Prince, the 26-year-old rock prodigy from Minneapolis, will not pull a Michael Jackson when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences hands out its 27th annual Grammy awards next month. Prince and his band, the Revolution, were nominated in only five categories, the same number as for veteran singer Tina Turner and newcomer Cyndi Lauper.
All three were nominated for album of the year, while Turner and Lauper are also up for record of the year. Nominees in 67 categories were announced today at simultaneous news conferences in Beverly Hills and New York.
Prince, whose film "Purple Rain" was a surprise summer hit at the box office and whose sound-track album has occupied the top spot in the charts since its release, has already started the awards season in style with 10 American Music Awards nominations, but he will not be able to match Michael Jackson's record-setting eight Grammy awards from last year. Four of Prince's nominations are shared with the Revolution: best album, best rock group performance, best original film or television score and producer of the year. He also was nominated for writing the rhythm and blues song "I Feel for You," performed by Chaka Khan.
The most nominated individual was David Foster, who received six nominations for arranging, producing and composing pop music, including Chicago's hit "Hard Habit to Break," which is up for record of the year.
In addition to a nomination for her album "She's So Unusual," the eccentric Lauper received nominations for best new artist, song of the year as cocomposer of "Time After Time" and best female pop vocalist for her single "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which is also up for record of the year.
Turner, whose nominations culminate a remarkable comeback year, was nominated for best female vocal performance in the pop, rock and rhythm and blues categories for three singles from her nominated album, "Private Dancer." Her single "What's Love Got to Do With It" was nominated for record of the year.
Other nominees for album of the year were Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." and Lionel Richie's "Can't Slow Down," while the record of the year nominations were rounded out by Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" and "The Heart of Rock & Roll" by Huey Lewis and the News.
Competing against Lauper for best new artist are Sheila E., Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the Judds and Corey Hart. 1984's double winner, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, set up a possible repeat of last year's unprecedented feat by gaining nominations in the classical and jazz fields, while also garnering a nomination for composing.
Two-time Grammy winner Kenny Rogers will be host of the awards telecast, set for Feb. 26 on CBS. Only about 15 awards will be presented live on camera at the Shrine Auditorium. The rest will be handed out just before showtime.
For the first time in more than a decade, the number of Grammy categories did not increase but remained stable at 67. Two new categories were added (best reggae recording and best new classical composition), while three jazz vocal categories -- male, female and group -- were merged into one.
Award winners are determined by balloting among more than 5,000 record academy members in seven chapter cities -- Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York and San Francisco.