John Legend Nominated for Five Grammys
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 09:52:04
John Legend is living up to his large last name! Legend & The Roots were honored with five Grammy Award nominations for their collaborative album Wake Up!. The CD features soulful music from the '60s and '70s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness, with Legend and the Roots effectively telling listeners to Wake Up!. We sure were woken up!
After being inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, the R&B singer Legend and hip-hop band The Roots felt a need to enter the action. What started as plans for a single quickly developed into a passionate album representing change, hope and activism— not only referencing one particular moment in time, but on a larger scale, holding true no matter what the political climate may be. Now, that seed of an idea has blossomed into a full-grown, mighty oak, decorated with Grammy noms.
Indeed, the resulting album features 11 profoundly evocative songs infused with sounds of gospel, rock and reggae inflections with hip-hop influences. The album is highlighted by familiar tracks like "Wholly Holy" by Marvin Gaye and "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway mixed with the more obscure selections of Baby Huey & the Baby Sitters' "Hard Times," and "Hang on in There" by Mike James Kirkland.
Wake Up! has been nominated for the following categories:
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group W/ Vocals:
Shine- John Legend & The Roots
Best Traditional R&B Vocal:
Hang On In There- John Legend & The Roots
Best R&B Song
Shine- John Stephens –John Legend & The Roots)
Best R&B Album:
Wake Up!- John Legend & The Roots
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
Wake up! Everybody- John Legend & The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common
The album features one original composition, Legend's song "Shine," which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman. The song, a "Stevie-Wonder-meets-gospel" stunner, clearly demonstrates the strengths of this specific group of musicians. Wake Up! blends Legend's expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.
Do you think that Wake Up! will walk away with at least one Grammy win on February 13?