Answers to readers' questions about Mariah Carey, Pussycat Dolls and Grammys.

EMANCIPATION FOR 'MIMI'

Keith,

I have a question regarding Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi", which was a Grammy nominee for album of the year. It was released on April 12, 2005, and was therefore eligible for the recent Grammy Awards' since an album must be released between October 1, 2004, and September 30, 2005.

However, the album was re-issued in November 2005 with four bonus tracks, including the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Don't Forget About Us." Would this song, as well as the other three additional tracks on the re-release, help in determining whether this album would have won album of the year?

Thanks,

Thomas Kitson
Erie, Pa.

Hi Thomas,

No, they would not. Since the revamped edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi" came out after the cut off date of the eligibility period, the version of "Mimi" that was up for album of the year was the original edition.

I posed this question to the Recording Academy, which said that if both versions had come out during the eligibility period, then it would have been the label's choice which version they ultimately submitted, but noted it could not submit both for consideration.

The Academy also went on to say that the re-issued album would not eligible for next year's awards -- although the new tracks would eligible in the single/track categories along with other album tracks that were not previously submitted for consideration.

But, since "The Emancipation of Mimi" won for best contemporary R&B album, all of its singles and tracks are no longer eligible for any of the single/track categories in the genre categories in the future. However, a single or track from the album could still be considered for the record and song of the year categories.

This is what happened with Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" this year. The song was up for record of the year, but not eligible in any of the genre categories. Why? The song's parent album, "American Idiot," won the best rock album award a year ago. That's also why "Holiday," another hit album track from "Idiot," wasn't nominated in any of the rock categories this year.

OK, so, what does all of that mean for a song like "Don't Forget About Us?" Because it was on the "Platinum Edition" of "Mimi" (which is not the version of the album that was nominated and won this year), "Don't Forget About Us" can be submitted into all of the appropriate single/track categories for next year's awards.

Whew! Hopefully I've explained this well enough - it can be somewhat confusing.



MARIAH'S PURR?

Hi there,

I have a quick question. Is it just me, or do I hear Mariah Carey's voice in the Pussycat Dolls' song "Stickwitu?"

Regards,

Michael de Vries
Johannesburg, South Africa

Hi Michael,

While we're talking about Mariah Carey ... No, she is definitely not singing background vocals on the Pussycat Dolls' "Stickwitu."

All of the lead and backing vocals on the Dolls' album "PCD" were performed by the six members of the group: Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt.

Truth be told, the first time I heard "Stickwitu," I didn't know it was the Dolls and the chorus immediately brought to mind Carey.

"Stickwitu" peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard Hot 100. Last week, the Dolls' follow-up single, "Beep," rose to No. 76 on the Hot 100.



IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Hello Keith,

The tribute CD "Songs From the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers" just picked up a Grammy for best musical album for children. My question is: Who does the Grammy go to? Quite a few of my favorites (Donna Summer and Amy Grant) sing on the album and I was wondering if they got a Grammy.

Thank you,

Nse Ette,
Lagos, Nigeria

Hi Nse,

Since the industry just wrapped up all of the major Grammy Awards festivities recently, it's only fitting that I'm writing about two different Grammy-related questions this week.

This particular award -- best musical album for children -- goes to the artist. However, if it is a compilation, then the award goes to the producer of the album. In this category, "Mister Rogers" was the only compilation nominated while the other four were albums by Red Grammer, Ralph's World, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Tom Chapin.

The "Mister Rogers" producer is Dennis Scott. He previously won a Grammy for best recording for children at the 1982 ceremony for "Sesame Country." Scott shared that award with fellow producer, and Muppets creator, Jim Henson.

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