Posted in music on December 4, 2009

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Lady Gaga was nominated five times. Considering her rocket to fame over the last year, many were expecting more for her. But at least the contests are going to be really interesting: Beyoncé, [Taylor] Swift and Lady Gaga are going head to head in three of the most important categories: album, record and song of the year. Will one of them sweep, or will the lady vote be split?

One of the usual complaints about the Grammys is that it over-rewards older, established, familiar acts at the expense of newer, fresher ones. MGMT, the Brooklyn synth-rock duo, was nominated for best new artist, a big coup although not unexpected. But some of the shoulda-been names that have been circulated and Tweeted: Grizzly Bear, another acclaimed Brooklyn group; Regina Spektor, a young New York songwriter who started in the underground and has found some mainstream popularity; Diane Birch, a young soul-style singer, just the revivalist type the Grammys usually adore; and the Decemberists, an alt-folk-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an ambitious concept album this year. [NY Times]

Neko Case, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups, David Byrne, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are some of the other familiar names in the list of Grammy nominees this year. As Ben Sisario in the NY Times alludes, the nominations are a complete joke and predictable... but fun to look at anyway. Nobody expects Animal Collective to get picked, despite their soon-to-be status of being one of the highly rated artists of the year (and decade maybe).

One surprise (for me anyway) came this year in the video category. Montreal's Beast were nominated for "Mr. Hurricane". That video with a list of some of the other nominees, below...

Some other 2009 nominees (full list here)
Kings of Leon
MGMT
Silversun Pickups ("new artist")
The Ting Tings
Adele
Imogen Heap
U2
David Byrne & Brian Eno
Death Cab For Cutie
Depeche Mode
Phoenix
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Kid Cudi
Wilco
Neko Case
Steve Earle
Elvis Costello
Amadou & Mariam
Béla Fleck
Femi Kuti
Oumou Sangare
Spinal Tap
Patton Oswalt
Jane's Addiction (art)
Phish (art)
Röyksopp (remix)
Beast (video)

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Comments (11)

Lady PooPoo got 4 nominations? These Grammy people must be smoking some good weed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 3:17 AM

She got five. And she deserves that, or more. That woman knows how to entertain. Taylor Swift on the other hand, doesn't deserve eight nods.

I can't decide whether to root for Phoenix or Yeah Yeah Yeahs for Alternative Album of the Year. Same for Silversun Pickups vs. MGMT for Best New Artist...

Cudi all the way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 12:48 PM

She can't entertain. She just has a good stylist.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 4:39 PM

wow lady barf-bag got 5 nominations? I have totally lost all respect that I had for the Grammys. The grammy's are f'd up.

How do they have Metallica in the hard rock category instead of up for best metal performance? Because they know Metallica would have smoked all the contenders for best metal performance.

How the HELL is brad pansiey and the brian seltzer orchestra up for best rock instrumental performance? That is some total BS.

I am certainly not watching lady barf-bag and fan club at the grammys this year, not that I ever watch the grammys anyway.

I used to think the grammys meant something, now I think they are a load of bs.

Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2009 1:12 AM

How does Silversun Pickups get nominated for "Best New Artist" when they've been around for years?

I don't get it.

Posted by Bryce Menard | December 6, 2009 5:13 PM

Silversun pickups isnt a new artist.

Posted by make money online | January 11, 2010 8:24 PM

simply, i don't like her

Posted by folder printing | March 2, 2010 7:50 PM

i love star stuck and bad romance of lady gaga and i also like beyonce and i would like to give them both a very best of luck for the next nominee.

Posted by philadelphia cricket phones | March 29, 2010 4:48 PM

Lady gaga is all image, very little substance to be honest

Posted by glass tiles | January 23, 2011 6:02 PM

In fact she is useless!

Posted by glass tiles | January 23, 2011 6:03 PM

No doubt she has a style but still don't like her.

Posted by Maria Hayes | April 12, 2011 11:55 AM

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