Grammy Nominations Recap

A funny thing happened when Celine Dion read the nominees for album of the year during last night's Grammy nominations concert: there was no reason to gasp in horror or befuddlement.

All five of this year's nominees are, well, pretty good. Maybe even very good. And it's even a relatively young field of nominees, save for Robert Plant. And Radiohead was nominated even though the release of "In Rainbows" attempted to turn the music industry on its head.

What's going on in Grammyland? Read up on last night's happenings, check out the full list of nominees, read the original reviews of this year's album of the year nominees, vote in some polls, and feel free to leave a comment about your thoughts about the field.

Lil Wayne - "The Carter III"
'Tha Carter III': Lil Wayne as Nonsensical Genius (June 10, 2008)

Coldplay - "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends"
Coldplay Gets Warmer With 'Vida' (June 17, 2008)

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - "Raising Sand"
Quick Spins (Oct. 23, 2007)
Live Review: Stairway to Down-Home Heaven (June 16, 2008)

Ne-Yo - "Year of the Gentleman"
One for the Ladies (Sept. 16, 2008)

Radiohead - "In Rainbows"
Radiohead's 'In Rainbows": Is Free Release a Potential Pot of Gold? (Oct. 11, 2007)
Live Review: Radiohead, Rising Above the Storm (May 13, 2008)

By David Malitz |  December 4, 2008; 9:08 AM ET Grammys
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Congrats to DC artists Wayna & Kokayi!!!

Category 27

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Say Goodbye To Love
Track from: Make Sure They See My Face
[Star Trak/Interscope]

Wanna Be
Track from: This Much Is True:
[Eusonia Records]

Chrisette Michele Featuring
Track from: I Am
[Def Jam]

Many Moons
Janelle Monae
Track from: Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)
[Wondaland/Bad Boy]

Lovin You (Music)
Wayna Featuring Kokayi
Track from: Higher Ground
[Quiet Power Productions, LLC]

Posted by: natlawdp | December 4, 2008 2:42 PM

I love music, but music today is no good. Rap is dead and pop been dead. What happen to Marvin Gaye, Steve Wonder, Diana Ross,Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul Simon, Earth Wind and Fire, etc, these singers today cannot not sing. Did you hear Taylor Swift damgaed a Brenda Lee song, even county going down to hill. Where are the Eagles,Journey, and Forngier? Music sceen is bad today, we do not have good singers or writers. I never like rap, but the the rap music from 1988 to Present is bad. I will say the old school hip hop was creative and progressive, If I Rule the World and Fight the Power were some of the greatest protest songs ever. Nas is right rap is dead, pop is dead too. Rap needs to go back to hip hop roots and keep it clean, for people over 30, hip hop/rap used be clean. When rap started in New York City, it was clean and creatve, but when spread to West Coast and Dirty South, they damage the creative spirt of rap.

Posted by: nativeva1 | December 4, 2008 8:43 PM

That's right, folks. TWO nominations for Judas Priest. Let us not forget the dismissive concert review printed in the Post from back in August...

Of course, you can count on Jethro Tull to win the metal awards :-)

Posted by: musicsnob | December 4, 2008 9:09 PM

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