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Grammy Nominations 2011: The Bass List

GrammyThe 53rd Annual Grammy Award Nominations are in, and once again it’s been a good year for bassists. Some notable bassists have hit it big this year, including Esperanza Spalding, who is up for Best New Artist, and bass legend Stanley Clarke, whose latest release has garnered him two nominations. This is a historic year for the Grammy Awards, as independent labels and artists have captured half of the nominations, which is a first in Grammy history.

Here’s a break down of some of the nominations including some notable bassists:

  • Esperanza Spalding – Best New Artist
  • Stanley Clarke – Best Pop Instrumental Performance – No Mystery, from The Stanley Clarke Band
  • Stanley Clarke —Best Contemporary Jazz Album – The Stanley Clarke Band
  • Jeff Lorber Fusion- Best Contemporary Jazz Album – Now is the Time (Jimmy Haslip)
  • Paul McCartney – Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance –– Helter Skelter, from Good Evening New York City
  • Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang, from Them Crooked Vultures (John Paul Jones)
  • Iron Maiden – Best Metal Performance – El Dorado, from The Final Frontier (Steve Harris)
  • Korn – Best Metal Performance – Let the Guilt Go, from Korn III: Remember Who You Are (Fieldy)
  • Jeff Beck – Best Rock Instrumental Performance – Hammerhead, from Emotion & Commotion (Tal Wilkenfeld)
  • Chuck Brown, Jill Scott, & Marcus Miller – Best R&B Performance By a Duo Or Group With Vocals –– Love, from We Got This
  • The Clayton Brothers – Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group – The New Song and Dance (John Clayton)
  • Dave Holland Octet – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album- Pathways
  • Mingus Big Band – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – Live at Jazz Standard (Boris Kozlov)
  • Pablo Aslan – Best Latin Jazz Album – Tango Grill
  • Fred Hammond – Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album – Love Unstoppable
  • Sly & Robbie and the Family Taxi – Best Reggae Album – One Pop Reggae+ (Robbie Shakespeare)