The list of nominees for the 2012 Grammy Awards has just been released, and for once, it isn’t a complete crap show of records, songs and albums from two years ago. No, really. They actually got it sort of right for once. I know, I’m as shocked as you are here. Anyway, here’s the abridged version from CBS News:
It was Adele’s year, and when the Grammy Awards are revealed next February, it very well may be her night. But on Wednesday night, the British songstress shared in the Grammy nominations glory. While she was nominated for six trophies, including album of the year for 21 and record and song of the year for her bitter groove Rolling in the Deep, Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters also received six, and it was Kanye West who was the night’s top leader, with seven nominations.
West was nominated for song of the year for his all-star anthem All of the Lights, which featured everyone from Rihanna to Elton John. But even though the album from which it came, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, heralded an epic album by critics when it was released last year, it was not featured in the best album category (so far, no obligatory West rant has surfaced in response).
Bon Iver, the folky indie rock act that was a key part of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and received a popularity boost from its association with Kanye, was one of the night’s big winners, receiving four nominations, including for best artist, and song and record of the year for Holocene. And last year’s critical darlings, Mumford & Sons, were once again nominated, receiving among their bids for song and record of the year for The Cave.
Yeah, I’m as surprised as you are. For once, actual talent is getting nominated! I know, I’m still trying to fish my monocle out of champagne flute. Although I do have one little hang-up: Bruno Mars. Why? He looks like a boston terrier in a fedora and his music is annoying. He just does nothing for me.