More on those Grammy Noms

9 Dec 2005
Seems like U2 just can't stop being nominated for Grammy Awards. Some observers were suggesting that because How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb came out right at the beginning of the qualification period, maybe U2 would be overlooked. No way! Yesterday the band were nominated in five categories for the album while producer Steve Lillywhite was nominated in a sixth.

Not only were U2 nominated big time - there were also lots of nominations for acts who have played on tour with them during the past nine months and acts who they have collaborated with this year.

The names that we spotted include Paul McCartney (remember Live 8 ?), Bruce Springsteen (great speech at the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and great duet in Philadelphia), Daniel Lanois (Montreal, Toronto...) and Alicia Keys ('Don't Give Up (Africa), the duet with Bono now available from iTunes.).

Plenty of of the bands who have played on Vertigo '05 also get a mention including Keane, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Arcade Fire, Damian Marley and Kanye West (next week as you ask). Check if we have missed anyone by viewing the entire list at

For the past few years, U2 have been an ever-present in the Grammy Nominations announcements.

Last year, the band only had one song which qualified for entry : Vertigo was nominated in three categories and at the Awards in February went on to win all three, namely 'Best Rock Song', 'Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal' and 'Best Short Form Music Video'.

In 2004, The Hands That Built America, written for Martin Scorcese's film Gangs Of New York, was nominated in the 'Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media category'.

On paper there was no chance of U2 being nominated in the 2003 awards - but to everyone's surprise Walk On was selected in the category of 'Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal'. The track was first released two years previously on 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' but the nomination was for the live for the September 11th Telethon, later released on the album 'America - A Tribute To Heroes'.

In 2002 of course, the band won big time - picking up four Grammy Awards in the wake of All That You Can't Leave Behind for 'Record of the Year' (for Walk On) 'Best Rock Album' (for All That You Can't Leave Behind,) 'Best Song by a Pop Duo or Group' (for Stuck in a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of) and 'Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal' (for Elevation).

And the previous year, Beautiful Day won three Grammy's for 'Record of the Year', 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal'.

Take a look here at U2 performing Beautiful Day at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

In total All That You Can't Leave Behind won a total of seven Grammy's, with four different tracks. That made up for a few years when the band were absent from the annual Spring highlight of the music industry. It was in 1994 that 'ZooTV - Live from Sydney' won 'Best Music Video, Long Form' and in 1993 that Zooropa won Best Alternative Album. The previous year Achtung Baby had been a winner. Desire and Streets were both winners at the 1988 Awards ((Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group and Best Performance Music Video respectively) while 1987 was also a year we won't forget. Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by A Duo or Group with Vocal for The Joshua Tree as well as and Best Performance Music Video for Where The Streets Have No Name.


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