‘Backspacer’ Gets A Grammy Nod

by Jessica Letkemann on December 2, 2010

The nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards were announced last night (Dec. 1) and Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer” got the nod for Best Rock Album. They’re up against some interesting competition: the other nominees are Neil Young’s “Le Noise,” Muse’s “The Resistance,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Mojo,” and Jeff Beck’s “Emotion & Commotion.” The winner will be announced at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Feb. 13, 2011.

This is PJ’s 14th Grammy nomination overall. They have only actually won once, in 1996, when “Spin The Black Circle” scored for Best Hard Rock Performance. Eddie, with his movie camera in hand, gave a memorable acceptance speech that included him getting a laugh from the audience with, “I’m going to say something typically me, on behalf of all of us. I don’t know what this means. I don’t think it means anything.”

The nomination for “Backspacer” marks the second time PJ’s gotten the nod for Best Rock Album. They were also nominated in that category in 1996 for “Vitalogy.” PJ fans with an eye for detail may notice, strangely, that “The Fixer” (a song from “Backspacer”) was nominated for a Grammy LAST year. The reason that’s possible is because the single came out on July 20, 2009 — a month before the Aug. 31 deadline for the 2010 awards — and “Backspacer” came out on Sept. 20, 2009, three weeks after the deadline for 2010.

Here’s a list of all of Pearl Jam’s nominations through the years. Strangest category? Best Recording Package for “Yield”!

Nominated Song/Album Category Year
1. “Jeremy Best Rock Song 1993
2. “Jeremy” Best Hard Rock Performance 1993
3. “Daughter” Best Hard Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 1995
4. “Go” Best Hard Rock Performance 1995
5. Vs. Best Hard Rock Album 1995
6. “Spin The Black Circle” [WON] Best Hard Rock Performance 1996
7. Vitalogy Album Of The Year 1996
8. Vitalogy Best Rock Album 1996
9. “Do The Evolution” Best Hard Rock Performance 1999
10. “Do The Evolution” Best Music Video, Short Form 1999
11. Yield Best Recording Package 1999
12. “Grievance” Best Hard Rock Performance 2001
13. “The Fixer” Best Rock Song 2010
14. Backspacer Best Rock Album 2011
Jessica Letkemann ( Twitter: @Letkemann )
TFT co-editor Jessica Letkemann is a New York based digital music journalist & editor. She's currently VP & Editor-In-Chief of Digital at Fuse Media (Fuse.tv) and was previously managing editor of Billboard.com. She has also been on staff at Spin and Premiere magazines. Her first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 2, 1992.

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