THE 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY NOMINEES






Well, this is what we’re left with, kids. Not exactly a banner year in music, was it?

Mmmmmmmm…No.

Doubt that I’ll be watching the telecast with this particular line up. But I will definitely be around after the fact to comment on the winners and do a full force fashion retrospective.

Here are the nominees in the major categories. To see the list in its entirety, please go to GRAMMYS.COM

RECORD OF THE YEAR
HALO – BEYONCE
I GOTTA FEELING – THE BLACK EYED PEAS
USE SOMEBODY – KINGS OF LEON
POKER FACE – LADY GAGA
YOU BELONG WITH ME – TAYLOR SWIFT

SONG OF THE YEAR
POKER FACE – LADY GAGA
PRETTY WINGS – MAXWELL
SINGLE LADIES – BEYONCE
USE SOMEBODY – KINGS OF LEON
YOU BELONG WITH ME – TAYLOR SWIFT

BEST NEW ARTIST
ZAC BROWN BAND
KERI HILSON
MGMT
SILVERSUN PICKUPS
THE TINGS TINGS

FEMALE POP VOCAL
HOMETOWN GLORY – ADELE
HALO – BEYONCE
HOT & COLD – KATY PERRY
SOBER – PINK
YOU BELONG WITH ME – TAYLOR SWIFT

MALE POP VOCAL
THIS TIME – JOHN LEGEND
LOVE YOU – MAXWELL
MAKE IT MINE – JASON MRAZ
IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW – SEAL
ALL ABOUT THE LOVE AGAIN – STEVIE WONDER

POP PERFORMANCE (DUO/GROUP)
I GOTTA FEELING – THE BLACK EYED PEAS
WE WEREN’T BORN TO FOLLOW – BON JOVI
NEVER SAY NEVER – THE FRAY
SARA SMILE – HALL & OATES
KIDS – MGMT

POP COLLABORATION (VOCALS)
SEA OF HEARTBREAK – ROSANNE CASH & BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
LOVE SEX MAGIC – CIARA & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
LUCKY – JASON MRAZ & COLBIE CAILLAT
BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE – WILLIE NELSON & NORAH JONES
BREATHE – TAYLOR SWIFT & COLBIE CAILLAT

POP VOCAL ALBUM
THE E.N.D. – THE BLACK EYED PEAS
BREAKTHROUGH – COLBIE CAILLAT
ALL I EVER WANTED – KELLY CLARKSON
THE FRAY – THE FRAY
FUNHOUSE – PINK

DANCE RECORDING
BOOM BOOM POW – THE BLACK EYED PEAS
WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER – DAVID GUETTA & KELLY ROWLAND
POKER FACE – LADY GAGA
CELEBRATION – MADONNA
WOMANIZER – BRITNEY SPEARS

SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
BEYOND HERE LIES NOTHIN – BOB DYLAN
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER – JOHN FOGERTY
DREAMER – PRINCE
WORKING ON A DREAM – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
FORK IN THE ROAD – NEIL YOUNG

ROCK PERFORMANCE (DUO/GROUP)
CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME – ERIC CLAPTON & STEVE WINWOOD
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOR II – COLDPLAY
21 GUNS – GREEN DAY
USE SOMEBODY – KINGS OF LEON
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT – U2

ROCK SONG
THE FIXER – PEARL JAM
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT – U2
21 GUNS – GREEN DAY
USE SOMEBODY – KINGS OF LEON
WORKING ON A DREAM – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

ROCK ALBUM
BLACK ICE – AC/DC
LIVE FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ERIC CLAPTON & STEVE WINWOOD
21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN – GREEN DAY
BIG WHISKEY & THE GROOGRUX KING – DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
NO LINE ON THE HORIZON – U2

AMERICANA ALBUM
TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE – BOB DYLAN
ELECTRIC DIRT – LEVON HELM
WILLIE & THE WHEEL – WILLIE NELSON & ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
WILCO (THE ALBUM) – WILCO
LITTLE HONEY – LUCINDA WILLIAMS

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM
THIS TIME – THE ROBERT CRAY BAND
THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO RUTHIE FOSTER – RUTHIE FOSTER
LIVE: HOPE AT THE HIDEOUT – MAVIS STAPLES
BACK TO THE RIVER – SUSAN TEDESCHI
ALREADY FREE – THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND

CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUM
MIDDLE CYCLONE – NEKO CASE
OUR BRIGHT FUTURE – TRACY CHAPMAN
LIVE – SHAWN COLVIN
SECRET, PROFANE & SUGARCANE – ELVIS COSTELLO
TOWNES – STEVE EARLE

SPOKEN WORD
ALWAYS LOOKING UP – MICHAEL J. FOX
A VERY SPECIAL TIME – JONATHAN WINTERS
THE LINCOLN/DOUGLAS DEBATES – RICHARD DREYFUSS & DAVID STRATHAIRN
THE MALTESE FALCON – VARIOUS ARTISTS
WE CAN HAVE PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND – JIMMY CARTER
WISHFUL DRINKING – CARRIE FISHER

COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK
CADILLAC RECORDS
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
TRUE BLOOD
TWILIGHT

SCORE SOUNDTRACK
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
MILK
STAR TREK
UP

