Kanye West Tops 54th GRAMMY Nominations
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Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fourth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
Kanye West tops the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards. Drake; producers/songwriters Paul Epworth, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine; Nicki Minaj; Mumford & Sons; Radiohead; Rihanna; and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) each receive four nominations.
"Once again, it is most gratifying to see the GRAMMY Awards process produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's nominations truly reflect an exceptional and talented creative community that embodies some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields. Coupled with the fourth year of our primetime nominations special, the road to Music's Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, is off to an exciting and appropriate start."
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
Record Of The Year:
"Rolling In The Deep" — Adele
"Holocene" — Bon Iver
"Grenade" — Bruno Mars
"The Cave" — Mumford & Sons
"Firework" — Katy Perry
Album Of The Year:
21 — Adele
Wasting Light — Foo Fighters
Born This Way — Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars
Loud — Rihanna
Song Of The Year:
"All Of The Lights" — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
"The Cave" — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Grenade" — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Holocene" — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
"Rolling In The Deep" — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Best New Artist:
The Band Perry
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are "Someone Like You" by Adele; "Yoü And I" by Lady Gaga; "Grenade" by Bruno Mars; "Firework" by Katy Perry; and "F***in' Perfect" by Pink.
The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are "Body And Soul" by Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse; "Dearest" by the Black Keys; "Paradise" by Coldplay; "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People; and "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera.
For Best Dance Recording the nominees are "Raise Your Weapon" by Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech; "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce; "Sunshine" by David Guetta & Avicii; "Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn; "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" by Skrillex; and "Save The World" by Swedish House Mafia.
For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are Bon Iver by Bon Iver; Codes And Keys by Death Cab For Cutie; Torches by Foster The People; Circuital by My Morning Jacket; and The King Of Limbs by Radiohead.
The nominees for Best R&B Album are F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown; Second Chance by El DeBarge; Love Letter by R. Kelly; Pieces Of Me by Ledisi; and Kelly by Kelly Price.
For Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, the nominees are "Party" by Beyoncé & André 3000; "I'm On One" by DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne; "I Need A Doctor" by Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey; "What's My Name?" by Rihanna & Drake; "Motivation" by Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne; and "All Of The Lights" by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie.
For Best Country Solo Performance, the nominees are "Dirt Road Anthem" by Jason Aldean; "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" by Martina McBride; "Honey Bee" by Blake Shelton; "Mean" by Taylor Swift; and "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood.
The nominees for Best Americana Album are Emotional Jukebox by Linda Chorney; Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down by Ry Cooder; Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris; Ramble At The Ryman by Levon Helm; and Blessed by Lucinda Williams.
The nominees for Best Folk Album are Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars; I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive by Steve Earle; Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes; Ukulele Songs by Eddie Vedder; and The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch.
The Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominees are Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, the Smeezingtons (Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars), Ryan Tedder, and Butch Vig.
This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,500 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 14 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Jan. 11, 2012, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 54th GRAMMY telecast.
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Feb. 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures and John Cossette Productions for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
Inside 57th GRAMMY-Nominated Collaborations
Whether they came together to profess their love or combined forces to stir up some trouble, several 57th GRAMMY-nominated artists proved that two — and sometimes three — are better than one. The collaborations garnering current GRAMMY nominations include GRAMMY veterans, first-time GRAMMY nominees and cross-genre pairings, all of which yielded some of 2014's brightest music moments.
Ahead of Music's Biggest Night, which promises to feature even more fabulous pairings live on the GRAMMY stage, we explore 10 collaborative tracks that garnered 57th GRAMMY nominations.
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Named Billboard's Song of the Summer for 2014, "Fancy" features a pair of first-time GRAMMY nominees in Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and British dance/pop artist Charli XCX. The certified quadruple-platinum smash was the first No. 1 single for either performer and is nominated for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Azalea is also nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for The New Classic. The video for "Fancy" pays homage to the popular 1995 teen comedy Clueless — can you name the characters Azalea and Charli XCX portray?
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang"
In a GRAMMY.com interview in 2014, first-time GRAMMY nominee Jessie J described "Bang Bang" as "fun, independent [and] strong." Coincidentally, those same words can be used to describe the London native and the two other women behind this Best Pop/Duo Group Performance-nominated hit — first-time GRAMMY nominee Ariana Grande, who received a Best Pop Vocal Album nod for her debut album, My Everything, and rapper Nicki Minaj, who garnered her first Best Rap Song nomination for "Anaconda." "Bang Bang" literally dented the charts with a bang, climbing to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, "Dark Horse"
"Dark Horse" earned Katy Perry her ninth No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit. The song is featured on Perry's Prism, which is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. The collaboration earned Oscar winner and Three 6 Mafia alumnus Juicy J (born Jordan Michael Houston) his first career GRAMMY nomination. With her two 57th GRAMMY nominations, Perry now has 13 in her career. Will she garner her first career win?
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, "Anything Goes"
Plucked from the Great American Songbook, "Anything Goes" is the first single from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's collaborative pop classics album, Cheek To Cheek, which earned the pair a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. When Bennett first recorded this Cole Porter-penned standard with Count Basie in 1959, Lady Gaga had yet to be "born this way." In fact, the Fame Monster wouldn't be introduced to the track until she was 13 years old. Cheek To Cheek earned Gaga her 16th GRAMMY nomination. This is the 33rd nomination for Bennett, who leads the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category with 11 GRAMMY wins.
Disclosure Featuring Mary J. Blige, "F For You"
Disclosure, comprising brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, teamed with Mary J. Blige for a remix of "F For You," which received a nomination for Best Dance Recording. The original "F For You" track is featured on Disclosure's debut studio album, 2013's Settle, which garnered the duo their first career GRAMMY nomination last year for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Blige is looking to win her 10th career GRAMMY, and her first in the Dance/Electronica Field. She has previously won nine GRAMMYs in four distinct genres: R&B, rap, pop, and gospel.
