The star is shocked that 'Midnite Vultures' is eligible - even though it came out in 1999...

BECK has expressed surprise at the news that his ‘MIDNITE VULTURES’ was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Album, given that it was released in 1999 – and he also revealed that the call about the nomination came rather early in the morning.

“Someone called and woke me up,” he told [url=], “and I think I yelled, like a decrepit old cowboy, ‘Aaagh-ooh-hoo’! I didn’t anticipate it, I never anticipate anything, and I certainly wasn’t anticipating even anticipating. But it was sweet, a nice validation, since I worked insanely hard on this last one. And then I thought, it was kind of weird, like it fit in between times. It’s really a 2000 record, though it came out at the end of 1999. It was built for 2000, like a car model that comes out just a little before.”

‘Midnite Vultures’ qualified as it was released in November 1999 and under Grammy rules anything that appeared between October 1, 1999 and September 30, 2000 is considered.

He also spoke about putting the finishing touches to the cover of David Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs’ he is working on with Timbaland for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrman’s ‘Moulin Rouge’, set for a June release.

“We gotta put some ghetto-tech in there,” he said, “because we heard that was the next big thing. We’re going to ride the ghetto-tech wave to the next Grammys.”

Beck is also nominated for Best Alternative Album.