ONE OF these years, Seth MacFarlane, as a cartooning crooner, is going to bag a Grammy Award that can rest next to his row of Emmys.
And on Tuesday, MacFarlane again showed that his best shot at landing a Grammy might come from interpreting midcentury standards from the American songbook.
The “Family Guy” creator received his fifth career nod when the 60th annual Grammy nominations were announced this morning, in the category of best traditional pop vocal album, for “In Full Swing.” The album, released in September, reached No. 2 last month on Billboard’s jazz charts.
MacFarlane will go up against the dean of American songbook crooners, Tony Bennett (nominated for “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” which includes a collection of artists), as well as Michael Bublé (“Nobody But Me”), Bob Dylan (“Triplicate”) and Sarah McLachlan (“Wonderland”). Bennett received the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize this month in Washington, where the Grammy-winning Bublé was among those who serenaded the 91-year-old legend.
MacFarlane has twice before been nominated in this category, for last year’s “No One Ever Tells You” and 2012’s “Music Is Better Than Words.” He also had been nominated for the 2012 “Family Guy” tune “Christmastime Is Killing Us” and the 2006 comedy album “Family Guy: Live in Vegas.”
The baritone has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, among others. On “In Full Swing,” he duets with Norah Jones (“If I Had a Talking Picture of You”) and Elizabeth Gillies (“My Buick, My Love and I”).
Elsewhere, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s own leap into animation — his song “How Far I’ll Go,” for Disney’s “Moana” — received a Grammy nomination, for best song written for visual media. Earlier this year, the tune garnered Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
“Moana” received a second Grammy nod for best compilation soundtrack for visual media, where it will compete against the music for another Disney film, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” as well as “Baby Driver,” “Hidden Figures” and “La La Land.”
And in the spoken-word album category, Carrie Fisher — who will be seen next month in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — was nominated posthumously for “The Princess Diarist.”
The 2018 Grammys ceremony will be Jan. 28 in New York.