Thursday, December 4, 2008

Robert Plant, Alison Krauss nominated for five Grammys

Five new Grammy nominations have been given to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for their work together.

Their second single, "Please Read the Letter," is up for Record of the Year against some other entries by artists including Leona Lewis, who joined Jimmy Page onstage at the Olympics closing ceremony in August, and Coldplay, which was nominated in seven Grammy categories.

As expected, Raising Sand is up for Album of the Year, squaring off in this category with some heavy hitters: Coldplay again, rap artist Lil Wayne (who tops the number of nominations at seven), R&B singer Ne-Yo (who has six nominations) and Radiohead (which has five nominations).

The feat of earning five nominations was also achieved by artists John Mayer and Jazmine Sullivan.

Raising Sand
's opening track, "Rich Woman," was nominated in the category Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, affording Plant and Krauss the opportunity to repeat their win in the same category at this year's ceremony. That win in the 2008 Grammys was for their cover of the Everly Brothers' "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)," the only track of theirs eligible for nomination at this time one year ago.

Representing a genre shift for Plant, their version of Roly Salley's "Killing the Blues" is up for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals. George Strait is nominated twice in this Grammy category: once for a duet with Kenny Chesney and also for another with Patty Loveless.

Raising Sand is also up for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album against the latest from Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder and Rodney Crowell.

The Grammy winners are to be announced in February. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards is set to be broadcast live on Feb. 8.

In addition to the earlier Grammy, the Plant-Krauss collaboration on "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" earned the Musical Event of the Year award last month at the Country Music Association's annual awards ceremony. The video for that song won a CMT Music Award in April in the Wide Open Video category.

In September, Plant and Krauss received two awards from the Americana Music Association, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year.

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