The nominees for the 57th annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Friday December 5, 2014. Will Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Hypnotic Eye receive a nod from The Recording Academy?
When I was majoring in music business at Georgia State, I interned with NARAS for a couple of years. If I remember correctly, in order to vote on a Grammy nominee, your name had to have appeared in the liner notes of at least three majorly released albums. I only got one album credit, so they never let me vote. I always found it funny that most of the voting members of NARAS were classical musicians. In Atlanta anyway, most of them were all members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. When I was in college, I was like "what the hell do these people know about rock music?" Given the recent history of Grammy winners, I still wonder that sometimes.
The big four categories that everyone tries to wait up for are Album of the Year, Record of the Year (which honors a specific recording), Song of the Year (honors the actual song) and Best New Artist. If The Academy is looking for a ROCK album to balance out the total karaoke crap that has been forced fed to us by the music industry this year, yes, I could see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers getting a nod for album of the year, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Instead, I bet they put someone like U2 in that category who forced you to download their album. I definitely see Hypnotic Eye being nominated in the Best Rock Album category. I'd love to see American Dream Plan B or Forgotten Man in the Best Rock Song category too.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a "Biggest Balls" category for those saying what they actually mean? Playing Dumb would fit nicely there. But I think it would be fitting if the band's first #1 album took home a Grammy in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group category.
I guess we'll have to wait till Friday to see if the album receives any nods from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Here's a history of Tom Petty Grammy nominees and the ones he took home.
|1982||Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"||Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal||Nominated|
|1990||Tom Petty||Full Moon Fever||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Free Fallin'"||Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male||Nominated|
|Traveling Wilburys||Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1||Album of the year||Nominated|
|Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group||Won|
|1992||Tom Petty||"Learning to Fly"||Best Rock Song||Nominated|
|"Into the Great Wide Open"||Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group||Nominated|
|1994||Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison||"My Back Pages"||Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal||Nominated|
|1996||Tom Petty||"You Don't Know How It Feels"||Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male||Won|
|Wildflowers||Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|1999||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||"Room at The Top"||Best Rock Song||Nominated|
|Echo||Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|2006||Tom Petty||"Square One"||Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media||Nominated|
|2007||"Saving Grace"||Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Highway Companion||Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|2009||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||Runnin' Down a Dream||Best Music Video, Long Form||Won|
|2011||Mojo||Best Rock Album||Nominated