Music DVD Titles Tied to Grammy Noms16 Dec, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf
The nominees are in for this year's Grammy awards, and there are plenty of music DVD titles tied into the honors.
Coldplay Live 2003 from EMI Distribution is up for best long form video. Other contenders in the category include Palm Pictures' documentary on one of the industry's most legendary recording engineers, Tom Dowd & the Language of Music DVD.
“An immensely talented and humble man, Tom lived his life largely as an unsung hero. He lovingly crafted some of the world's most influential records for Grammy-winning artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Bobby Darin, to name a few,” said Lisa Nishimura, general manager for Palm Pictures. “Until his passing in October 2002, Tom Dowd's recording career spanned nearly 60 years across 1,500 records, and surprisingly never garnered an artists a Grammy. This Grammy nomination brings full circle long-overdue recognition.”
Rounding out the best long-form video category are Warner Strategic Marketing's George Harrison tribute, Concert for George; John Adams: Death of Klinghoffer from Universal Music & Video and Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues — A Musical Journey, a seven-disc set Sony Music released on DVD last fall.
Eagle Rock Entertainment last month released The Diary of Alicia Keys. Keys is up for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album for the CD release of “Diary,” among other awards.
“Often, many of the artists who we have relationships with are nominated for Grammys on their recordings,” said Mike Carden, president of North American operations for Eagle Rock. “Ultimately, this helps to drive sales of the DVD.”
Best new artist nominee Joss Stone has the Mind, Body & Soul Sessions DVD, just released by S-Curve Records. Stone is also up for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song “You Had Me,” which is included on the DVD, and Best Pop Vocal Album for the album.
Los Lonely Boys are featured in Sony Music's Sept. 7 DVD release of Texican Style: Live From Austin. They are up for several Grammys, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year (for Heaven).
Other nominees with new music DVDs in the market include Hoobastank, with Universal Music & Video's Nov. 23 release of Let It Out, which includes the video for the song “The Reason,” which is up for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. The album is also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album.
Music DVD favorite Josh Groban is in the running for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his “You Raise Me Up,” which can also be seen on Warner Music Group's Nov. 30 DVD release Josh Groban: Live at the Greek.
A big winner at last year's Grammy ceremony and a multiple-nominee this year, Norah Jones, has a new music DVD with footage of her most recent concert tour, Norah Jones and the Handsome Band Live in 2004.
Sheryl Crow is nominated in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “The First Cut is the Deepest,” which can be seen on The Very Best of Sheryl Crow — The Videos DVD from Universal Music & Video, which also released No Doubt — The Videos 1992-2003 DVD. No Doubt is up for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for its “It's My Life” video, which is included on the DVD.