Will Hypnotic Eye Receive A Nod?

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.

YearActNominated workAwardResult
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

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