Nominees for the 49th Grammy Awards were announced today, and I’m happy to report that powerhouse Mary J. Blige led the pack with eight nominations, and feminist hell-raisers The Dixie Chicks nabbed three of the big ones (album of the year, record of the year and song of the year). Also, Melissa Etheridge scored a nomination for “I Need To Wake Up,” the song she contributed to the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and The Duhks (featuring out fiddle player Tania Elizabeth) were nominated for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Heaven’s My Home” from their Migrations CD. (Look for an AfterEllen.com. interview with Tania Elizabeth in the coming weeks. )
Other categories of interest include
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance:
Best Female Country Vocal Performance:
For a full list of nominations, go to the official website for the Grammy Awards.
The 49th Grammy Awards are scheduled to air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on February 11.