The 54th annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in a lavish ceremony next February but last night, in Los Angeles, CA, the nominations for next year’s award show were announced … in a somewhat lavish concert event. Pop stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more were on hand to perform during a special Grammy Awards Concert to highlight the nominations announcement last night. Kanye West garnered the most noms with 7 which musicians Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars nabbed 6. Click below to find out who else walked away with Grammy Award nominations last night.
Kanye West will be in pole position for February’s Grammy Awards. The rapper garnered seven nominations Wednesday to lead an eclectic cast of contenders that includes Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars, who earned six apiece. All but one of West’s nominations came in the rap field, and it will be left to Mars and oddsmaker fave Adele to battle it out in the Grammys’ marquee categories: Both are up for record, album and song of the year. Two of their signature hits — his “Grenade,” her “Someone Like You” — will also compete for best pop solo performance. Topping the list of surprises are folk-rock acts Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons, whose respective tunes “Holocene” and “The Cave” are both up for record and song of the year. Iver is also up for best new artist, alongside the Band Perry, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex. The album of the year category features five chart-topping records: Adele’s “21,” Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light,” Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” and Rihanna’s “Loud.” It was a light night for Detroit acts. Eminem grabbed two nominations for his collaboration on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor.” Nominees in 78 categories were announced late Wednesday by the Recording Academy, following a glossy televised special from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre that included performances by Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Jason Aldean … All was in the service of buzz-building for the 54th Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 12 down the block at the Staples Center. It also launched a trimmed-down era for music’s most prestigious show: After decades of expansion, the awards are being scaled back, from 109 categories to 78.
As much as I would LOVE to get excited by these sorts of things, I’m afraid I simply cannot. Adele will walk away with at least a couple of awards, as will indie darlings Mumford & Sons. Kanye may win a couple of awards, especially since all 7 of his noms are in the rap categories. I would love for Nicki Minaj to win Best New Artist but I’ve long since given up on my faves winning Grammy Awards. The Grammy Awards are the most prestigious music awards handed out in the industry and, yet, I find that I don’t personally always agree with which artists win awards. Still, congratulations are in order for all the lucky folks who scored nominations last night. I guess we’ll have to wait until next Feb. to find out who wins what. If there is a god above, Adele will be the big winner of the night so … we shall see.