In the rush to celebrate the stunning comeback of Carlos Santana, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s work was the victim of some intriguing math: His Arista album “Supernatural” and its tracks received 11 Grammy nominations on Tuesday, not 10 as was widely reported by most of the media.
Midday on Wednesday, Santana’s longtime publicist, Michael Jensen, issued a press release declaring that “Supernatural” and its songs received 11 noms in 10 categories.
NARAS says performing acts, songwriters and producers receive awards, not albums or songs. Thus Carlos Santana does indeed have 10 noms, the band Santana has nine and Rob Thomas, who co-wrote “Smooth,” has three noms related to the “Supernatural” album.
Carlos Santana, who has recorded under his own name and as a band — the latter is the case with “Supernatural” — can walk away with nine Grammys. Santana cannot win the song of the year honor because he did not write it. In the pop collaboration with vocals category, he is nominated twice. Santana, the band, has never won a Grammy.