The ladies better get their gloves out on January 31!
It will be the battle of the female titans competing in all the major GRAMMY categories. Beyonce is leading the pack with a stunning 10 nominations, followed by Taylor Swift who received 8 nominations and Lady Gaga who received 5 GRAMMY nods, including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year.
I covered last night's ceremony from the GRAMMY Media Center next door to Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. While watching the show, nominees, presenters and other talent visited the Media Center to answer questions from the press. I was able to work in a question for David Guetta and RedOne, the big melody maker behind several of Lady Gaga's hits.
Some highlights and other noteworthy GRAMMY nods:
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Taylor Swift, Adele, Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Pink are competing. Kelly Clarkson is missing from this list. I had expected she'd be up in this category. Also missing from the list is Whitney Houston. In fact, she was shut out in all categories, even though J Records decided to move her album's release date to meet the GRAMMY deadline.
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Soulful crooners Stevie Wonder, Seal, Maxwell, and John Legend are competing with Jason Mraz, who was nominated in the same category last year. I was hoping that perhaps Mika would get a nod as his album met the GRAMMY deadline.
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: This is a nice eclectic list of young new guns and players that have been around for a while. Nominees include the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Daryl Hall & John Oates, the Fray, and (surprise!) MGMT.
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Colbie Caillat had a big year of duets. She was nominated twice for her work with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift. Also nominated were Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson & Norah Jones and Ciara & Justin Timberlake.
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: ArjanWrites fave Imogen Heap was nominated for "The Fire." Also nominated are Herb Alpert, Bela Fleck, Maxwell, and Marcus Miller.
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: It will be a battle between Chris Botti, Hiroshima, Booker T. Jones, The Rippingtons, and Spyro Gyra.
Other nominations I was excited about were: Pet Shop Boys (Best Electronic/Dance Album), Madonna (Best Dance Recording), Greg Kurstin (Producer Of The Year), and Anders Trentemoller (Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical). Phoenix, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs and Depeche Mode are up in the Best Alternative Music Album category.