'60s artists, Babyface, Paula Cole compete for Grammys
January 6, 1998
Celebrities including Fiona Apple, Paula Cole, and
Deanna Carter announced the nominees
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Bob Dylan and
Paul McCartney, two veterans of 1960s rock who made comebacks with strong recordings last year, were nominated for Grammy Awards on Tuesday for Album
of the Year.
Dylan's "Time Out of Mind" album and McCartney's "Flaming
Pie" will compete for the Best Album award with albums by
Babyface, Radiohead and Paula Cole.
Dylan released his critically praised album on the last day
of Grammy eligibility in 1997. Both he and his son,
Wallflowers lead singer Jakob Dylan, received three
Although their entries hearkened back to an earlier era in
music, the main competitions for the 40th annual awards were
dominated by newer artists.
Songwriter and producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who last
year was Producer of the Year, picked up a leading eight
Grammy nominations Tuesday, including Album of the Year.
Sean "Puffy" Combs, like Babyface a prolific producer and
performer, received seven nods, but not one in the Producer
Rap impresario Puff Daddy, who also took seven nominations,
was in the running for Best New Artist, against the teen rock
group Hanson, and singers Fiona Apple, Erykah Badu and Paula Cole.
Massachusetts-raised singer/songwriter Cole captured seven nominations, which surprised a lot of observers, including her.
"Actually, one of the nominations is for best producer, and
that's the one that I probably care about the most and that
I'm the most proud about," Cole said, "because it's an
extremely male-dominated field."
Nominees for record of the year were "Where Have All the
Cowboys Gone?" by Paula Cole; "This Fire" by Shawn Colvin;
"Everyday is a Winding Road" by Sheryl Crow; "I Believe I Can
Fly" by R. Kelly and "MMMBop" by Hanson.
The teen-age rockers were discounted by some critics as
bubblegum pop; many lumped their music together with the
best-selling Spice Girls, a British band roundly snubbed by
"I think they view Hanson -- they write their own music and
the kids play and sing -- as kind of a very different
phenomenon than the Spice Girls, which are pretty much a
production band," said Michael Greene, the CEO and president
of NARAS, "and that is the only explanation I have for that."
Song of the year nominees included "Don't Speak," written by
Eric Stefani and Gwen Stefani, performed by No Doubt; "How Do
I Live," written by Diane Warren and performed by both LeAnn
Rimes and Trisha Yearwood; "I Believe I Can Fly," performed
and written by R. Kelly; "Sunny Came Home," written by Shawn
Colvin & John Leventhal and performed by Colvin; and "Where
Have All the Cowboys Gone?," written and performed by Cole.
Two tributes also made the list of nominations: "Puffy"
Combs' tribute to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. was
nominated in the rap field, and Elton John's eulogy to
Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997," was tapped for
Male Pop Vocal Performance.
The televised Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in New York
City's Radio City Music Hall on February 25, with "Frasier"
star Kelsey Grammer as host.
Correspondent Mark Scheerer contributed to this report.