Eric Clapton took home nine nominations to lead contenders for the 35th annual Grammy Awards, whose candidates were announced yesterday at press conferences in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and San Antonio.

Also grabbing a big share of potential Grammy glory were Irish ensemble the Chieftains (five nominations), avant-pop artists Peter Gabriel and k.d. lang (both with four) and songwriters Alan Menken (five) and the late Howard Ashman (four), both part of the seven nominations culled by music from the Walt Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.”

The title track from that film also received an additional nomination in the best pop instrumental performance category. However, the musicin that arrangement differed from the film soundtrack.

Clapton, whose Duck/Reprise album “Unplugged” and hit single “Tears in Heaven” fueled his 1992 Grammy credentials, was previously nominated five times and has won two awards.

Winners, voted by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), will be announced Feb. 24 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast by CBS-TV from 8-11 p.m.

While there’s no question nominations for this year’s Grammys are more inclusive than ever–and surprisingly sophisticated in some choices–the bids are further proof that the term “underground” music has all but lost its meaning.

Such cutting-edge acts as Helmet, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry , GWAR, Morrisey, XTC, Nirvana, House of Pain, Public Enemy and Alice in Chains are all eligible for awards, while album of the year nominees k.d. lang and Annie Lennox and best male pop vocalist candidate Lyle Lovett aren’t anyone’s idea of the boy or girl next door, unless you live in Venice or New York’s Lower East Side.

NARAS president Mike Greene agreed. “One of the things we notice is that we’re continuing to see lines between pop, rock, R&B and country break down. Having Lyle Lovett show up in the male pop vocal category, and k.d. lang and Billy Ray Cyrus in major categories, pretty much indicates that there are more people who traditionally listened to one kind of music now listening to others. That’s a good thing for the record business.”

But the legions of critics who routinely denigrate the Grammys will withhold comment until the final votes are in.

Sentimental faves

The ever-sentimental Academy may have a tender spot for “Beauty and the Beast ,” nominated for album, record and song of the year, while Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart” may prove a tempting choice in the record and song of the year categories, given its massive sales and crossover appeal.

Album of the year nominations offer some intriguing choices. Clapton’s “Unplugged” will vie with lang’s “Ingenue,” Lennox’s “Diva,” U2’s “Achtung Baby” and the “Beauty and the Beast” soundtrack. All of the choices offer sentiment, experience and quality.

In record of the year, a category for singles released for the first time during the eligibility year, Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” a song written about his heartbreak following his young son’s death, appears the odds-on favorite. He will be attempting to beat back Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart,” Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson’s “Beauty and the Beast,” lang’s “Constant Craving” and Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last.” The award goes to the artist and the producer.

Litmus test

Song of the year, given to the writer, will confirm whether NARAS voters are honoring songs or sentiment.

“Tears in Heaven,””Achy Breaky Heart,””Beauty and the Beast,””Save the Best for Last” and “Constant Craving” are the contenders, but Clapton and the Menken/Ashman songwriting team will undoubtedly test the conscience of voters.

Best new artist appears to be another bellwether on sales vs. merit.

Highly touted Chrysalis act Arrested Development will get down and dirty on the mat with Cyrus, Columbia Records songstress Sophie B. Hawkins, teen rappers Kris Kross and SBK Latin popster Jon Secada.

Esoteric nod

Murmurs of surprise arose when Lyle Lovett’s name was announced as a best pop vocal male nominee.

His “Joshua Judges Ruth” album will battle Clapton and the “Tears” single, Gabriel’s “Us” album, Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” single and Elton John’s “The One.”

Oddly, none of the songs here are remembered for great vocal performances, leaving this category to the whims of the body politic.

Lack of vocal prowess is not evident among the best pop vocal female contenders.

Carey’s inhuman range, evident in the “MTV Unplugged” EP, will battle Epic’s Celine Dion (self-titled album), k.d. lang’s torchy “Constant Craving,” Lennox’s “Diva” album and Vanessa Williams impressive “Save the Best for Last” single.

Among the left-field nominees: Orson Welles, joined with Peter Bogdanovich, in the best spoken word or non-musical album category for “This Is Orson Welles”; Magic Johnson, whose “What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS” was tapped in the same category; and Capt. Jean Luc Picard, aka actor Patrick Stewart, whose nomination came from his version of “A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens).”

The comedy category finds ageless George Burns nominated for his “An Evening With George Burns” album on Dove Audio. Relative youngsters Rita Rudner, Prof. Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach), Jonathan Winters and Weird Al Yankovic will try to break Burns’ heart by winning.

Excluding surprises

Biggest surprises in the nominations came from the list of the excluded.

Garth Brooks, the dominant force of the Billboard 200 for more than a year, was consigned to the country music ghetto, being tapped for best country male vocals and best country vocal collaboration. Likewise, Mariah Carey, whose “MTV Unplugged” album also struck a sales chord, took home three bids, including best pop female vocal, but culled her other two nominations in R&B categories.

Other big sellers like Def Leppard, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jodeci, the Black Crowes, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, certainly among the dominant names in any ranking of the eligibility period’s most prominent acts, had minimal impact on the nominations.

Various committees of NARAS selected from 9,000 entries submitted by 420 record companies to arrive at yesterday’s selections in 80 categories of music. Ballots will be mailed Jan. 15 to the 7,000 voting members of NARAS, consisting of singers, musicians, producers, composers, engineers and others who have contributed creatively or technically to recordings. The ballots will be tabulated by the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche. Albums released from Oct. 1, 1991, to Sept. 30, 1992, were eligible for this year’s Grammys.

Comedian Garry Shandling, who will host the Grammys for the third consecutive year, spoke briefly at the Los Angeles nominations, held at the Universal Hilton. “It’s my third big chance to get off cable,” joshed Shandling.

Nominations were read by Natalie Cole, last year’s big winner at the awards, Fleetwood Mac guitarist turned Warner Bros. solo artist Lindsey Buckingham and Island recording artist Melissa Etheridge.

RECORD OF THE YEAR

(This category is for commercially released singles. Award to the artist and the producer if other than the artist.)

