Grammy Nominations

The Grammy awards have been reduced from 109 to 78 categories wisely removing the distinction between male and female performances.

Of course that doesn’t mean there are still some eyebrow raising moments.

The most pleasant surprise is the recognition of Bon Iver.  The song “Holocene” was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.  Bon Iver with  nominated for Best Alternative Music Album and even though this is his second album he was nominated in the Best New Artist category.

It may be time to change the name Folk.  Here are the nominees for the Best Folk Album category.  None of them seem Folk to me.  I think the Folk and Americana categories just need to switch names.  It makes more sense to me.

Here are the actual Folk nominees.

Barton Hollow by Civil Wars

I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle

Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

Ukulele Songs by Eddie Vedder

The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch (not available on Spotify).  Buy it!  This album should win.

Here are the Americana Album nominees

Emotional Jukebox by Linda Chorney

Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down by Ry Cooder

Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris

Ramble At The Ryman by Levon Helm

Blessed by Lucinda Williams

Switching the categories avoids less confusion and would give more exposure to Americana music.

Probably because of the Who Is Arcade Fire uproar after they won album of the year, it is all mainstream artists nominated this year.

This shouldn’t even be a contest.  Adele should win this category, hands down.

21 by Adele

Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

Born This Way by Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops and Hooligans by Bruno Mars

Loud by Rihanna

My three disappoints are  Iron & Wine and PJ Harvey (the 2011 Mercury Prize winner) did not receive even one nomination for their brilliant albums and Cults should have been nominated for Best New Artist.  Maybe they’ll get nominated when their second album comes out.

The award ceremony is February 12.


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One Response to Grammy Nominations

  1. philrollett says:

    nice blog, adele will dominate at the awards 🙂

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