The GRAMMY Playlist: Music For The Holidays
Looking for holiday music to help warm the hearth, spice the eggnog or party in the new year? Look no further than this playlist of GRAMMY-nominated and -winning holiday songs and albums for some joyful tidings. From Michael Bublé and Barbra Streisand to B.B. King and Carole King, these holiday tunes are sure to keep you warm.
A Holiday Carole
Carole King, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album nominee, 2012
Leave it to 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree King to come up with a clever title for this collection of holiday chestnuts. Released in 2011 as King's first studio album in 10 years, A Holiday Carole features classics such as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," plus some originals co-written by daughter Louise Goffin.
Michael Bublé, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album nominee, 2012
What's better than the traditional pop-inspired vocals of current GRAMMY nominee Bublé singing classic Christmas tunes such as "White Christmas" and "Santa Baby"? The answer is nothing … except maybe a ride in Santa's sleigh.
Larnelle Harris, Best Gospel Performance, Male, 1988
Harris remembers the reason for the season on this collection of holiday tunes, which features gospel-inspired favorites such as versions of "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night/O Come, All Ye Faithful." The album hit No. 36 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian chart.
A Christmas Carol
John Gielgud, Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording nominee, 1988
The perfect bedtime story. Gielgud's narration of Charles Dickens' classic holiday novel, A Christmas Carol, is one of the 10 GRAMMY nominations the English actor/producer/director received throughout his career. Fun related fact: Actor Patrick Stewart, who starred in the 1999 film adaptation of the book, received a nomination in the category for his narration in 1992.
A Christmas Celebration Of Hope
B.B. King, Best Traditional Blues Album, 2002
Nearly 50 years into his recording career, King released his first Christmas album — and it was worth the wait. Aside from his bluesy takes on classics such as "Please Come Home For Christmas" and "Auld Lang Syne," the 13-track collection features one new track from King, an instrumental titled "Christmas Love." The album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.
The GRAMMY Holiday Playlist
Christmas Eve On Sesame Street
Muppets And Sesame Street Characters, Best Recording For Children nominee, 1980
This romping Muppets album was one of 23 nominations for the late creator of the Muppets gang, Jim Henson. Take a listen and you might just discover how to get to "Sesame Street" by Christmas Eve.
Barbra Streisand, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album nominee, 2002
The follow-up to her 1967 holiday set, A Christmas Album, 2001's Christmas Memories is full of songs that are sure to conjure (or create) some memorable Christmas moments, including "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" The album had a jolly old time on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 15.
India.Arie & Stevie Wonder, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals nominee, 2002
Rumor has it the soulful paring of India.Arie and Wonder on this holiday classic, which was recorded for a TV commercial for Target, was the first song created exclusively for a commercial to be nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Nat "King" Cole's iconic 1946 recording of the song was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1974.
"The Christmas Shoes"
Newsong, Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album nominee, 2002
Perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching songs to have ever been written for the holidays, "The Christmas Shoes" tells the story of a boy whose mother is in her last days of life and all he wants to do is buy her a pair of shoes. If this song doesn't make you cry, you might just find coal in your stocking this year.
"Christmas Time Is Here"
Anita Baker, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance nominee, 2006
"Christmas time is here/Happiness and cheer," sings Baker on this holiday classic, featured on her 2005 album Christmas Fantasy, which peaked at No. 31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. We hope both happiness and cheer find you this holiday season.
Bonus Chestnuts From The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame
Bing Crosby, The Ken Darby Singers, inducted in 1974
"All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)"
Spike Jones & His City Slickers, inducted in 2007
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Vince Guaraldi Trio, inducted in 2007
A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector
Phil Spector And Various Artists, inducted in 1999
What's your favorite holiday tune or ralbum? Let us know in the comments below.