Sunday, December 5, 2010

Grammy nominations are out

The 2010 Grammy nominations were announced on the 2nd and it's a good list this year. I'm not always crazy about the Grammy Awards, but some of my favorites were nominated and I will have my fingers crossed.

I may choose to watch the awards this year, though that's still up in the air. I watched last year, hoping that the Best Alternative Album category, in which Phoenix was nominated. Of course, that category did not make it to air and I was subjected to Taylor Swift butchering Fleetwood Mac songs. I pray for better musical performance this time around. That may influence my decision to watch the telecast on February 13.

Here's a list of the nominees, with my favorite italicized (*note, I've only included categories on which I have an opinion):

Record of the Year
B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars - "Nothin' on You"
Eminem featuring Rihanna - "I Love The Way You Lie"
Cee-Lo Green - "Fuck You"
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"
Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"

Album of the Year
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Eminem - Recovery
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Song of the Year
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs - "Beg Steal or Borrow"
Cee-Lo Green - "Fuck You"
Miranda Lambert - "The House that Built Me"
Eminem featuring Rihanna - "I Love the Way You Lie"
Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Florence + The Machine
Mumford and Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Sara Bareilles - "King of Anything"
Beyonce - "Halo"
Norah Jones - "Chasing Pirates"
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"
Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream"

Best Male Pop Vocal
Michael Bublé - "I Haven't Met You Yet"
Michael Jackson - "This is It"
Adam Lambert - "Whataya Want from Me"
Bruno Mars - "Just the Way You Are"
John Mayer - "Half of My Heart"

Best Dance Recording
Goldfrapp - "Rocket"
La Roux - "In for the Kill"
Lady Gaga - "Dance in the Dark"
Rihanna - "Only Girl (In the World)"
Robyn - "Dancing on My Own"

Best Electronic/Dance Album
BT - These Hopeful Machines
The Chemical Brothers - Further
Goldfrapp - Head First
Groove Armada - Black Light
La Roux - La Roux

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Arcade Fire - "Ready to Start"
Jeff Beck & Joss Stone - "I Put a Spell on You"
The Black Keys - "Tighten Up"
Kings of Leon - "Radioactive"
Muse - "Resistance"

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Jeff Beck - "Hamerhead"
The Black Keys - "Black Mud"
Los Lobos - "Do the Murray"
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - "Kundalini Bonfire"
Dweezil Zappa - "The Deathless Horsie"

Best Rock Song
Neil Young - "Angry World"
Mumford & Sons - "Little Lion Man"
Kings of Leon - "Radioactive"
Muse - "Resistance"
The Black Keys - "Tighten Up"

Best Alternative Music Album
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
The Black Keys - Brothers
Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Vampire Weekend - Contra

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller - "Love"
Chris Brown & Tank - "Take My Time"
Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin - "You've Got a Friend"
John Legend & The Roots - "Shine"
Sade - "Soldier of Love"

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
R. Kelly - "When a Woman Loves"
John Legend & The Roots - "Hang on in There"
Calvin Richardson - "You're So Amazing"
Ryan Shaw - "In Between"
Betty Wright - "Go"

Best Urban /Alternative Performance
Bilal - "Little One"
Cee-Lo Green - "Fuck You"
Carolyn Malachi - "Orion"
Janelle Monáe & Big Boi - "Tightrope"
Eric Roberson - "Still"

Best R&B Song
Fantasia - "Bittersweet"
Jaheim - "Finding My Way Back"
El DeBarge - "Second Chance"
John Legend & The Roots - "Shine"
Kem - "Why Would You Stay"

Best R&B Album
Raheem DeVaughn - The Love & War Masterpeace
Fantasia - Back to Me
Jaheim - Another Round
John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!
Monica - Still Standing

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Chris Brown - Graffiti
R. Kelly - Untitled
Ryan Leslie - Transition
Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
Usher - Raymond V Raymond

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
B.o.B & Bruno Mars - "Nothin' on You"
Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall - "Deuces"
Eminem & Rihanna - "I Love the Way You Lie"
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"
John Legend, The Roots, Melani Fiona & Common - "Wake Up! Everybody"

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash - The List
Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust
Willie Nelson - Country Music
Robert Plant - Band of Joy
Mavis Staples - You are Not Alone

Best Contemporary Folk Album
Jackson Browne & David Lindley - Love is Strange-En Vivo Con Tino
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Age of Miracles
Guy Clark - Somedays the Song Writes You
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs - God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise
Richard Thompson - Dream Attic

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Down in New Orleans (The Princess and the Frog)
I See You (Avatar)
Kiss Like Your Kiss (True Blood)
This City (Tremé)
The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart)

Best Recording Package
The Black Keys - Brothers
Oh No Ono - Eggs
Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
Devendra Banhart - What Will We Be
Chip Taylor - Yonkers NY

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)
Rob Cavallo
Danger Mouse
Dr. Luke
Red One
The Smeezingtons

Best Short-Form Music Video
Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave"
Eminem & Rihanna - "I Love the Way You Lie"
Gorillaz - "Stylo"
Cee-Lo Green - "Fuck You"
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

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