The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards Roundup: Pop/Dance Fields

January 27, 2006 -- 5:16 pm PST

The GRAMMY Awards honor recordings in 108 categories across 32 fields, from rap to classical. To help readers get a better sense of the nominees and the wealth of recordings they’ve created over the past year, has prepared these field Roundups, which give quick details on the nominees in an easy-to-read format.

Three past winners of the GRAMMY for BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE are back in the running. Bonnie Raitt, who won in 1989 and 1991, is nominated with "I Will Not Be Broken." Mariah Carey, the winner in 1990, is represented with "It's Like That." Sheryl Crow, the 1994 winner, is nominated with "Good Is Good." Gwen Stefani, who, with No Doubt, won for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocal in 2002 and 2003, is nominated for "Hollaback Girl," a Record Of The Year finalist. The fifth nominee is Kelly Clarkson's sassy "Since U Been Gone."

Stevie Wonder and Seal, past winners for BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE, are nominated again this year. Wonder, who won in this category three times in the '70s, is in the running with "From The Bottom Of My Heart." The song is included on A Time To Love, which is a finalist for Best R&B Album. Seal, who won here in 1995 with "Kiss From A Rose," is nominated for his remake of "Walk On By," which brought Dionne Warwick her first GRAMMY nomination in 1964. Paul McCartney is cited for "Fine Line," the opening track on his album. Rob Thomas, who won three GRAMMYS in 1999 for co-writing and singing "Smooth," his smash with Carlos Santana, is in the running with "Lonely No More." The track is from …Something To Be, Thomas' first album away from Matchbox Twenty. The fifth nominee is Jack Johnson's "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing."

Los Lonely Boys, who won for BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL last year with their smash, "Heaven," is looking to defend their title with "More Than Love." Maroon 5, which was nominated in this category last year with "She Will Be Loved," is back with "This Love." The Black Eyed Peas, who were in the running for Record Of The Year both last year and the year before with tracks from its Elephunk album, is nominated for "Don't Lie," a track from their follow-up album, Monkey Business. The other two contenders are bands from the alternative and rock worlds. The White Stripes are nominated for "My Doorbell," a track from their album Get Behind Me Satan, which is a finalist for Best Alternative Music Album. The Killers are nominated for "Mr. Brightside," a track from their album Hot Fuss, which was a contender for Best Rock Album last year.

Norah Jones, who won for BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS last year for a duet with Ray Charles, is vying to win the award again in partnership with a vastly different artist, Foo Fighters. Their collaboration is "Virginia Moon," a track from the rock band's album, In Your Honor. Christina Aguilera is also attempting to win in this category for a second time. She shared the award in 2001 with Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink for a remake of LaBelle's 1975 smash "Lady Marmalade." This year, she is featured on Herbie Hancock's remake of Leon Russell's 1970 ballad, "A Song For You." "Feel Good Inc.," the hit by Gorillaz featuring De La Soul, which is a Record Of The Year finalist, is also nominated here. The Black Eyed Peas and Jack Johnson, who are each nominated for pop performance awards, are also cited for their collaboration, "Gone Going," from the Peas' album. The final nominee is Stevie Wonder featuring India.Arie on "A Time To Love," the title track from Wonder's album.

Burt Bacharach, a five-time GRAMMY winner and a recipient (with Hal David) of The Academy's Trustees Award, is among the finalists for BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM for his politically charged At This Time. He is facing three other past GRAMMY winners — producer/artist Daniel Lanois, a six-time champ, who is nominated for Belladonna; acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh, a 1980 winner, cited for Naked Guitar; and guitarist Eric Johnson, a 1991 champ, nominated for Bloom. The fifth contender is keyboardist Jeff Lorber, nominated for Flipside.

Two of the nominees for Best Pop Instrumental Album are also in the running for BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE with tracks from their albums. Burt Bacharach is nominated for "In Our Time," a collaboration with trumpeter Chris Botti. Daniel Lanois is represented with "Agave." Les Paul, the 90-year-old guitar legend and multi-tracking pioneer, is nominated for his remake of Duke Ellington's 1937 classic "Caravan." Paul is also nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with a remake of Buddy Miles Express' 1969 song, "69 Freedom Special." Paul is the only artist this year nominated in both categories. The other contenders are keyboardist George Duke's "T-Jam" and "Gelo Na Montanha" by keyboardist Herbie Hancock featuring Trey Anastasio.

Two of the nominees for BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM are also in the running for Album Of The Year. They are Paul McCartney's Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, his 22nd studio album since leaving the Beatles in 1970, and Gwen Stefani's Love. Angel. Music. Baby., her first album away from No Doubt. That group's fourth album, Rock Steady, was nominated in this category in 2002. Sheryl Crow, who won for Best Rock Album twice in the '90s, is nominated here for Wildflower, her fifth studio set. The other finalists are Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine, her third album — and her first since 1999 — and Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway, her second release.

Kraftwerk, which helped advance the field of electronic music in 1975 with its hit album, Autobahn, is among the finalists for BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM. The German group is nominated with Minimum-Maximum. Three of the nominated albums are represented with tracks in the Best Dance Recording category. They are the Chemical Brothers' Push The Button, Fatboy Slim's Palookaville and LCD Soundsystem's self-titled release. Daft Punk, the subject of LCD Soundsystem's salute, "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House," is the fifth finalist with Human After All.

Kylie Minogue, who won for BEST DANCE RECORDING two years ago with "Come Into My World," is back in the running with "I Believe In You." The Chemical Brothers, who were nominated in this category last year with "Get Yourself High," are back with "Galvanize," featuring rapper Q-Tip. Fatboy Slim, the techno/house instrumentalist who won for Best Short Form Music Video in 2001 with "Weapon Of Choice," is nominated here with "Wonderful Night," a collaboration with Lateef. The other nominees are Deep Dish's "Say Hello," LCD Soundsystem's "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" and New Order's "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion."

Tony Bennett, who has won for BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM two times, is back in the finals with The Art Of Romance. Rod Stewart, who won in this category last year with Stardust…The Great American Songbook, Vol. III, is represented with Thanks For The Memory…The Great American Songbook, Vol. IV. All four installments have received nominations in this category. Johnny Mathis, who has never won a GRAMMY in regular competition — but who, like Bennett, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award — is nominated for Isn't It Romantic. Carly Simon is nominated for her fourth collection of standards, Moonlight Serenade. At 30, Canadian singer Michael Bublé is vying to become the youngest winner ever in this category with his second album, It's Time.