Grammy Award nominations announced
The Grammy nominations are in for Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel album. Nominees include albums by Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, the Del McCoury Band, the Gaither Vocal Band…and Kenny Bishop’s self-titled solo debut. (edit: link was broken)
What on earth were they thinking?
Despite the fact that Bishop had publicly announced his comeback, and had started regularly performing concerts, he wasn’t even named in the top 10 soloists in this year’s Singing News Fan Awards. (The top 10 were Mark Bishop, Mike Bowling, Michael Combs, Tony Gore, John Lanier, Cricket Lee, Randy Miller, Ivan Parker, Dottie Rambo, and Garry Sheppard.)
Kentucky.com has a story on Bishop’s reaction to the nomination. Bishop was completely shocked, and I don’t blame him. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]
He started his solo career with instant name recognition, but thus far that has not translated into any major successes in radio airplay, album sales (to my knowledge), or choice concert venues. He has kept his day job and just sings on weekends.
Does anyone know how this could translate into a Grammy nomination for one of the two Southern Gospel slots this year?
Clarification: Just in case I have any readers who are big Kenny Bishop fans, I am not saying that the album did not deserve the nomination. I haven’t heard it yet. I’m just completely puzzled as to how it got this nomination.