Adele, Bruno Mars and Bon Iver, among others, deserve our heartiest congratulations for their collection of Grammy Award nominations.
But it’s important to remember that stars known for things other than music — the kind of people who don’t belt out torch songs about heartbreak or croon convincingly about “Grenades” — also received Grammy Award nods last night.
Every year, a slew of talented individuals manages to sneak into the Grammy field largely unnoticed, later prompting us to say things like, “Wait, Kate Winslet won a Grammy?” when we realize months or even years later that the Oscar winner did indeed win one back in 2000 in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category.
Well, it’s time to stop the ignorance. With that in mind, here’s a list of the famous people who received Grammy nominations this year even though, in most cases, they are not traditional recording artists. Let their achievements be a lesson to the children of America: You, too, can largely lack musical talent and still be nominated for a Grammy Award.
Is there anything Tina Fey can’t do? Obviously not. Which is why she has earned a Grammy nomination in the Spoken Word Album category for the audio book of her best-seller “Bossypants.”
Another funny lady is competing with Fey in that category; White was nominated for her reading of her book “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).”
He and his fellow dramatic readers are also nominated in the Spoken Word Album field for their audio book interpretation of “The Mark of Zorro.”
The “Family Guy” creator received two Grammy nominations: one nod for “Christmastime Is Killing Us,” a song he co-wrote for “Family Guy,” and a nomination for best traditional pop vocal album album for his collection “Music Is Better Than Words.” That one is actually reflective of some musical-performance talent on MacFarlane’s part. The CD, released in September, features the Charlie Sheen Roast host doing covers of show tunes from the 1940s and ’50s. MacFarlane faces some tough competition in that category, though: Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, Barbra Streisand, Harry Connick Jr. and Susan Boyle.
It’s hardly surprising to see Martin on this list since his musical chops have been well established. Still, kudos to him and his band the Steep Canyon Rangers for receiving a nod for best bluegrass album for “Rare Bird Alert.” For the record, Martin already has four Grammys to his credit, for both comedy albums and musical efforts.
The co-star of the upcoming “Young Adult” was nominated for best comedy album for “Finest Hour.”
The brash comic received her fourth consecutive Grammy nod in the same category, for “Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant.”
The star of “Louie” was recognized for “Hilarious,” yet another best album contender.
Lastly, wondering if the music from your favorite TV show or movie was recognized? Here’s a rundown of the nominees in the soundtrack categories.
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
“Boardwalk Empire: Vol. 1”
“Glee: The Music, Volume 4”
“True Blood: Vol. 3”
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“The King’s Speech”