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The Grammys, Round 1 : Pop Music: Rock 'n' roll veterans lead pack of recording industry awards nominees.

January 12, 1990|DENNIS HUNT and RICHARD CROMELIN | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

Los Angeles-based rock veterans Don Henley, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and the Traveling Wilburys will compete with English soul band the Fine Young Cannibals in the album of the year category in the 32nd annual Grammy Awards.

The nominations were announced Thursday at a Beverly Hills press conference. Winners will be named in nationally televised ceremonies from the Shrine Auditorium on Feb. 21.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Monday January 15, 1990 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 5 Column 1 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 33 words Type of Material: Correction
Grammy nominee--"The Masters" album by Eddie Adock, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Jesse McReynolds was inadvertently omitted from the best bluegrass recording category in Friday's list of nominees for the 32nd annual Grammy Awards.

The album field consists of ex-Eagle Henley's sardonic "The End of the Innocence," rocker Petty's darkly humorous "Full Moon Fever," blueswoman Raitt's reflective "Nick of Time," the informal "supergroup" the Traveling Wilburys' good-natured "Volume One" and the Cannibals' soul-flavored "The Raw & the Cooked."

Henley, with his album's title track, and the Cannibals, with "She Drives Me Crazy," were also named in the record of the year category, along with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" Mike + the Mechanics' "The Living Years" and Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Henley's "Innocence" was also named in the song and male rock vocal categories, giving him four nominations. Other artists with four nominations are Petty, Prince, Raitt, Dave Grusin and Mike + the Mechanics' Mike Rutherford. Triple nominees are five-time winner Joel, Fine Young Cannibals, Midler, Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson, Bruce Hornsby, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, BeBe Winans and James Levine.

While nominations in the two top categories generally followed industry predictions, there were some surprising absences, most notably Richard Marx, whose "Repeat Offender" album was one of 1989's biggest sellers and featured many mainstream textures often favored by Grammy voters. Others who had been widely touted for either album or single nominations included the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Neneh Cherry and Paula Abdul.

The balloting is conducted among the 6,000 members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The eligibility period for the 32nd annual competition ran from Oct. 1, 1988 to Sept. 30, 1989.

The competitors for best song (a songwriter's award) are Henley and Bruce Hornsby ("The End of the Innocence"), Rutherford and Brian Robertson ("The Living Years"), Joel ("We Didn't Start the Fire"), Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar ("Wind Beneath My Wings") and the trio of Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow ("Don't Know Much").

Competing against Soul II Soul (which had two other nominations) in the new-artist category are Neneh Cherry, Indigo Girls, Milli Vanilli and Tone Loc.

In other key categories, Joel and Prince are up against Michael Bolton, Richard Marx and Roy Orbison for male pop vocal, while Raitt and Midler will be challenged by Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estefan and Paula Abdul for female pop vocal honors.

The finalists in the female rock vocal competition, along with Raitt, are Melissa Etheridge, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar. Vying with Henley for the male rock vocal award are Petty, Neil Young, Lou Reed and Joe Cocker.

In the rock group vocal category, U2 is nominated twice--for the album "Rattle and Hum" and for the single "When Love Comes to Town," a collaboration with B. B. King. The group's challengers are the Rolling Stones, the Traveling Wilburys and Living Colour.

The female R&B vocal nominees are Vanessa Williams, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Janet Jackson and Aretha Franklin, while the contenders for the R&B male vocal award are Prince, Bobby Brown, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson.

The finalists for best rap performance are Young MC, Public Enemy, Tone Loc, D. J. Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince and De La Soul.

In country, k.d. lang and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band both received two nominations, lang for best country vocal and as co-writer of "Luck in My Eyes," and Dirt Band for best group vocal and vocal collaboration. Lang's competitors for female country vocal honors are Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Dolly Parton and Kathy Mattea. The challengers for the male country vocal award are Rodney Crowell, Keith Whitley, Randy Travis, Clint Black and Lyle Lovett.

Trumpeter Miles Davis is the leading nominee in jazz genre with three--for jazz fusion, solo jazz and big-band jazz performances. In the solo jazz category, he'll be vying with Andre Previn, John Patitucci, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. For the jazz group instrumental award, it's brother against brother--Wynton vs. Branford Marsalis. Previn, for his "After Hours" album was also nominated in this category, along with the Yellowjackets and the Chick Corea Akoustic Band.

Both repertory and performers in the classical album category are more offbeat than usual, though sentimental voting might favor a valedictory award to Herbert von Karajan and the Vienna Symphony for their Bruckner Eighth Symphony.

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