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RAY CHARLES’ MULTI-PLATINUM “GENIUS LOVES COMPANY”
NOMINATED FOR 10 GRAMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Music Legend’s Final CD is Best Selling Recording of His Career

Beverly Hills, Calif., Dec. 7, 2004—Genius Loves Company, the final recording from music legend Ray Charles, has been nominated for 10 GRAMMY® Awards, it was announced today.

The “Genius” received nominations for:

Best Album of the Year,
Best Pop Vocal Album,
Record of the Year (“Here We Go Again” with Norah Jones),
Best Gospel Performance (“Heaven Help Us All” with Gladys Knight),
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance (“Sinner’s Prayer” with BB King),
TWO for the Best Vocal Collaboration category (Here We Go Again with Norah Jones and Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word with
Elton John),
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals (Victor Vanacore for “Over the Rainbow” with Johnny Mathis),
Best Engineered Album (non-classical)
and Best Surround Sound Album.

The landmark CD—Charles’ 250th recording effort—features the multi-talented musician performing new duets with such world-renowned artists as Natalie Cole, Elton John, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor.

To date, Genius Loves Company has received Gold, Silver and Platinum certifications across North America, Europe and beyond, making it, by all accounts, the best selling recording of Ray Charles’ six-decade career. The CD was released on August 31 and has been a near-permanent fixture at the top of the Billboard charts since that time. As of December 1, when the last Soundscan numbers were reported, it had sold in excess of 1.2 million copies in the United States alone.

During his lifetime, Charles received 12 GRAMMY Awards, the first four in 1960 for “Let the Good Times Roll,” “The Genius of Ray Charles,” and his signature “Georgia on My Mind” (in two categories). In 1987, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) presented him with the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” In January 2004, just two months before the completion of Genius Loves Company, NARAS President Neil Portnow, presented Charles with the “President’s Merit Award” at his long-time offices and studios in central Los Angeles, a facility built in 1960 and one that was recently designated an historical landmark by the city.

“Ray,” a new movie based on Charles’ life that stars Jamie Foxx, opened in October in America to rave reviews. On December 1, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, of which Charles was an original inductee, opened a special exhibition featuring memorabilia and archival material from his prolific career.

For a complete list of Grammy Nominations please see www.grammy.com


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