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
I AM…SASHA FIERCE – BEYONCE
THE E.N.D. – THE BLACK EYED PEAS
THE FAME – LADY GAGA
BIG WHISKEY & THE GROOGRUX KING – DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
FEARLESS – TAYLOR SWIFT

7 Responses to “THE 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY NOMINEES”

  1. i say this list is pretty much what the masses/blockbuster/top five films of the weekend is all about.

    pretty much just big things that you’d know of/heard everywhere/it’s everywhere/or big names.

    stuff that people with just a passing touch of radio play will be able to identify/know most of this. or even if you just read reviews of the type of things that make the chart or just like at billboard.com 8 times a year… 😉

    but is the general public really every that excited by/about the grammys. well of course the large chunks of casual fans that put many of the artists nommed over aren’t really that excited about anything/nor will they ever be. put let’s please make them the main/most desired demo to go after.

    let’s change music to make it the best for them.

    and you wonder why i don’t giva a damn about music. that’s reason #389.

    sure they may be some talk/words everywhere when whomever wins. but notice most of then really don’t care.

    unlike movie fans do whomever sit there months in advance saying ‘i wonder who will get a nom’ plus most of the stuff nommed by the grammys doesn’t need it.

    you know of this and if you don’t know you likely won’t care/even if you knew of it.

    are these choices introducing the tv audience to things they don’t know of/that deserve attention? or is mostly let’s just take the big stuff the general public already knows of… well it’s mostly that and too much of it too.

    with an atmosphere where nirvana got to be alternative was/is an atmosphere where having any faith in music was pretty stupid and even stupider to have ever taken it seriously.

    which dream came true???

  2. glim, I understand precisely what you’re saying. I can not say I disagree.

    I could easily write a dissertation on this. I won’t even bother. Mainly because I’ve talked about this repeatedly since I had the site.

    For half a dozen years during the 1960s, popular music was at its peak. It was experimental, groundbreaking and at its absolute best. Not to mention that there were so many different types of music being thrown into the marketplace simultaneously (including the British invasion, the Motown sound from Detroit etc.) that were unbelievably sublime.

    Nothing has ever measured up to that era. NOTHING. Doesn’t seem like anything ever will.

    There has been some excellent music since and an enormous amount of junk that’s been churned out. Much more bad than good. Not to mention that there have been years where the bottom of the barrel has been scraped repeatedly.

    Certainly 2009 is one of those times…

    There are definitely some fabulously talented people around (AMY WINEHOUSE, DUFFY, KELLY CLARKSON, NORAH JONES, FIONA APPLE, SHERYL CROW, CAT POWER, SUSAN TEDESCHI, BECK, WILCO, RADIOHEAD, SEAL) and some legendary artists/bands that are still out there doing it (PRINCE, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ELVIS COSTELLO, U2).

    But music is in a sorrowful state right now. I can’t even remember the last time it was good. Have to go back to the 80s, which will never compare to the 60s in any respect.

    Except people dressed better in the 80s. That’s all.

    I don’t blame you for being discouraged, my darling.

    I think the thing with the OSCAR is that it’s simply the most visible prestigious award that you can get in the entertainment industry. It also supposedly means more.

    Considering who actually is in possesson of some ACADEMY AWARDS out there, I suppose that that’s infinitely debatable.

    But don’t take this to heart, glimby.

    *sigh* We’re all in this together…

  3. hmm so there isn’t a lot to distinguish the grammies from the other 40 tv in general/cover billboard chart stuff/non specialized music awards stuff.

    the gaga thing is interesting in that many radio listners/fans were writing her off at the start.

    but yep with each additional single/15 extra tv appearances/she’s won them over.

    (wasn’t the 80’s the point where it really pushed that the more singles a recording had the better it was ??? don’t know if this had to do with cd format allowing more space/mtv when the played videos. or what… )

    anyway not being a fan of anything grammy wise, i’ll take gaga for the sideshow.

  4. oh and she looked ah different pre ultra fame. and a different persona too…

  5. Well, I’ll be god damned, glim.

    LADY GAGA can sing and she’s exceptionally talented. I actually prefer her as a brunette who doesn’t do the dance music thing.

    But she’s doing very very well in this mode. More power to her.

    I can’t remember much about the 80s considering I was kicking the slats out of my crib. But back then people actually bought albums instead of downloading.

    So, yeah…

    More hit singles + more MTV coverage = more record sales

    And obvlously more money for everyone involved. But that particular dynamic has gone right out the window now. Guess they’ll have to dream up a better one.

    For the artists’ sake, I really hope so.

    Thanks for the info on LADY GAGA, honey. That was extraordinarily interesting…

  6. yeah the multi single thing seemed…well had a different tone since it was considered that only the exceptional album could generate that much. but now pretty much every big cd tries to do that/is pushed that way or whatever…

    anyway the best part of the 80s was rotary phones…

    glad you liked the clip.:)

  7. glim…

    I always think it’s great when someone – especially a good friend – can visit CP and tell me something I don’t know anything about or provide me with some intriguing information that I haven’t come across.

    That’s genuinely helpful. I like to hear about this stuff and plenty of people will be reading it.

    Thanks so much, honey.

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