Did anyone else react like we did when the Grammy nominees were announced - "Holy shit, they finally get it!" Well, maybe not entirely, but they're coming pretty damn close. Exploring the Grammy Awards' wiki, you'll see how truly out of touch the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have historically remained. That is, until 2011 when that slew of crazy Canadians dressed like dust-bowl era immigrants, Arcade Fire surprised everyone when The Suburbs was announced as Album of the Year.
This year, odds have changed in the favor of the former underdogs. Artists like Frank Ocean and Mumford & Sons dominate the list, with names like M83, Alabama Shakes, and Tom Waits pushing out the likes of Katy Perry (although she does have a nom) and Nicki Minaj. It's a good day, people.
Let's take a look at four reasons why we might actually pay attention to the Grammys this year:
1. Album of the Year
- El Camino by The Black Keys
- Some Nights by fun.
- Babel by Mumford & Sons
- Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
- Blunderbuss by Jack White
There isn't a single Direction or Bieber to be seen! And that trend carries throughout the entire list of nominees. This list perfectly illustrates what happened this year in music, and it was a good one.
2. Best New Artist
- Alabama Shakes
- Hunter Hayes
- The Lumineers
- Frank Ocean
We would love to see Brittany Howard and the Alabama Shakes take this award home. But even if they don't, chances are Frank Ocean nabs it, and that's totally cool with us!
3. Best Rock Performance
- "Hold On" Alabama Shakes
- "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
- "Charlie Brown" Coldplay
- "I Will Wait" Mumford & Sons
- "We Take Care Of Our Own" Bruce Springsteen
Finally, it's performances of artists that we've seen and covered!
- The Idler Wheel... by Fiona Apple
- Biophilia by Bjork
- Making Mirrors by Gotye
- Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. by M83
- Bad As Me by Tom Waits
We can't disagree with any name on this list. We'd really like to hear a presenter roll off The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, but the teleprompter probably can't fit it, so he'll just type out Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.