David Schnelwar: Grammy surprises and snubs

Surprises among the nominees this year include:

Cee Lo Green‘s “F**K You” (Record of the Year) and (Song of the Year)

Ray Lamontagne‘s “Beg Steal or Borrow” (Song of the Year)

Esperanza Spalding (New Artist)

Michael Jackson (Pop Male Vocal) — although I did predict it!

Beyonce (Pop Female Vocal) — for a live performance of “Halo,” the song that won her this award last year.

Norah Jones (Pop Female Vocal)

Justin Bieber (Pop Vocal Album)

“Glee” cast (Pop Group)

Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, India.Aire, Jeff Beck, Konono No 1 & Oumou Singers (Pop Vocal Collaboration) for “Imagine”

Jeff Beck & Joss Stone (Rock Duo or Group)

Chris Brown (Contemporary R&B Album) (R&B Duo or Group) (Rap/Sung Collaboration)

Jewel (Country Female Vocal); her first nomination since 1997

Notable snubs include the following:

Florence + the Machine getting just one nomination (New Artist)

Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance” for Record of the Year and Song of the Year

James Taylor and Carole King in the General and Pop Fields

Sade in the General Field, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song

The Script in the General Field and Pop Group

Ke$ha for New Artist

Susan Boyle for New Artist and Pop Female Vocal

Sheryl Crow for Pop Album and Pop Female

Jack Johnson for Pop Album and Pop Male

Liza Minnelli for Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Usher & will.i.am‘s “OMG” for Pop Collboration

Jason Derulo in Pop & R&B Fields

Bon Jovi for Pop Group

Nicki Minaj for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song

Alicia Keys for R&B Album, R&B Song and R&B Duo or Group

Mary J. Blige in the R&B Field

Corinne Bailey Rae in the R&B Field

Taylor Swift for Country Female Vocal and Best Country Song (“Mine”)

Image: Grammy Awards logo (NARAS)

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