The critically adored singer has been eligible since 1992 and was nominated in 2009 for 2010. Expect her presence on the ballot to be hailed as long overdue. Former Times pop critic Robert Hilburn was a champion of Nyro and noted that "Laura Nyro was one of the great songwriters of the modern pop era, someone who brought together rich musical traditions from Broadway brightness to blues sensuality in a wonderfully original, poetic body of work that explored questions of desire and doubt with a maturity and passion." She died in 1997 of ovarian cancer.
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