"In an unexpected twist, one of the announced Grammy candidates for Best Song written for a Soundtrack has been disqualified after the fact," read the note from an employee of O's label, Interscope Geffen A&M. "The nomination then goes to the song with the next-highest initial vote count, which is Karen O and the Kids' 'All Is Love.' "
A spokesperson for O's label confirmed news of the unexpected nomination for the song written by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer and bandmate Nick Zinner for the big-screen adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's classic. The Grammy site does reflect the change, with O's song listed in the spot that was formerly held by "The Climb" from Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana: The Movie."
The award, which goes to the songwriters of a tune written specifically for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, will pit O against such heavy-hitters as Bruce Springsteen (for his title song for "The Wrestler"), Beyoncé (and others for the song "Once in a Lifetime" from "Cadillac Records"), "Slumdog Millionaire" score writer A.R. Rahman for "Jai Ho," and Paramore's Josh Farro, Hayley Williams and Taylor York for the "Twilight" song "Decode."
A spokesperson for Cyrus could not be reached for comment, but a source close to the singer told MTV News on Thursday (December 10) that the tune — which was not written by Cyrus — was not specifically penned for the movie, thereby making it ineligible for the award. The nomination was withdrawn by Cyrus' camp the day after the Grammy noms were announced last week, when the error was discovered. A statement about the withdrawal was expected at press time.