Looking over the 49th Annual Grammy Award Nominations, you’ll see a ton of Justin Timberlake, a bevy of James Blunt, a multitude of John Mayer, and simply too much of the Black Eyed Peas. Take a closer look, however, and music with a tad more substance isn’t too hard to find.
George Benson and Al Jarreau’s 2006 collaboration, Givin’ It Up, earned three nominations: “Mornin'” was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental, “Breezin'” for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, and “God Bless the Child” (feat. Jill Scott) for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Up against Benson and Jarreau for Best Pop Instrumental Performance are Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, who were nominated for “Subterfuge” off of their record The Hidden Land.