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BetteBack January 18, 1974: 1974 Grammy Nominations Announced – Bette Up For Three

Delaware County Daily Times
January 18, 1974

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LOS ANGELES (AP) —Singer and composer Stevie Wonder has received six nominations in the 16th annual Grammy awards preliminaries, the most ever given to a recording artist.

The blind musician was nominated four times as a performer and twice as a composer.

His song “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” was among nve nominees tor 1973 record of the year, and his album “Innervisions” was nominated for album of the year.

Winners in the recording industry competition will be announced in a televised awards presentation on March 2.

The nominations were announced Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium by singer Andy Williams who will preside over the awards show.

Other record of the year nominees announced were: “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,”, sung by the late Jim Croce; “Behind Closed Doors,” sung by Charlie Rich; “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” sung by Roberta Flack; and “You’re So Vain,” sung and composed by Carly Simon.

Croce, who was killed in an airplane crash last year, was one of the few artists ever nominated posthumously.

Multiple mentions for female vocalists went to Miss Flack. Miss Simon and Bette Midler, whose rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was nominated for best female vocal performance. Miss Midler was also nominated for best new artist of 1973.

In nonmusical segments of the record industry awards, comedian David Frye was nominated for a record satirizing President Nixon. “Richard
N’ixon, A Fantasy,” and actor John Wayne was nominated for a spoken word record titled, “America, Why I Love Her.”

Paul Simon won two nominations for his solo album. “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.” It was nominated as album of the year and the single record
of the same title was entered in competition for best male pop vocal performance.

Other nominees for album of the year were: “The Divine Miss M,” Miss Midler;’ “Behind Closed Doors,” Rich; “Innervisions,” Wonder, and
“Killing Me Softly,” Miss Flack.

Newcomers named for best new artist of the year were Miss Midler, Eumir Deodato, Maureen McGovern, Marie Osmond and Barry White..

Nominees for best pop vocal performance were Miss Flack, last year’s winner; Miss Midler, Miss Simon for “You’re So Vain,” Anne Murray for “Danny’s Song,” and Diana Ross for “Touch Me In The Morning.”

Singers nominated for best male pop vocal performance were: Croce for “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Wonder for “You Are The Sunshine of My Life,” Elton John for “Daniel,” Simon for “There Goes Rhymin1 Simon” and Perry Como for “And I Love You So.”

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