Greater Detroit nabs 30 Grammy nods


A onetime MT editor once chirped that all award shows suck — until you win. And this year we can say with some jaundiced certainty that the 2010 Grammy Awards don’t suck.

Here’s why: Detroit-related releases are up for not one, not 10,but 30 awards, give or take. That includes the more high-profile hit-makers such as Eminem, who’s up for an unprecedented 10 awards, including Album of the Year (Recovery), Record of the Year (“Love the Way You Lie”)

Crooner Kem is up for two Grammys: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

“Why Would You Stay” and Best R&B Song (“Why Would You Stay”).

Soul belter Bettye LaVette is  up for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Interpretations for The British Rock

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Of the more under-the-radar nominees, Ann Arbor’s Michael Daugherty is up for five Grammys, including Best Classical Album. The 56-year-old Daugherty, according to his official University of Michigan biography, is one of the 10 most performed living American composers, and studied at the University of North Texas, Manhattan School of Music, Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris and Yale, where he received a doctorate in 1986. His teachers over the years have included Earle Brown, Roger Reynolds and György Ligeti, and he collaborated with jazz arranger Gil Evans, before joining the U-M faculty in 1991.

— Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Michael Daugherty: “Deus Ex Machina” Song from: Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony

— Best Classical Album

Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony

— Best Orchestral Performance

Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.

Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony, "Deus Ex Machina"

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Terrence Wilson; Nashville Symphony)

— Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.

Michael Daugherty: “Deus Ex Machina”

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Terrence Wilson (Nashville Symphony)

Song from: Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony

— Best Engineered Album, Classical

An Engineer’s Award.

Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony

Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Giancarlo Guerrero &

Nashville Symphony Orchestra)

The greater Detroit area figures into the following nominations:

— Producer of the Year, Classical

David Frost

— Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Eliesha Nelson (Northwest Sinfonia).  Song from: Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works

-- Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.

“You’ve Got A Friend”

Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin

— Best Jazz Vocal Album

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee

Dee Dee Bridgewater

(Born Denise Eileen Garrett in Memphis, Tennessee, she grew up in Flint, Michigan.)

— Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Lonely Woman”

Hank Jones, soloist

Song from: Pleased To Meet You

— Best Gospel Performance


BeBe & CeCe Winans

Song from: Still

— Best Traditional Gospel Album

All In One

Karen Clark Sheard

— Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

Love Unstoppable

Fred Hammond



BeBe & CeCe Winans

— Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

For a solo vocal performance. Song only.

“Second Chance”

El DeBarge

— Best R&B Song

“Second Chance”

E. Debarge & Mischke, songwriters (El DeBarge)

(You’ll note that El DeBarge was born in Detroit but raised in Grand Rapids from around age 10


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