As expected, 2011’s top-selling artist, Adele, was among the top nominees as Grammy nominations were announced on CBS. She earned Record and Song of the Year nominations for “Rolling in the Deep” as well as an Album of the Year nod for “21.” She earned two other nominations in the pop field and a short-form music video nod for “Rolling,” for a grand total of six.
But she wasn’t the most nominated artist at the Grammys. Once again, Kanye West claimed that title, earning seven in total. It helped that West had two albums in the running this year: his critically acclaimed “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” as well as “Watch the Throne,” his collaboration with Jay-Z. But despite his impressive haul, including a Song of the Year nomination for “All of the Lights,” neither album made the cut for Album of the Year. Most of his bids came in the rap categories, where both discs are up for Best Rap Album.
Lady Gaga was nominated for Album of the Year for “Born This Way,” though she only received three nominations overall. This didn’t surprise awards-watchers, who wrote off her chances in the Record and Song categories once she failed to submit the ubiquitous title track for consideration. She was also eligible for her duet with Tony Bennett, “The Lady Is a Tramp,” but support for Bennett was soft as well. He received a scant two nominations: Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Duets II” and Pop Duo/Group for “Body & Soul,” his duet with late singer Amy Winehouse. He was widely believed to be a spoiler in the Album of the Year race.
Taylor Swift also had a poorer showing than expected. She was completely snubbed in the general field, though she picked up three nods in the country races, including Best Country Album for “Speak Now.” She won Album of the Year just two years ago for her previous album, “Fearless.” Beyonce, a sixteen-time winner, received only two nominations this year, likely a result of Grammy’s consolidation of many cateogires this year as well as the mixed reception for her latest album, “4.”
The most nominated new artist was also the year’s biggest surprise: electronic artist/producer Skrillex received five nominations, including a nomination for Best New Artist so surprising he didn’t even appear on Gold Derby’s list of possible contenders. But Grammy has a history of surprises in the New Artist lineup; just last year the category was awarded to relatively obscure jazz singer Esperanza Spalding, defeating pop superstar Justin Bieber.
Bon Iver suddenly emerges as the presumptive frontrunner in that race. He and fellow nominee Nicki Minaj both received four nominations, but Bon Iver is the only New Artist nominee with additional nominations in the general field: Record and Song of the Year for “Holocene.” Those nominations took Gold Derby by surprise; our Inside Track polling rated him a 100/1 longshot in both races.
Other surprises included six nominations for Foo Fighters, including Album of the Year for “Wasting Light,” their second nomination in that category; an Album of the Year nomination for Rihanna‘s “Loud” (the nomination for “Loud” is the fourth nod for Minaj, who is cited as a featured artist on the album); and a Record of the Year nomination for Mumford and Sons‘s “The Cave.”
Foster the People, who had been considered strong favorites in the general field categories, had to settle for two nominations: Pop Duo/Group for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Alternative Album for “Torches.”
Click HERE for the complete list of nominees. Winners will be announced live on February 12 on CBS.
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