Reflecting what a strong year 2001 was for most kinds of music, Grammy Nominees 2002 collects a surprisingly diverse range of songs by new and time-tested acts alike. As with the previous Grammy compilations, this volume concentrates on the nominees for some of the most prominent categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Male Pop Performance, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. While the collection only shows an edge on Outkast's epic "Miss Jackson" and "Honest With Me," from Bob Dylan's raucous return to form Love & Theft, it does include many of 2001's definitive singles, ranging from Alicia Keys' "Fallin'" to David Gray's "Babylon" to the Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow." Other highlights include Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird," Craig David's "Fill Me In," and R.E.M.'s "Imitation of Life." An overall decent round-up of some of 2001's biggest musical moments, Grammy Nominees 2002 doesn't break the boundaries of pop music, but it does show just how inclusive the mainstream has become.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares