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The Thursday Crunch: GRAMMY Nominations Announced Today


The 2009 GRAMMY Award nominations were announced this morning and the list is full of surprises. In a good way! The usually he stuffy GRAMMY Academy got some of the categories and nominees totally right this year, showing that they are keeping up with the times. I'm mostly excited about worthy nominations for Janelle Monae, Sam Sparro, Robyn, Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Kenna and Kylie Minogue. This year might also be a break-through year for Adele who is up for multiple nominations, including Song of the Year.

Adele, Leona Lewis, Coldplay and Sara Bareilles are the stand out artists with each over three nominations in the pop categories. Coldplay also a multiple nominations in the rock categories totaling 7 nominations. Lil' Wayne might be the big winner with 8 potential awards. I'm surprised Keane is not appearing in any of the categories.

Lady GaGa and Sam Sparro (!) are both up for Best Dance Song Award together with Hot Chip, Madonna, Rihanna and Daft Punk.

Competing in the Best Album category are Lil' Wayne, Ne-Yo, Coldplay, Radiohead and Robert Plant with Allison Kraus. This one is Coldplay's to loose.

Finally the GRAMMY folks got with the times. Cyndi Lauper, Robyn and Kylie Minogue are competing in the Best Dance Album category. I don't have an immediate favorite, but I'm leaning towards Cyndi Lauper just because that record was so fresh and unexpected.

Rufus Wainwright is nominated for Traditional Pop Vocal Album for the recording of his Judy Garland show at Radio City Music Hall. I'm sure he's thrilled right now.

Beyonce, J-Hud and Alicia Keyes are competing in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. All very worthy competitors. Beyonce really took her act to a whole new level and should be recognized for that.

HOORAY! ArjanWrites.com fave Janelle Monae is up for a Best Urban Performance Award for "Many Moons." Not sure if the categy fits her as this as much a pop record as it is an "urban" record. But I guess if you break the mold, people have a hard time fitting you in categories.

This is so awesome: Kenna's "Say Goodbye To Love" is up for Best Urban Performance as well.

Jazmine Sullivan is most definitely the R&B break out artist with nods in almost all R&B/urban categories.

Crooner Lila Downs gets a deserving nod in the World Music category.

Rick Rubin, will.i.am and Danger Mouse compete in the Producer of the Year category. Surprisingly, Timbaland and Pharrell are not included.

My fellow Dutchman JunkieXL is up in the Best Remix Category for Madonna's "4 Minutes." Gefeliceerd!. One of my favorites remixes of the year, the Deadmau5's remix of Morgan Page's "The Longest Road," is up as well. I'm bummed Paul Oakenfold's remix of Madonna's "Give It To Me" was ignored. That was hands-down one of the best of the year as well.

Get the entire list of nominations.

December 4, 2008 in Cyndi Lauper, Duffy, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry, Kenna, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Morgan Page, Robyn, Rufus Wainwright, Sam Sparro | Permalink


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"Beyonce really took her act to a whole new level and should be recognized for that."

She did? How so? I'm not seeing it....

Posted by: Sam at Dec 4, 2008 9:41:18 AM

Beyonce layed down the gauntlet to remind Rihanna who's boss. Who isn't obsessed with Single Ladies, parodying it, talking about it and trying to recreate the dance in their living rooms? She's helping make music videos relevant again. She definitely elevated her game. Good for her!

Posted by: Brian at Dec 4, 2008 12:28:46 PM

Yes, I love "Single Ladies" and I think the video and her performance on the AMAs are amazing. But, the Grammy nomination is not for anything off the new record. The award should go to the best performance of the songs nominated.

Posted by: Sam at Dec 4, 2008 2:26:34 PM

I agree; I'm very surprised Keane haven't been nominated. 'Perfect Symmetry' is a really great album from them and it's a shame that hasn't been recognised.

Posted by: Peej at Dec 4, 2008 2:58:22 PM

Yes, I'm so "X"tatic to see "X" and "Robyn" both get nominations. don't be too surprised re: kylie, she did win best dance recording a few years ago for "love at first sight".

i do respect adele a lot, but i think 4 nominations is a little generous considering many reviews claim state over and again that her album was v. rushed. i am on the other hand, thrilled to see duffy get a nod for best new artist. i am personally rooting for her. well deserved!

everyone however is talking about the katy perry snub. i wonder what is up with that. even avril lavigne was able to get 7 nods when she first came out.

re: jazmine sullivan, i'm very intrigued, i must say...



Posted by: Will-W. at Dec 4, 2008 5:31:16 PM

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