“Tears in Heaven”– Eric Clapton; Russ Titelman, producer (Reprise)

“Achy Breaky Heart”– Billy Ray Cyrus; Joe Scaife & Jim Cotton, producers (Mercury)

“Beauty and the Beast”– Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson; Walter Afanasieff, producer (Epic)

“Constant Craving”– k.d. lang; Greg Penny, Ben Mink & k.d. lang, producers (WB/Sire)

“Save the Best For Last”– Vanessa Williams; Keith Thomas, producer (Mercury/Wing)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(Award to the artist and to the album producer(s) if other than the artist.)

“Unplugged”– Eric Clapton; Russ Titelman, album producer (Reprise)

“Ingenue”– k.d. lang; Greg Penny, Ben Mink & k.d. lang, album producers (WB/Sire)

“Diva”– Annie Lennox; StephenLipson, album producer (Arista)

“Achtung Baby”– U2; Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno & Steve Lillywhite, album producers (Island)

“Beauty and the Beast”– Various artists; Howard Ashman, Alan Menken & Walter Afanasieff, album producers (Walt Disney)

SONG OF THE YEAR

(A songwriter award.)

“Tears in Heaven”– Eric Clapton, Will Jennings, songwriters (Reprise)

“Achy Breaky Heart”– Don Von Tress, songwriter (Mercury)

“Beauty and the Beast”– Alan Menken & Howard Ashman, songwriters (Epic & Walt Disney)

“Constant Craving”– k.d. lang & Ben Mink, songwriters (WB/Sire)

“Save the Best For Last”– Wendy Waldman, Jon Lind, Phil Galdston, songwriters (Wing/Mercury)

NEW ARTIST

(For an artist or organized group whose debut single or album was released during the eligibility year.)

Arrested Development

Billy Ray Cyrus

Sophie B. Hawkins

Kris Kross

Jon Secada

POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE,

FEMALE

“MTV Unplugged EP” (album) — Mariah Carey (Columbia)

“Celine Dion” (album) — Celine Dion (Epic)

“Constant Craving” (single) — k.d. lang (WB/Sire)

“Diva” (album) — Annie Lennox (Arista)

“Save the Best For Last” (single) — Vanessa Williams (Wing/Mercury)

POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE, MALE

“Tears in Heaven” (single) — Eric Clapton (Reprise)

“Us” (album) — Peter Gabriel (Geffen)

“Black or White” (single) — Michael Jackson (Epic)

“The One” (single) — Elton John (MCA)

“Joshua Judges Ruth” (album) — Lyle Lovett (MCA)

POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO

OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

“Beauty and the Beast” (single) — Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson (Epic)

“I Can’t Dance” (single) — Genesis (Atlantic)

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (single) — George Michael and Elton John (Columbia)

“Diamonds and Pearls” (single) — Prince and the New Power Generation (WB/Paisley Park)

“Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” (single) — Patty Smyth with Don Henley (MCA)

TRADITIONAL POP

VOCAL PERFORMANCE

“Perfectly Frank” (album) — Tony Bennett (Columbia)

“Girl Singer” (album) — Rosemary Clooney (Concord Jazz)

“Michael Feinstein Sings the Jule Styne Songbook” (album) — Michael Feinstein (Elektra Nonesuch)

“Late Night at the Cafe Carlyle” (album) — Bobby Short (Telarc)

“With My Lover Beside Me” (album) — Nancy Wilson (Columbia)

POP INSTRUMENTAL

PERFORMANCE

“Tahitian Skies” (track from the Chieftains, “Another Country”) — The Chieftains with Chet Atkins (RCA Victor)

“Twenty Nine-Five” (track from “Coca-Cola Vol. 3″) — Bruce Hornsby/Branford Marsalis (Warner Bros.)

“Cool” (album) — Bob James & Earl Klugh (Warner Bros.)

“Beauty and the Beast” (track from “Symphonic Hollywood”) — Nurenberg Symphony Orchestra, Richard Kaufman, conductor (Varese Sarabande)

“Hook” (original motion picture soundtrack) (album) — John Williams, conductor (Epic Soundtrax)

ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE,

FEMALE

“Ain’t It Heavy” (track from “Never Enough”) — Melissa Etheridge (Island)

“Shot of Poison” (single) — Lita Ford (RCA)

“It Won’t Be Long” (single) — Alison Moyet (Columbia)

“Rockinghorse” (album) — Alannah Myles (Atlantic)

“The Bitch Is Back” (track from “Two Rooms”) — Tina Turner (Polydor)

ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE,

MALE

“There Will Never Be Another Tonight” (single) — Bryan Adams (A&M)

“Unplugged” (album) — Eric Clapton (Reprise)

“Life Is a Highway” (single) — Tom Cochrane (Capitol)

“Digging in the Dirt” (single) — Peter Gabriel (Geffen)

“The Fire Inside” (single) — Bob Seger (Capitol)

“Human Touch” (album) — Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)

ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO

OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

“Free Your Mind” (single) — En Vogue (EastWest Records)

“Little Village” (album) — Little Village (Reprise)

“Kiko” (album) — Los Lobos (WB/Slash)

“Under the Bridge” (single) — Red Hot Chili Peppers (Warner Bros.)

“Achtung Baby” (album) — U2 (Island)

HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

WITH VOCAL

“Dirt” (album) — Alice in Chains (Columbia)

“Angel Dust” (album) — Faith No More (Slash/Reprise)

“Live and Let Die” (single) — Guns N’ Roses (Geffen)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” (single) — Nirvana (DGC)

“Jeremy” (single) — Pearl Jam (Epic Associated)

“Give It Away” (single) — Red Hot Chili Peppers (Warner Bros.)

METAL PERFORMANCE

WITH VOCAL

“In the Meantime” (track from “Meantime”) — Helmet (Interscope)

“Countdown to Extinction” (album) — Megadeth (Capitol)

“N.W.O.” (track from “KE*A*H**”) — Ministry (Sire/Warner Bros.)

