Grammy nominations were announced last night and they came with a few good surprises. There were the expected chart toppers, including Kanye West, The Foo Fighters, and Adele, but some of the rising electronic acts — especially Skrillex, yes, Skrillex — also got attention.
Kanye received seven nabs, including Best Rap Album two times over for "My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy" and "Watch the Throne" with Jay-Z. They'll be competing against Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, and Nicki Minaj. But "My Beautiful" wasn't nominated for Best Album of the Year, which has already caused an uproar among music buffs. "All of the Lights" got Song of the Year attention (that's for the songwriting), but not Record of the Year (that's for the whole package); Katy Perry's "Firework" somehow took its place.
Thanks to Skrillex, dubstep is finally getting some representation in the usually bland world of music awards. He is nominated for "Best New Artist" against The Band Perry, Nicki Manaj, Bon Iver, and J. Cole. Looks like he doesn't have much of a chance in that crowd, but hey, at least they are recognizing him. In the Dance and Dance/Electronica department, other nominees include the likes of Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Duck Sauce, and Avicii. Looks like things are shaking up a bit this year, hopefully we will get a live performance out of one of these guys — tuxedo rave anyone? — but surely Jay-Z and Kanye will have something in store for us.
Here are the nominations for the top categories:
Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele; “Holocene,” Bon Iver; “Grenade,” Bruno Mars; “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons; “Firework,” Katy Perry.
Album of the Year: “21,” Adele; “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters; “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga; “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars; “Loud,” Rihanna.
Song of the Year: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie); “The Cave,” Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons); “Grenade,” Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars); “Holocene,” Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver); “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele).
New Artist: The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex.
Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele; “The Lady Killer,” Cee Lo Green; “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga; “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars; “Loud,” Rihanna.
Rock Album: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul,” Jeff Beck; “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters; “Come Around Sundown,” Kings of Leon; “I’m With You,” Red Hot Chili Peppers; “The Whole Love,” Wilco.
R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown; “Second Chance,” El DeBarge; “Love Letter,” R. Kelly; “Pieces of Me,” Ledisi; “Kelly,” Kelly Price.
Rap Album: “Watch the Throne,” Jay-Z and Kanye West; “Tha Carter IV,” Lil Wayne; “Lasers,” Lupe Fiasco; “Pink Friday,” Nicki Minaj; “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West.
Country Album: “My Kinda Party,” Jason Aldean; “Chief,” Eric Church; “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum; “Red River Blue,” Blake Shelton; “Here for a Good Time,” George Strait; “Speak Now,” Taylor Swift.