The Recording Academy has teamed up with Capitol Records to release this year's 2001 GRAMMY Nominees albums, the 7th edition in the best-selling series that honors many of the year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and songs. This year, a total of three CD compilations will be issued, encompassing Pop, R&B/Rap (in separate "edited" and "explicit" versions) and Latin nominated songs and artists.
In an announcement made jointly today by Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene and Roy Lott, President/CEO of the Capitol Records Group and Deputy President for EMI Recorded Music North America, it was revealed that the 2001 GRAMMY Nominees CD and the 2001 R&B/Rap GRAMMY Nominees CD will be released in-store on February 6, while the 2001 Latin GRAMMY Nominees CD will hit stores one week later on February 13.
Each CD contains several of the most widely-recognized GRAMMY categories. Selections from the 2001 GRAMMY Nominees CD represent nominees from the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance categories. The 2001 GRAMMY Rap Nominees CD represents nominees from Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group categories. The 2001 Latin Nominee CD includes tracks from Latin Pop, Rock/Alternative and Salsa.
"A GRAMMY nomination elevates an artist and a recording in a very public way; as a result, the record buyer sees this as the 'best of the best' in music," said Greene. "The eclectic mix of tracks contained on the compilations provides a great way for the consumer to hear many different genres of music which in turn brings them back to the store to buy many of the artists' entire albums. We anticipate unprecedented sales on this evergreen project which will once again benefit the important work of the GRAMMY Foundation."
"These albums contain the very best music of the past year. The annual series of GRAMMY Nominees CD compilations has become an integral part of the awards celebration," said Lott. "We are very excited to be associated with this series and are eager to help expose these nominees to the record-buying public."
Similar to previous years, the 2001 series' packaging will include booklets highlighting the nominated artists, with an outline of the GRAMMY nominating process and description of the various categories. As with past GRAMMY Nominees releases, the compilation albums will be supported by an extensive national marketing and publicity campaign, including print and television advertising, as well as a strong in-store presence.
In addition to showcasing the year's hottest artists and tracks, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of 2001 GRAMMY Nominees albums will benefit The GRAMMY Foundation's arc of music educational programs such as GRAMMY in the Schools, GRAMMY Concert Series For Children and GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensembles, as well as its archive and preservation initiatives.
The 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, produced at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11 p.m.(EST/PST) on Wednesday, February 21.
The 2001 GRAMMY Nominees CD consists of many of the past year's most successful and popular recordings:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beck- Midnite Vultures (track: "Sexx Laws")
Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP (track: "The Real Slim Shady")
Radiohead- Kid A (track: "Optimistic")
Paul Simon- You're The One (track: "You're The One")
Steely Dan- Two Against Nature (track: "Cousin Dupree")
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Destiny's Child- "Say My Name"
Macy Gray- "I Try"
U2- "Beautiful Day"
NSYNC- "Bye Bye Bye"
BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY DUO OR GROUP W/ VOCAL
Backstreet Boys- "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely"
Barenaked Ladies- "Pinch Me"
The Corrs- "Breathless"
NSYNC - "Bye Bye Bye"
Steely Dan- "Cousin Dupree"
BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Christina Aguilera- "What A Girl Wants"
Macy Gray - "I Try"
Madonna - "Music"
Aimee Mann- "Save Me"
Joni Mitchell- "Both Sides Now"
Britney Spears- "Oops!*I Did It Again"
The 2001 GRAMMY R&B/Rap Nominees CD features chart-topping tracks from a diverse cross-section of ground breaking talents from the past year:
BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Aaliyah- "Try Again"
Erykah Badu- "Bag Lady"
Toni Braxton- "He Wasn't Man Enough"
Kelly Price- "As We Lay"
Jill Scott- "Gettin' In The Way"
BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
D'Angelo- "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
Joe- "I Wanna Know"
R. Kelly- "I Wish"
Brian McKnight- "Stay Or Let It Go"
Sisqo- "Thong Song"
BEST RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE
Common- "The Light"
DMX- "Party Up"
Eminem- "The Real Slim Shady"
Mystikal- "Shake Your Ass"
Nelly- "Country Grammar"
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY DUO OR GROUP
Beastie Boys- "Alive"
Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg- "The Next Episode"
The 2001 GRAMMY Latin Nominees CD consists of the past year's most memorable recordings from the Latin Pop, Rock/Alternative and Salsa genres:
Christina Aguilera- "Por Siempre Tu"
Oscar De La Hoya- "Ven a Mi"
Luis Miguel- "La Bikina"
Alejandro Sanz- "Cuando Nadie Me Ve"
Shakira- "Si Te Vas"
Café Quijano- "La Lola"
El Tri- "Madre Tierra"
La Ley- "Aqui"
Los Amigos Invisibles- "Amor"
Fito Paez- "Al Lado Del Camino"
Celia Cruz- "Mi Vida Es Cantar"
Luis Enrique- "Que Se Yo"
Tito Puente & Eddie Palmieri- "Picadillo"
Son by Four- "A Puro Dolor" (Salsa Version)
Tony Vega- "Carita Del Sol"