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Herbie Hancock Suprised by Album of the Year Grammy Nomination

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By Gail Mitchell, L.A.

Many artists interviewed after this morning's 2008 Grammy Awards announcement in Hollywood noted a diversity among the list of nominees. A clear example of this may have been the album of the year nomination for jazz veteran Herbie Hancock's River: “The Joni Letter.

Probably the most surprised was Hancock himself. “Album of the year for jazz record?" he told billboard.biz, “I was shocked. But Jazz is out there. It's alive and manifests itself in a lot of different ways; its influence on other genres of music still continues."

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