Friday, December 6, 2013

MAYBE THEY REPLACE IT WITH AN IPOD IN THE FUTURE:  Grammy nods are out, and a few noteworthies:

  • Neither Timberlake nor Kanye gets into any of the top categories, with your five nominees for album of the year being Taylor Swift, Macklemore, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, and Sara Bareilles.  The Bareilles nod is particularly odd, given that "Brave" doesn't crack song or record the year.  Bruno Mars gets in for record and song, but not for album.
  • Despite her cultural omnipresence and both "Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop" being eligible?  Not a single nod for Miley. 
  • Best New Artist is seriously weird.  Though Lorde is up for record/song of the year for "Royals," she's not in, nor is Imagine Dragons (up for record of the year for "Radioactive").  Joining Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar as nominees are EDM artist James Blake, country singer Kacey Musgraves, and Ed Sheeran.
  • Despite the love for Red in the top category, not much for Ms. Swift elsewhere--indeed, "I Knew You Were Trouble" seems to have been completely snubbed, despite being considered a big contender.
  • EGOT Watch--Billy Crystal (who needs an Oscar and a Grammy to complete) is up for Spoken Word, as is Carol Burnett (who shockingly, has only an Emmy).  
  • Other interesting nominees?  David Sedaris (in spoken word), the Broadway Matildae (cast album),


  1. Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," a song from 1975, nominated under Best Rock Performance. Looks like it's from a live album released a year ago from a concert recorded in 2007.

  2. Roger2:34 AM

    No Janelle Monáe. :-(

  3. Part of my guess for that whole spate of nominations is that they are hoping that a bunch of nominations entices a "Led Zeppelin reunion" at the Grammys, which would be a big deal.

  4. "Same Love" FTW. I can't remember the last time a hip-hop song made me cry.

  5. Adam B.10:32 AM

    It's at least the second nomination for Princeton history prof Sean Wilentz (liner notes).

  6. Adam C.10:32 AM

    Interesting that Bareilles gets an album of the year nod, while Katy Perry's "Roar" gets a song of the year nod (for songwriter), and "Brave" is up against "Roar" in Best Pop Solo Performance. Teaching the controversy?

  7. Adam C.10:56 AM

    Also, a nom for the Steve Martin & Edie Brickell album in the Americana category; Martin already has two comedy wins and two wins in music categories, so a win here would tip his personal Grammy scale. EGOT note: he's missing only a Tony, having also won a competitive Emmy (for writing on the Smothers Brothers show) and, just last month, an honorary Oscar.

  8. Adam C.1:05 PM

    Also: Is this the first nomination for Snoop Lion qua Snoop Lion (Best Reggae Album)? And, a Primus nomination (for a surround version of Sailing the Seas of Cheese)!

  9. Benner10:49 AM

    Obligatory no Bonzo, it's not Zep comment. That said, if John Bohnam were to appear, that's a big deal indeed.