Snap Judgment: The Grammy nominations

P85654__mariah_lrops to Mariah Carey, for her well-deserved Grammy coup this morning, earning eight nominations to lead the list, alongside fellow eight-time nominees John Legend and the ever-modest Kanye West. (You can read a list of nominees in the major categories here.) will be posting an in-depth analysis of the nominations later this morning, but here are my two cents.
For the most part, I’d say this is a not too surprising list, though as usual, there are a few inexplicable quirks. Paul McCartney for Album of the Year? Gorillaz up for Record of the Year? A country act (Rascal Flatts) up for Song of the Year? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Big-sellers Coldplay shut out of the major categories? (They got three in the Rock field, though.) And where’s the love for Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine? Finally, if Kanye’s ”Gold Digger” wins an award, do we have to hear collaborator Jamie Foxx do his Ray Charles impression again?


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  • Liz

    Mariah Carey? Oh Please! I’m waiting for another nervous breakdown, so she can go into hiding again. Where she belongs!!! Go U2.

  • Thad

    It’s always a disgrace. Beck’s Quero should have been in the major categories besides Paul. Love Keane but didn’t their cd come out in May 2004? My pick for best new artist, Leela James, where is her nom? Look at the male pop vocal category noms, you will laugh out loud. IS Hollaback Girl a vocal? Way to go Mariah. Hope Kanye doesn’t show.

  • Chris

    Fiona Apple is one of the best albums of the year and why is she in the pop category? Gwen Stefani’s album was way blah! Kelly Clarkson was way better. Why is the Grammy always choosing their nominees from what they hear constantly on the radio. At least U2 got some love.

  • Connie

    Did anyone else notice The White Stripes have been nominated for best Alternative Album AND best POP performance by a duo or group? I agree that GUERO should have received more nominations as Franz Ferdinand and the Killers.
    Can someone explain to me why there are not individual awards for alternative music? No best song, no best vocal. What gives?

  • Matthew Peck

    Inexplicable quirk????? A country song can be nominated for Song of the Year When will you realize that it is great music just as much as what ever your listen to is great music. Great music should get recognized, no matter what genre. Unless i’m wrong song of the year covers all genres, not just Pop/Rock/R&B/Rap. You said “Not that there is anything wrong with that” Clearly you think otherwise or you would not be shocked.

  • djm

    My girl Fantasia got 4 noms!!!!

  • Thad

    Why did most of the R&B vocal noms come from the Luther Vandross tribute cd but the cd itself did not get a nomination?

  • Eric

    So what’s up with Kelly Clarkson getting shut out of the major catagories? Record and Album of the year noms were deserved for Since U Been Gone and Breakaway, they were amazing.. at least she got her pop noms.. but it’s pretty crazy she didn’t get more…

  • Sarah

    I thought it was a mistake that “This Love” by Maroon 5 was nominated for Pop Performance by a Duo or Group…didn’t that album come out three years ago? Why is it still getting nominated?!

  • GOB

    Bruce Springstein? Fantasia? Paul McCartney? WHAT??? Who is listening to this? Why not add William Hung while they’re at it?
    The Grammys try really hard to be relevant, but succeed less and less each year. What used to be a real yardstick of talent has turned into a “something for everyone” awards show. Ick.

  • Jason

    I’d have to echo the comments of other “popwatchers” where is the love for Kelly Clarkson? “Breakaway” was a far better album than Gwen’s, and “Since U Been Gone” would outshine the increasingly annoying “Hollaback Girl” any day.
    I really think that Kelly didn’t get the love she deserves simply because she is “the new kid on the block.” She wasn’t taken seriously until this year, and if she can follow up “Breakaway” with an even better album- then you’d better watch out because she will be the Grammy queen.

  • Jamie

    Maroon 5 are nominated for “This Love” (oh God, I can’t believe I am justifying this) because it is taken from their live album that was released this year. Adam has chops – but do we really need another showing of Maroon 5? This seems very 2004.

  • Joe C

    Mariah made the best CD of the year, so I’m glad she got some love. Go Mimi; hope she takes them all!

  • JrsyGrl

    Gary, I’d like to know why you think it’s laughable or unbelievable that a country song is nominated for Song of the Year?

  • Josh

    I agree. Why did Extraordinary Machine get so underrated this year? Fiona Apple’s album is way better than Love, Angel, Music, Baby or Breakaway. And why is she in the Pop Vocal Category? Oh well. But I say it’s between Extraordinary Machine and Breakaway. I think the stupidest nomination this year is Paul McCartney’s album for Album of the Year. Who heard that album? They should’ve replaced Paul McCartney with Fiona Apple. Come on, show some love for Fiona!

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