“Wish” (track from “Broken”) — Nine Inch Nails (Interscope/Halo Five)

“Into the Void (Sealth)” (track from “Badmotorfinger”) — Soundgarden (A&M)

ROCK INSTRUMENTAL

PERFORMANCE

“Hound Dog” (track from “Honeymoon in Vegas” original motion picture soundtrack) — Jeff Beck & Jed Leiber (Epic Soundtrax)

“Bring ‘em Back Alive” (album) — Dixie Dregs (Capricorn)

“Gypsy/Grajonca” (track from “Milagro”) — Santana (Polydor)

“The Extremist” (album) — Joe Satriani (Relativity)

“Little Wing” (track from “The Sky Is Crying”) — Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Epic)

ROCK SONG

(A songwriter(s) award.)

“Layla”– Eric Clapton & Jim Gordon, songwriters (Reprise)

“Digging in the Dirt”– Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Geffen)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit”– Kurt Cobain & Nirvana, songwriters (DGC)

“Jeremy”– Eddie Vedder & Jeff Ament, songwriters (Epic Associated)

“Human Touch”– Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Columbia)

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

“Good Stuff” (album) — The B-52’s (Reprise)

“Wish” (album) — The Cure (Elektra)

“Your Arsenal” (album) — Morrissey (Sire/Reprise)

“Bone Machine” (album) — Tom Waits (Island)

“Nonsuch” (album) — XTC (Geffen)

R&B VOCAL

PERFORMANCE, FEMALE

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (track from “Two Rooms”) — Oleta Adams (Polydor)

“I Belong to You” (single) — Whitney Houston (Arista)

“The Woman I Am” (Album) — Chaka Khan (Warner Bros.)

“I Love Your Smile” (single) — Shanice (Motown)

“The Comfort Zone” (single) — Vanessa Williams (Wing/Mercury)

R&B VOCAL

PERFORMANCE, MALE

“Humpin’ Around” (single) — Bobby Brown (MCA)

“Lost in the Night” (single) — Peabo Bryson (Columbia)

“T.E.V.I.N.” (album) — Tevin Campbell (WB/Qwest)

“Jam” (single) — Michael Jackson (Epic)

“Heaven and Earth” (album) — Al Jarreau (Reprise)

R&B PERFORMANCE

BY A DUO OR GROUP

WITH VOCAL

“People Everyday” (single) — Arrested Development (Chrysalis)

“End of the Road” (single) — Boyz II Men (Motown)

“I’ll Be There” (single) — Mariah Carey & Trey Lorenz (Columbia)

“Funky Divas” (album) — En Vogue (EastWest Records)

“The Best Things in Life Are Free” (single) — Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson (Perspective Records)

R&B INSTRUMENTAL

PERFORMANCE

“Big Idea” (track from “Return of the Brecker Brothers”) — The Brecker Brothers (GRP)

“Doo-Bop” (album) — Miles Davis (Warner Bros.)

“Just the Way I Feel” (track from “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”) — George Howard (GRP)

“Mood” (track from Vol. III “Just Right”) — Soul II Soul (Virgin)

“Summer Chill” (track from “Next Exit”) — Grover Washington Jr. (Columbia)

RHYTHM & BLUES SONG

(A songwriter(s) award. Artists’ names appear in parentheses.)

“End of the Road” (single) — L.A. Reid, Babyface & Daryl Simmons, songwriters (Boyz II Men) (Motown)

“I’ll Be There” (single) — Hal Davis, Berry Gordy, Willie Hutch & Bob West, songwriters (Mariah Carey & Trey Lorenz) (Columbia)

“My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” (single) — Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster, songwriters (En Vogue) (EastWest Records)

“JAM” (single) — Michael Jackson, Rene Moore, Bruce Swedien & Teddy Riley, songwriters (Michael Jackson) (Epic)

“Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” (single) — Dallas Austin & Lisa Left EyeLopes, songwriters (TLC) (LaFace)

RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE

“Addams Groove” (single) — Hammer (Capitol)

“Strictly Business” (single) — L.L. Cool J (Uptown/MCA)

“You Gotta Believe” (album) — Marky Mark (Interscope)

“Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here” (single) — Queen Latifah (Tommy Boy)

“Baby Got Back” (track from “Mack Daddy”) — Sir Mix-A-Lot (Def American/Rhyme Cartel)

RAP PERFORMANCE

BY A DUO OR GROUP

“Tennessee” (single) — Arrested Development (Chrysalis)

“Check Your Head” (album) — Beastie Boys (Capitol)

“Jump Around” (single) — House of Pain (Tommy Boy)

“Jump” (single) — Kris Kross (Ruffhouse/Columbia)

“Greatest Misses” (album) — Public Enemy (Def Jam/Chaos/Columbia)

NEW AGE ALBUM

VOCAL OR INSTRUMENTAL

“Shepherd Moons” (album) — Enya (Reprise)

“Dream” (album) — Kitaro (Geffen)

“Esperanto” (album) — Shadowfax (EarthBeat!)

“Rockoon” (album) — Tangerine Dream (Miramar)

“Dare to Dream” (album) — Yanni (Private Music)

CONTEMPORARY

JAZZ PERFORMANCE,

INSTRUMENTAL

“Back Roads” (album) — Bob Berg (Denon Records)

“Return of the Brecker Brothers” (album) — The Brecker Brothers (GRP)

“Secret Story” (album) — Pat Metheny (Geffen)

“One Music” (album) — Bob Mintzer (Digital Music Products, Inc.)

“Upfront” (album) — David Sanborn (Elektra)

JAZZ VOCAL PERFORMANCE

“Here’s to Life” (album) — Shirley Horn (Verve)

“You Gotta Pay the Band” (album) — Abbey Lincoln (Verve)

“‘Round Midnight” (track from “Play”– McFerrin/C. Corea) — Bobby McFerrin (Blue Note)

“All the Way” (album) — Jimmy Scott (Warner Bros./Sire)

“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” (track from “Glengarry Glen Ross”) — Take 6 (Elektra Entertainment)

JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL SOLO

“Above & Below” (track from “Return of the Brecker Brothers”) — Randy Brecker (GRP)

“Fantasy” (track from “Doo-Bop”) — Miles Davis (Warner Bros.)

