Mitchell Fink
November 29, 1993 12:00 PM

BLUES FOR OL’ BLUE EYES

Frank Sinatra may have found commercial success with Duets, his first album in nine years, but don’t look for the 77-year-old Sinatra’s name on 1994’s list of Grammy nominees. His album, it seems, is not eligible for an award. To be considered for a Grammy, an album must be released by Sept. 30 of the preceding year—and Sinatra’s wasn’t officially available to the public until Nov. 2.

Word of the Grammy shutout came as a surprise to Charles Koppelman, chairman of EMI Records Group North America, whose Capitol Records put out Duets.

He says he “had an understanding” with Grammy officials that if Capitol shipped a limited number of the albums to its distribution points by Sept. 27, Duets would be eligible for an award.

Koppelman claims he fulfilled his part of the deal, but says the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences changed its mind, adding, “I believe that for Frank Sinatra they could have bent the rules.”

NARAS CEO Mike Greene says “that perhaps Charlie misunderstood. When we talked I told him that the album would have to be available for sale to the public by the end of September in order to qualify for this year’s Grammy consideration. It was not. Capitol may have shipped the album to its distributors, but that doesn’t mean anyone could buy it. NARAS does not make any exceptions. Nobody would love to see a Sinatra record in the awards process this year more than me, but he will have to wait.”

PUTTING THE SQUEEZE ON THE LEMONHEADS

Another night on the town, another spat between newlyweds Shannon Doherty and Ashley Hamilton. This one occurred on a recent Sunday night at the Palace Theater in Hollywood. The couple was there to see the rock group the Lemonheads. An eyewitness tells us that Doherty, the controversial costar of Beverly Hills, 90210, “wanted very much” to go backstage afterward “and hang out” with Lemonheads bass player Nic Dalton. Hamilton, says the source, did not appreciate this: “Basically, he had a cow and stormed off by himself.”

Doherty’s publicist says the argument “couldn’t have been a big deal, because the couple was lovey-dovey the next day and looking for something to do.”

FOOD FOR LOVE

Actress Dana Delany has taken a very personal interest in politics: Her new steady is Darius Anderson, the former western financial director of the Democratic National Committee, now a lobbyist for the Food 4 Less supermarket chain.

According to Delany’s rep, the couple is seeing each other exclusively. Delany will next appear in Tombstone with Kurt Russell; it opens Dec. 17.

WHERE’S JOHNNY?

Former Tonight Show executive producer Fred de Cordova is working on an upcoming two-hour NBC special, Legends, which may be most notable for the legend who will not appear: De Cordova’s colleague of 30 years, Johnny Carson. The special will be hosted by Katie Couric and will feature such stars as George Burns, Gregory Peck and Muhammad Ali.

De Cordova says Carson “was the first person I asked, but he said no. He said, ‘Fred, I’m sorry, I’m just not doing anything.’ ”

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