As I predicted earlier this year, Rick Rubin projects dominate the 2007 Grammy Nominations, with Red Hot Chili Peppers scoring six nominations, and the Dixie Chicks with a total of five nods, more than any other country artist. Their fantastic album, Taking the Long Way, earns them their third consecutive nomination in the general Album of the Year race, which is considered the highest honor of the night. They also, for the first time, are nominated in two other major categories: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for their hit, “Not Ready To Make Nice.” Having been nominated for Best New Artist several years ago, they have now been cited in all four major categories.
Also popping up in the big categories is Carrie Underwood, who is cited in the Best New Artist race; the songwriters for her hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel” are up for Song of the Year, marking the first time in recent memory that two country songs compete for that honor.
Country artists surfaced in many other non-genre categories as well, most notably Dolly Parton, who secured a songwriting nomination for “Travelin’ Thru” in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category; and Big & Rich, who scored a nomination for “8th of November” in the Best Short Form Music Video category.
Look for a full rundown of the country categories this weekend.