Darrin Dortch: Good, bad and ugly of Grammy nominations

Reviewing the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, one of our top music awards experts had the following thoughts: 

The various nominations for the Black Keys are very well deserved. “El Camino” is one of the strongest albums of the eligibility period. Plus, the album dropped in late 2011 so it’s always nice when voters remember “old albums.”

There’s a lot of diversity in the general field. You have pop (Taylor Swift, Fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Kelly Clarkson), rock (Black Keys, Jack White), folk (Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran) and R&B (Frank Ocean, Miguel).

The Best New Artist category is full of very talented artists. There isn’t a single dud in that lineup. 

Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and One Direction were rightfully snubbed. Their material just wasn’t awards worthy

Some categories (e.g. Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Urban Contemporary R&B Album) only have three nominees. Why don’t they just scrap the categories if the contenders are that minimal?

fun. got way too many nominations. “We Are Young” is a cool song, but Album of the Year and Pop Album nods are unnecessary. The album itself just isn’t very good.

Not a single female act was nominated for Album of the Year. Florence + the Machine‘s “Ceremonials” was one of the eligibility’s best records. The band would’ve made an excellent nominee.

Random, undeserved nominations for subpar material. Grammy voters just can’t get out of certain habits.

Did voters really need to nominate Katy Perry and Rihanna in Pop Performance for some of their worst singles?

LMFAO was also nodded in the pop field for “Sexy and I Know It.”

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