“Soul Eyes” (track from “People Time”) — Stan Getz & Kenny Barron (Verve)

“Lush Life” (track from “Lush Life — The Music of Billy Strayhorn”) — Joe Henderson (Verve)

“Blue Interlude” (track from “Blue Interlude”) — Wynton Marsalis (Columbia)

JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL

PERFORMANCE,

INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP

“Benny Rides Again” (album) — Eddie Daniels & Gary Burton (GRP)

“Haunted Heart” (album) — Charlie Haden Quartet West (Verve)

“Lush Life” (album) — Joe Henderson (Verve)

“I Heard You Twice the First Time” (album) — Branford Marsalis (Columbia)

“I Remember Clifford” (album) — Arturo Sandoval (GRP)

LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

PERFORMANCE

“Carnegie Hall Concert” (album) — Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra (Columbia)

“Harlem Renaissance” (album) — The Benny Carter Big Band and the Rutgers University Orchestra (Musicmasters)

“GRP All-Star Big Band” (album) — GRP All-Star Big Band (GRP)

“Brassy & Sassy” (album) — Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass (Concord Jazz)

“The Turning Point” (album) — McCoy Tyner Big Band (Verve)

COUNTRY VOCAL

PERFORMANCE, FEMALE

“I Feel Lucky” (single) — Mary-Chapin Carpenter (Columbia)

“Wynonna” (album) — Wynonna Judd (Curb/MCA)

“The Greatest Man I Never Knew” (single) — Reba McEntire (MCA)

“Something in Red” (single) — Lorrie Morgan (RCA Records)

“Maybe It Was Memphis” (single) — Pam Tillis (Arista)

COUNTRY VOCAL

PERFORMANCE, MALE

“The Chase” (album) — Garth Brooks (Liberty)

“Achy Breaky Heart” (single) — Billy Ray Cyrus (Mercury)

“I Still Believe in You” (album) — Vince Gill (MCA)

“Better Class of Losers” (single) — Randy Travis (Warner Bros.)

“Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man” (single) — Travis Tritt (Warner Bros.)

COUNTRY PERFORMANCE

BY A DUO OR GROUP

WITH VOCAL

(For organized duos or groups)

“American Pride” (album) — Alabama (RCA)

“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” (single) — Brooks & Dunn (Arista)

“Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers at The Ryman” (album) — Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers (Reprise)

“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” (single) — The Kentucky Headhunters (Mercury)

“When She Cries” (single) — Restless Heart (RCA)

COUNTRY VOCAL

COLLABORATION

(For duos or groups of artists who do not normally sing together.)

“Not Too Much to Ask” (single) — Mary-Chapin Carpenter & Joe Diffie (Columbia)

“Killybegs” (track from “Another Country”) — The Chieftains & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (RCA Victor)

“Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy” (track from “Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy”) — Chris LeDoux & Garth Brooks (Liberty)

“The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ ” (single) — Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart (Warner Bros.)

“Tell Me About It”– (track from “Can’t Run From Yourself”) Tanya Tucker & Delbert McClinton (Liberty)

COUNTRY INSTRUMENTAL

PERFORMANCE

“Black and White Rag” (track from “Greatest Hits — Live & Kickin’ “) — Asleep At The Wheel (Arista)

“Sneakin’ Around” (album) — Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed (Columbia)

“Cotton-Eyed Joe” (track from “Another Country”) — The Chieftains with Ricky Skaggs (RCA)

“Ride the Wild Turkey” (track from “Slide Rule”) — Jerry Douglas (Sugar Hill)

“Scotland” (track from “Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers at The Ryman”) — Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers (Reprise)

BLUEGRASS ALBUM

(Vocal or Instrumental)

“Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time” (album) — Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time (Sugar Hill)

“Slide Rule” (album) — Jerry Douglas (Sugar Hill)

“Bluegrass Reunion” (album) — David Grisman, Herb Pedersen, Red Allen, Jim Buchanan, James Kerwin & Jerry Garcia (Acoustic Disc)

“Every Time You Say Goodbye” (album) — Alison Krauss & Union Station (Rounder)

“Scene 20 — 20th Anniversary Concert” (album) — The Seldom Scene (Sugar Hill)

COUNTRY SONG

(A songwriter(s) award. Artists’ names appear in parentheses.)

“I Feel Lucky”– Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Don Schlitz, songwriters (Mary-Chapin Carpenter) (Columbia)

“Achy Breaky Heart”– Don Von Tress, songwriter (Billy Ray Cyrus) (Mercury)

“I Still Believe In You”– Vince Gill & John Barlow Jarvis, songwriters (Vince Gill) (MCA)

“She Is His Only Need”– Dave Loggins, songwriter (Wynonna Judd) (MCA)

“The Greatest Man I Never Knew”– Richard Leigh, Layng Martine Jr., songwriters (Reba McEntire) (MCA)

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY

GOSPEL ALBUM

(For solos, duos or groups.)

“A Friend Like U” (album) — Geoff Moore & the Distance (Forefront)

“Not Ashamed” (album) — Newsboys (Star Song)

“Unseen Power” (album) — Petra (Dayspring)

“Pray for Rain” (album) — Pray For Rain (Vireo)

“Tales of Wonder” (album) — White Heart (Star Song)

POP GOSPEL ALBUM

(For solos, duos or groups.)

“Angels of Mercy” (album) — Susan Ashton (Sparrow)

“Addicted to Jesus” (album) — Carman (Benson)

“The Great Adventure” (album) — Steven Curtis Chapman (Sparrow)

“I Choose Joy” (album) — Larnelle Harris (Benson)

“Faith, Hope & Love” (album) — Mylon LeFevre (Star Song)

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM

(For solos, duos or groups.)

“Sometimes Miracles Hide” (album) — Bruce Carroll (Word)

“Camp Meeting Live” (album) — The Cathedrals (Canaan)

“Pickin’ The Best…Live” (album) — Jeff & Sheri Easter (Benson Music Group)

“Live” (album) — The Florida Boys (New Haven)

“70th Anniversary Celebration” (album) — The Speers (Homeland)

TRADITIONAL

SOUL GOSPEL ALBUM

(For solos, duos or groups.)

“He’s Working It Out For You” (album) — Shirley Caesar (Word)

“Standing in the Safety Zone” (album) — Fairfield Four (Warner Bros.)

