The nominations for the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Tuesday, January 4th, 2000, in three separate press conferences held in New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville. It was exciting to be one of the invited media to attend the Nashville proceedings! The room was filled with record execs, publicists and media of all sorts. Three guest hosts were invited to announce the Nashville-specific nominations: Jaci Velasquez (with a decidedly red-tinge to her black hair!), and country music stars Jo Dee Messina ("Bye Bye") and Lonestar ("Amazed"). I'll post the complete nominations in the "Gospel" categories below, in addition to the Album and Record (single) of the Year nominations.

Things of note: Santana's amazing Supernatural album (yes, it came after the {{dc Talk}} project of the same name) helped him nab an impressive 10 nominations! Six nominations went to pop/urban girl trio TLC (see {{Out of Eden}}) and classical music conductor Pierre Boulez. Country group Asleep At The Wheel got five. With four nominations each were: Backstreet Boys, Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston.

The immensely popular {{Sixpence None the Richer}} showed up in the Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal category. They'll be up against Backstreet Boys ("I Want It That Way"), Santana ("Maria Maria"), Smash Mouth ("All Star"), and TLC ("Unpretty").

Former {{Amy Grant}} guitarist and co-writer of {{Michael W. Smith}}'s "For You," (William) Owsley's Beatlesque-pop debut project got a nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

And the aforementioned redhead and GMA's reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, {{Jaci Velasquez}}, was honored with a nomination for Best Latin Pop Performance for her ==Llegar A Ti== album - impressive considering the huge success of Latin music this year! MusicEditor@crosswalk.com

These nominations are for recordings released during the Eligibility Year October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999.

Category 1 - Record Of The Year

1. I Want It That Way -Backstreet Boys
2. Believe - Cher
3. Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
4. Smooth - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
5. No Scrubs - TLC



Category 2 - Album Of The Year

1. Millennium- Backstreet Boys
2. Fly - Dixie Chicks
3. When I Look In Your Eyes - Diana Krall
4. Supernatural - Santana
5. Fanmail - TLC



GOSPEL

Category 46 - Best Rock Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance. Albums only.

1. Underdog - {{Audio Adrenaline}}
2. Choose Life - {{Big Tent Revival}}
3. I Can See Clearly Now - {{Gospel Gangstaz}}
4. Pray - {{Rebecca St. James}}
5. Time- {{Third Day}}



Category 47 - Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance. Albums only.

1. Anointed - {{Anointed}}
2. Speechless - {{Steven Curtis Chapman}}
3. The Gift Of Christmas - Andra Crouch
4. Gloryland - The Dukes Of Dixieland
5. The Prince Of Egypt - Nashville - Various Artists



Category 48 - Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance. Albums only.

1. A Glen Campbell Christmas - {{Glen Campbell}}
2. Roy Clark Sings & Plays Gospel Greats - Roy Clark
3. ==Kennedy Center Homecoming== - Bill & Gloria Gaither And Their Homecoming Friends
4. Winding Through Life - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
5. The Final Sessions - {{J.D. Sumner}} & The Stamps Quartet



Category 49 - Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance. Albums only.

1. Christmas With Shirley Caesar - {{Shirley Caesar}}
2. Music In The Air - The Dixie Hummingbirds
3. God Can & God Will - {{Dottie Peoples}}
4. Uncensored - Pop Winans & The Winanaires
5. Live In Detroit II - Vickie Winans



Category 50 - Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
For a solo, duo or group vocal performance. Albums only.

1. Mountain High...Valley Low - {{Yolanda Adams}}
2. Many Different Roads - Gladys Knight
3. So Cool - {{Take 6}}
4. We Got Next - {{Winans Phase 2}}
5. His Gift - {{CeCe Winans}}



Category 51 - Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
For choirs or choruses only, with or without lead vocalist(s). Albums only.

1. Any Day - Victory In Praise Music And Arts Seminar Mass Choir; {{John P. Kee}}, Choir Director
2. Emmanuel (God With Us) - {{Mississippi Mass Choir}}; David R. Curry, Jerry Smith & Dorcus Thigpen, Choir Directors
3. High & Lifted Up - The {{Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir}}; Carol Cymbala, Choir Director
4. Hosanna! And They Sang The Word - Wilmington Chester Mass Choir; Derrick Clements, Claudine "Dee" King & Ernie Saunders, Choir Directors
5. Let's Make It Better - Inner City; Rev. {{John P. Kee}}, Choir Director


The awards will be handed out during the telecast of the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 23, 2000, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS-TV.

We'll have all the winners for you here on The Music Channel as well!