, Sheridan Morley; Bing - His Legendary Years 1931-1957, Andy McKaie and Steven Lasker; The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959, Michael Lang and Phil Schaap; Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years 1943-1952, the Complete Recordings; Didier Deutsch; The Monterey International Pop Festival, Stephen K. Peeples and Geoff Gans.

Engineered recording, non-classical: janet., Steve Hodge and Dave Rideau; Lam Toro, Cesar Sogbe and Joe Galdo; Rage Against the Machine, Andy Wallace, Stan Katayama and G.G. Garth; Wes Bound, Don Murray; Ten Summoner's Tales, Hugh Padham.

Producer of the year, non-classical: Walter Afanasieff, Tony Brown, Bruce Fairbairn, David Foster, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Hugh Padham.

Classical album: Bartok: The Wooden Prince and Cantata Profana, Pierre

Boulez, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Berg: Violin Concerto-Rihm: Time Chant, James Levine, Chicago Symphony; Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien, Michael Tilson Thomas, the London Symphony; Venetian Vespers, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players.

Orchestral performance: Barber: Adagio; Symphony No. 1; The School for Scandal, Essays, David Zinman, Baltimore Symphony; Bartok: The Wooden Prince, Pierre Boulez, the Chicago Symphony; Debussy: Images; Printemps; Prelude A L'Apres-Midi D'Un Faune, Pierre Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra; "Ives: A Portrait of Charles Ives (tracks 1-4, 6-10, 15-21, 23-25)," Ingo Metzmacher, Ensemble Modern; Ives: Symphony No. 3; Three Places in New England; The Unanswered Question; Central Park in the Dark, etc., Leonard Slatkin, the St. Louis Symphony.

Opera recording: Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer, Kent Nagano, The Orchestra of the Opera de Lyon and The London Opera Chorus; Britten: Gloriana, Sir Charles Mackerras, Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Gluck:

Iphigenie En Tauride, Riccardo Muti, Orchestra and Coro del Teatro all Scala; Handel: Semele, John Nelson, English Chamber Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus; Prokofiev: War and Peace, Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra and Chorus.

Performance of a choral work: Bartok: Cantata Profana, Pierre Boulez, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Brahms: German Requiem, Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players and The Schutz Choir of London; Debussy: Le Martyre De Saint Sebastien, Michael Tilson Thomas, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, The Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; Venetian Vespers, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players.

Classical performance-instrumental soloist(s): Berg: Violin Concerto-RIHM: Time Chant, Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Stephen Kovacevich, piano; Copland: Clarinet Concerto and Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata and Gershwin: 3 Preludes, Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Ravel: Piano Concerto for Left Hand and Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 for Left Hand and Britten:

Piano Diversions, Leon Fleisher, piano; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto and Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Gil Shaham, violin.

Classical performance, instrumental soloist: Alkan: Concerto for Solo

Piano, Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano; Bach: Six French Suites, Andras Schiff,

piano; Barber: The Complete Solo Piano Music, John Browning, piano; Beethoven:

Piano Sonatas, Richard Goode, piano; Leon Fleisher Recital, Leon Fleisher,


Chamber music performance: Beethoven: Complete String Trios, Itzhak Perlman, violin, Pinchas Zukerman, viola, Lynn Harrell, cello; Faure: Piano Quartets, Emmanuel Ax, piano, Isaac Stern, violin, Jaime Laredo, viola, Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Ives: String Quartets, Emerson String Quartet; Martinu: Cello Sonatas, Janos Starker, cello, Rudolf Firkusny, piano; Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas, Gidon Kremer, violin, Martha Argerich, piano.

Classical vocal: The Art of Arleen Auger, Arleen Auger, soprano; Dvorak- Janacek-Martinu: Lieder, Gabriela Benackova, soprano; Exsultate Jubilate, Sylvia McNair, soprano; Farewell to Salzburg, Christa Ludwig, contralto; Grieg: Lieder, Anne Sofie von Otter, soprano.

Contemporary composition: Bolcom: Orphee-Serenade, William Bolcom; Carter:

Violin Concerto, Elliott Carter; Erb: Cello Concerto, Donald Erb; Takemitsu: A Way A Lone, Toru Takemitsu; Tippett: Byzantium, Michael Tippett.

Best engineered recording, classical: Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer, Henk Jansen; Bartok: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana, Rainer Maillard; Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien, Marcus Herzog; Haydn: The Creation, Jack Renner; Tangazo, Colin Moorfoot.

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