Newcomers Mariah Carey and Wilson Phillips collected a combined nine nominations Thursday, and Phil Collins' socially conscious " . . . But Seriously" album took four nominations for the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Carey, who rocketed to the top of the charts with her debut single "Vision of Love," was nominated for rec-ord of the year, album of the year, song of the year, best new artist and best female pop vocalist.Wilson Phillips, the three-member female group with parents in the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas, will compete with Carey for best new artist, song of the year and album of the year. The group received a nomination for best pop performance by a duo or group as well.
Collins, the former Genesis drummer turned frontman, was nominated for best male pop vocal, song of the year and record of the year for "Another Day in Paradise," his single about the plight of the homeless. The multiplatinum " . . . But Seriously" was in the running for album of the year.
Record of the year nominees also included last year's winner, Bette Midler, for "From a Distance"; Sinead O'Connor for "Nothing Compares 2 U"; M.C. Hammer for "U Can't Touch This"; and Carey for "Vision of Love." Midler won in 1990 for "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Janet Jackson collected two nominations: best female rock vocalist for "Black Cat" and best female rhythm and blues vocalist for "Alright."
Joining Jackson as nominees in the rock vocalist category were Melissa Etheridge, Alannah Myles, Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner. Joining her in the R&B category were Anita Baker, Pebbles, Patti LaBelle and Regina Belle.
Nominees for the best new artist - the award recently stripped from lip-synchers Milli Vanilli - were Wilson Phillips, Carey, Lisa Stansfield, rockers the Black Crowes and the Kentucky Headhunters.
Carey and Wilson Phillips also picked up nominations for song of the year, a songwriters' award. Prince was also nominated in this category for "Nothing Compares 2 U," the hit he penned for O'Connor.
Wilson Phillips, made up of the daughters of Beach Boy Brian Wilson and the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips, was also nominated for album of the year along with Carey. The group received a nomination for best pop performance by a duo or group as well.
Other nominees for album of the year included Collins, Quincy Jones for "Back on the Block," and M.C. Hammer for "Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em."
Record of the year nominees included Collins, Carey, Hammer, Bette Midler for "From a Distance" and O'Connor for "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Veteran rockers Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Joe Cocker joined chart-toppers Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Idol as nominees in the best male rock vocalist category.
Best male pop vocalists included Collins, Rod Stewart, Michael Bolton, Billy Joel, James Ingram, and the late Roy Orbison, who was nominated for "Oh, Pretty Woman" from the soundtrack of the hit movie starring Julia Roberts.
Another song of the '60s was nominated, "Unchained Melody," which was redone by the Righteous Brothers last year. The song was cited in the best pop performance by a duo or group.
Other nominees in this category were Wilson Phillips, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the B-52s, and last year's winners, Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville.
Earlier Thursday, rockers Bob Dylan and John Lennon joined classical vocalist Marian Anderson and country star Kitty Wells as Grammy winners for their extraordinary music careers.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences also announced three winners of its prestigious Trustees Award: Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, Motown impresario Berry Gordy and jazz-rock producer Milt Gabler.
Voters considered a record-breaking 8,000 entries this year before selecting the nominees for the Grammys. The nominees are competing in a record 79 categories.
Nominees were chosen by more than 6,000 members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Ballots were returned last month. The awards will be presented at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 20.
Last year's Grammys celebrated veteran rockers. Bonnie Raitt collected four awards, including album of the year and female rock vocalist, while ex-Eagle Don Henley won male rock vocalist for his "End of the Innocence" and the Traveling Wilburys won for group rock vocal.