Veteran performers Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon have picked up the most pop-rock nominations for the 29th annual recording industry's Grammy Awards.
In receiving the first Grammy nominations of his more than 20-year career, Winwood led the field with five nominations when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the Grammy contenders Thursday in Beverly Hills.
Winwood, who first gained recognition in the mid-'60s with the Spencer Davis Group and then achieved even greater fame with the band Traffic, was nominated for best album ("Back in the High Life"), best record ("Higher Love") and best song (also "Higher Love," co-written by Will Jennings). He's also contending in the pop vocal category and for best pop producer--with colleague Russ Titelman.
Gabriel, who was in the band Genesis before launching a solo career in 1975, and Simon, who ended his long-time partnership with Art Garfunkel in 1970, each earned four nominations. Gabriel's "So" and Simon's "Graceland" will vie for best album.
Simon, who already has 10 Grammys (four were won with Garfunkel), is also contending for best song ("Graceland"), male pop vocal and pop producer. Gabriel's other nominations were for best record and song ("Sledgehammer") and rock vocal.
Another multiple nominee is trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who has won six Grammys--four in jazz and two in classical. His 1986 nominations are for jazz instrumental composition, jazz group and solo instrumental performance and classical solo performance. In the jazz solo category he'll compete against his brother Branford, who plays saxophone.
The awards in the 29th annual competition, which cover records released between Oct. 1, 1985, and Sept. 30, 1986, will be presented Feb. 24 in a nationally televised ceremony from the Shrine Auditorium.
Barbra Streisand, who has seven Grammys and 25 previous nominations, picked up her first nomination since 1980 for "The Broadway Album," a best album nominee. She's also up for pop female vocal and best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocals.
The fifth nominee for the album award is Janet Jackson's "Control." The younger sister of pop superstar Michael Jackson was nominated for the first time. She's contending in the R&B female vocal and R&B song categories.
Vying with the Winwood's "Higher Love" and Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" for best record are Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love," Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All," and "That's What Friends are For," by Dionne (Warwick) and Friends (Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight).
The surprise in the best record category was the omission of "On My Own," the smash hit single by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald. However, they were nominated the pop duo-group category.
The composers contending for best song, in addition to Simon, Winwood and Gabriel, are Robert Palmer for "Addicted to Love" and Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager for "That's What Friends are For."
Best new artist nominees: Glass Tiger, Nu Shooz, Simply Red, Timbuk 3 and Bruce Hornsby and the Range.
Finalists in other key Grammy categories:
Streisand will compete against Warwick, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner for best female pop vocal, while Simon and Winwood will be challenged by Kenny Loggins, Peter Cetera and Michael McDonald for male pop vocal honors.
In rock, the male vocal nominees are Gabriel, Palmer, John Fogerty, Eddie Money and Billy Idol. The finalists in the female vocal category are Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Benatar and Stevie Nicks.
The R&B female vocal finalists are Jackson, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker and Patti LaBelle; the competitors in the R&B male vocal award are Luther Vandross, James Brown, Billy Ocean, Oran (Juice) Jones and Al Jarreau.
Contending for best non-classical producer are David Foster, Michael Omartian, Paul Simon and the teams of Winwood and Russ Titelman, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
In the classical field, Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony received three nominations (including a pair for their recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9). That's a far cry from last year, when the orchestra benefited from admitted ballot stuffing in the city of Atlanta to garner 12 nominations and, eventually, four Grammys.
Lifetime Grammy champ Sir Georg Solti this year received three nominations (for Verdi, Mendelssohn and Liszt recordings). Should the conductor capture all three, his total would reach 27. He's been nominated 56 times. In contrast, Herbert von Karajan has won three Grammys, despite 37 nominations (The maestro's recording of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" marks his only nomination this year).