THE US GONG SHOW

Daft Punk, Beastie Boys and Hole also nominated in 41st Grammy Awards...

THE VERVE, RADIOHEAD (pictured) and JIMMY PAGE & ROBERT PLANT head the Brit nominees for the 41st Grammy awards, the gongs handed out by the US music biz, which will be announced on February from the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

‘Bittersweet Symphony’ is up for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group and Best Rock Song while Radiohead are nominated in the Best Alternative Music category for ‘Airbag/How Am I Driving’. Page & Plant, denied a Grammy at the height of their powers as LED ZEPPELIN, are up against KISS, MARILYN MANSON, METALLICA and PEARL JAM in the Best Hard Rock Performance category.

Contrary to a report on XFM yesterday, British artists are fairly well represented, with nominations for everyone from JUDAS PRIEST (Best Metal Performance) and ERIC CLAPTON (inexplicably nominated for Best Pop Album and Best Male Vocal Pop Performance) to BOY GEORGE (Best Dance Recording for ‘When Will You Learn’).

Other nominees include THE BEASTIE BOYS (Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or A Group, Best Alternative Music Performance), DAFT PUNK (Best Dance Recording) and HOLE (Best Rock Performance by A Duo Or Group, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album).

LAURYN HILL is nominated in 10 seperate categories. REM, FATBOY SLIM and PUFF DADDY, all with conspicuous if diverse contributions to musiuc in the US and worldwide, are conspicuous by their absence.

The Grammy Awards are nominated by and voted on by representatives of the US music industry, much as the Brit Awards are. The Brit nominees will be announced later this month.

Click here for a full list of the 41st Grammy Award nominees.

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