Return of the Rock, Sort Of: Guitars Dominate Major Categories in Grammy Nominatons

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Posted on 12/06/2012 at 1:56 AM

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Who says rock is dead? Well, just about everyone, all the time, but last night at least it seemed to be doing OK, as dudes with guitars (and/or banjos) owned the nominations in most of the major categories announced during the Grammy nomination concert last night. Fun. and the Black Keys are both up for Record of the Year and Album of the Year, while the Album category also makes room for Jack White’s Blunderbuss and Mumford and Sons’ Babel. Best New Artist includes Alabama Shakes and Fun. again, the latter of whom have a chance at sweeping the four majors with a nomination for Song of the Year as well, for “We Are Young.”

Crashing the rock fest in the four major categories as well is R&B cultural sensation Frank Ocean. Frank is up for Best New Artist, while his Channel Orange is a Best Album nominee, and that album’s hit single “Thinking ‘Bout You” is up for both Record and Song of the Year, despite having technically been out since last summer. Kelly Clarkson is also up for Record and Song for her chart-topping “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” while Miguel (yay!) and Ed Sheeran (boo!) both sneak into the Song category, for “Adorn” and “The A Team,” respectively. And you know the Grammy committee couldn’t ignore Our Girl Carly Rae Jepsen entirely, also stuffing her into the Song of the Year category for “Call Me Maybe.”

Conspicuous among all the songs nominated in the major categories is a total lack of both EDM and hip-hop. The EDM snub is less surprising, since the genre has still just recently come to a more national prominence, and the scene hasn’t produced a ton of artists who have received significant critical acclaim. But the absence of hip-hop is jarring, as the most hip-hop moment of the night during the Nominations concert was Taylor Swift beatboxing under LL Cool J’s rendition of her song “Mean.” No Drake, Kanye or Nicki Minaj at all in non-rap-specific categories? Doesn’t quite seem right, and feels like another step in hip-hop’s sudden increasing marginalization among mainstream American culture.

Check out the complete list of nominees in the major (pop relevant, anyway) categories below. Frank Ocean and Fun.—the committee could’ve done a whole lot worse.

Album Of The Year:

“El Camino” — The Black Keys
“Some Nights” — FUN.
“Babel” — Mumford & Sons
“Channel Orange” — Frank Ocean
“Blunderbuss” — Jack White

Record Of The Year:

“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” — FUN. Featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:

Alabama Shakes
FUN.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Song Of The Year:

“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi,
songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (FUN. Featuring
Janelle Monáe)

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Set Fire To The Rain (Live)” — Adele
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen
“Wide Awake” — Katy Perry
“Where Have You Been” — Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Shake It Out” — Florence & The Machine
“We Are Young” — FUN. Featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra
“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO
“Payphone” — Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

Best Rock Performance:

“Hold On” — Alabama Shakes
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Charlie Brown” — Coldplay
“I Will Wait” — Mumford & Sons
“We Take Care Of Our Own” — Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:

“I’m Alive” — Anthrax
“Love Bites (So Do I)” — Halestorm
“Blood Brothers” — Iron Maiden
“Ghost Walking” — Lamb Of God
“No Reflection” — Marilyn Manson
“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)” — Megadeth

Best Rock Album:

“El Camino” — The Black Keys
“Mylo Xyloto” — Coldplay
“The 2nd Law” — Muse
“Wrecking Ball” — Bruce Springsteen
“Blunderbuss” — Jack White

Best Rock Song:

“Freedom at 21″ — Jack White
“I Will Wait” — Mumford & Sons
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Madness” — Muse
“We Take Care of Our Own” — Bruce Springsteen

Best Alternative Music Album

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes
Will Ever Do — Fiona Apple
Biophilia — Björk
Making Mirrors — Gotye
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming — M83
Bad As Me — Tom Waits

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

“Wonderland” — Steve Aoki
“Don’t Think” — The Chemical Brothers
“> Album Title Goes Here <” — Deadmau5
“Fire & Ice” — Kaskade
“Bangarang” — Skrillex

