Grammy nominations: The good, the bad and the ugly and weird

Some brief initial reactions:

– The first thought that came to mind was the complete sausage party
in Album of the Year. The only female artist nominated is Janelle
Monae, who snuck in as a featured artist on Fun.‘s “Some Nights.” That
seems kinda glaring, considering there were some high-profile,
acclaimed albums by Florence + the Machine, Bonnie Raitt, Pink, and
Fiona Apple.

– Surprising that a bubblegum song like “Call Me Maybe” would get in
for Song of the Year, but not Record. I would have thought it would be
the other way around.

– Does anyone know the standard for determining an “Americana” album?
It’s ironic that Mumford & Sons, a British group, are nominated there.

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– Surprising category designations: Florence + the Machine in pop
instead of rock or alternative, Gotye in alternative instead of pop.

Kelly Clarkson got her first nomination in the general field, though
oddly it’s for one of her less memorable songs.

– Best New Artist usually loves solo female artists, but there are
none nominated this year.

– Pop dominated Album of the Year last year, but this year was almost
completely skunked.

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