“Steppin’ Out” (album) — Gospel Hummingbirds (Blind Pig)

“Live” (album) — Albertina Walker (Benson)

“For the Rest of My Life” (album) — Mom & Pop Winans (Sparrow)

CONTEMPORARY

SOUL GOSPEL ALBUM

(For solos, duos or groups.)

“When the Music Stops” (album) — Daryl Coley (Sparrow)

“Love Is Reality” (album) — Al Green (Word)

“Testimony” (album) — The Richard Smallwood Singers (Sparrow)

“Handel’s Messiah–A Soulful Celebration” (album) — (Various Artists); Mervyn Warren, producer (Reprise)

“The Lady” (album) — Vickie Winans (MCA)

GOSPEL ALBUM BY A

CHOIR OR CHORUS

“African Children’s Choir — Live! in Concert ” (album) — African Children’s Choir; Matthew Kalulu, choir director (Maranatha! Music)

“Only to Him” (album) — The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers; Carol Cymbala, choir director (Warner Alliance)

“With All of My Heart” (album) — Sandra Crouch and Friends; Sandra Crouch, choir director (Sparrow)

“Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir — Recorded Live in Los Angeles” (album) — Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir; Edwin Hawkins, choir director (Fixit)

“Never Let Go of His Hand” (album) — Rev. Lawrence Thomison and the Music City Mass Choir; O’Landa Draper, choir director (New Haven Records)

LATIN POP ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Agua Nueva” (album) — Cristian (Fonovisa Inc.)

“Calor” (album) — Julio Iglesias (Sony Discos)

“Romance” (album) — Luis Miguel (WEA Latina)

“Ave Fenix” (album) — Raphael (Sony Discos)

“El Puma en Ritmo” (album) — Jose Luis Rodriguez (Sony Discos)

“Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte” (album) — Jon Secada (Capitol-EMI-Latin)

TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Soy Dichoso” (album) — Ray Barretto (Fania/Sonido Inc.)

“Amor y Control” (album) — Ruben Blades (Sony Discos)

“Tributo a Ismael Rivera” (album) — Celia Cruz (Vaya/Sonido Inc.)

“Gracias” (album) — El Gran Combo (Combo)

“Frenesi” (album) — Linda Ronstadt (Elektra Entertainment)

MEXICAN/AMERICAN ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Un Nuevo Comienzo” (album) — Los Diablos (BMG Int’l.)

“Con Sentimiento y Sabor” (album) — Los Tigres Del Norte (Fonovisa)

“Unsung Highways” (album) — Emilio Navaira (Capitol/EMI Latin)

“Mas Canciones” (album) — Linda Ronstadt (Elektra)

“I Love My Freedom, I Love My Texas” (album) — Mingo Saldivar y Sus Tremendos Cuatro Espadas (Rounder)

TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Someone to Love” (album) — Charles Brown (Bullseye Blues)

“No Looking Back” (album) — Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (Alligator)

“Goin’ Back to New Orleans” (album) — Dr. John (Warner Bros.)

“Got Love If You Want It” (album) — John Hammond (Charisma)

“Roots of Rhythm and Blues: A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era” (album) — (Various); Don DeVito, Worth Long, Barry Lee Pearson & Ralph Rinzler, producers (Columbia)

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“I Was Warned” (album) — Robert Cray (Mercury)

“Robben Ford & the Blue Line” (album) — Robben Ford & the Blue Line (GRP)

“The Right Time” (album) — Etta James (Elektra Entertainment)

“Peace to the Neighborhood” (album) — Pops Staples (Charisma)

“The Sky Is Crying” (album) — Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Epic)

TRADITIONAL FOLK ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Just Gimme Somethin’ I’m Used To” (album) — Norman and Nancy Blake (Shanachie)

“An Irish Evening Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast With Roger Daltrey & Nanci Griffith” (album) — The Chieftains (RCA Victor)

“Grandfather’s Greatest Hits” (album) — David Holt (Highwindy Audio)

“A Cathedral Concert” (album) — Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares (Verve World)

“Le Trio Cadien” (album) — D.L. Menard, Eddie LeJeune and Ken Smith (Rounder)

CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Play Me Backwards” (album) — Joan Baez (Virgin)

“The Criminal Under My Own Hat” (album) — T Bone Burnett (Columbia)

“Another Country” (album) — The Chieftains (RCA Victor)

“Rites of Passage” (album) — Indigo Girls (Epic)

“Arkansas Traveler” (album) — Michelle Shocked (Mercury)

REGGAE ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Breakout” (album) — Jimmy Cliff (GRS)

“X-tra Naked” (album) Shabba Ranks (Epic)

“Rastafari Centennial/Live in Paris–Elysee Montmarte” (album) — Steel Pulse (MCA)

“Committed” (album) — Third World (Mercury)

“All Over the World” (album) — Wailing Souls (Chaos/Columbia)

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“Gipsy Kings Live” (album) — Gipsy Kings (Elektra Musician)

“Kirya” (album) — Ofra Haza (Shanachie)

“Brasileiro” (album) — Sergio Mendes (Elektra Entertainment)

“Eyes Open” (album) — Youssou N’Dour (Forty Acres/Columbia)

“Americas” (album) — Strunz & Farah (Mesa)

POLKA ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

“All American Country Flavored Polkas” (album) — Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones (Bel-Aire)

“Where Were You Back Then?” (album) — Lenny Gomulka & the Chicago Push (World Renowned Sounds)

“35th Anniversary” (album) — Walter Ostanek (World Renowned Sounds)

“Sturr-It-Up” (album) — Jimmy Sturr (Starr)

“Happy Polka Days” (album) — Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) (Corjal)

ALBUM FOR CHILDREN

“Chipmunks in Low Places” (album) — (Alvin & the Chipmunks) John Boylan, Janice Karman & Ross Bagdasarian (Epic/Sony Kids)

“Snuggle Up–A Gift of Songs for Sweet Dreams” (album) — J. Aaron Brown, David R. Lehman & Barbara Bailey Hutchinson (Jaba)

“Woody’s Grow Big Songs 1 and 2″ (album) — (The Guthrie Family) Woody, Arlo & Nora Guthrie & Frank Fuchs (Warner Bros.)

