Despite a push by Rhino Records for a Grammy nomination, The Monkees' new album Good Times! came up short today when nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced this morning.
The Monkees have never been the recipient of a Grammy Award. In 1967, "Last Train to Clarksville" was nominated for Best Rock & Roll Group Performance and Best Rock & Roll Recording. It lost both times as The Mamas & The Papas took home the award for Best Performance ("Monday, Monday") while The New Vaudeville won Best Recording ("Winchester Cathedral"). In 1968, "I'm a Believer" was up for two awards (Group Performance and Contemporary Vocal Group) but lost both times to The Fifth Dimension's "Up, Up and Away."
Michael Nesmith, however, won a Grammy for one of his most notable post-Monkees endeavors. In 1982, Nez was the first to be awarded a Grammy for Video of the Year for Elephant Parts. The award was reserved for "video cassettes or discs in any format created specifically for the home video market."
In the meantime, go and vote for The Monkees in Ultimate Classic Rock's Album of the Year poll (and thanks to David Marcone for the heads-up):
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