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Only at the Grammys Could WALL-E Face Off Against Walk Hard

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The 51st annual Grammy Award nominations have been announced and some of last year’s movies will have a chance to shine again. Since the nomination period lasts from October to October, all the movies from 2007’s holiday season were eligible. As a result, the nominees in certain categories make for unlikely cinematic bedfellows.

Sweeney Todd will compete with Juno and American Gangster for Best Compilation Soundtrack. The Dark Knight squares off against There Will Be Blood and Wall-E for Best Score. The Bucket List, Enchanted, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story face off against each other for Best Song. And those are just the movie-specific prizes. Two additional categories have been infiltrated: Wall-E sneaked into the otherwise jazz-dominated Best Instrumental Arrangement category, and Best Instrumental Composition includes a nod to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

There are also actors in the running: Steve Martin will find himself facing off against Sidney Poitier in the category of Best Spoken Word Album. Gwyneth Paltrow is up for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for her contribution to Brown Bear and Friends.

Here are the nominees in the movie-related categories:

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media:
American Gangster, Various Artists [Def Jam]
August Rush, Various Artists [Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax]
Juno, Various Artists [Fox Music/Rhino]
Mamma Mia!, Meryl Streep & Various Artists [Decca Records]
Sweeney Todd — The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Various Artists [Nonesuch Records]


Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

The Dark Knight, James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers [Warner Sunset/Warner Bros.]
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, John Williams, composer [Concord Records]
Iron Man, Ramin Djawadi, composer [Lionsgate]
There Will Be Blood, Jonny Greenwood, composer [Nonesuch Records]
Wall-E, Thomas Newman, composer [Walt Disney Records/Pixar]


Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

• “Down To Earth” (From Wall-E)
Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters (Peter Gabriel) [Walt
Disney Records/Pixar; Publishers: Walt Disney Music, Wonderland
Music/Pixar Talking Pictures/Pixar Music]
• “Ever Ever After” (From Enchanted)
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
[Walt Disney Records; Publishers: Wonderland Music & Walt Disney
Music]
• “Say” (From The Bucket List) John Mayer, songwriter (John Mayer) [Aware/Columbia; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes, Specific Harm Music]
• “That’s How You Know” (From Enchanted)
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Amy Adams) [Walt
Disney Records; Publishers: Wonderland Music & Walt Disney Music]
• “Walk Hard” (From Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story)
Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly,
songwriters (John C. Reilly) [Columbia; Publishers: Murder by
Television/Apatow Music/Popular Misconception/New Columbia Pictures
Music/Colpix Music]


Best Instrumental Composition

• “The Adventures Of Mutt” (From Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) John Williams, composer (John Williams) [Concord Records]
• “Alegria” Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton) [Concord Records]
• “Claire’s Closet” Russell Ferrante, composer (Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern) [Heads Up International]
• “Danzón De Etiqueta”  Dave Grusin, composer (Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin) [Decca]
• “Hit The Ground Running” Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band) [Immergent]


Best Instrumental Arrangement

• “Define Dancing” (From Wall-E) Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers (Thomas Newman) [Walt Disney Records]
• “Down In The Valley” Frank Macchia, arranger (Frank Macchia Featuring The Prague Orchestra) [Cacophony]
• “Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love” Michael Abene, arranger (Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra) [Blue Note]
• “St. Louis Blues” Bob Brookmeyer, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) [Planet Arts Recordings]
• “Yesterdays” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Featuring Art Tatum) [Immergent] 

The ceremony takes place February 8, 2009. For a complete list of nominees, click here.

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