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Recap: Grammy Nomination Show

Last night, the CBS produced a high budget, live television event to announce some of the nominees for the upcoming 53rd Grammy Awards (on February 13th). The idea to make the Grammy Awards a true event is a great one. The best part of the show is the performances. So why not dedicate an entire night to the artists that helped to make 2010 special?

The show was done brilliantly. Hosted by LL Cool J, there was a sheik flair surrounding the entire night. Opened by Katy Perry who performed a generic version of her smash single “California Gurls” which was followed by unique performances by Bruno Mars, B.o.B., Miranda Lambert and Train. I’ll save a rant about Perry and her fall into the depths of mediocrity for next week but what you should know is that each of the other performances were really well done. A personal favorite of mine was B.o.B. performing his album leading “Don’t Let Me Fall,” the first song from his debut album, to close the show.

Now to the nominations. In what has become one of the most important categories, Best New Artist can often take a large artist and propel them to superstar status in just a few months. This year, the nominees for the coveted award are Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons and Esperanza Spalding. These nominations were shocking to me.

It seems as if there are several artists missing who had monster success in 2010. No Neon Trees? No B.o.B.? No Bruno Mars? Mars should have been the favorite. He is the definition of a “best new artist.” He went from zero to hero in just one year, releasing an EP, a full length album and being featured on two of the years biggest hits (“Billionaire” by Travie Mccoy and “Nothin On You” by B.o.B.). The way the Grammy’s work, it wouldn’t shock me to see him nominated in this category in 2011, for the 2012 show. But why? Does it make sense to honor Mumford & Sons or Florence + The Machine this year, but Mars next year? This was just plain silly.

The only major category which was picked perfectly was Record of the Year. This year, the most coveted award in music will be a battle of musical giants. Even the young artists could be considered among the favorites. The nominees are:

This is truly a war of epic proportions. Each song with more impressive statistics than the one before it, it will be a very tough call for voters. With a ton of great music released in 2010, it will be a very competitive Awards show. With Eminem and Bruno Mars leading the way with 10 and 7 nominations respectively, you once again see a battle between young and old as we move into 2011.

On a side note, the Grammy Awards celebrates albums and artists who release between Septembers. This means that albums like Bruno Mars “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” and Kanye Wests “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” will be recognized in 2012, long after their inevitable decline.

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  • Comment by Jon posted December 02, 2010 at 14:05

    Mumford and Sons should win that award based on shear musical talent and ability… Unfortunately our culture covets a pre-pubescent lesbian (Justin Bieber), and his ability to make other pre-pubescent girls cream themselves for the first time with his computer latent shitty voice and over produced garbage we call songs… also he’s not even old enough to own a letter jacket (given to allstar highschool athletes), yet he sports one religiously. It is for this reason that an award so coveted by deserving artists means nothing.

  • Comment by jAYSEE posted December 07, 2010 at 10:59

    I haven’t seen th video of Grammy 2010 music nomination yet but I’ve seen in TV about the winners in a Local news here… I hope Bruno Mars, will get the Award… ^^♥ Good Luck!!