Saturday, April 13, 2024

Grammy Awards: All Album of the Year Nominees Come from One Record Company


Album of the year tonight– whoever wins, Lucian Grange will be happy. He’s the head of Universal Music Group. All five nominees for Album of the Year come from UMG. No Sony-Columbia-Epic, no Warner Music or anyone else.

Sony will wait until next year when Adele’s “25” is eligible, and hope that nothing better comes along in the meantime.

UMG has Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Chris Stapleton, and Alabama Shakes on various labels throughout their empire. Swift is the likely winner, but anyone of them could get a surprise win.

It’s pretty much the same for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Only Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” on Warner-Atlantic, is the exception.

So stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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