The impact Seattle music has had on the alternative rock scene is strongly represented in the Grammy nominations announced yesterday.
More Seattle bands than ever were proposed for the prestigious awards, and all are leaders of the grunge explosion: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.
Strangely, none of the Seattle bands was nominated in the most logical category, alternative music. In addition to rock song, the nominations came in hard rock performance, which included Nirvana and Pearl Jam for the same songs as above, as well as Alice in Chains for its "Dirt" album. In metal performance, Soundgarden was nominated for its song "Into the Void," from the "Badmotorfinger" album.
While the Seattle rock nominations were impressive for their number, they were disappointing in that none were in the prestigious record, album and song of the year categories.
Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was one of the most widely played and influential songs of the year and helped sell more than 4 million copies of the "Nevermind" album in this country alone. It certainly deserved song of the year consideration.
Pearl Jam is one of the most promising bands to emerge in years, and huge sales of its "Ten" album show the pop audience has embraced the newcomers. So why wasn't the group named in the new artist category?
Both bands landed in the rock song category, Nirvana for "Teen Spirit" and Pearl Jam for "Jeremy," the haunting song about a troubled young boy.
Strangely, none of the Seattle bands were nominated in the most logical category, alternative music. In addition to rock song, the nominations came in hard rock performance, which included Nirvana and Pearl Jam for the same songs as above, as well as Alice in Chains for its "Dirt" album. In metal performance, Soundgarden was nominated for its song "Into the Void," from the "Badmotorfinger" album.
Alice in Chains was nominated last year, and Soundgarden was nominated in 1991 and '92, all in metal categories.
They didn't win, and look like long shots this year. Nirvana does also, because "Teen Spirit" was at its peak a year ago. Guns N' Roses probably has the edge in the hard-rock category for "Live and Let Die," because the band and the song (formerly a hit for Wings) will be familiar to the voters of the Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which awards the Grammys.
Soundgarden has a good chance in the metal performance category, because it is the most recognizable name among the nominees. As for rock song category, Pearl Jam and Nirvana will have a hard time beating Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel or Bruce Springsteen.
Sir Mix-A-Lot is also a longshot because of the ribald nature of his song. But sales do count for a lot, and he could end up a winner when the awards are presented Feb. 24.
Here is a list of nominees for the 35th annual Grammy Awards announced yesterday.
Record of the year: "Tears In Heaven," Eric Clapton; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "Constant Craving," k.d. lang; "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams; "Beauty and the Beast," Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.
Album of the year: "Unplugged," Eric Clapton; "Ingenue," k.d. lang; "Diva," Annie Lennox; "Achtung Baby," U2; "Beauty and the Beast," various artists.
Song of the year: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "Beauty and the Beast," Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson; "Constant Craving," k.d. lang; "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams.
New artist: Arrested Development, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sophie B. Hawkins, Kriss Kross, Jon Secada.
Pop vocal, female: "MTV Unplugged EP," Mariah Carey; "Celine Dion," Celine Dion; "Constant Craving," k.d. lang; "Diva," Annie Lennox; "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams.
Pop vocal, male: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton; "Us," Peter Gabriel; "Black or White," Michael Jackson; "The One," Elton John; "Joshua Judges Ruth," Lyle Lovett.
Pop vocal, duo or group: "Beauty and the Beast," Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson; "I Can't Dance," Genesis; "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," George Michael and Elton John; "Diamonds and Pearls," Prince and the New Power Generation; "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough," Patty Smyth and Don Henley.
Traditional pop vocal: "Perfectly Frank," Tony Bennett; "Girl Singer," Rosemary Clooney; "Michael Feinstein Sings the Jule Styne Songbook," Michael Feinstein; "Late Night at the Cafe Carlyle," Bobby Short; "With My Lover Beside Me," Nancy Wilson.
Pop instrumental: "Tahitian Skies," The Chieftains with Chet Atkins; "Twenty Nine-Five," Bruce Hornsby-Branford Marsalis; "Cool," Bob James and Earl Klugh; "Beauty and the Beast," the Nurenberg Symphony Orchestra.
