Monday, December 7, 2009

Obviously, there are a metric shit ton of nominees for this year's Grammy Awards.

Here are some of the standouts (in my eyes) that received nominations for the nation's largest popularity contest...

(I didn't put Beyonce or Lady Gaga on here because I don't like them. Just assume that they got nominations in every freaking category.)

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • This Time
    John Legend
    Track from: Evolver
    [G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia]


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

  • Daykeeper
    The Foreign Exchange
    Track from: Leave It All Behind
    [Hard Boiled Records]


Best Rap Solo Performance
(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Best I Ever Had
    Drake
    [Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown]
  • Beautiful
    Eminem
    Track from: Relapse
    [Aftermath/Interscope Records]
  • D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
    Jay-Z
    [Roc Nation]
  • Day 'N' Nite
    Kid Cudi
    [Universal Motown/Good/Fool's Gold]
  • Casa Bey
    Mos Def
    Track from: The Ecstatic
    [Downtown Records]

(I'm giving it to Mos Def)


Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
(For duo, group or collaborative performances of Rap only. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Too Many Rappers
    Beastie Boys & Nas
    [Capitol]
  • Crack A Bottle
    Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
    Track from: Relapse
    [Aftermath/Interscope]
  • Make Her Say
    Kid Cudi, Kanye West & Common
    [Universal Motown/GOOD Music]
  • Amazing
    Kanye West & Young Jeezy
    Track from: 808s & Heartbreak
    [Roc-A-Fella]
  • Money Goes, Honey Stay
    Fabolous & Jay-Z
    Track from: Loso's Way
    [Def Jam]
(I'm giving it to Cudi)


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Run This Town
    Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
    [Roc Nation]
  • I'm On A Boat
    The Lonely Island & T-Pain
    Track from: Incredibad
    [Universal Republic Records]

(I'm giving it to Jay-Z, although it's hilarious that Lonely Island got a nod.)


Best Rap Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Best I Ever Had
    Aubrey Drake Graham, D. Hamilton & M. Samuels, songwriters (Drake)
    [Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money; Publisher: Sony/ATV Tunes.]
  • Day 'N' Nite
    S. Mescudi & O. Omishore, songwriters (Kid Cudi)
    [Universal Motown/Good/Fool's Gold; Publishers: Elsie's Baby Boy, Owo Olorun, Universal Music Publishing.]
  • D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
    Shawn Carter & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka, Janko Nilovic & Dave Sucky, songwriters) (Jay-Z)
    [Atlantic; Publishers: EMI April Music, Carter Boys Music/Chrysalis Songs/No ID Music, Unichappell Music, APM Music.]
  • Run This Town
    Shawn Carter, R. Fenty, M. Riddick, Kanye West & E. Wilson, songwriters (Athanasios Alatas, songwriter) (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)
    [Roc Nation; Publishers: EMI April Music, Carter Boys Music/Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood/Chrysalis Songs/No ID Music/All The Above Publishing/Sony ATV/Annauhi Music/Athanasios Alatas Publishing.]

(I'm giving it to Jay-Z for D.O.A.)


Best Rap Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Universal Mind Control
    Common
    [Geffen]
  • Relapse
    Eminem
    [Aftermath/Interscope]
  • The Ecstatic
    Mos Def
    [Downtown Records]
  • The Renaissance
    Q-Tip
    [Universal Motown]

(I'm giving it to Mos, but Q-Tip is up there too. If you haven't heard The Renaissance, hurry up and get it.)


Best Reggae Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Rasta Got Soul
    Buju Banton
    [Gargamel Music, Inc.]
  • Brand New Me
    Gregory Isaacs
    [Tad's Record]
  • Mind Control — Acoustic
    Stephen Marley
    [Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic]

(I'm giving it to Stephen Marley -- fyi he wasn't the only Marley who got nominated.)


Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)

  • Always Looking Up
    Michael J. Fox
    [Hyperion Audio]


Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(Award to the Artist(s) and/or Producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album, or to the individual(s) actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.)

  • Cadillac Records
    (Various Artists)
    [Music World Music/Columbia]
  • Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds
    (Various Artists)
    [A Band Apart/Warner Bros.]
  • Slumdog Millionaire
    (Various Artists)
    [N.E.E.T./Interscope Records]

(I'm giving it to Slumdog Millionaire for MIA's contributions, NOT for the Baliwood shit. However, Cadillac records is a very close second -- Mos Def performing Chuck Berry? Awesome.)


Best Album Notes

  • Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson — Music From The Film
    Douglas Brinkley & Johnny Depp, album notes writers (Various Artists)
    [Legacy Recordings]

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