Grammy nominations were announced today and to the surprise of many Caribbean-American singer Maxwell was the recipient of six nominations. Maxwell, who released his new cd “Blacksummers’ Night” in July after a six-year hiatus, grabbed the nominations in a highly competitive field that included acts like the Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West. Maxwell’s nominations included Song Of The Year and Best R&B Song for “Pretty Wings,” Best R&B album for “Blacksummers` Night,” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Love You,” and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Phoenix Rise.”
Maxwell’s father is Puerto Rican; his mother is Haitian.
Beyoncé topped the nominations with 10, Taylor Swift garnered eight. David Guetta, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga received five each; and Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, Kings Of Leon, John Newton, RedOne, Bruce Springsteen, T-Pain, and Keith Urban each received four nominations.
“The nominations this year truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Once again, the GRAMMY Awards process has yielded a well-rounded and diverse group of impressive nominees across multiple genres. Coupled with the second year of our primetime nominations special, which featured stellar performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, the road to Music`s Biggest Night and the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in January is off to an exciting start.”