Rock vocal, female: "Ain't It Heavy," Melissa Etheridge; "Shot of Poison," Lita Ford; "It Won't Be Long," Alison Moyet; "Rockinghorse," Alannah Myles; "The Bitch is Back," Tina Turner.
Rock vocal, male: "There Will Never be Another Tonight," Bryan Adams; "Unplugged," Eric Clapton; "Life is a Highway," Tom Cochrane; "Digging in the Dirt," Peter Gabriel; "The Fire Inside," Bob Seger; "Human Touch," Bruce Springsteen.
Rock vocal, duo or group: "Free Your Mind," En Vogue; "Little Village," Little Village; "Kiko," Los Lobos; "Under the Bridge," Red Hot Chili Peppers; "Achtung Baby," U2.
Hard rock performance: "Dirt," Alice in Chains; "Angel Dust," Faith No More; "Live and Let Die," Guns N' Roses; "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana; "Jeremy," Pearl Jam; "Give it Away," Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Metal performance, with vocal: "In the Meantime," Helmet; "Countdown to Extinction," Megadeth; "N.W.O." Ministry; "Wish," Nine Inch Nails; "Into the Void," Soundgarden.
Rock instrumental: "Hound Dog," Jeff Beck and Jed Leiber; "Bring 'Em Back Alive," Dixie Dregs; "Gypsy-Grajonca," Santana; "The Extremist," Joe Satriani; "Little Wing," Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
Rock song: "Layla," Eric Clapton; "Digging in the Dirt," Peter Gabriel; "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana; "Jeremy," Pearl Jam; "Human Touch," Bruce Springsteen.
Alternative music album: "Good Stuff," The B-52's; "Wish," The Cure; "Your Arsenal," Morrissey; "Bone Machine," Tom Waits; "Nonsuch," XTC.
Rhythm and blues vocal, female: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," Oleta Adams; "I Belong to You," Whitney Houston; "The Woman I Am," Chaka Khan; "I Love Your Smile," Shanice; "The Comfort Zone," Vanessa Williams.
Rhythm and blues vocal, male: "Humpin' Around," Bobby Brown; "Lost in the Night," Peabo Bryson; "T.E.V.I.N." Tevin Campbell; "Jam," Michael Jackson; "Heaven and Earth," Al Jarreau.
Rhythm and blues vocal, duo or group: "People Everyday," Arrested Development; "End of the Road," Boyz II Men; "I'll Be There," Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz; "Funky Divas," En Vogue; "The Best Things in Life Are Free," Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson.
Rhythm and blues instrumental performance: "Big Idea," The Brecker Brothers; "Doo-Bop," Miles Davis; "Just the Way I Feel," George Howard; "Mood," Soul II Soul; "Summer Chill," Grover Washington Jr.
Rhythm and blues song: "End of the Road," Boyz II Men; "I'll Be There," Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz; "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)," En Vogue; "Jam," Michael Jackson; "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," TLC.
Rap solo performance: "Addams Groove," Hammer; "Strictly Business," L.L. Cool J; "You Gotta Believe," Marky Mark; "Latifah's Had it Up 2 Here," Queen Latifah; "Baby Got Back," Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Rap performance by a duo or group: "Tennessee," Arrested Development; "Check Your Head," Beastie Boys; "Jump Around," House of Pain; "Jump," Kris Kross; "Greatest Misses," Public Enemy.
New age album: "Shepherd Moons," Enya; "Dream," Kitaro; "Esperanto," Shadowfax; "Rockoon," Tangerine Dream; "Dare to Dream," Yanni.
Contemporary jazz performance: "Back Roads," Bob Berg; "Return of the Brecker Brothers," The Brecker Brothers; "Secret Story," Pat Metheny; "One Music," Bob Mintzer; "Upfront," David Sanborn.
Jazz vocal performance: "Here's to Life," Shirley Horn; "You Gotta Pay the Band," Abbey Lincoln; "'Round Midnight," Bobby McFerrin; "All the Way," Jimmy Scott; "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," Take 6.
