Annal: 2001 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2001.

Album:Lovers Rock

Lovers Rock

Sade

Sade’s brand of elegant pop/R&B owned the charts in the ‘80s, making the Nigerian/British chanteuse one of those artists whose very name becomes the adjective to describe their sound. After an eight-year layoff, Sade and her core band (and longtime producer Mike Pela) are back with a CD that is both a stunning reaffirmation of her artistry and a solid soulful collection. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Lovers Rock is that it picks up where Sade left off, which means you will hear no cool beats or hot hired hands or hip-hop cameos. This is…

Album:All for You

All for You

Janet Jackson

Unlike those other members of her family, Janet Jackson’s albums are still worth waiting for. The best parts of All for You, her first disc since 1997’s The Velvet Rope, continue to display the first-class pop-R&B talent who broke through decisively in the mid-’80s with “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Nasty.” Jackson’s longtime cohorts Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are of course on board, and the production-writing trio demonstrates its mastery of everything from dirty funk (“You Ain’t Right”) to peppy, radio-perfect (“Come on Get Up” and 2000’s…

Album:Celebrity

Celebrity

Nsync

The boy balladeers of ‘N Sync have always kept in step with their competition, but with Celebrity, they’ve entered a different race altogether. Members Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez (who co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on this album) have drawn on R&B, hip-hop, and electronica to make a remarkably adult mix. While younger fans will love the disc (it is ‘N Sync, after all), older listeners will be surprised and pleased by the Prince-influenced “Gone,” the Miami bass beat of “The Two of Us,” and the Stevie Wonder harmonica cameo on “Something…

Album:Songs from the West Coast

Songs from the West Coast

Elton John

The appearance of “Rocket Man”-era cohorts Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone as backing vocalists touches this CD with one of the trademark sounds of Elton John’s 1969-75 LPs. John has acknowledged those records—his most typically singer-songwriterish—occasionally, if mostly to revisit audience favorites in concert (1987’s Live in Australia, a late-’90s VH1 show). But on Songs from the West Coast, his admiration of Ryan Adams and Rufus Wainwright (a guest here) inspires him to recall the stripped-down, lyric-driven sensibility of his early days. The…

Album:Whoa, Nelly!

Whoa, Nelly!

Nelly Furtado

Blame it on the bossa nova, but this chick has got soul. By filtering her Portuguese roots through the trip-hop she was weaned on, Nelly Furtado creates a hypnotic form of R&B/alternapop that at times sounds like Fiona Apple, Macy Gray, and Gwen Stefani all rolled into a Portishead song. Cutting her teeth at four Lilith Fair dates before even having a record contract, Furtado seems accelerated far beyond her 21 years. Listen, and you can hear the Portuguese fado tradition, Brazilian beats, flashy urban rhymes—enough snap, crackle, and pop to fill your breakfast…

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