BetteBack 1975: And The Grammy Nominees Are….

Mister D: Bette Midler was not nominated in any category, but she sure won the audience’s vote for the best presenter of the evening. Anyway, I thought ya’ll might be interested to see who all was nominated….

Press Telegram
Women Dominate Grammy Nominations
January 17, 1975

NEW YORK (AP) – Women have won Grammy Awards for “record of the year” for the past three years and men have won “album of the year” Grammies for the past two.

This year, in the nominations, four of five nominees for “record of the year” are women and four of five nominees for “album of the year” are men.

Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like” Makin’ Love,” Joni Mitchell’s “Help Me,” Maria Muldaur’s “Midnight at the Oasis,” Olivia Newton-John‘s “I Honestly Love You” and Elton John‘s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” are competing for “record of the year.”

To be eligible a record had to have been released between Oct. 16, 1973, and Oct. 15,1974. Winners will be announced at a televised award presentation in New York on March 1, based on votes of persons who work in the record industry and are members of the – National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Voting is supposed to be based on quality and not large sales.

Album of the year nominations are: Elton John’s “Caribou,” John Denver’s “Back Home Again,” Paul McCartney and Wings‘s “Band on the Run,” Stevie Wonder’s “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” and Joni Mitchell’s “Court and Spark.”

Wonder, who won five Grammies last year, has the most nominations – seven – this year, three as a performer, two as a songwriter and two as a producer.

Songs nominated for song of the year – the award goes to the composer – are: “Feel .Like Makin’ Love,” “I Honestly Love You,” “Midnight at the Oasis,” “The Way We Were” and “You and Me Against the World.”

In the country music area, nominees for best female vocal performance are: Dolly Parton for “Jolene;” Dottie West, “Last Time I Saw Him;” Anne Murray, “Love Song;” Tammy Wynette, “Woman to Woman;” and Tanya Tucker, “Would You Lay with Me (in a Field of Stone).”

Male vocalists nominated are: Glen Campbell for “Bonaparte’s Retreat;” Charley Pride, “Country Feelin’;” Roy Clark, “The Entertainer;” WayIon Jennings, “I’m a Ramblin’ Man,” and Ronnie Milsap, “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends.”

Duos and groups nominated are: Willie Nelson and Tracy Nelson, “After the Fire Is Gone;” Bobby Bare and Bobby Bare Jr., “Daddy What If;” the Pointer Sisters, “Fairytale;” Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, “Loving Arms,” and the Statler Brothers, “Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott.”

Instrumental nominees: Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, “The Atkins Travis Traveling Show;” Charlie McCoy and Barefoot Jerry, “Boogie Woogie;” Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, “Nashville Brass in Bluegrass Country;” Charlie McCoy, “The Nashville Hit Man,” and Floyd Cramer, “The Young and the Restless.”

Best country song: “A Very Special Love Song,” “Fairytale,” “If We Make it Through December,” “I’m a Ramblin’ Man” and “Paper Roses.”

In best pop, rock and folk vocal performance categories, female nominees are: Cleo Laine,
“Cleo Laine Live at Carnegie Hall;” Joni Mitchell, “Court and Spark;” Roberta Flack, “Feel Like Makin Love;” Olivia Newton-John, “I Honestly Love You,” and Carole King, “Jazzman.”

Men nominated are: Harry Chapin, “Cat’s in the Cradle;” Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me;” Stevie Wonder, “Fulfillingness First Finale; Billy Preston, “Nothing from Nothing,” and Dave Loggins, “Please Come to Boston.”

Duos and groups nominated: Quincy Jones group, “Body Heat;” Paul McCartney and Wings, “Band on the Run;” Steely Dan, “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number;” Dionne Wanvicke and the Spinners, “Then Came You,” and the Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New.”

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