Jazz instrumental solo: "Above and Below," Randy Brecker; "Fantasy," Miles Davis; "Soul Eyes," Stan Getz and Kenny Barron; "Lush Life," Joe Henderson; "Blue Interlude," Wynton Marsalis.
Jazz instrumental performance, individual or group: "Benny Rides Again," Eddie Daniels and Gary Burton; "Haunted Heart," Charlie Haden Quartet West; "Lush Life," Joe Henderson; "I Heard You Twice the First Time," Branford Marsalis; "I Remember Clifford," Arturo Sandoval.
Large jazz ensemble performance: "Carnegie Hall Concert," Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra; "Harlem Renaissance," The Benny Carter Big Band and the Rutgers University Orchestra; "GRP All-Star Big Band," GRP All-Star Big Band; "Brassy and Sassy," Rob McDonnell and The Boss Brass; "The Turning Point," McCoy Tyner Big Band.
Country vocal performance, female: "I Feel Lucky," Mary-Chapin Carpenter; "Wynonna," Wynonna (Judd); "The Greatest Man I Never Knew," Reba McEntire; "Something in Red," Lorrie Morgan; "Maybe It Was Memphis," Pam Tillis.
Country vocal performance, male: "The Chase," Garth Brooks; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "I Still Believe in You," Vince Gill; "Better Class of Losers," Randy Travis; "Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man," Travis Tritt.
Country performance by a duo or group with vocal: "American Pride," Alabama; "Boot Scootin' Boogie," Brooks and Dunn; "Emmylou Harris and The Nash Ramblers at The Ryman," Emmylou Harris and The Nash Ramblers; "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," The Kentucky HeadHunters; "When She Cries," Restless Heart.
Country vocal collaboration: "Not Too Much to Ask," Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Joe Diffie; "Killybegs," The Chieftains and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; "Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy," Chris LeDoux and Garth Brooks; "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart; "Tell Me About It," Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton.
Country instrumental performance: "Black and White Rag," Live and Kickin'; "Sneakin' Around," Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed; "Cotton-Eyed Joe," The Chieftains with Ricky Skaggs; "Ride the Wild Turkey," Jerry Douglas; "Scotland," Emmylou Harris and The Nash Ramblers.
Bluegrass album: "Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan and Lonesome Standard Time," Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan and Lonesome Standard Time; "Slide Rule," Jerry Douglas; "Bluegrass Reunion," David Grisman, Herb Pedersen, Red Allen, Jim Buchanan, James Kerwin and Jerry Garcia.
Country song: "I Feel Lucky," Mary-Chapin Carpenter; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "I Still Believe in You," Vince Gill; "She Is His Only Need," Wynonna; "The Greatest Man I Never Saw," Reba McEntire.
Rock/contemporary gospel album: "A Friend Like You," Geoff Moore and The Distance; "Not Ashamed," Newsboys; "Unseen Power," Petra; "Pray for Rain," Pray for Rain; "Tales of Wonder," White Heart.
Pop gospel album: "Angels of Mercy," Susan Ashton; "Addicted to Jesus," Carman; "The Great Adventure," Steven Curtis Chapman; "I Choose Joy," Larnelle Harris; "Faith, Hope and Love," Mylon LeFevre.
Southern gospel album: "Sometimes Miracles Hide," Bruce Carroll; "Camp Meeting Live," The Cathedrals; "Pickin' the Best - Live," Jeff and Sheri Easter; "Live," The Florida Boys; "70th Anniversary Celebration," The Speers.
Traditional soul gospel album, solo, duo or group: "He's Working It Out For You," Shirley Caesar; "Standing in the Safety Zone," Fairfield Four; "Steppin' Out," Gospel Hummingbirds; "Live," Albertina Walker; "For the Rest of My Life," Mom & Pop Winans.
Contemporary soul gospel album, solo, duo or group: "When the Music Stops," Daryl Coley; "Love is Reality," Al Green; "Testimony," The Richard Smallwood Singers; "Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration," Various Artists; "The Lady," Vickie Winans.
