The Recording Academy has teamed with Sony BMG's Strategic Marketing Group with the release of the 2006 GRAMMY Nominees CD, which celebrates many of the year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and songs. This year's compilation includes some of the year's best music and features nominated songs and artists from several major categories. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the GRAMMY Foundation.
The disc features tracks from Beck, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Death Cab For Cutie, Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz featuring De La Soul, Green Day, Jack Johnson, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Rascal Flatts, the Rolling Stones, Seal, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas, U2, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. The 21 tracks from the 2006 GRAMMY Nominees CD represent nominees from the Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Rock Album and Best Alternative Music Album categories. The CD is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates distributors from year to year.