Grammy Compilation Surveys Major Nominees
January 7, 2005
Edited By Jonathan Cohen
With tracks from Usher, Joss Stone, Green Day and Gretchen Wilson, the 11th compilation of Grammy nominees offers a snapshot of some of the most notable music and artists of the past year. Due Feb. 1 from Capitol, the 2005 disc boasts 21 tracks from artists vying for awards in several of the major categories.
Usher, who is up for eight awards, including album of the year for his Arista set "Confessions," is represented by the track "Burn," which netted the artist a nod in the best R&B male vocal performance category. Green Day contributes "American Idiot," the title track of its album of the year-contending Reprise release, which is also up for record of the year, best rock performance and best rock song awards.
Best new artist nominee Stone's best female pop vocal performance-nominated track "You Had Me" on the disc, while fellow new artist contender Wilson's best female country vocal performance-nominated track "Redneck Woman" is also present.
Norah Jones shows up twice on the disc, once with her own "Sunrise" (nominated for best female pop vocal performance) and once with the late Ray Charles for "Here We Go Again" (record of the year). The former is from Jones' sophomore Blue Note set, the best pop vocal album nominated "Feels Like Home," while the latter is from Charles' final studio set, "Genius Loves Company" (Concord), which is up for album of the year.
Other artists with tracks featured on the disc are the Black Eyed Peas, Los Lonely Boys, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Maroon5, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, John Mayer, Prince, Seal, Evanescence, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, U2 and the Beastie Boys.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the compilation will benefit music-related charities including the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation.
Here is the "2005 Grammy Nominees CD" track list:
"Let's Get It Started," the Black Eyed Peas
"Here We Go Again," Ray Charles with Norah Jones
"American Idiot," Green Day
"Heaven," Los Lonely Boys
"If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys
"Through the Wire," Kanye West
"She Will Be Loved," Maroon5
"You Had Me," Joss Stone
"Redneck Woman," Gretchen Wilson
"The First Cut Is the Deepest," Sheryl Crow
"Sunrise," Norah Jones
"You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban
"Daughters," John Mayer
"Cinnamon Girl," Prince
"Love's Divine," Seal
"My Immortal," Evanescence
"Good Vibrations," Brian Wilson
"Monkey to Man," Elvis Costello & the Imposters
"Ch-Check It Out," Beastie Boys