Röyksopp & Robyn, "Do It Again"
Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp and Swedish dance/electronic artist Robyn have done it again — this time earning a GRAMMY nomination for one of their hit collaborations. Nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, Do It Again peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and features five songs, including the title track and "Monument." This marks the first nomination for Röyksopp and the fifth for Robyn, who was nominated previously in this category for 2011 for Body Talk, Pt. 3. The trio previously collaborated on 2009's "The Girl And The Robot."
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
Beyoncé earned two of her six total GRAMMY nominations this year for this duet with hubby Jay Z, which marks the couple's fourth collaboration to earn a nomination. The song, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, is nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance, and is featured on Beyoncé's 2013 self-titled album, which is also nominated for Album Of The Year. With 53 total nominations, Beyoncé stands as the most nominated female artist in GRAMMY history. Jay Z has four total nominations this year, including Best Music Film for Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, bringing his total to 64. With 17 GRAMMY wins to date each, Beyoncé and Jay Z are vying to overcome Kanye West for the most GRAMMY wins in the 21st century.
I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake, "Tuesday"
In 2014 first-time GRAMMY nominee I Love Makonnen (born Makonnen Sheran) released his self-titled EP featuring the track "Club Goin' Up On A Tuesday." The single caught the attention of GRAMMY-winning rapper Drake, who requested to remix the song and the rest … is viral history. In addition to receiving a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Sung/Collaboration, "Tuesday" has garnered approximately 46 million views on YouTube to date and netted I Love Makonnen a deal with Drake's label, OVO Sound. The Top 15 hit isn't Drake's first GRAMMY-nominated collaboration. He earned two 2011 nods for Best Rap Sung/Collaboration for "I'm On One" (with DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne) and "What's My Name?" (with Rihanna).
Miranda Lambert With Carrie Underwood, "Somethin' Bad"
With its nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, "Somethin' Bad" has resulted in somethin' good for GRAMMY winners Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. In the video for the song, which peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lambert and Underwood portray Belle Boyd and Priscilla Parker, a pair of motorcycle-riding jewel thieves. Lambert has four total 57th GRAMMY nominations, including Best Country Album for Platinum. Underwood also received a nod for Best Country Solo Performance for "Something In The Water."
Gregg Allman & Taj Mahal, "Statesboro Blues"
Nominated for Best American Roots Performance, "Statesboro Blues" is featured on All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman. The live album was recorded on Jan. 10, 2014, during a concert in Atlanta that featured several artists — including fellow current nominees Keb' Mo' and Eric Church — paying tribute to the Allman Brothers Band co-founder. This marks the ninth career GRAMMY nomination for Allman and the 13th for blues musician Taj Mahal, who is slated to perform at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Bob Dylan during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 6.
To see what other collaborations garnered nominations, view the full list of 57th GRAMMY nominees. Music's Biggest Night will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Exploring The GRAMMYs' Dance/Electronica Field Nominees
You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Dance/Electronica Field for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Sometimes it can be hard to stay in your seat when the music gets kicking, and for the artists represented in the Dance/Electronica Field, movement is precisely the intended and encouraged response to the music they create. The technologically cutting-edge sounds that have kept clubs thumping and people moving this past year are represented here in the two categories comprising the field. And in a testament to the genre’s growing global impact, current nominees Deadmau5 and David Guetta will join with Chris Brown, Foo Fighters and Lil Wayne for the first dance/electronica performance in GRAMMY history at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Best Dance Recording
It's not surprising to find Los Angeles-born Skrillex (Sonny Moore) nominated here for the title track to Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites. Best Dance Recording is one of his five nominations, including a nod for the prestigious Best New Artist award. Stockholm native Robyn returns with "Call Your Girlfriend," her second consecutive nomination in this category following "Dancing On My Own" last year. She's part of a surprisingly strong showing from Sweden this year, as her fellow countrymen in Swedish House Mafia — DJs/producers Steve Angello Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso — are first-time nominees in the category, represented by "Save The World." There's also Stockholm-born producer Avicii (Tim Berg), who is nominated for his production and mixing work alongside French producer David Guetta for "Sunshine." Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) is nominated for the first time in this category for his collaboration with Greta Svabo Bech on "Raise Your Weapon." In keeping with the field's international tilt, Deadmau5 is one of two Canadian talents recognized here. The other is A-Trak from Duck Sauce, a duo rounded out by American DJ Armand Van Helden. They're first-time nominees with their undeniably danceable tribute to a decidedly nonelectronica artist, "Barbra Streisand."
Best Dance/Electronica Album
Four Best Dance Recording nominees reprise their nods here. Skrillex's full-length effort has been a mainstay of the dubstep movement. The eclectic album combines elements such as piano embellishments, super-charged riffs, thumping bass lines, and hypnotic beats. A two-time GRAMMY winner, Guetta's double album, Nothing But The Beat, landed in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, spurred by strong collaborations with artists such as fellow nominees Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Robyn's completion of her Body Talk trilogy has her in the running. The album combines songs featured from Body Talk, Pt. 1 and Body Talk, Pt. 2, in addition to new songs. Deadmau5 effectively combined electro-house, dubstep and trance sounds on 4X4=12. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical — a category he is nominated for this year, to go along with his two nods in this field. Cut/Copy are first-time GRAMMY nominees for their third full-length album, Zonoscope. The Australian electronic band consists of vocalist Dan Whitford, bassist/guitarist Tim Hoey and drummer Mitchell Scott.
Who will take home the awards in the Dance/Electronica Field? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
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