Bon Iver‘s self-titled second album has definitely gotten the Grammys’ attention — “Holocene” is up for both Record and Song of the Year. The folk band fronted by Justin Vernon (above) is also in contention for Best New Artist. Their disc, which debuted in the second spot on the Billboard album chart, is a frontrunner for Best Alternative Album.
However, alternative vets Radiohead offer stiff competition with “The King of Limbs.” They have won this race three times — “OK Computer” (1997), “Kid A” (2000), and “In Rainbows” (2008) — and were nominated another three times — “Airbag/How Am I Driving?” (1998), “Amnesiac” (2001) and “Hail to the Thief” (2003). The single “Lotus Flower” reaped two nods in the rock field as well as for Best Music Video.
Death Cab for Cutie reaped their fourth bid in six years for “Codes and Keys.” They contended unsuccessfully with “Plans” (2005); “Narrow Stairs” (2008); and “The Open Door EP” (2009). They may not prevail again as their single “You Are a Tourist” was overlooked in the rock races.
It was expected that Foster the People would be nominated in the General Field for Best New Artist and their hit single “Pumped Up Kicks.” However, they were snubbed in the newcomer race and the song only earned a single nod for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. They contend in this category for the album “Torches.”
Rock band My Morning Jacket, who were nominated in 2008 for “Evil Urges,” returns to the race with “Circuital” which got good reviews and debuted at #5. Nevertheless, this has only an outside chance to win.