Posted in music on December 4, 2008

MIA @ MoMA (more by Ryan Muir)

Best Alternative Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Modern Guilt
[DGC Records/XL Recordings/Interscope]

Narrow Stairs
Death Cab For Cutie

The Odd Couple
Gnarls Barkley

Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket
[ATO Records]

In Rainbows
[TBD Records]

M.I.A. and Adele are up for Record of the Year which is not to be confused with Album of the Year which Radiohead is up for in addition to the "Best Alternative Music Album" category you see listed above. Radiohead's "House of Cards" is also up for "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Short Form Music Video". Radiohead also placed in "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package" and "Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical" for a total of seven nominations. Make that eight if you count Jonny Greenwood's Best Score nomination for There Will Be Blood. Juno is up for Best Compilation Soundtrack. No Age is up for "Best Recording Package". Hot Chip, Daft Punk and Sam Sparro are competing for Best Dance Recording. All nominees HERE.



Comments (36)

i sincerely hope radiohead don't show up for this. mia will be there, you can bet.
a pathetic attempt at relevancy.
coldplay will undoubtedly win out, as bitchspork so presciently noted.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 8:51 AM

You forgot to mention Lil Wayne's 8 nominations.

Posted by Racist Carl | December 4, 2008 9:03 AM

Commguru - intimate little gig in a dumpster.

Vegan commenter doesn't agree with grammy selections. shocking.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 9:05 AM

I think it is supposed to be Death not Deach?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 9:12 AM

She swallowed it!

Posted by Deez Nutz | December 4, 2008 9:26 AM

am i imagining this or didn't paper planes come out in '07?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 9:30 AM

No Age a Grammy nom? WHA???


wtf is "Best Recording Package," anyway??

Posted by Jack | December 4, 2008 9:34 AM

I would assume it is the best packaging for an album release. Pretty straight forward, ya dunce.,_Graphic_Arts

Posted by Skidmark Steve | December 4, 2008 9:41 AM

"The Grammy Award for Best Recording Package is the latest in a series of Grammy Awards presented for the visual look of an album. It is presented to the art director of the winning album.",_Graphic_Arts

It's not even based on the music, ha!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 9:43 AM

Wow 9:43, way to be late to the party. What an asshole.

Posted by Rhino Cock | December 4, 2008 9:47 AM

THAT makes sense, since they built that building facade for the No Age album art.

But why not just call the category "Best Album Artwork" or "Best Album Art Direction" or something?

"Best Recording Package" sounds like it would go to some superstar team-up (like Alicia Keys and Jack White) with some superstar producer (like Danger Mouse).

Posted by Jack | December 4, 2008 9:55 AM

Adele vs Duffy for Best new artist!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 10:00 AM

does anyone actually care about the grammys anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 10:07 AM

And the winner is...Jethro Tull!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 10:17 AM

Category 26

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

* A Change Is Gonna Come
Wayne Brady
Track from: A Long Time Coming
[Peak Records]


Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 10:18 AM

Did the Grammys ever matter to those of us who listen to interesting, challenging music?

Posted by Regular reader | December 4, 2008 10:24 AM

"And the winner is...Jethro Tull!"


Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 10:24 AM

The Grammy's are the biggest joke. They are the most ridiculous of award shows that don't even nominate quality music. I mean I am shocked Hot Chip is nomminated but do you really think they are going to beat out Madonna? No way. I hate the Grammys.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 10:44 AM

The "Alternative" category sounds pretty mainstream by today's standards.

Posted by darnell | December 4, 2008 11:13 AM

what time does daft punk play at the grammys? anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 11:23 AM

daft punk are so last year

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 11:37 AM

I'd hit it (the Grammys)

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 11:49 AM

The British are coming.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 12:43 PM

Daft Punk, MIA and Radiohead should all perform.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 1:30 PM

Boris should win record packaging of the year every year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 1:31 PM

The Grannies.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 2:22 PM

Fire Neil Portnow.

We're at an historic point in the music business. The decline of the power of the major labels. Only two albums went double platinum last year and the four remaining majors look more like Lehman Brothers than Apple. They've mismanaged while extracting untold profits and sky-high salaries, bitching all the while that it's not their fault. Believe me now when I tell you that Ticketmaster is the new major label. Because Irving controls all the acts.

So, NARAS must stop looking to the four families. Must stop acting like someone who's extracted protection from these ancient mobsters. It's time for NARAS to escape its handlers, spread its wings and truly execute its mission. Which is to spread music throughout the land. Getting people exposed to what they might enjoy if they knew it existed, helping artists create and reach an audience. NARAS shouldn't be about a TV show, but music itself.

As for that TV show... It's about awards.

The nineties are over. Michael Greene's plan was to add so many categories that it would drive up membership. We've still got the categories, but membership is declining, significantly. The only way to rescue this, to increase membership, is to increase the prestige of the awards. And that's by eliminating almost all of them.

No more categories than the Oscars. If you made an album no one bought in a genre no one cares about you're not entitled to the same statuette a gigantic star gets. Just like student movies are not awarded at the Oscars. It devalues a Grammy when anybody can win one. And believe me, anybody can. If you can't get nominated for a Grammy, you didn't make an album. There's a category for everybody! So, twits in penguin suits hold little statuettes while big stars go home empty-handed. Huh?