Best R&B Performance:

“Thank You” — Estelle
“Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)” — Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi
“I Want You” — Luke James
“Adorn” — Miguel
“Climax” — Usher

Best Urban Contemporary Album

“Fortune” — Chris Brown
“Kaleidoscope Dream” — Miguel
“Channel Orange” — Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album:

“Black Radio” — Robert Glasper Experiment
“Back To Love” — Anthony Hamilton
“Write Me Back” — R. Kelly
“Beautiful Surprise” — Tamia
“Open Invitation” — Tyrese

Best R&B Song:

“Adorn” — Miguel
“Beautiful Surprise” — Tamia
“Heart Attack” — Trey Songz
“Pray for Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Refill” — Elle Varner

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Wild Ones” — Flo Rida Featuring Sia
“No Church In The Wild” — Jay–Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The–Dream
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” — John Legend Featuring Ludacris
“Cherry Wine” — Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
“Talk That Talk” — Rihanna Feautring Jay–Z

Best Rap Performance:

“HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)” — Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
“N****s In Paris” — Jay–Z & Kanye West
“Daughters” — Nas
“Mercy” — Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“I Do” — Young Jeezy Featuring Jay–Z & André 3000

Best Rap Album:

“Take Care” — Drake
“Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1″ — Lupe Fiasco
“Life Is Good” — Nas
“Undun” — The Roots
“God Forgives, I Don’t” — Rick Ross
“Based On A T.R.U. Story” — 2 Chainz

Best Rap Song:

“Daughers” — Nas
“Lotus Flower Bomb” — Wale featuring Miguel
“Mercy” — Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“The Motto” — Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
“N****s in Paris” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Young, Wild & Free” — Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars

Best Latin Pop Album:

“Independiente” — Ricard Arjona
“Ilusion” — Fonseca
“Kany Garcia” — Kany Garcia
“Con Quien Se Queda El Perro?” — Jesse Y Joy
MTV Unplugged — Juanes

Best Country Solo Performance:

“Home” — Dierks Bentley
“Springsteen” — Eric Church
“Cost Of Livin’” — Ronnie Dunn
“Wanted” — Hunter Hayes
“Over” — Blake Shelton
“Blown Away” — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo Performance:

“Even if It Breaks Your Heart” — Eli Young Band
“Pontoon” — Little Big Town
“Safe & Sound” — Taylor Swift & the Civil Wars
“On the Outskirts of Town” — The Time Jumpers
“I Just Come Here for the Music” — Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss

Best Country Album:

“Uncaged” — Zac Brown Band
“Hunter Hayes” — Hunter Hayes
“Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran” — Jamey Johnson
“Four The Record” — Miranda Lambert
“The Time Jumpers” — The Time Jumpers

Best Americana Album:

“The Carpenter” — The Avett Brothers
“From The Ground Up” — John Fullbright
“The Lumineers” — The Lumineers
“Babel” — Mumford & Sons
“Slipstream” — Bonnie Raitt

Best Blues Album:

“33 1/3″ — Shemekia Copeland
“Locked Down” — Dr. John
“Let It Burn” — Ruthie Foster
“And Still I Rise” — Heritage Blues Orchestra
“Bring It On Home” — Joan Osborne

Best Spoken Word Album:

“American Grown” (Michelle Obama) — Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers (Various Artists)
“Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy” — Bill Clinton
“Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power” — Rachel Maddow
“Seriously…I’m Kidding” — Ellen DeGeneres
“Society’s Child: My Autobiography” — Janis Ian

Best Musical Theater Album:

Follies
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Newsies
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Once: A New Musical

Best Comedy Album

Blow Your Pants Off — Jimmy Fallon
Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) — Margaret Cho
In God We Rust — Lewis Black
Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class — Kathy Griffin
Mr. Universe — Jim Gaffigan
Rize Of The Fenix — Tenacious D

[Billboard]

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