Missed the Grammy Nominations? Here’s a Summary (Free Snark Included)

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you know the Grammys are essentially a big joke, a first-quarter commercial for the music industry to wring the last bit of profit out of the previous year’s releases during the slowest time of the fiscal.

Still, people will be paying attention, so it’s probably best that we know what’s going on, right?  Here are some highlights and some uncalled-for comments.

Album of the year

21, Adele

Wasting Light, Foo Fighters 

Born This Way, Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars

Loud, Rihanna

Alan Says:  The inclusion of the Foo Fighters is a surprise, but unless there’s an extinction-level asteroid event before February 12, this one will go to Adele.


Song of the year (to writer)

All of the Lights (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)

The Cave (performed by Mumford & Sons)

Grenade (performed by Bruno Mars)

Holocene (performed by Bon Iver)

Rolling In the Deep (performed by Adele)

Alan Says:  Bon Iver?  Really?  Such uncommon good taste!  “Holocene” is one of the most achingly beautiful songs of 2011.


Pop duo/group performance

Body and Soul, Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Dearest, The Black Keys

Paradise, Coldplay

Pumped Up Kicks, Foster the People

Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera

Alan Says:  It’s gotta go to “Pumped Up Kicks.”  But something says that the NARAS might give it to Tony Bennett (because he’s old) and Amy Winehouse (because she’s dead).


Pop vocal album

21, Adele

The Lady Killer, Cee Lo Green

Born This Way, Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars

Loud, Rihanna

Alan Says:  Adele.  Duh.


Dance recording

Raise Your Weapon, Deadmau5 and Greta Svabo Bech

Barbra Streisand, Duck Sauce

Sunshine, David Guetta and Avicii

Call Your Girlfriend, Robyn

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Skrillex

Save the World, Swedish House Mafia

Alan Says:  I really don’t care about this category, but I do like Deadmau5.


Dance/electronica album

Zonoscope, Cut/Copy

4×4=12, Deadmau5

Nothing But the Beat, David Guetta

Body Talk, Pt. 3, Robyn

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Skrillex

Alan Says:  Tough one.  Like I said, I’m a Deadmau5 fan, but I really do enjoy Cut/Copy.


Traditional pop vocal album

Duets II, Tony Bennett and various artists

The Gift, Susan Boyle

In Concert on Broadway, Harry Connick Jr.

Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane

What Matters Most, Barbra Streisand

Alan Say:  Tony Bennett.  It’s his reward for being the oldest performer ever (85) to debut at #1 on Billboard.


Rock performance

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Coldplay

Down By the Water, The Decemberists

Walk, Foo Fighters

The Cave, Mumford & Sons

Lotus Flower, Radiohead

Alan Says:  My favourite song on this list is “Lotus Flower.”  That said, it’ll go to the Foos.


Hard rock/metal performance

On the Backs of Angels, Dream Theater

White Limo, Foo Fighters

Curl of the Burl, Mastodon

Public Enemy No. 1, Megadeth

Blood In My Eyes, Sum 41

Alan Says:  Um, Sum 41?  Really?  Where did that come from?  


Rock song (to writer)

The Cave (performed by Mumford & Sons)

Down By the Water (performed by The Decemberists)

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (performed by Coldplay)

Lotus Flower (performed by Radiohead)

Walk (performed by Foo Fighters)

Alan Says:  TWO nominations for “Lotus Flower?”  Maybe the NARAS academy isn’t so out of touch after all.


Rock album

Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, Jeff Beck

Wasting Light, Foo Fighters

Come Around Sundown, Kings of Leon

I’m With You, Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Whole Love, Wilco

Alan Says:  Foos, hands down.


Alternative album

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie

Torches, Foster the People

Circuital, My Morning Jacket

The King of Limbs, Radiohead

Alan Says:  VERY tough categoy.  Anyone but Foster the People, okay?


Producer (non-classical)

Danger Mouse

Paul Epworth

The Smeezingtons

Ryan Tedder

Butch Vig

Alan Says:  A toss-up between Danger Mouse and Butch.


If you need a complete list of nominees, try this.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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