So, your minor masterpiece is better than the mainstream crap. Maybe I'll buy that. Which is why NARAS should take a clue from the CMAs. There should be an ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD! You reward one of the big five sellers/grossers, everybody is interested in that. Kenny Chesney wins because he's got the biggest grossing tour, year after year. Whereas Herbie Hancock gets the biggest Grammy for reinterpretations of old Joni Mitchell songs. I played that album. Once. Because I'm a huge Joni Mitchell fan. If you think that Hancock album deserved the Grammy, you never heard "Head Hunters". Certainly not Miles Davis. Never mind the phenomenal work of Joni Mitchell herself.

Speaking of rewarding the oldsters, ONLY ONE A SHOW! There's only one Irving Thalberg award. Stop parading endless has-beens across the stage. It looks like a casting call for a wax museum.

So, the Grammy Awards show should have few awards, a lot of music and the script should be written by the guys who do the tutorials for Rock Band. Get rid of those old hacks. Irreverence and honesty are in. Not lame jokes akin to sixties variety shows read off prompters by squinting stars who can barely read themselves.

Make the show a show. Not a big tent, but an arena spectacular. Think of one band headlining the Staples Center, not a cavalcade of who gives a shit stars performing for charity.

But the Awards and the show are secondary... Grammy must be a year-round thing.

That Elvis Costello TV program? The Grammys should have done that. There should be a Grammy TV show, EVERY WEEK, showcasing new talent and classic talent. Immediately viewable on YouTube the next day. With FREE downloads of the live material available right away on iTunes.

There should be a Grammy store on each and every online service. If a major label wants to be featured there, it's got to give up twenty percent of the action. Indies get featured for free.

Bottom line, it's time to bring NARAS into the twenty first century. Make Steve Jobs honorary chairman. Let Eddy Cue preside. Maybe even give Shawn Fanning a title. Show the world that you're not beholden to the old masters anymore. That you're truly about music. Stop worrying so much about spreading the brand, just worry about spreading the music. Enough with the fucking museum and all that crap. It just smells of rank commercialism.

You want to make the Grammys work? Put a strong-willed emperor in charge. Someone like Jimmy Iovine, but who is hip and tech-savvy. Cancel the perks. Like those idiotic meetings in Hawaii. If you don't see it on the screen, if it doesn't directly help expose music, it goes. Only the charitable foundation remains.

The image of NARAS sucks. In a world where Twitter is on the cutting edge and may be eclipsed at any moment, there's no Grammy tweets, telling us honestly what great new acts exist.

If people were that fucking interested in Mariah Carey, her album would have gone double platinum. Get rid of those old phony nineties Tommy Mottola hypes. You say you're about music? Only expose great songs.

There's incredible opportunity here. If only NARAS would stop genuflecting towards the calcified major labels and stop seeing itself as a serf on the CBS plantation.

Fuck Ken Ehrlich. You're better off having the show run by Cirque du Soleil. If Ken Ehrlich had a show in Vegas, no one would go.

Enough with the usual suspects.

Where's the online Grammy radio station?

God, you'd think the Internet didn't exist listening to these Grammy fucks.

Who gives a shit about your low-rated TV nominations announcing show. TOM RUSH got more hits on YouTube!

Wake up. The tools are extant.

If only someone familiar with today's musical landscape was in charge, instead of someone beholden to the old fucks.

Hell, I'm willing to let Portnow keep A job. Demote him. Make him an administrator. Make him earn his exorbitant pay. But put someone who understands all of the above in charge. PLEASE!

Posted by Bob Lefsetz | December 4, 2008 2:56 PM

Paper Planes single was release this year

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 3:40 PM

Ubiquitous rapper Lil Wayne topped the Grammy nominations list Wednesday (12/3) with eight nods, while British pop-rockers Coldplay hauled in seven.

Other multiple nominees include Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Kanye West with six; Alison Krauss, John Mayer, Robert Plant, Radiohead and Jazmine Sullivan with five; and Adele, Danger Mouse, Eagles, Lupe Fiasco, George Strait and T.I., who each received four noms.
"British invasion" is the theme for Record of the Year as four Brits--Adele, Coldplay, Leona Lewis and M.I.A.--make the list, as does English rocker Robert Plant, who is paired with Alison Krauss. Those contending for the Album of the Year prize are diverse, including Coldplay, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Plant and Krauss, and Radiohead.

For the first time, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards [ tickets ] were announced on prime-time television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!--Countdown to Music's Biggest Night." Traditionally, the nominations are presented during an early morning press conference in order to take advantage of morning television. Instead, this year, the one-hour special featured past Grammy winners and nominees reading nominations in several categories, as well as performing songs from the Grammy Hall of Fame. Performers included Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Foo Fighters, B.B. King with John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and Taylor Swift.

The television event was hosted by Swift and rapper LL Cool J, and broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live CBS-TV.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 5:43 PM

"And the winner is...Jethro Tull!"


lars is still hurting from that.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2008 6:29 PM

if you read the google news amalgamation of stories pertaining to the grammies, every single headline is lil wayne and coldplay. just goes to show, even though radiohead sells like a top level mainstream act, they won't ever be considered by the mongrels who populate the mainstream media consumption demographic. thank god.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2008 9:07 AM

Agreed with all that Bob Lefstez said, and with good reason.

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