54th Grammy Nominations

The 54th Grammy Awards are being held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The nominees were announced just a few days ago, and with the magnitude of the award, I figure a should list a few of the categories and possible recipients. Note: The italicized nominee is my pick to win.

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
  • Wasted Light – Foo Fighters
  • Born This Way – Lady GaGa
  • Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
  • Loud – Rihanna

Song of the Year:

  • All Of The Lights – Kanye West
  • The Cave – Mumford & Sons
  • Grenade – Bruno Mars
  • Holocene – Bon Iver
  • Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Best New Artist:

  • The Band Perry
  • Bon Iver
  • J. Cole
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Skrillex

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

  • Zonoscope – Cut/Copy
  • 4×4=12 – Deadmau5
  • Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta
  • Body Talk, Pt. 3 – Robyn
  • Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites – Skrillex

Best Rock Album:

  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul – Jeff Beck
  • Wasted Light – Foo Fighters
  • Come Around Sundown – Kings Of Leon
  • I’m With You – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Whole Love – Wilco
Best Alternative Album:
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  • Codes And Keys – Death Cab For Cutie
  • Torches – Foster The People
  • Circuital – My Morning Jacket
  • King Of Limbs – Radiohead

Best Rap Performance:

  • Look At My Now – Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
  • Otis – Jay-Z & Kanye West
  • The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco
  • Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj (feat. Drake)
  • Black And Yellow – Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

  • Party – Beyoncé (feat. André 3000)
  • I’m On One – DJ Khaled (feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross)
  • I Need A Doctor – Dr. Dre (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey)
  • What’s My Name – Rihanna (feat. Drake)
  • Motivation – Kelly Rowland (feat. Lil Wayne)
  • All Of The Light – Kanye West

Best Rap Album:

  • Watch The Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West
  • Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne
  • Lasers – Lupe Fiasco
  • Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

Best Folk Album:

  • Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
  • I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Steve Earle
  • Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
  • Ukulele Songs – Eddie Vedder
  • The Harrow & The Harvest – Gillian Welch

Best Score For Visual Media:

  • Black Swan – Clint Mansell
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 – Alexandre Desplat
  • The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat
  • The Shrine – Ryan Shore
  • Tron: Legacy – Daft Punk

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical):

  • Danger Mouse
  • Paul Epworth
  • The Smeezingtons
  • Ryan Tedder
  • Butch Wig

Competition is shaping up to be quite stiff. When you look at some of the nominations, immediately you know who’s taking it home, but why not take a stab at it. Rap album was a toss up between long time homer pick Lupe and the game-changing Watch The Throne. Best new artist goes to “Cole World Tour, No Album Out!” Alternative music being the “in-thing,” Mr. Vernon’s growth and openness to change was poured into the self-titled record featured in your Chillout Mix. Album of the Year was an easy choice, the voice that’s set a new Guinness World Record, sold over 10 million copies worldwide and will probably find it’s way into your stocking this Christmas. Every year hundreds of recognized, talented artists are left out of the Grammy’s, i’m happy to see the beginning’s of a new direction.


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