Gospel album, choir or chorus: "African Children's Choir - Live! in Concert," African Children's Choir; "Only to Him," The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers; "With All of My Heart," Sandra Crouch and Friends; "Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir - Recorded Live in Los Angeles," Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir; "Never Let Go of His Hand," Rev. Lawrence Thomison and the Music City Mass Choir.
Latin pop album, vocal or instrumental: "Agua Nueva," Christian; "Calor," Julio Iglesias; "Romance," Luis Miguel; "Ave Fenix," Raphael; "El Puma En Ritmo," Jose Luis Rodriguez; "Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte," Jon Secada.
Tropical Latin album, vocal or instrumental: "Soy Dichoso," Ray Barretto; "Amor Y Control," Ruben Blades; "Tributo A Ismael Rivera," Celia Cruz; "Gracias," El Gran Combo; "Frenesi," Linda Ronstadt.
Mexican-American album, vocal or instrumental: "Un Nuevo Comienzo," Los Diablos; "Con Sentimiento Y Sabor," Los Tigres Del Norte; "Unsung Highways," Emilio Navaira; "Mas Canciones," Linda Ronstadt; "I Love My Freedom, I Love My Texas," Mingo Saldivary Sus Tremendos Cuatro Espadas.
Traditional blues album, vocal or instrumental: "Someone to Love," Charles Brown; "No Looking Back," Clarence `Gatemouth' Brown; "Goin' Back to New Orleans," Dr. John; "Got Love If You Want It," John Hammond; "Roots of Rhythm and Blues: A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era," Various Artists.
Contemporary blues album, vocal or instrumental: "I Was Warned," Robert Cray; "Robben Ford & The Blue Line," Robben Ford & The Blue Line; "The Right Time," Etta James; "Peace to the Neighborhood," Pop Staples; "The Sky is Crying," Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
Traditional folk album, vocal or instrumental: "Just Gimme Somethin' I'm Used To," Norman and Nancy Blake; "An Irish Evening Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast with Roger Daltrey & Nanci Griffith," The Chieftains; "Grandfather's Greatest Hits," David Holt; "A Cathedral Concert," Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares; "Le Trio Cadien," D.L. Menard, Eddie LeJeune and Ken Smith.
Contemporary folk album, vocal or instrumental: "Play Me Backwards," Joan Baez; "The Criminal Under My Own Hat," T Bone Burnett; "Another Country," The Chieftains; "Rites of Passage," Indigo Girls; "Arkansas Traveler," Michelle Shocked.
Reggae album, vocal or instrumental: "Breakout," Jimmy Cliff; "X-Tra Naked," Shabba Ranks; "Rastafari Centennial - Live in Paris - Elysee Montmartre," Steel Pulse; "Committed," Third World; "All Over the World," Wailing Souls.
World music album, vocal or instrumental: "Gipsy King Live," Gipsy King; "Kirya," Ofra Haza; "Brasileiro," Serigo Mendes; "Eyes Open," Youssou N'Dour; "Americas," Strunz and Farah.
Polka album, vocal or instrumental: "All American Country Flavored Polkas," Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones; "Where Were You Back Then," Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push; "35th Anniversary," Walter Ostanek; "Sturr-It-Up," Jimmy Sturr; "Happy Polka Days," Dick Tady Orchestra.
Album for children: "Chipmunks In Low Places," Alvin & The Chipmunks; "Snuggle Up - A Gift of Songs for Sweet Dreams," J. Aaron Brown, David R. Lehman and Barbara Bailey Hutchinson; "Woody's Grow Big Song 1 and 2," The Guthrie Family; "Pete Seeger's Family Concert," Pete Seeger; "Beauty and the Beast - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." Various Artists.
Comedy album, spoken or musical: "An Evening With George Burns," George Burns; "Naked Beneath My Clothes," Rita Rudner; "P.D.Q. Bach: Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion," Prof. Peter Schickele; "Jonathan Winters is Terminator 3," Jonathan Winters; "Off the Deep End," `Weird Al' Yankovic.
