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2005 GRAMMY NOMINEES Ė VARIOUS ARTISTS - EMI
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2005 Grammy Nominees - Various Artists - EMI Music award shows may come and go, but the Grammyís still remain the final word in the music industry. Itís the biggest variety show of the year, where the worldís biggest rock stars, movie stars and famous beautiful people all get together on that one stage - and itís watched annually by an international audience of over 1.5 billion in 170 countries.

Since 1995, several of the music labels have joined together and released a yearly compilation of Grammy Award nominees. The aptly titled 2005 Grammy Nominees continues that tradition while providing a good snapshot of the music scene of the year gone by. Ten years ago the first Grammy Nominees album contained the likes of Michael Bolton, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Music sure has changed a lot since then. Grouped by category of nomination rather than genre, the album has 21 tracks from the biggest names in todayís music scene. It begins with Record Of The Year candidates, kicked off fittingly by hip hop's biggest name - The Black Eyed Peas with Let's Get It Started. Thanks to their track Heaven, Los Lonely Boys are among the acts sharing the Record Of The Year nomination, while also in the running for Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance for a Duo or Group with Vocal - which makes them among the most nominated acts on this roster. 80ís superstar Prince makes a comeback here with his Cinnamon Girl, thatís earned him a shot at the statue for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Heís proved with this that his music remains as controversial today as it was when he first began recording, 25 years ago. Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, The Beastie Boys and Green Day show up here on this as well. And with eight posthumous Grammy award nominations going to him, itís easy money to say that come Grammy night this February, itís probably going to be known as Ray Charles night instead. And if youíve still havenít got with the program - Vertigo, their rock opus turned Apple iPod commercial soundtrack, does the honours for U2 on this disc.

The Grammyís didn't always cause this much fuss, only 13 awards were given out in when it began in 1958. Over the past 40 years itís changed for sure, with currently awards for well over a hundred categories within 31 genres of music being given out. It's inevitable there will be some complaints about the omissions to the track listing here; there are still plenty of reasons to keep this disc in your CD changer.

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