The Grammy is the only major showbiz award that tries to hide its eligibility list, but Gold Derby got a sneak peek and discovered some jaw-droppers. Beware: Some of these off-the-wall submissions may determine the outcome of key Grammy races.
• Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” is not eligible for Song of the Year but is listed on the ballot as a Record of the Year contender. This is one of the biggest songs of the year and is a frontrunner to earn multiple nominations.
• Janelle Monae was assumed to be a leading Best New Artist contender, but her 2008 EP, “Many Moons” (which earned her a Grammy nomination for Urban/Alternative Performance), has made her ineligible for the Best New Artist trophy.
• Pop group Train submitted a live version of their hit “Hey, Soul Sister” to Record of the Year and the pop field. Live tracks usually do not fare well in the General Field so don’t be surprised if this ubiquitous hit is snubbed in the top races.
• Florence + the Machine, another leading Best New Artist contender, submitted her work to the rock field. In addition, her album, which was released in July 2009, is not eligible for any album categories. Now Florence may have to face off against many veteran acts in the rock field.
• LCD Soundsystem, a leading contender for Best Electronic/Dance Album, submitted their work to the alternative field instead.
• Beyonce and Pink submitted live albums and singles to the general and genre fields. It’s unlikely that either will win a Grammy this year, though Beyonce may win for her collaborations with Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys.
• Dance group La Roux also submitted a live version of their hit song “Bulletproof.”
• Dance queen Kylie Minogue opted to submit all of her work to the pop field. She is often nominated in the dance field and has won there so it’s peculiar that she submitted her work to the more competitive field.
• Last year Lady Gaga submitted all of her work to the dance field and won. This year, Gaga submitted work to the pop and dance fields. Now, she is a safe bet to win Best Female Pop Vocal performance for her hit anthem “Bad Romance.”
• Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow submitted her “Country Song” to Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
• Remixes usually do not garner Grammy nominations in the General Field. However, B.O.B. decided to send the remix of his hit song “Airplanes,” (featuring Eminem) a possible Record of the Year contender, to the general and genre fields
Photo: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performing (MTV)