Contrary to their usual irrelevancy to our opinions and tastes in the music sphere, this year's Grammy nods include some surprises. Some of the nominees actually have real estate in our iTunes library! And a big surprise in the category of Album Of The Year as our own pick
for best album could coincide with the Recording Academy's decision (but it probably won't). Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Cee-Lo, Robyn, and more surprises after the jump!
Arcade Fire's The Suburbs
is up for Album Of The Year
, against Lady Antelbellum, Lady Gaga's leftovers EP, Katy Perry, and Eminem's Recovery
. If boobs win a Grammy over Arcade Fire, I'm switching professions.
Cee-Lo's excellent "F*ck You" is up for both Record of the Year
and Song of the Year
, which is kind of awesome. Too bad he'll probably lose to "Empire State Of Mind" for record but I'd be OK with him losing to "Love The Way You Lie" for song (let's be fair).
Big pleasant surprise that Mumford and Sons are up for Best New Artist
, along with Florence and the Machine (nice!), Drake (acceptable), and also Justin Bieber (barf) and Esperanza Spalding (who?).Mumford is also up for Best Rock Song
with "Little Lion Man".
Sara Bareilles is up for a Grammy as well for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
on "King Of Anything". Congrats to her!
Other categories are a bit comical. Best Solo Rock Performance
looks suspiciously like 1973 with Clapton, Plant, McCartney, and Neil Young (John Mayer is in there for a bit of that youngster music). Best Hard Rock Performance
looks suspiciously like 1993 with Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Ozzy, Soundgarden, and Dave Grohl's Them Crooked Vultures for a bit of that new spin on old things. The Cast of Glee
is up for a Grammy, which is the stuff of my barfmares.
But there are plenty of potential wins for some really great acts. The Black Keys, The Roots, Robyn, Goldfrapp, Big Boi and Janelle Monae, The White Stripes, and Gorillaz all got nods. Plus Dangermouse is up for Producer of the Year
, which is just great. We might actually watch the telecast (on Youtube after we can screen for highlights).
Bruno Mars (the third artist pictured above) was also nominated for a few Grammys, including Best Drug Abuse (got em!). I still think T.I. was robbed.
Check out the full list of nominations at the official website
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS on 2/13. -joe puglisi