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Also nominated in the same catego-
ry is Matchbox Twenty, a hugely pop-
If you turn up the volume, you'll
ular band with two Jewish members:
find five Jews nominated in the
guitarist ADAM GAYNOR and
hard-rock performance categories:
bassist BRIAN YALE. They're nomi-
BRAD WILK, PERRY FARRELL,
nated for the song "Unwell," from
STEPHEN PERKINS, BRAD
More Than You Think You Are.
DELSON and ROB BURDON.
Like Randy Newman, BOB DYLAN
Wilk is the drummer for the super-
always seems to get a Grammy nomina- group Audioslave, which is made up of
tion. This year he's nominated for Best
most of the former members of Rage
Pop Collaboration with
Against the Machine, plus one
Vocals for "Gonna Change
musician from Soundgarden.
My Way of Thinking" with
Audioslave is nominated for
Mavis Staples, from Gotta
Best Hard Rock Performance
Serve Somebody: The Gospel
for "Like A Stone," from its
Songs of Bob Dylan.
CD Audioslave, which is nom-
Dylan is nominated for a
inated for Best Rock Album.
second Grammy, for Best
Wilk recited the Hebrew
Male Rock Performance, for
blessing for the Sabbath before
"Down in the Flood," from
a concert crowd when Rage
Masked and Anonymous:
ainst the Machine played a
Music from the Motion Picture. Perry Fa rrell
concert in Israel in 2000.
Competing against Dylan
Perry Farrell, the lead
in this category, with "If I Could Fall
singerisong,writer for the band Jane's
in Love," is the "very hot" LENNY
Addiction, has long been one of the
KRAVITZ, who is the son of a
most electrifying Jews in rock. In the
Jewish father and a non-Jewish
mid-1990s, he managed to overcome his
African-American mother. While
drug abuse problems with a well-publi-
Kravitz was raised without religion,
cized return to Jewish religious obser-
he decided in 1996 to follow his
vance. Stephen Perkins, the band's
mother's Christian faith.
drummer, also a practicing Jew, has
Likewise, the late WARREN
played a lot of klezmer music.
ZEVON is mentioned here — for
In 2003, Jane's Addiction put out
"the record." Zevon — one of the
Strays, its first album of all new material
most intelligent songwriters of the
since 1990. "Just Because," from this
last 30 years — died in September
CD, is up for Best Hard Rock
2003, after a well-publicized battle
Performance as well.
with cancer. He was the son of a
Few Jewish details have come out
Jewish father, whom Zevon described
about drummer Rob Bourdon or gui-
as a no-nonsense, ex-prizefighter.
tarist Brad Delson of Linkin Park, a
Zevon, however, was raised in his
popular Southern California band, other
mother's Mormon faith. As an adult,
than they are Jewish. There was a pub-
he practiced no religion.
lished report that Delson married this
Zevon's final album, The Winc4 is a
past summer in a "private Jewish cere-
moving, artistic tour de force. He is nom- mony." The six-man band has been
inated for five Grammys, including
nominated for its song "Session," from
Song of the Year and Best Male Pop
the CD Metora, in the Best Rock
Vocal Performance for the lovely "Keep
Instrumental Performance category.
Me in Your Heart."
Last, but not least, is BRIAN
Also worth a mention: Popular punk- CHASE, the drummer for the Yeah,
ish singer PINK, aka Alecia Moore,
Yeah, Yeahs, a hip dance-band group
scored two Grammy nominations, in
that broke big in the last year. The band
the pop and rock categories. Pink has
is nominated for Best Alternative Music
described her mother as "Jewish."
Album for its debut CD, Fever to Tell.
Another source says that her mother is
Tongue-in-cheek, Chase told an inter-
"half Jewish." Pink says that she does
viewer that he got his drumming style
not adhere to any organized faith.
from "the Jewish religion."
KENNY G, aka Kenny Gorelick, almost
Arts & Entertainment Editor Gail
paces Dylan in annual Grammy nomina-
Zimmerman contributed to this article.
tions. This year, the "easy-listening" saxo-
The 46th Grammy Awards airs 8-
phone player is nominated for Best Pop
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, on CBS.
Instrumental Album (Wfishe.,). He com-
more complete bios on the
petes with JIM BRICKMAN, a classically,
trained pianist who prefers to play his own
and click on
romantic, New Age-y compositions. He's
up for a Grammy for his CD Peace.
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