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CD Review: 2006 Grammy Nominees

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A joint effort between The Recording Academy and Sony BMG’s Strategic Marketing Group, 2006 Grammy Nominees is a compilation of twenty one of the most celebrated Grammy Nominated songs for 2006 as well as the most popular songs of the year. The selections cross several categories and are quite a diverse mix of music.

The nice thing about a compilation like this is there are twenty-one songs that not only did well on the charts, but were deemed worthy enough to get a nod from The Recording Academy. Even though there is a wide cross-section of music, this is most likely the only place you’ll find Paul McCartney and Beck on the same CD, it’s all good. Of course there are a few that I still hit the skip button on, but that is mostly because of how they were overplayed on the radio this year, with some time and distance, they will return to the “most popular” playlist on the iPod I’m sure.

Included are some of the obvious, Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Devils’s and Dust, and Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That.” What’s surprising, however, is some of the tracks that are missing. With Kanye West receiving eight nominations and Gwen Stefani receiving five it’s a bit unnerving that “Gold Digger” or “Hollaback Girl” are oddly absent for the compilation. The liner notes, which feature the breakdown and details of the categories, has a placeholder that credits the albums of the missing song and the declaration that “Track not available.”

The liner notes themselves are a nice little souvenir of the year in music. Featuring the top categories and the nominations in each with the credits for the given song included. It’s a comprehensive look at a glance at what will be included in this year’s awards. It also includes a list of The Recording Academy’s Executive Council.

A portion of the proceeds benefit MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation. The 48th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Feb. 8, and will be broadcast on CBS 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at www.GRAMMY.yahoo.com.

Read more about the upcoming Grammy awards at Blogcritics on the 2006 Grammys

Track Listing


  • GORILLAZ, featuring DE LA SOUL — “FEEL GOOD INC.”
    (Record Of The Year)
  • GREEN DAY — “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS”
    (Record Of The Year)
  • MARIAH CAREY — “IT’S LIKE THAT”
    (Album Of The Year)
  • PAUL McCARTNEY — “FINE LINE”
    (Album Of The Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album)
  • U2 — “CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS”
    (Album Of The Year, Best Rock Album)
  • RASCAL FLATTS — “BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD”
    (Song Of The Year)
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN — “DEVILS & DUST”
    (Song Of The Year)
  • JOHN LEGEND — “ORDINARY PEOPLE”
    (Song Of The Year)
  • JACK JOHNSON — “SITTING, WAITING, WISHING”
    (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)
  • SEAL — “WALK ON BY”
    (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)
  • ROB THOMAS — “LONELY NO MORE”
    (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)
  • STEVIE WONDER — “FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART”
    (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)
  • KELLY CLARKSON — “SINCE U BEEN GONE”
    (Best Pop Vocal Album)
  • SHERYL CROW — “GOOD IS GOOD”
    (Best Pop Vocal Album)
  • COLDPLAY — “SPEED OF SOUND”
    (Best Rock Album)
  • FOO FIGHTERS — “BEST OF YOU”
    (Best Rock Album )
  • THE ROLLING STONES — “RAIN FALL DOWN”
    (Best Rock Album)
  • NEIL YOUNG — “THE PAINTER”
    (Best Rock Album )
  • BECK — “E-PRO”
    (Best Alternative Music Album)
  • DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE — “SOUL MEETS BODY”
    (Best Alternative Music Album)
  • FRANZ FERDINAND — “DO YOU WANT TO”
    (Best Alternative Music Album)
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  • J. Galloway

    If Paul McCartney’s contribution was not on it , then it might be worth having..

  • http://parentheticalremarks.blogspot.com Pete Blackwell

    Oh my God, shoot me if I ever buy an album like this.

  • http://www.djradiohead.com DJRadiohead

    There are more good songs on here than I would have expected but I could never in good conscience own the silly thing. Some of the songs on here are absolute shit.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/cmpwrite/ Connie Phillips

    OK – so they are not 100% high quality, but they are all pretty much all commercial. Sometimes a fun/mindless song whose hooks gets burrowed into your brain isn’t all bad. . .

  • Natasha

    J. Galloway, how old are you? Are you sad there weren’t any Backstreet Boy’s songs on it too?

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