Spoken word or non-musical album: "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," Fannie Flagg; "What You Can do to Avoid AIDS," Earvin Magic Johnson; "Stories," Garrison Keillor; "Devout Catalyst," Ken Nordine; "A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)," Patrick Stewart; "This is Orson Welles," Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich.
Musical show album: "The King and I," Julie Andrews, Ben Kingsley and others; "Crazy For You," Original Broadway Cast; "Guys and Dolls - The New Broadway Cast Recording," New Broadway Cast; "Jelly's Last Jam," Original Broadway Cast; "The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album," Original Broadway Cast.
Instrumental composition: "Harlem Renaissance Suite," Benny Carter; "Magic Fingers," Bela Fleck and Flecktones; "Blue Interlude," Wynton Marsalis Septet; "The Truth Will Always Be," Pat Metheny; "Oblivion," Ettore Stratta, Royal Philharmonic.
Instrumental composition written for a motion picture or television: "Rush," Eric Clapton; "Mambo Caliente," Arturo Sandoval; "Theme From Northern Exposure," David Schwartz; "Beauty and the Beast," Various Artists; "Hook," Various Artists.
Song written specifically for a motion picture or for television: "Tears in Heaven," "Rush"; "Beauty and the Beast," "Beauty and the Beast,"; "Now and Forever," "A League of Their Own"; "Beautiful Maria of My Soul," "The Mambo Kings"; "It's Probably Me," "Lethal Weapon 3."
Music video, short form: "Free Your Mind," En Vogue; "Digging in the Dirt," Peter Gabriel; "Kiko and the Lavender Moon," Los Lobos; "Church," Lyle Lovett; "What God Wants," Roger Waters.
Music video, long form: "Classic Visions 5 - Gershwin, D'Albert, Strauss, Honegger," Matthias Bamert conducting the Swiss Radio Symphony Orchestra; "Phallus in Wonderland," Gwar; "Hammerin' Home," Hammer; "Diva," Annie Lennox; "The Enemy Strikes Live," Public Enemy.
Arrangement on an instrumental: "Bennie Moten's Weird Nightmare," Either-Orchestra; "Airegin," GRP All-Star Big Band; "Strike up the Band," Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass; "Cherokee," Arturo Sandoval; "Values," University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band.
Instrumental arrangement accompanying vocal(s): "Lush Life," Eileen Farrell; "Stella by Starlight," Nnenna Freelon; "Here's to Life," Shirley Horn; "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry," Diane Schuur; "Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage?," Various Artists.
Engineered album (non-classical): "Out of the Cradle," Lindsey Buckingham; "Dangerous," Michael Jackson; "Ingenue," k.d. lang; "Brasileiro," Serges Mendes; "The Hunter," Jennifer Warnes.
Producer of the year (non-classical): Mitchell Froom; Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno; L.A. Reid and Babyface; Teddy Riley; Chris Thomas.
Album package: "Spellbound - Compact (Special Package)," Paula Abdul; "Queen of Soul - The Atlantic Recordings," Aretha Franklin; "Too Legit to Quit (Special Package)," Hammer; "Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll - The Complete '50s Masters," Elvis Presley; "99.9 (Special Package)," Suzanne Vega.
Album notes: "The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio," Nat King Cole Trio; "Queen of Soul - The Atlantic Recordings," Aretha Franklin; "Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll - The Complete '50s Masters," Elvis Presley; "Roots n' Blues The Retrospective (1925-1950)," Various; "You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s," Various.
Historical album: "The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio," Nat King Cole; "Les Paul: The Legend and the Legacy," Les Paul; "Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll - The Complete '50s Masters," Elvis Presley; "The Music of Disney - A Legacy in Song," Various; "You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s," Various.
Classical album: "Beethoven: Symphony (Complete)," Nicholas Harnoncourt conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; "Cecilia Bartoli: Rossini Heroines," Ion Marin conducting Orchestra e Coro del Teatro la Fenice; "Gorecki: Symphony No. 3," David Zinman conducting London Sinfonietta; "Mahler: Symphony No. 9," Leonard Bernstein conducting Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; "R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten," Sir Georg Solti conducting Vienna Philharmonic.
