Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck’s first studio album in seven years, <em>Emotion & Commotion</em>, has been nominated for five Grammy awards, including Best Rock Album, Best Rock Instrumental Performance ("Hammerhead"), Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals ("I Put A Spell On You" with Joss Stone), Best Pop Instrumental performance ("Nessun Dorma"), and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (for Steve Lipson). Beck is also nominated in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category for "Imagine," his collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare.
This marks the most nominations ever for Beck in a single year and makes him the most nominated artist in the Rock field in addition to being the most nominated British artist for this year’s awards. Beck has previously won five Grammy awards including a win last year for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his rendition of "A Day In The Life."
"Wow, would have been honored to be nominated for just one for Emotion & Commotion, but to be nominated for five is mind-blowing," says Beck. "Now all I need to do is win them!"
<em>Emotion & Commotion</em> features a mix of tracks that finds the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Working with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn late last year at Sarm Studios in London, Beck used a number of musicians to help create the album’s diverse sound including guest appearances from Imelda May ("Lilac Wine"), Olivia Safe ("Elegy For Dunkirk," "Serene"), and Stone (Grammy-nominated "I Put A Spell On You" and "There’s No Other Me").
Beck will release a new live CD and DVD <em>Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul</em> in February, documenting his intimate tribute shows from New York’s Iridum Jazz Club this past June. Beck will take the "Rock ‘N’ Roll Party" on the road for a short U.S. tour backed by The Imelda May Band and its enchanting singer Imelda May, who joined Beck on stage at the 2010 Grammy Awards for a spot-on rendition of Paul’s "How High The Moon."