“Pete Seeger’s Family Concert” (album) — Pete Seeger (Sony Kids Music)

“Beauty and the Beast-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (album) — (Various) Alan Menken & Howard Ashman (Walt Disney)

COMEDY ALBUM

SPOKEN OR MUSICAL

“An Evening With George Burns”– George Burns (Dove Audio)

“Naked Beneath My Clothes”– Rita Rudner (Penguin/HB)

“P.D.Q. Bach: Music For an Awful Lot of Winds & Percussion”– Prof. Peter Schickele (Telarc)

“Jonathan Winters Is Terminator 3″– Jonathan Winters (Dove Audio)

“Off the Deep End”–“Weird Al” Yankovic (Scotti Brothers)

SPOKEN WORD OR

NON-MUSICAL ALBUM

(Names of authors of narrated/dramatized books appear in parentheses)

“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”– Fannie Flagg (Random House AudioBooks)

“What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS” (Earvin “Magic” Johnson) — Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Robert O’Keefe (Random House AudioBooks)

“Stories”– Garrison Keillor (Highbridge)

“Devout Catalyst”– Ken Nordine (Grateful Dead Records)

“A Christmas Carol” (Charles Dickens) — Patrick Stewart (Simon & Schuster Audio)

“This Is Orson Welles”– Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich (Caedmon)

MUSICAL SHOW ALBUM

(Award to the album producer and to lyricists and composers of more than 50% of the new score)

“The King and I” (Julie Andrews, Ben Kingsley and others; John Mauceri, conductor, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) — Michael Gore, album producer; Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein, lyricist (Philips Classics)

“Crazy For You” (original Broadway cast) — Thomas Z. Shepard, album producer; George Gershwin, composer; Ira Gershwin, lyricist (Angel)

“Guys and Dolls–The New Broadway Cast Recording” (new Broadway cast) — Jay David Saks, album producer; Frank Loesser, composer/lyricist (RCA Victor)

“Jelly’s Last Jam” (original Broadway cast) — Thomas Z. Shepard, album producer; Luther Henderson, composer; Jelly Roll Morton, composer; Susan Birkenhead, lyricist (Mercury)

“The Secret Garden–The Original Broadway Cast Album” (original Broadway cast) — Thomas Z. Shepard, album producer; Lucy Simon, composer; Marsha Norma, lyricist (Columbia)

INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION

(A composer(s) award.)

“Harlem Renaissance Suite” (track from “Harlem Renaissance”) — Benny Carter, composer (Musicmasters)

“Magic Fingers” (track from “UFO TOFU”) — Bela Fleck, composer (Warner Bros.)

“Blue Interlude” (track from “Blue Interlude”) — Wynton Marsalis, composer (Columbia)

“The Truth Will Always Be” (track from “Secret Story”) — Pat Metheny, composer (Geffen)

“Oblivion” (track from “Symphonic Tango”) — Astor Piazzolla, composer (Teldec)

INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION

WRITTEN FOR A MOTION

PICTURE OR FOR TELEVISION

(A composer(s) award.)

“Rush” (album) — Eric Clapton, composer (Reprise)

“Mambo Caliente” (track from “The Mambo Kings”) — Arturo Sandoval, composer (Elektra)

“Theme From ‘Northern Exposure’ ” (track from “Northern Exposure Soundtrack Album”) — David Schwartz, composer (MCA)

“Beauty and the Beast” (instrumental score portion of the album) — Alan Menken, composer (Walt Disney)

“Hook” (album) — John Williams, composer (Epic Soundtrax)

SONG WRITTEN FOR A

MOTION PICTURE OR

FOR TELEVISION

(A songwriter(s) award.)

“Tears in Heaven” (“Rush”) (single) — Eric Clapton & Will Jennings, songwriters (Reprise)

“Beauty and the Beast” (“Beauty and the Beast”) (single) — Alan Menken & Howard Ashman, songwriters (Epic/Disney)

“Now and Forever” (track from “A League of Their Own”) — Carole King, songwriter (Columbia)

“Beautiful Maria of My Soul” (track from “The Mambo Kings”) — Robert Kraft & Arne Glimcher, songwriters (Elektra Entertainment)

“It’s Probably Me” (track from “Lethal Weapon 3″) — Michael Kamen, Sting & Eric Clapton, songwriters (Reprise)

MUSICVIDEO–SHORT FORM

(For an individual track or single promotional clip. Awarded to the artist and to the video director/producer.)

“Free Your Mind”– En Vogue; Mark Romanek, video director; Krista Montagna, video line producer (EastWest Records)

“Digging in the Dirt”– Peter Gabriel; John Downer, video director & video line producer (Geffen)

“Kiko and the Lavender Moon”– Los Lobos; Ondrej Rudavsky, video director; Axel Ericson, video line producer (Warner Bros.)

“Church”– Lyle Lovett; Matt Mahurin, video director; Louise Feldman, video line producer (Curb/MCA Records)

“What God Wants”– Roger Waters; Tony Kaye, video director; Sarah Whistler, video line producer (Columbia)

MUSICVIDEO–LONG FORM

(For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Awarded to the artist and to the video director/producer.)

“Classic Visions 5–Gershwin, D’Albert, Strauss, Honegger”– The Swiss Radio Symphony Orchestra, Matthias Bamert, conductor; Adrian Marthaler, video director; Armin Brunner, video line producer (RCA Victor Red Seal)

“Phallus in Wonderland”– Gwar; Distortion Wells & Judas Bullhorn, video directors; Dean English, video line producer (Metal Blade)

“Hammerin’ Home”– Hammer; Rupert Wainwright, video director; Guy J. Louthan, Terance Power & Oliver Fuselier, video line producers (Capitol/EMI Music Inc.)

“Diva”– Annie Lennox; Sophie Muller, video director; Rob Small, video line producer (6 West Home video)

“The Enemy Strikes Live”– Public Enemy; Larry Holland, video director; J. Kevin Swain, video line producer (Sony Music)

ARRANGEMENT ON

AN INSTRUMENTAL

(Award to the arranger.)

