We don’t particularly care much about the Grammys, but we might as well mention a few highlights regarding last night’s nominations. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Arcade Fire have been nominated for Album of the Year, the Grammys’ biggest category, where they’ll square off against Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, Eminem’s Recovery, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (one of these things is not like the others). They were also nominated for Best Alternative Album (whatever that means), where they’re up against other (former?) indie stalwarts Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, the Black Keys, and Broken Bells. Jay-Z grabbed five nods, as did John Legend & the Roots for their collaboration, Wake Up! The Roots also grabbed one on their own for their record How I Got Over. Other notable Grammy nominations include:
- Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” got four nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Short Form Music Video, and Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
- Robyn scored one for Best Dance Recording for her amazing “Dancing on My Own”
- Big Boi got a pair of nods for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Shutterbugg” and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Tightrope” with Janelle Monae, who herself grabbed a nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
- Kanye grabbed only one nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Power,” but his record came out so late, it will probably win a whole bunch of statues next year.
- Flight of the Conchords deserving got a nomination for Best Comedy Album for I Told You I Was Freaky.
I could use the rest of this space to ponder the relevancy of the Grammys and what purpose they serve, but as always, the Simpsons say it best: