Times Staff Writer

Last year’s Grammy Awards show had no suspense. It was the Michael Jackson show. He set a record with 12 nominations and won eight Grammys, also a record. But this year will be different.

No artist dominated the nominations for the 27th annual Grammys announced Thursday. When the awards are presented in the nationally televised ceremonies Feb. 26 at the Shrine Auditorium, either Prince, Cyndi Lauper or Tina Turner is likely to be the big winner. All received five nominations. But seven artists, including Lionel Richie, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Collins, the Cars and Stevie Wonder, had four nominations.

Jackson won’t be a factor this time. He didn’t record a new solo album, and “Victory,” the album he recorded with his brothers, wasn’t nominated for any awards. His only nomination is for best R&B; group vocal, with brother Jermaine on the single “Tell Me I’m not Dreamin’.”

Prince’s “Purple Rain” sound track, the big album of 1984, was nominated for the prestigious best album award. The other nominees are Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer,” Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual,” Lionel Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,”


Springsteen, who received three nominations, is also a contender for another of the most prestigious Grammys, record of the year. His “Dancing in the Dark” is competing against Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Chicago’s “Habit Hard to Break,” Huey Lewis’ “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

The nominees for song of the year--a composer’s award--are: Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” Lauper and Rob Hyman’s “Time After Time” and Graham Lyle and Terry Britten’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

Lauper is the favorite in the best new artist category. Her competition is Sheila E., Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Corey Hart and the Judds. Sheila E., another Prince protege, did nearly as well as Lauper, receiving four nominations.

Last year, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was the first artist to be nominated in both jazz and classical categories. He wound up winning both Grammys. With nominations for best classical album, best jazz soloist and best instrumental soloist and best jazz instrumental soloist, Marsalis could duplicate that unusual double victory this year.

The biggest surprises are two of the nominees in the best female rock vocal category: Pia Zadora and Wendy O. Williams. Both have been ridiculed by critics and fans for their limited vocal abilities. The favorite in this category is Tina Turner. The other contenders are Lita Ford and Bonnie Tyler. Following is a partial list of nominees for the 27th annual Grammy Awards. The eligibility period is from Oct. 1, 1983, through Sept. 30, 1984. POP Female Vocal: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper; “The Glamourous Life,” Sheila E.; “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deniece Williams; “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Tina Turner.

Male Vocal: “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” Phil Collins; “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins; “Hello,” Lionel Richie; “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” Stevie Wonder; “Missing You,” John Waite.

Duo or Group Vocal: “Drive,” the Cars; “Hard Habit to Break,” Chicago; “Jump (for My Love),” Pointer Sisters; “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes; “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Wham!

ROCK Female Vocal: “Better Be Good to Me,” Tina Turner; “Dancin’ on the Edge,” Lita Ford; “Here She Comes,” Bonnie Tyler; “Rock It Out,” Pia Zadora; “Wow,” Wendy O. Williams.


Male Vocal: “Blue Jean,” David Bowie; “Dancing in the Dark,” Bruce Springsteen; “Pink Houses,” John Cougar Mellencamp; “Rebel Yell,” Billy Idol; “Restless,” Elton John.

Duo or Group Vocal: “Genesis,” Genesis; “Heartbeat City,” the Cars; “Jump,” Van Halen; “90125,” Yes; “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution.

R&B; Female Vocal: “I Feel for You,” Chaka Khan; “Let the Music Play,” Shannon; “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deniece Williams; “Let’s Stay Together,” Tina Turner; “Patti Austin,” Patti Austin.

Male Vocal: “Caribbean Queen,” Billy Ocean; “Don’t Stop,” Jeffrey Osborne; “In the Name of Love,” Bill Withers (on Ralph MacDonald recording); “It’s Your Night,” James Ingram; “The Woman in Red,” Stevie Wonder.


Duo or Group Vocal: “Dancing in the Sheets,” Shalamar; “Edgartown Groove,” Kashif and Al Jarreau; “The Last Time I Made Love,” Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne; “Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’,” Jermaine Jackson with Michael Jackson; “Yah Mo B There,” James Ingram and Michael McDonald.

COUNTRY Female Vocal: “Heart Over Mind,” Anne Murray; “In My Dreams,” Emmylou Harris; “The Sound of Goodbye,” Crystal Gayle; “Tennessee Homesick Blues,” Dolly Parton; “Your Heart’s Not in It,” Janie Fricke.

Male Vocal: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” Hank Williams Jr.; “City of New Orleans,” Willie Nelson; “Country Boy,” Ricky Skaggs; “God Bless the U.S.A.,” Lee Greenwood; “That’s the Way Love Goes,” Merle Haggard.

Duo or Group Vocal: “As Time Goes By,” Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias; “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band),” Alabama; “Mama He’s Crazy,” the Judds; “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,” Anne Murray and Dave Loggins; “To Me,” Barbara Mandrell and Lee Greenwood.


JAZZ Vocal: “An Evening at Charlie’s,” Mel Torme; “Harlem Butterfly,” Lorez Alexandria; “Nothin’ but the Blues,” Joe Williams; “Ridin’ High,” Sue Raney; “You’re Lookin’ at Me,” Carmen McRae.