Orchestral performance: "Beethoven: Symphonies (Complete)," Nicholas Harnoncourt conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; "Gorecki: Symphony No. 3," David Zinman conducting London Sinfonietta; "Mahler: Symphony No. 9," Leonard Bernstein conducting Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; "Messiaen: Turangalila Symphonie," Myung-Whun Chung conducting Orchestre de l'Opera Bastille; "Shuman: Symphony No. 10; New England Triptych; American Festival Overture," Leonard Slatkin conducting Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Opera recording: "Handel: Giulio Cesare," Rene Jacobs conducting Concerto Koln; "Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen," Simon Rattle conducting Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; "R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten," Sir Georg Solti conducting Vienna Philharmonic; "Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)," Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra; "Wagner: Siegfried," James Levine conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Performance of a choral work: "Handel: Messiah," Martin Pearlman conducting Boston Baroque Chorus and Orchestra; "Haydn: The Seasons," John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists; "Janacek: Glagolitic Mass," Michael Tilson Thomas conducting London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra; "Mahler: Das Klagende Lied," Riccardo Chailly conducting Stadtischer Musikverein Dusseldorf and Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; "Orff: Carmina Burana," Herbert Blomstedt conducting San Francisco Girls-Boys Chorus and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Classical performance, instrumental soloist(s) (with orchestra): "Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2 - Moret: En Reve," Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; "Medtner: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 3," Geoffrey Tozer, piano; "Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 and 24," Alicia de Larrocha, piano; "Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante - Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme," Yo-Yo Ma, Cello; "Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3," Horacio Gutierrez, piano.
Classical performance, instrumental soloist(s) (without orchestra): "Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24; 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118; 2 Rhapsodies, Opus 79," Emanuel Ax, piano; "Horowitz - Discovered Treasures (Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Scarlatti, Scriabin)," Vladimir Horowitz, piano; "Ravel: L'Oeuvre Pour Piano Seul (Complete Works for Piano Solo)," Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; "Schubert: Fantasie in C and 4 Lieder - Brahms: Fantasien, Opus 116 - Liszt: Ungarische Rhapsodie," Yevgeny Kissin, piano; "Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues Opus 87," Keith Jarrett, piano.
Chamber music performance: "Beethoven: The Late String Quartets (Opuses 127, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135)," Tokyo String Quartet; "Brahms: Sonatas for Cello and Piano," Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax; "Brahms: Sextets, Opus 18 and 36; Theme and Variations," Isaac Stern, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson, Jaime Laredo and Michael Tree; "Dvorak: Piano Quintets Opus 81 and Opus 5," Rudolf Firkusny and the Ridge String Quartet; "Szymanowski: String Quartets Nos. 1 Opus 37 and 2 Opus 56 -Webern: `Langsamer Satz' for String Quartet," Carmina Quartet.
Classical vocal performance: "Cecila Bartoli: Rossini Heroines," Cecilia Bartoli, soprano; "Delius: Sea Drift," Thomas Hampson, baritone; "Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall (Handel, Mozart, Liszt, Strauss, Charpentier, etc.)," Kathleen Battle, soprano; "Marilyn Horne: Rossini Recital," Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano; "Wolf: Songs to the Poetry of Goethe and Morike," Arleen Auger, soprano.
Contemporary composition: "Barber: The Lovers," Samuel Barber; "Davis: X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X," Anthony Davis. "Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto," Witold Lutoslawski; "Tavener: The Protecting Veil," John Tavener; "Zwilich: Flute Concerto," Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
Engineered recording, classical: "Arnold: A Sussex Overture; Beckus The Dandipratt; The Smoke; The Fair Field"; "Barber: The Lovers; The Prayers of Kierkegaard"; "Hanson: Mosaics; Piano Concerto in G; Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7"; "Orff: Carmina Burana"; "R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten"; "Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring and Pulcinella Suite."
Classical producer of the year: Andrew Cornall; Steven Epstein; Michael Fine; Thomas Frost; James Mallinson.