The Grammy nomination announcements are a bit of a party — even though they occur at the crack of dawn. This year's nominations will be announced next week, Dec. 7, by a slate of music stars: Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Chris Brown, Josh Groban, Evanescence's Amy Lee, Ludacris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rascal Flatts, Justin Timberlake and KT Tunstall. There's even a performance at the event by Las Vegas-based Mosaic, a six-piece vocal group that "pushes the boundaries of the human voice." It all happens in Hollywood, Calif., and — inexplicably — there's no webcast. But cable TV networks CNN and E! will be covering it live, as will XM Satellite Radio, and the nominations will pop up immediately on the Grammy Web site.
Grammys: November 2006 Archives
Now through Dec. 7, look to a special corner of eBay for some Grammy Charity Online Auctions — an array of celebrity-signed music and entertainment memorabilia, as well as VIP experiences. All proceeds raised through these auctions will benefit programs and services of the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundations.
By SARAH RODMAN
When the hip-hop trio Three 6 Mafia copped this year’s best-song Oscar for ‘‘It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,’’ from ‘‘Hustle & Flow,’’ light bulbs went off over the heads of musicians and producers across the land. If this little-known act could get the gold for a risque song from a small, gritty film — and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could only find three nominees to field — then certainly a better-known artist could score with a traditional pop song from a mainstream movie hit. Thus, in the race to the Kodak Theatre, it’s not going to be quite as easy out there for a pimp this year. Here’s a list of potential contenders who have either recently released or are about to drop their bids for Oscar glory. They join a group that already includes Melissa Etheridge (’’An Inconvenient Truth’’), Jack Johnson (’’Curious George’’), and Randy Newman and James Taylor (’’Cars’’).