Instrumental Soloist: “Hot House Flowers,” Wynton Marsalis; “Ira Sullivan . . . Does It All,” Ira Sullivan; “Live at Fat Tuesday’s,” Pepper Adams and Kenny Wheeler; “Quietly There,” Zoot Sims; “Thelonica,” Tommy Flanagan.

Group Instrumental: “Dameronia: Look Stop Listen,” Philly Joe Jones; “New York Scene,” Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” Phil Woods and Chris Swansen; “Two for the Blues,” Frank Foster and Frank Wess; “Whose Woods Are These,” Clare Fischer.

Big Band Instrumental: “88 Basie Street,” Count Basie and His Orchestra; “Magic Time,” Bob Florence Limited Edition; “Misterioso,” Carla Bley Band; “Ten Gallon Shuffle,” Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra; “World Class,” Woody Herman Big Band.


GOSPEL Female Gospel Performance: “Angels,” Amy Grant; “Heart and Soul,” Kathy Troccoli; “Look Who Loves You Now,” Michele Pillar; “Songs From the Heart,” Sandi Patti; “Surrender,” Debby Boone.

Male Gospel Performance: “Celebrate Freedom,” Phil Driscoll; “I’m Walkin’,” Bob Bailey; “J.E.S.U.S.,” Leon Patillo; “Meltdown,” Steve Taylor; “Michael W. Smith 2,” Michael W. Smith.

Duo or Group Gospel Performance: “Keep the Flame Burning,” Debby Boone and Phil Driscoll; “Live Forever,” Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart; “Love’s Not a Feeling,” Steve Camp and Michele Pillar; “New Point of View,” New Gaither Vocal Band; “Not of This World,” Petra.

Female Soul Gospel Performance: “The Impossible Dream,” Albertina Walker; “Jesus, Come Lay Your Head on Me,” Kristle Edwards; “Oh, It Is Jesus,” Tata Vega; “Sailin’,” Shirley Caesar; “Unmistakably Danniebelle,” Danniebelle Hall.


Male Soul Gospel Performance: “Always Remember,” Andrae Crouch; “Sanctuary,” Jessy Dixon; “The Prayer,” the Rev. James Cleveland; “Trust in God,” Al Green; “Willing,” Mel Carter.

Duo or Group Soul Gospel Performance: “Angels Will Be Singing,” Edwin Hawkins; “He’ll Turn Your Scars Into Stars,” Clark Sisters; “Lord Lift Us Up,” BeBe and CeCe Winans; “Psalms,” Richard Smallwood Singers; “Sailin’ on the Sea of Your Love,” Shirley Caesar and Al Green.

PRODUCING Producer of the Year: David Foster; Robert John (Mutt) Lange and the Cars; Michael Omartian; Prince and the Revolution; Lionel Richie and James Anthony Carmichael.

CLASSICAL Classical Album: “Amadeus” (original sound track), Neville Marriner and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; “Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos,” Alfred Brendel with James Levine and Chicago Symphony; “Brahms: A German Requiem,” Kathleen Battle, Hakan Hagegard with James Levine and Chicago Symphony; “Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5,” Leonard Slatkin and St. Louis Symphony; “Wynton Marsalis, Edita Gruberova: Music by Handel, Purcell, Torelli, Fasch, Molter,” English Chamber Orchestra.


Opera Recording: “Bizet: Carmen” (original sound track), Lorin Maazel and Orchestre National de France; “Britten: Turn of the Screw,” Sir Colin Davis and Members of Royal Opera House Orchestra; “Janacek: Jenufa,” Sir Charles Mackerras and Vienna Philharmonic; “Mozart: Don Giovanni,” Bernard Haitink and London Philharmonic; “Verdi: Ernani,” Riccardo Muti and Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala.

Vocal Soloist: “Brahms: Songs,” Hakan Hagegard and Kathleen Battle; “Mahler: Symphony No. 2,” Jessye Norman; “Mahler: Symphony No. 4,” Kiri Te Kanawa; “Mahler’s ‘Songs of Youth,’ ” Dame Janet Baker; “Ravel: Songs,” Jessye Norman, Jose Van Dam, Heather Harper.

New Composition: “Anthony and Cleopatra,” Samuel Barber; “Apple Waltzes,” Morton Gould; “Magabunda (Four Poems of Agueda Pizzaro),” Joseph Schwanter; “The Perfect Stranger,” Frank Zappa; “Winter Cantata,” Vincent Persichetti.

Orchestral Recording: “Amadeus” (original sound track), Neville Marriner and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; “Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique,” Claudio Abbado and Chicago Symphony; “Gould: Burchfield Gallery and Apple Waltzes,” Morton Gould and American Symphony; “Mahler: Symphony No. 4,” Sir Georg Solti and Chicago Symphony; “Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5,” Leonard Slatkin and St. Louis Symphony; “Schubert: Symphony No. 9,” James Levine and Chicago Symphony.