Melinda Newman wonders who will be Grammy-nominated for Record of the Year: "Over the years, the nominations have often reflected what were the biggest pop hits of the year with seemingly no separation between commercial and artistic values. However, there’s often an oddball, tastemakers' choice thrown in that no one can predict, such as Bon Iver’s 'Holocene' this past year. The voters can also feel motivated by much more than the music. For example, in 1986, 'We Are The World' won record of the year as a way for the industry to pat itself on the back for doing something good. In 2007, the Dixie Chicks’ 'Not Ready To Make Nice' snagged the golden gramophone because the voters wanted to show their support for the trio after country radio had tossed them aside for lead singer Natalie Maines’ negative comment about then-President Bush." HITFIX
Steve Pond remembers great (and not-so-great) moments in Oscar campaigning: "From Joan Crawford accepting in a nightgown to John Wayne's call to patriotism and the truth about how Sally Kirkland became an Oscars fixture." THE WRAP
Adele's "21" becomes the 21st album to reach 10 million in record sales since the Nielsen SoundScan era began: "Adele's sophomore studio album debuted in 2011 and featured such hits as 'Rolling in the Deep,' 'Someone Like You' and 'Set Fire to the Rain.' It's the third album to reach the 10 million mark in 2012. Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' and Usher's 'Confessions' both crossed the 10 million mark earlier this year." ASSOCIATED PRESS
Could "The Impossible" be this year's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and does it deserve to? "If there's a film this season that's poised to nab Oscar's 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' vote, joining a generously wide Best Picture field for its cloying take on a recent tragedy, it's definitely J.A. Bayona's 'The Impossible,' a markedly odd prestige picture with enough capital-A acting and capital-I issues to distract from its dire mix of sentiment and insensitivity. Charting one family's struggle to survive amid the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, this epic, fact-based tearjerker is already raking in critical acclaim, despite its pedestrian retooling of the disaster-movie formula." SLANT MAGAZINE
Could Nashville be the next home of the Grammy Awards? "To lure the Grammys, Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau made the Recording Academy an offer it couldn't refuse: 'We guaranteed that it would not cost them any more to have the show here,' says Andrea Arnold, senior vp government and community relations at the CVB. Meaning, the city would pony up for additional expenses incurred by taking the show out of Los Angeles. 'To his credit, Karl Dean recognizes how important music is in any community,' says Academy president Neil Portnow, adding that Nashville's 'agenda' involves advocating for 'all kinds of genres -- rock, gospel, pop, you name it, and also a lot of country.'" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
The Who and Hunter Hayes join the Grammy nominations lineup: "Joining the fray this year are the impossibly good looking Hunter Hayes and rock veterans The Who, who will receive the lifetime achievement award. The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley pool their talents in a tribute to the late Johnny Cash. Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, Luke Bryan and Fun. were previously announced to perform. After the show, Maroon 5 will play a one-hour concert, not to be aired. Longtime host LL Cool J and six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will share hosting duties in Nashville, where the show lands for the first time." USA TODAY
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