Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I WANT THE TINY DOG TO GO WITH THE STATUETTE: From a quick spin, looks like Frank Ocean, the Black Keys, and fun. dominated the Grammy nominations, but a few other things of note:
  • Even more departure than usual between Record of the Year (for the recording artist) and Song of the Year (for the songwriter) than usual, with only "Stronger" and "We Are Young" making both categories.  Interestingly, the Grammys split on teen pop confections, giving a Record nod to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" but a Song nod to "Call Me Maybe."
  • Carly Rae Jepsen does not get into the Best New Artist field, which pits fun. and Frank Ocean against one another.  Indeed, the Canadian Cutie is up only for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (which interestingly is 5 women--used to be separate male/female categories).
  • EGOT Watch--Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Matthew Broderick (principal soloists on nominated cast albums), Ellen DeGeneres (spoken word), and Bret McKenzie (for Man or Muppet, up against two Hunger Games songs and Let Me Be Your Star)
  • Because of the Grammys' bizarre rules, the album Watch The Throne was eligible last year, while tracks on it are eligible this year--"No Church In The Wild" and "N****s In Paris" both rack up in the rap category.
  • Interestingly, I think we have our first nominee for score from a video game, with Journey (a PS3 network game) getting nominated alongside Tintin, Dark Knight Rises, and Hugo.
  • Blanked?  Justin Bieber.


  1. Not the first game music nomination/win though; that would be for Christopher Tinn's Baba Yetu from Civilization IV, an album version of which won "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" in 2011. Not strictly winning for game music, but originally in a game (lovely song, too.)

  2. bill.7:49 AM

    Didn't know the Carolina Chocolate Drops had a new album out. I need to get that. Looks like the only on the list I have is Alabama Shakes, a decent enough bar band.

    Anything on the list anyone would highly recommend?

    Today I am listening to Martha Wainwright's "Come Home to Mama" (stunning) and Kid Koala's "12 Bit Blues" (really well done turntable mixes of old blues. Friday, hoping to get out and see Mr. Gnome, who had one of my favorite albums of the year.

  3. Two points of clarification

    1. This wouldn't increase McKenzie's shot at EGOT--he's GO already. Conchords won Best Comedy Album in 2007.
    2. Apparently, Bieber fans' heads collectively exploded last night (

  4. Adam B.9:19 AM

    Also on EGOT Watch: Jack Black gets a comedy nom through Tenacious D. David Guggenheim (who has an O, for Inconvenient Truth) has a nom for directing a U2 documentary.

  5. Yo-Yo Ma, up for best folk album.

    Spoken word features Bill Clinton vs Michelle Obama, for people into that politics thing.

  6. Does Black have an E, O, or T yet? My quick looks at imdb and Wikipedia didn't indicate any awards.

    Although, if I ran the Oscars, I'd hand him the Best Actor for Bernie. I haven't seen a performance I liked better this year.

  7. Adam B.11:48 AM

    He doesn't, but EGOT Watch requires that one pay attention to awards possibilities out of one's primary field.

  8. Ah. He's not a bad outside pick for eventual EGOT. I could see him treading the boards at some point in the future, even if it was a Tenacious D thing.