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Grammy Nominations for Radiohead

grammy-logoRadiohead’s latest album, ‘In Rainbows’ has been nominated for a Grammy award. The nomination for Best Album was announced on a CBS special concert special.

‘In Rainbows’ has to compete with Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ and Lil Wayne’s ‘Carther III’. Coldplay received seven nominations by the Recording Academy this year. Lil Wayne even topped that with eight nominations. Other albums nominated for Album of the Year were ‘Year of the Gentleman’ by Ne-Yo, ‘Raising Sand’ by Alison Kraus and Robert Plant. Radiohead have never won the award, even though Radiohead have been nominated for the Album of the Year award twice (for OK Computer & Kid A).

Radiohead’s seventh album is also nominated for Best Alternative Album together with albums by Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, and My Morning Jacket. So far, Radiohead have won the award twice (for OK Computer & Kid A) after being nominated for every release since ‘OK Computer’, including the ‘Airbag’ EP and Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’.

The Discbox edition of ‘In Rainbows’ is nominated for a Grammy as well for ‘Best boxed or limited edition package‘. If ‘In Rainbows’ wins, Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro can pick up the prize as the credited art directors. It would be a first if a Radiohead release wins in this category. This is also the first nomination. Previously, Stanley Donwood & Dr. Tchock picked up the award for ‘Best Recording Package’ with Amnesiac’s special edition, which would’ve fit nicely in the the current category, but let’s not get into that right now.

‘House of Cards’ is also up for several nominations. The track from ‘In Rainbows’ is nominated in both ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals‘ and ‘Best Rock Song‘. James Frost (director) and Dawn Fanning (producer) are nominated for their  video for ‘House of Cards’ in the ‘Best Short Form Music Video‘ category.
Radiohead were previously nominated for Best Rock Performance with ‘There There’ but didn’t win

Longtime producer Nigel Godrich is nominated for ‘Producer of the Year‘ for his work on ‘In Rainbows’. So far, despite several nominations, Nigel only won an award for ‘Best Engineered Album’ with Radiohead’s ‘Hail to the Thief’. And last, but not least, Jonny Greenwood missed out on an Oscar last year, due to some weird rules of the Academy Awards. But the Radiohead guitarist might still win a big prize for his score for ‘There Will Be Blood’ as the soundtrack has been nominated in the ‘Best Soundtrack‘ category. Jonny will be competing with James Newton Howard for ‘The Dark Knight’, John Williams for ‘Indiana Jones’, Ramin Djawadi for ‘Iron Man’, and Thomas Newman for ‘Wall-E’

All in all, quite a number of nominations. In Rainbows got a total of 7 (related) Grammy nominations, Radiohead’s highest ever number, including their third nomination for Album of the Year, and their first time being nominated for a songwriting award (for ‘House of Cards’).  The Grammy Awards are scheduled for live broadcast on CBS on February 8, 2009.

[thx Paul]

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  • I mean ‘Lil Wayne is up against RADIOHEAD? Oh god I don’t even know if I want to even tune in to the Grammy’s anymore if this is what it’s come to. Rubbish.

  • Yeah, Radiohead is kind of outclassing everyone in the Album of the Year category. If they don’t win then then it’ll further prove how terrible and useless the Grammy Awards are.

  • i don’t get how james newton howard is getting nominated for the dark night when it was hans zimmer who contributed most, AND completely copied his own music from ‘The Da Vinci Code’ lol. And I hate how this album is hardly getting any awards, its radiohead, the best living band on this planet, people are deaf, especially those mercury award judges! welcome back 😉

  • Despite its name, the Mecury Music Prize has always been about giving recognition to artists who are flying under the radar of most people. Elbow made a great record and I wouldn’t begrudge them the victory over Radiohead. The band don’t really ever need to win this prize, they should have won for OK Computer if they did.

  • Sorry if this is a bit out of place but I made a remix of you and whose army that i’m proud of, if you wanna listen go on

  • I agree with ken (^up there), about the “terrible and useless”-part regarding the Grammys.

  • The Grammies sacks. Radiohead is too good for the Grammies and the Grammies is not good enough for Radiohead. Let coldplay have the award.

  • I’ll be watching, but only to watch my
    boys take home any award. I hope they
    win! I know it’s a long shot considering
    that the grammies are lame as we have
    already established. Will they be performing?

  • It’s “Carter”, not “Carther”. Not that it matters.

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  • I’m baffled. How the FUCK does House of Cards get nominated for like four Grammys?? It’s not a BAD song but it’s certainly the weakest on In Rainbows.t

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