Beck Says Nomination for Album of the Year Among Pop Artists Is “Not So Strange”

Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsBeck may seem a little a little out of place among pop's biggest names -- Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams -- on the Grammy Album of the Year ballot, but he thinks his Morning Phase isn't that separate from his fellow nominees.

"My family, my friends, they listen to Beyoncé all the time," Beck tells the Los Angeles Times. "And I was working with Pharrell around the time I was working on this record, so he was at the house. In some ways it’s not so strange."

"This music, although it’s in different genres, it all feels like a part of my life," he continues. "My record is a very kind of simple, traditional singer-songwriter record. But I guess the Sam Smith and the Ed Sheeran records are in that vein too."

Beck received his first Grammy nominations at the 1997 ceremony and has been consistently nominated since, so he has had a front row seat to its evolution.

"There’s definitely been a shift. I’d say the show has gotten younger in recent years," Beck says. "When I started, it was all veterans, so anybody I was in the category with were just giants. It’d be like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. I was, like, 'Can you guys make another category, please? Because there’s no way in hell I’m ever gonna win.'"

In addition to its nod for Album of the Year, Beck's Morning Phase is nominated for Best Rock Album. Its single, "Blue Moon," is up for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

The Grammys will air Sunday night on CBS.

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