“Bennie Moten’s Weird Nightmare” (track from “The Calculus of Pleasure”) — Russ Gershon, arranger (Accurate)

“Airegin” (track from “GRP All-Star Big Band”) — Michael Abene, arranger (GRP)

“Strike Up the Band” (track from “Brassy & Sassy”) — Rob McConnell, arranger (Concord Jazz)

“Cherokee” (track from “I Remember Clifford”) — Gary Lindsay, arranger (GRP)

“Values” (track from “LAB 91″) — Neil Slater, arranger (North Texas Jazz)

INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENT

ACCOMPANYING VOCAL(S)

(Award to the arranger.)

“Lush Life” (track from “It’s Over”) — Robert Farnon, arranger (Reference Recordings)

“Stella by Starlight” (track from “Nnenna Freelon”) — Bob Freedman, arranger (Columbia)

“Here’s to Life” (track from “Here’s to Life”) — Johnny Mandel, arranger (Verve Forecast)

“Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” (track from “In Tribute”) — Jeremy Lubbock, arranger (GRP)

“Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage?” (track from “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”) — Mervyn Warren, arranger (Reprise)

ENGINEERED ALBUM

(NON-CLASSICAL)

(Award to the engineer(s).)

“Out of the Cradle” (album) — Lindsey Buckingham, Richard Dashut, Kevin Killen, Greg Droman & Chris Lord-Alge, engineers (Reprise)

“Dangerous” (album) — Bruce Swedien & Teddy Riley, engineers (Epic)

“Ingenue” (album) — Greg Penny & Marc Ramaer, engineers (Sire/Warner Bros.)

“Brasileiro” (album) — Moogie Canazio, engineer (Elektra)

“The Hunter” (album) — Elliot Scheiner & Walter New, engineers (Private Music)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

(NON-CLASSICAL)

Mitchell Froom

Daniel Lanois & Brian Eno

L.A. Reid & Babyface

Teddy Riley

Chris Thomas

ALBUM PACKAGE

(An art director’s award)

Melanie Nissen –“Spellbound” (Paula Abdul) (compact) (special package) (Capitol/Virgin)

Geoff Gans –“Queen of Soul–The Atlantic Recordings” (Aretha Franklin) (Rhino)

Tommy Steele –“Too Legit to Quit” (Hammer) (special package) (Capitol)

Ria Lewerke & Norman Moore –“Elvis the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll — The Complete 50’s Masters” (Elvis Presley) (RCA)

Len Peltier –“99.9 F” (Suzanne Vega) (special package) (A&M)

ALBUM NOTES

(An album notes writer’s award)

Will Friedwald & Dick Katz –“The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio” (Nat King Cole Trio) (Mosaic)

Dave Marsh, Jerry Wexler, David Ritz, Thulani Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin–“Queen of Soul–The Atlantic Recordings” (Aretha Franklin) (Rhino)

Peter Guralnick–“Elvis the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll–The Complete 50’s Masters” (Elvis Presley) (RCA)

Pete Welding & Lawrence Cohn–“Roots n’ Blues The Retrospective (1925-1950)” (Various) (Columbia/Legacy)

Robert Kimball & Richard M. Sudhalter–“You’re the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s” (Various) (Koch Intl. Classics)

HISTORICAL ALBUM

(Award to the album producer(s))

“The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio” (Nat King Cole Trio)– Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic)

“Les Paul: The Legend & the Legacy” (Les Paul)– Ron Furmanek, producer (Capitol)

“Elvis the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll — The Complete 50’s Masters” (Elvis Presley)–Ernst Mikael Jorgenson & Roger Semon, producers (RCA)

“The Music of Disney–A Legacy in Song” (Various)–Michael Leon, producer (Walt Disney)

“You’re the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s” (Various)–Susan Elliott, Robert Kimball & Richard M. Sudhalter, producers (Koch Intl. Classics/Indiana Historical)

CLASSICAL ALBUM

(Award to the artist(s) and to the album producer)

“Beethoven: Symphonies (complete)” (Nicholas Harnoncourt cond. the Chamber Orchestra of Europe) — Helmut Muhle, producer (Teldec)

“Cecilia Bartoli: Rossini Heroines” (Cecilia Bartoli, soprano , Ion Marin cond. Orchestra Ecoro del Teatro la Fenice)–Christopher Raeburn, producer (London)

“Gorecki: Sym. No. 3″ (David Zinman cond. London Sinfonietta) (Dawn Upshaw)–Colin Matthews, producer (Elektra Nonesuch)

“Mahler: Sym. No. 9″ (Leonard Bernstein cond. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) — Horst Dittberner, producer (Deutsche Grammophon)

R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Sir Georg Solti cond. Vienna Philharmonic)– Christopher Raeburn, Morten Winding & Stephen Trainor, producers (London)

ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE

(Awards to the conductor and to the orchestra)

“Beethoven: Symphonies (complete)”– Nicholas Harnoncourt cond. the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Teldec)

“Gorecki: Sym. No. 3″– David Zinman cond. London Sinfonietta (Dawn Upshaw) (Elektra Nonesuch)

“Mahler: Sym. No. 9″–Leonard Bernstein cond. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)

“Messiaen: Turangalila Symphonie”– Myung-Whun Chung cond. Orchestre de l’Opera Bastille (Deutsche Grammophon)

“Schuman: Sym. No. 10; New England Triptych; American Festival Overture”– Leonard Slatkin cond. Saint Louis Symphony Orch. (RCA Victor Red Seal)

OPERA RECORDING

(Awards to the conductor, album producer and principal soloists)

“Handel: Giulio Cesare”– Rene Jacobs cond. Concerto Koln; prin. solos: Larmore, Schlick, Fink, Rorholm, Ragin, Zanasi, Visse, Lallouette; Thomas Gallia & Klaus L. Neuman, producers (Harmonia Mundi)

“Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen”– Simon Rattle cond. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; prin. solos: Howell, Watson, Tear, Allen, Montague; David Murray, producer (EMI Classics)

