LOS ANGELES– Justin Bieber’s manager has lambasted the Grammys organizers after the Canadian teen sensation failed to garner a single nomination for this year’s music awards.
At the other end of the musical spectrum, late jazz icon Dave Brubeck was honored with a posthumous nod for the music industry’s top prizes, in a little-noticed category at Wednesday night’s nominations show.
“The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one,” tweeted the Bieb’s manager Scooter Braum, after the Recording Academy failed to nominate him in any of its 81 categories.
“The kid delivered. Huge successful album, sold out tour, and won people over… this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.”
And he added: “To his fans… looks like we get to stay the underdog a little longer.”
This year’s Grammy nominees were announced at a one-hour show in Nashville on Wednesday night, with New York indie pop band fun. picking up six Grammy nominations in its breakout year.
Others with multiple nods for Grammy gongs, to be awarded on February 10 in Los Angeles, included rap artist Frank Ocean, The Black Keys, British rock-folk group Mumford & Sons and ex White Stripes rocker Jack White.
Wednesday’s show included a brief mention for jazz pianist and composer Brubeck, hours after he died just short of his 92nd birthday.
Brubeck, whose 1959 album “Time Out” became the first million-selling jazz record of the modern era, with classics like “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” already won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
But he had never won an individual category Grammy.
That may change in February, after he was shortlisted for Best Instrumental Composition for “Music Of Ansel Adams: America,” a 22-minute piece inspired by the late photographer and environmentalist’s famous black-and-white prints.
Brubeck’s son Chris, credited as joint composer, brought the concept to his father who wrote it as a piano score, before his son reworked it into a full orchestral piece, according to industry weekly Billboard.