On Thursday night, when the organizers of the 54th Grammy Awards announced that Kanye West had garnered the most nominations with seven, but had been snubbed for an Album of the Year nod, it felt like a beautiful, dark, twisted metaphor. Here’s a guy living at the top of the world who still has something to be miffed about
But the absence of West’s superlative “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” from this year’s Album of the Year nominee list was the only hyper-glaring omission in an otherwise pretty-exciting list of nominees. Will Adele clean house? Will the Skrillex win Best New Artist? Let’s take a look at the “big four” categories...
Album Of The Year:
Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light”
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
Bruno Mars, “Doo-Wops and Hooligans”
First reaction: West might lead the pack with seven nods, but that number should be nine. “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” should win this award, and West’s recent collaboration album with Jay-Z, “Watch the Throne,” should have been nominated.
Record Of The Year:
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
First reaction: After indie troupe Arcade Fire pulled a stunning Album of the Year victory in 2011, Bon Iver’s two nominations in the big four don’t come as a huge surprise, but a welcome one.
Song Of The Year:
“All Of The Lights” — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters. (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
“The Cave” — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
“Grenade” — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Holocene” — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
“Rolling In The Deep” — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
First reaction: Remember, this is the Grammy given for the songwriting — Record of the Year is awarded for performance. That said, Adele seems like a lock. Ditto for Record of the Year and Album of the Year. P.S. Where are the country tunes?
Best New Artist:
The Band Perry
First reaction: This is a very exciting list. Is it a reaction to jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding’s upset victory over Justin Bieber and Drake earlier this year? Maybe. But it certainly feels representative of what the next generation of music fans are passionate about right now — especially when it comes to the Band Perry and Skrillex. Maybe we’ll finally get that dubstep remix of “If I Die Young.” [Kidding! (Not really, though.)]
- And watch highlights from Thursday’s Grammy nominations concert below: