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India’s best shot at the grammy

Four nominations for three Indian artists at the 52nd Award...

music Updated: Dec 10, 2009 20:12 IST
Serena Menon

With four nominations for Indian artists at the 52nd Grammy award ceremony this year, India has never stood a better chance at bringing home more than one golden gramophone. The annual ceremony for the musical awards will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010.

The musical prodigy, AR Rahman, has been nominated in two categories, for his soundtrack Jai Ho!, from the multiple Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

In his first nomination in the Best Song for Motion Picture, Television and other Visual Media category, Rahman is pitched against, The Climb... from Hannah Montana: The Movie, Decode... from Twilight, Once In A Lifetime... from Cadillac Records.

The oscar winning singer composer will compete against Bruce Springsteen’s written and composed song The Wrestler... from the movie The Wrestler after they brushed shoulders at the Oscars in the same category earlier this year. Rahman’s second nomination is in the Best Soundtrack for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category, for Jai Ho! again.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, who is currently on tour in London, has been nominated for his instrumental contribution to the album Ancient Sounds in the Best Traditional World Music Album
category.

Zakhir Hussain, who won a Grammy in February this year for The Global Drum Project, previously had won one in 1992 for the Best World Music Album. He has been nominated in the Best Classical Crossover Album category for The Melody of Rhythm this year.