BetteBack January 10, 1991: Bette Midler Nabs 3 Grammy Nominations

Syracuse Herald Journal
January 10, 1991


The British singer and songwriter Phil Collins, the producer Quincy Jones and a pop newcomer, the singer Mariah Carey, garnered the most nominations for the 33d annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were announced yesterday by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Collins received eight nominations in the 77 Grammy categories. His song about homelessness, “Another Day in Paradise,” was nominated as song of the year, an award given to songwriters, and record of the year, an award given to a single. Mr. Collins’s “. . . But Seriously,” was nominated as album of the year.

Among the nominations for Ms. Carey, a pop-soul singer and songwriter, were song of the year, record of the year, album of the year and best new artist. Mr. Jones’s all-star album “Back on the Block” drew five nominations, including album of the year and producer of the year, making Mr. Jones the most nominated figure in Grammy history, with 74 nominations, overtaking Henry Mancini and his 71. And the late Leonard Bernstein received five nominations, including best classical album (for a recording of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2) and best music video, long form.

M.C. Hammer, whose “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” was the best-selling album released in 1990, received four nominations, as did the singer and songwriter Sinead O’Connor and the pop group Wilson Phillips, which was also nominated as best new artist and for song of the year. The composer Stephen Sondheim received three nominations, one for a revival of “Gypsy” and two for songs he wrote for Madonna in the soundtrack of “Dick Tracy,” which are competing with each other. The bluesman B. B. King was nominated in both traditional blues and contemporary blues categories, the latter for his appearance on an album with Lee Atwater, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Best alternative music performance, a category recognizing collegiate rock, was added this year.

The awards will be given during a broadcast from Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 20. They are chosen by more than 6,000 members of the recording academy, who are music-business professionals. Recordings released from Oct. 1, 1989 to Sept. 30, 1990 were eligible.

Here is a partial list of the nominations:

Record of the year: Phil Collins, “Another Day in Paradise”; Bette Midler, “From a Distance”; Sinead O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U”; M.C. Hammer, “U Can’t Touch This”; Mariah Carey, “Vision of Love”

Album of the year: Quincy Jones, “Back on the Block”; Phil Collins, “. . . But Seriously”; “Mariah Carey”; M.C. Hammer, “Please HammerDon’t Hurt ‘Em”; “Wilson Phillips”

Song of the year: “Another Day in Paradise”; “From a Distance”; Wilson Phillips, “Hold On”; “Nothing Compares 2 U”; “Vision of Love”

Best new artist: The Black Crowes, Mariah Carey, the Kentucky Headhunters, Lisa Stansfield, Wilson Phillips.

Best pop vocal, female: Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Sinead O’Connor, Bette Midler, Lisa Stansfield.

Best pop vocal, male: Michael Bolton, Phil Collins, James Ingram, Billy Joel, Roy Orbison, Rod Stewart.

Best pop performance, duo or group: B-52’s, Heart, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Righteous Brothers, Linda Ronstadt with Aaron Neville, Wilson Phillips.

Best rock vocalist, female: Melissa Etheridge, Janet Jackson, Alannah Myles, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner

Best rock vocalist, male: Jon Bon Jovi, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Billy Idol, Neil Young.

Best rock performance, duo or group: Aerosmith, INXS, Midnight Oil, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones

Best hard rock performance: AC/DC, Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, Living Colour, Motley Crue.

Best metal performance: Anthrax, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies.

Best alternative music performance: Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, the Replacements, World Party.

Best R&B vocal, female: Anita Baker, Regina Belle, Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Pebbles.

Best R&B vocal, male: Babyface, Tevin Campbell, Johnny Gill, Al B. Sure, Luther Vandross.

Best R&B performance, duo or group: After 7, Ray Charles and Chaka Khan, En Vogue, Was (Not Was), and “The Secret Garden” with El DeBarge, James Ingram, Al B. Sure and Barry White.

Best rap solo performance: M.C. Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Monie Love.

Best rap performance, duo or group: Digital Underground, D.J. Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, Public Enemy, West Coast Rap All-Stars and “Back on the Block” with Ice-T, Melle Mel, Big Daddy Kane and Kool Moe Dee.

Best jazz instrumental, soloist: George Benson, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Branford Marsalis, Oscar Peterson.

Best jazz instrumental, group: Branford Marsalis; Wynton Marsalis; Oscar Peterson; Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie; Art Blakey, Dr. John and David (Fathead) Newman.

Best contemporary blues recording: Robert Cray, Etta James, B. B. King and Lee Atwater, Koko Taylor, the Vaughn Brothers.

Best country vocal, female: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Carlene Carter, Kathy Mattea, Reba McEntire, K. T. Ostlin.

Best country vocal, male: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Doug Stone, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam.

Best country performance, duo or group: Alabama, the Judds, Kentucky Headhunters, Restless Heart, Shenandoah.

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