50th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominations Highlight Several Yamaha Guitarists

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2007) — When the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Award nominations were recently announced, several Yamaha guitarists were recognized for their talents. Two stand-out nominees, Troy Van Leeuwen and John Patitucci, both play Yamaha signature model instruments. Other outstanding Yamaha artist candidates include Nickelback's guitarist and lead singer, Chad Kroeger, and Daniel Ho.

"On behalf of Yamaha Guitars, I would like to congratulate all of our musicians whose talents have been recognized," comments Mike Tempesta, artist relations manager for Yamaha Guitars. "We are proud to work with and supply instruments to these amazingly talented artists."

Leeuwen is the drummer for the band Queens of the Stone Age, which was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Sick, Sick, Sick." Leeuwen plays a signature SA503 TVL. He also plays an AES1500, which is a Semi Hollow Series High Quality Arch Top Electric Guitar, and a Custom SA bass.

Patitucci, one of the top bassists of the last two decades, was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his compilation Line By Line. Patitucci plays a signature TRB JP2, which is an upgraded version of the TRBJP, featuring a 35" scale neck with 26 frets.

The platinum-selling rock band Nickelback is nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song "If Everyone Cared." Kroeger plays a CJX32 handcrafted jumbo acoustic guitar. Ho is nominated for Best Hawaiian Music Album for Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.

The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Feb. 10, 2008, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS.

50th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominations Highlight Several Yamaha Guitarists
— Nominees include Bass, Electric and Acoustic Artists —