The Best New Artist category is filled with critically acclaimed artists, 4 of whom have been featured as Song of the Day at least once here (thanks to a recent inclusion of Kacey Musgraves; granted Ed Sheeran only got an SotD slot for his random single Grammy nomination last year for Song of the Year) and the Album of the Year nominees are predictable in a general sense (Sarah Bareilles picks up the "palatable mainstream album one would never expect to get nominated primarily because one forgets it exists" slot [Metacritic score of 68 while Musgraves earned a score of 88, so that makes sense, right?]; Taylor Swift picks up the "recent winner ergo is re-nominated because that's how the Grammys work" slot; Kendrick Lamar is possibly the beneficiary of the Grammy shortlist [think of it like the bumpers they use when little kids go bowling, to guide the ball in] or possibly one of the best reviewed albums of the eligibility period [Metacritic score of 91]). Random Access Memory and The Heist seem reasonable (and I'm sure that makes me a total cliche for some reason).
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Alicia Keys faces off again John (the male Alicia Keys) Legend for R&B Album of the Year. Have they gone head to head for a Grammy before? 20 years ago I would have known the answer right away (since neither of them had a recording career 20 years ago the answer would have been easy: no). Also I remembered lots of things then. My early onset Alzheimer's (and I may not even be kidding) is hysterical. (Update: Legend beat Keys in 2006 although it was her Unplugged album so I don't think it's a real challenge... also, fuck, I hate the whole Unplugged thing [Tony Bennett Unplugged is just... Tony Bennett, fuck]. Anyone remember how Unplugged actually began?)
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I was giddy to see a duet by Kenny and Dolly nominated but then I listened to the song and I was sad.
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell face off against Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale (and 2 non-ampersand nominees) in the Americana category. Stephen Colbert, David Sedaris and Carol Burnett vie for Best Spoken Word Album (but no Jenny Lawson, ergo FAIL! [she may have been eligible last year, not this year, whatever]).
The Comedy field includes Kathy Griffin and Craig Ferguson, and someone I've never heard of, Tig Notaro. So I checked him out (turns out he is a female) and I laughed an amused NPR-type laugh (the kind of chuckle that comes with a tote bag [if you contribute at least $40]).
While she will undoubtedly lose to Adele, Diane Warren could pick up her second Grammy for a song I don't remember from a movie I ultimately hated. She could if Adele like kills a bunch of kittens on live TV or something similar. Since that's unlikely I'm guessing she won't win.
I have taken my issues with the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category up with The Grammys peeps via Twitter. Perhaps one of their pets will read it and get something done.
Who's missing this year? The Pet Shop Boys and Alison Moyet; neither was a heavy favorite or anything and PSB would have lost to Daft Punk had they picked up a nod for Electric (Metacritic score of 84, Random Access Memory has a score of 87). Moyet picked up a few surprise nominees in the past so just knowing she has a well-regarded album eligible put her in my mind but her absence is no big surprise.
I'm sure there are other huge snubs of people I don't care about. And with that ennui takes over.