Maxwell and his now-Platinum album BLACKsummers'night (Columbia) have emerged as the big winners this year in the music world, with across-the-board critical acclaim, major sales, and six GRAMMY nominations plus a confirmed slot on the Awards Ceremony January 31.
BLACKsummers'night was just named Number 1 Album of the Year in USA Today and NY Daily News, joining the New York Times (Jon Pareles) and the Washington Post, with more Best of the Year nods in the Associated Press, LA Times (Ann Powers), Boston Globe (Sarah Rodman); Philadelphia Inquirer (Dan Deluca), People Magazine (Comeback of the Year) and many more.
Maxwell was everywhere in 2009. His December television appearances alone included performances on The Jay Leno Show, The Today Show and The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live, of which the LA Time's Ann Powers wrote "Maxwell's performance of Michael Jackson's 'The Lady in My Life' ... not only stood out, it made a quiet case for itself as one of the best televised musical performances of the year."
Maxwell also made appearances this year on the Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The singer and songwriter's great year encompassed the biggest sales week of his career with a #1 debut for BLACKsummers'night after its July 7 release, at 319,000 copies one of the top ten debuts of the year, while he made Billboard news as the first artist in the history of the Urban AC chart to hold the #1 (Bad Habits) and #2 spots (Pretty Wings) at the same time.