Pianist Robert Glasper was perhaps the biggest story in jazz for 2012 with his genre-blending crossover effort "Black Radio," and Grammy voters seemed to endorse his bid to reach a broader audience. Glasper received two nominations for best performance and album of the year -- in the R&B category.
In a 2012 interview with the Times, Glasper had little interest in genre labels, but he still considers himself very much a jazz artist.
"This is what jazz sounds like now," he said of the album, which was recorded with his band the Experiment. "If [jazz] would've kept evolving and everybody was okay with it . . . this is where it would be."
With Glasper shifting categories, voters turned to a familiar face in pianist Chick Corea, who earned five nominations including best improvised jazz solo, best instrumental composition and two nods for best jazz instrumental album for "Further Explorations" with his trio album featuring the late Paul Motian, and another duo recording with Gary Burton, "Hot House."