Thursday, January 6, 2011

Congratulations to Yamaha's Grammy Nominated Artists!

Nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced by The Recording Academy® on Dec. 1 and a diverse group of Yamaha artists took the spotlight, with a total of 47 nominations. John Legend, Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, Questlove, Zac Brown, Sara Bareilles and Barry Manilow are just a few of the artists who earned nods for their contributions to the music industry this past year.

Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, who plays Yamaha pianos, a CLP280 and Yamaha keyboards, received her second nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal" for her single "King of Anything". She's up against fellow Yamaha artist Norah Jones for her performance of "Chasing Pirates."

Sara Bareilles - King of Anything

Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates

Yamaha pianist John Legend also earned five nominations for his collaboration with the acclaimed hip hop band, the Roots, Wake Up!. Legend and Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, who is also a Yamaha artist, came together to record updated versions of inspirational 60s and 70s soul and R&B classics. The album has then in the running for "Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals" and "Best R&B Song" for "Shine." They earned a "Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance" nod for "Hang On In There" and a" Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" for "Wake Up! Everybody." Their final collective nomination is for the coveted title of "Best R&B Album".

John Legend - Ordinary People

Country band Lady Antebellum, which includes multi instrumentalist, songwriter and Yamaha artist Dave Haywood, is celebrating an impressive six nominations for their cross-over album and infectious song of the same title, "Need You Now". In total, Lady Antebellum is up for the "Album of the Year" , "Best Country Album", "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year", "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal", and "Best Country Song" awards.

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Joining Lady Antebellum in the Album of the Year category is Yamaha drummer Teddy Riley for his contribution to Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster.

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

The legendary Elton John, who has performed exclusively on Yamaha pianos for years, earned a nomination for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" for "If It Wasn't For Bad," the first single off his highly acclaimed collaborative album with Leon Russell.

Elton John MIDI Song Pack

Hit crooner Michael Bublé snagged a nomination for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" for "Haven't Met You Yet." He joins fellow Yamaha artist Barry Manilow in the category for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album": Bublé for Crazy Love and Manilow for The Greatest Love Songs of All Time.

Michael Bublé - Haven't Met You Yet

Barry Manilow - I Write the Songs

R&B superstar Alicia Keys, who performs on Yamaha grand pianos, is nominated for "Record of the Year", "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration", and "Best Rap Song" for her collaboration with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind."
Alicia Keys - No One

More details on Yamaha artists and a full list of nominees can be found at the Yamaha America website, or the Yamaha Artists Services website at

- Doug