“R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten”–Sir Georg Solti cond. Vienna Philharmonic; prin. solos: Domingo, Varady, Van Dam, Behrens, Runkel, Jo; Christopher Raeburn, Morten Winding & Stephen Trainor, producers (London)

“Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)”–Seiji Ozawa cond. Boston Symphony Orchestra; prin. solos: Freni, Atlantov, Hvorostovsky, Forrester, Leiferkus, Ciesinski; Jay David Saks, producer (RCA Victor Red Seal)

“Wagner: Siegfried”–James Levine cond. The Metropolitan Opera Orch.; prin. solos: Goldberg, Zednik, Morris, Behrens, Svenden, Wlaschiha, Moll, Battle; Cord Garben, producer (Deutsche Grammophon)

PERFORMANCE OF A CHORAL WORK

(Award to the choral conductor, and to the orchestra conductor if an orchestra is on the recording and to the choral director or chorus master as applicable)

“Handel: Messiah”–Martin Pearlman cond. Boston Baroque Chorus & Orchestra (Telarc)

“Haydn: The Seasons”–John Eliot Gardiner cond. The Monteverdi Choir & The English Baroque Soloists (Archiv)

“Janacek: Glagolitic Mass”– Michael Tilson Thomas cond. London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Malcolm Hicks, chorus master (Sony Classical)

“Mahler: Das Klagende Lied”– Riccardo Chailly cond. Stadtischer Musikverein Dusseldorf & Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (London)

“Orff: Carmina Burana”– Herbert Blomstedt cond. San Francisco Girls/Boys Chorus, SFS Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Orch. (Decca)

CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE

INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST(S)

(WITH ORCHESTRA)

“Bartok: Violin Con. No. 2/Moret: En Reve”–Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin (Seiji Ozawa cond. Boston Symphony Orchestra) (Deutsche Grammophon)

“Medtner: Piano Cons. Nos. 1, 2 & 3″–Geoffrey Tozer, piano (Neeme Jarvi cond. The London Philharmonic) (Chandos)

“Mozart: Piano Cons. Nos. 23 & 24″–Alicia de Larrocha, piano (Sir Colin Davis cond. English Chamber Orchestra) (RCA Victor Red Seal)

“Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante/Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme”– Yo-Yo Ma, cello (Lorin Maazel cond. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) (Sony Classical)

“Rachmaninoff: Piano Cons. Nos. 2 & 3″–Horacio Gutierrez, piano (Lorin Maazel cond. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) (Telarc)

CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE

INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST

(WITHOUT ORCHESTRA)

“Brahms: Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24; 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118; 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79″– Emanuel Ax, piano (Sony Classical)

“Horowitz–Discovered Treasures” (Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Scarlatti, Scriabin) — Vladimir Horowitz, piano (Sony Classical)

“Ravel: l’Oeuvre Pour Piano Seul” (Complete Works for Piano Solo) — Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano (London)

“Schubert: Fantasie in C & 4 Lieder/Brahms: Fantasien, Op. 116/Liszt: Ungarische Rhapsodie”– Yevgeny Kissin, piano (Deutsche Grammophon)

“Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues Op. 87″– Keith Jarrett, piano (ECM)

CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE

“Beethoven: The Late String Quartets (Op. 127, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135)”– Tokyo String Quartet (RCA Victor Red Seal)

“Brahms: Sonatas for Cello & Piano”– Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Emanuel Ax, piano (Sony Classical)

“Brahms: Sextets, Op. 18 & 36; Theme and Variations”– Isaac Stern & Cho-Liang Lin, violins; Yo-Yo Ma & Sharon Robinson, cellos; Jaime Laredo & Michael Tree, violas (Sony Classical)

“Dvorak: Piano Quintets Op. 81 & Op. 5″– Rudolf Firkusny, piano; Ridge String Quartet (RCA Victor Red Seal)

“Szymanowski: String Quartets Nos. 1 Op. 37 & 2 Op. 56/Webern: ‘Langsamer Satz’ for String Quartet”– Carmina Quartet (Denon Records)

CLASSICAL VOCAL PERFORMANCE

“Cecilia Bartoli: Rossini Heroines”– Cecilia Bartoli, soprano (Ion Marin, conductor; Orchestra ecoro del Teatro la Fenice) (London)

“Delius: Sea Drift”– Thomas Hampson, baritone (Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor; Welsh National Opera Orchestra & Chorus) (Argo)

“Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall” (Handel, Mozart, Liszt, Strauss, Charpentier, etc.) — Kathleen Battle, soprano (Margo Garrett, accompanist) (Deutsche Grammophon)

“Marilyn Horne: Rossini Recital”– Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano (Martin Katz, accompanist) (RCA Victor Red Seal)

“Wolf: Songs to the Poetry of Goethe and Morike”– Arleen Auger, soprano (Irwin Gage, accompanist) (Hyperion)

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION

(A composer’s award for a classical composition, premiered within the last 25 years, and released on a recording for the first time during the eligibility year.)

“Barber: The Lovers”– Samuel Barber, composer (Koch Intl.)

“X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X”– Anthony Davis, composer (Gramavision)

“Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto”– Wiold Lutoslawski, composer (Deutsche Grammophon)

“The Protecting Veil”– John Tavener, composer (Virgin Classics)

“Zwilich: Flute Concerto”– Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, composer (Koch Intl.)

ENGINEERED RECORDING,

CLASSICAL

“Arnold: A Sussex Overture; Beckus the Dandipratt; The Smoke; The Fair Field”– Keith O. Johnson, engineer (Reference Recordings)

“Barber: The Lovers; Prayers of Kierkegaard”– Mitch Heller, engineer (Koch Intl.)

“Hanson: Mosaics; Piano Concerto in G; Syms. Nos. 5 & 7″– John Eargle, engineer (Delos Intl.)

“Orff: Carmina Burana”– Stanley Goodall, engineer (Decca)

“R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten”– James Lock, John Pellowe, Jonathan Stokes, Philip Siney, engineers (London)

“Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Pulcinella Suite”– Michael Bishop, engineer (Telarc)

CLASSICAL PRODUCER

OF THE YEAR

Andrew Cornall

Steven Epstein

Michael Fine

Thomas Frost

James Mallinson

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